Digital Dictionary of Quaker Biography
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1955 Introduction to the Dictionary of Quaker Biography
In thus isolating Friends from the large body of professing Christians, the compiler actuated by no narrow or sectarian bias. Since, however, it would be a stupendous task to make a general list of all astounding Christians, the less ambitious role has been attempted of selecting members of the Society of Friends, called Quakers, who whether in religion, education, science, art or industry have also made an outstanding contribution to life. Beyond this he has included names of some who have fallen away from first principles, have even made shipwreck of faith. It has seemed right to include others who appear to have been Friends at heart but who (as if by accident) never became members.
The difficulty of decision as to whom to include and whom to omit has been very great. Some other compiler, with a different setting and outlook, would undoubtedly have produced a very different copy. It is hoped, nonetheless, that the Dictionary will prove helpful to students of history, to genealogists, and to seekers of truth.
That regrettable misstatements, inaccuracies and omissions occur in this work must be admitted. Accordingly, corrections and suggestions will be welcomed. May the whole compilation serve as a broad target to shoot at, so that eventually a sound and comprehensive work may evolve, to the permanent enrichment of Christian biography.
William Bacon Evans
Haverford, PA USA