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fines is at present unknown. In 1663, aecordino; to Be.-.-t-,'
Le sutiercd distress of goods for tithes ; and in the list.s ot
Bullcrings for the years 1664, 1665, 1671, and 1673 tlic
name of Thomas Jannev appears. As in these years the
" Jr." is not used, it is uncertain whether tlie subject of this
article or his father is referred to: but several other ant])ors,
including Griihth Owen, his friend and fellow-traveller, .'^ti-.te
that he several times suffered imprisonments an.d cruellies
of sinners for truth's sake.

In 1669 Thomas *'Janny," John Abraham, and .John
Burnyeat, among others, visited Ireland ^ " in the service ot
Truth," "and many in divers parts of the Nation vrere con-
vinced of the Truth, and joined with Friends."

In 7th mo., 1677,^ he wrote the preface to a book by Alex-
ander Lavvrence, entitled "An Answer to a Book pulv
lished by Richard Smith, of West Chester, wherein The
People of God called Quakers (more particularly in this
County of Cheshire) are cleared from TVrong, Injustice, and
False Accusations by him charged upon them." In 1C79
he and thirty-two others signed a testimony^ against Wil-
liam Rogers, of Bristol, for having written " against a book
of Robert Barclay's entitled ' The Anarchy of the Ranters.' "

The minutes of Morley Monthly Meeting of Friends
mention the appointment and eenice of Thomas Janney on
various committees, and he doubtless was engaged in much
religious work of which we have no record, and in all

* Besse's Suffering? of the Quakers, vol. i. pp. 104, 105.
' Rutty's Hid. of Friends in Ireland, l~t ed., p. I?t2.

* Jos. Smith's Catalogue of Friendi" BooU ; TJoyledown Demorrcf, July
29, 1897.

* Thomas Evans's Exposition of the Faith of Friend.-, I'd ed., p. .\-.\vii.



214 Thomas Jajinei/, Provincial Gnmcillor.

j»robability w:x3 at this time well known to and associated
with George Fox, as he was to William Penn and other
prominent membei-s of the Society. In England,^ and
alterwards in America, he was prominent in the councils
and work of the Society, and finally closed his life wliile on
a religious visit to the Friends of his native country. His
wiLS a life of service. He married 9th mo. 24, 16G0, at
James Harrison's house in Pownall Fee, Margery Heath,
lale of Horton in the county of Staftbrd. James Ilarrison,
jit who.-ie house the marriage took place, had married Anne
Hoath, a bister of Margery, 5th mo. 1, 1655, at which time
his residence was given as Kendal, Westmoreland; - and in
lot]3 William Yardley, of Ransclough, Stafibrdshire, mar-
ried Jane Heath, another sister. Xo further definite infor-
mation has been obtained concerning the immediate family
of Margery Heath. Andrew Heath, who in 1682 accom-
jianied William Yardley to America, may have been a
brother's son.

In Friends' Records the residence of Thomas and Mar-
gery Janney is described as Pownall Fee, except in the
yciii^ 1665 and 1666, when it is given as Cheadle and
Chcadlc Holme. A letter to Thomas Janney from Phineas
Pomberton, dated 5th mo. 3, 1682, requesting him to come
to the funeral of the hitter's daughter Anne, was addressed
" Tlioma.s Janney, Shaddow Moss, Cheshire." ^ As all these
places were within five miles or less of Styall, this, the place
of his birth, was doubtless his residence during the greater
part if not all the time of his life in England.

He appears to have purchased, 6th mo. 12, 1682,* a tnict of
250 acres of land in Pennsylvania, and his father having
died 12th mo., 1677, his mother in 12th mo., 1681/2, and

* GeiiOilogy of Sharple^a Family, p. 27.

* lie afterwards moved to Pownall Fee, Che-sliire, where Lis children,
Samuel, I'hoebe, and Job, were born.

' "Thomas Janney," by Oliver Hough, in Doyle-i (own Democrat, July
2'J, 1897.

* See Bucks Co. Deeds, Liber 3, Jol. 140.



Thomas Jonney, Pnycincial Cj>ni(->llor



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James lliirrison and William Yardlcy, and perhaps others
of iiis or his wife's relatives, having previously removed to
Pennsylvania, whenee doubtless they sent tavorable reports
as to the country and the advantages it ottered to settler-.,
and especially to members of the Society of Friends, who
there were entirely free from the persecutions to which they
were subjected in England, Thomas Janney, in 1683, took
passage for himself and family to America in the shiji
'' Endeavor," of London. They arrived in the Delaware
River the 29th of 7th mo. (September), 1683,^ and settled in
that part of Bucks County, Pa., which was afterwards
Jvrakefield township.

The Book of Arrivals in Bucks Count}- prior to 1687,
prepared by Phiueas Pemberton, the husband of Margery
Janncy's niece, is still in existence at Doylestown, and C"ii-
tains the following entry r "Thomas Janney, of Shiall, in
the County of Chester, yeoman and Marjory, his wife. Ar-
rived in Deleware Piver the 29'^ of the 7"'^ M»., 1683, in the
'Endeavor,' of London. The M'., George Thorp. Ch'Jdi-'U^
Jacob, Thomas, Abel, k Joseph Janney. ScrroDts^ John
]S eild, to serve 5 years, and have 50 acres of land, Hannah
Falkner, to serve 4 years; loose 29"" 7 M'., 1687. To have
50 acres of land."

Some few persons who settled in Bucks County and are
recorded in Pemberton's Book are also mentioned in a
similar Book of Arrivals at Philadelphia between 1682 and
1687, and among them Thomas Janney and tamily, some
of whose names are therein incorrectly spelled, as shown by
the follo\ving entry :^ " in the Endeavour of London, A Ketch
George Thorp ^P. * * * * Thomas Janeway k Mar-
garet his wife late of Poonnall in Cheshire Husbandman
came in ditto shippe. [Children] Jacob, Thomas, Abell,

' All dates in this article prior to 1752 are Old Style.

* Pa. Mag. Hist, axd Bigg., vol. ix. p. 226; Battle's Bucfa Co.,
Pt/.,pp. 180, 440.

*Pa. Mag. Hist, axd Bigg., vol. viu. p. 330; Futhey aud Cope's
l^ne-dar Co., Pa., p. 22.



216 TJwmas Jannnj, Provincial Councillor.

[and] Joseph Jancway. [Servants] Joliu Xoild [orAVild],
Hannah ffalkner [?].'"

AYhat hecame of Hannah Falkncr I do not know ; but
John Ils'cild evidently married and accumulated some prop-
erty, for his will, of which Abel Janney, Jr., was a witness,
was dated 12 mo. 1, 1 728, and proved 6 October, 1747. In it
he left to his wife Judith 7 pounds yearly ; to his son John
150 acres, to his son James 86 acres, and to his dauirhters
Martha and Jane 10 pounds each. "Wliether or not lie was
the John Xeild who purchased in England, in 1G82,' 250
acres of land in rennsylvania does not appear.

Exactly how much land Thomas Janney owned I do not
know. According to Thomas Holme's ]Map of Bucks Co.,
Pa., begun in IGSl,^ he had two tracts of land, one fronting
on the Delaware River, about a mile below the present
Yardlej', having a frontage of a quarter to half a mile on
the river, and extending inland about three miles. In the
"Minutes of the Board of Property of the Province of
Pennsylvania" it is stated^ that, 7 mo. 26, 1691, a patent
was signed for Thomas Janney for 550 acres in Bucks
County. This patent, which is the only conveyance of land
to Thomas Janney that is recorded in Bucks County,* calls
for 550 acres on the Delaware River. It is quite possible
that other patents or deeds to him were recorded in Phila-
delphia, as the first books of deeds in the Philadelphia
Record Office were damaged before any copies were made,
and the record of many early patents is utterly obliterated.
This 550-acre tract was in the original to%A*nship of Make-
field, now" Lower ^lakefield township, and it was upon it
that he originally settled; and upon this plantation, except
when in Philadelphia attending the Council, or on religious
visits to other Colonies, he resided during the twelve years

* Hazard's Annals of Pa., p. 641.

* Probably first publi.shcd in 1684 ; and reproduced in botli Davis's
Bucks Ck>., Pa., and Battle's Bucks Co., Pa., and also in Fi.ske's Dutch
and Quaker Coloniee.

' Pa. Arch., 2d ser., vol. xLs. p. 73.

* Bucks Co. Deeds, Liber 2, fol. 6.



Thomas Janncy, Provincial Councillor. 217

that he remained in rennsylvania. It was out of this tract
tliat he gave a lot of 72 square yards to Falls ^Teeting for a
burial-ground in 1600. This lot was situated on the hiL'h
ground overlooking the river, and the graveyard, with its
stone fence around it, is still to be seen on the road below
Yardley. The other and larger tract of about 1000 acres,'
on the inland side of the township, adjoined the back of hU
liome plantation, and ran back of the river lots for about
two and a lialf miles, was of varpng width, extended back
nearly to Xe\\'town, and was very well watered. Core Creek
running through it. When the township lines were after-
wards more accurately laid down, part of this tract fell in
iS'ewtown township, and this part of the tract has remained
in the possession of the Janney family until the present
time. There was a saw-mill " on the farm from its settle-
ment in 1683 until 1872. A grist-mill was erected by
Jacob Janney in 1816, and was still in use a few years airo,
and near Core Creek is now situated the family mansion,
Die main part of which is said to have been built about
1750 by Thomas Janney, the grandson of the original
owner.

In his will Thomas Janney left to his sou Abel "all
that tract of land bought of Charles Byles," and therefore tlie
230 acres which Byles deeded to Abel Janney in 1694, but
the deed for which was not recorded till after the death or
Thomas Janney, were doubtless bought by the latter. The
only other tract mentioned in his vaW seems to have been
the 550-acre tract on the river; but he evidently had owned
other tracts, the deeds for which are not recorded in Bucks
County, as the resurvey made by John Cutler in pursuance
of Avarrants issued August 11, 1702,^ and subsequently,
showed that Thomas Janney had 4450 acres in Falls town-
ship, Bucks County. He also appears to have held title to
some land in Xew Jersey. A deed from Samuel Jennings

^ Doylestown Democrat, July 29, 1S97.
* Battle's Bucks Co., Pa., p. 1016.
'Davis's Bucks Co., Pa., pp. 193, 194.



2 IS 7'homas Janvty, rroviiwia! Gnau-iUor.

uud T\ionm<^ r.udd "on ye rublick account" to Thomas
H(;hncs, William Bates, Thomas "Jenney," and Edward
Xo\v])ie for 300 acres, dated 10 mo. (December) 20, 16S5,is
ivcoided at Trenton, in whic-h he is described as -Thomas
Jenney of ye county of Jkicks in y' sd. rro\dnce of Penn-
t^vlvania. yeoman." This deed is mentioned in Clement's
Xci^-t-m Sfttlcrs ^ as having been made in trust for Edward
Newbie, the second son of Mark, in 1G85, when, after his
death. Mark Newbie's banking operations were settled up.

Thomas Januey was related by blood or marriage with
uvMW of the most prominent settlers of the count}-. James
Harrison and William Yardley, his brothers-in-law, wlio,
like him, had suffered imprisonments in England, preceded
him to Pennsylvania, where they became large land-owners
anil were prominent in both ci\il and religious affairs. James
Harrison early became interested inPenn's "Divine Experi-
ment," and in 1681 was appointed agent for the sale of
lands in- Pennsyh'ania ; he afterwards became Penn's Stew-
ard at Pennsbury; one of the first Commissioners of Prop-
erty; a member of the Council and Assembly; a Pro-
vincial Judge ; a Puisne Judge ; a Justice of the Peace ;
etc.,' and was appointed by Penn as one of the guardians
of his son Springett: his death in 1G87 we are told "was
regarded as a public calamity." William Yardley, who is
stated to have been a grandson of Sir John Drake and a
grandnephew of Sir George Yeardley, Colonial Governor
of Virginia, was for several years a member of both the
Council and Assembly,^ in the proceedings of which he took
a prominent part, and also served as Sheriff" and Justice of
tlie Peace. Phineas Pemberton, who married Harrison's
daughter Phoebe, as shown in the " Annals of the Pember-

>Pp. 40, 41 ; gee X. J. Deeds, Liber B, Part l.foL 126.

'Hazard's AiumU of Fa., pp. 524, 599; Proud's Hist. Pa., vol
i. p. 237 ; Pa. Arch., 2d sen, vol. ix. pp. 624-744 ; Friends' MlsceUany,
vol. vii. pp. 26-29 ; The FrieivJ, vol. xxN-ii. p. 157.

' Yardky Genealogy, pp. 13-17 ; Pa. Arch., 2d 5er., vol. ix. pp. 626-
752; The Friend, vol. xxvii. p. 251; Colonial Records, vol. i. p. 167.



Thomas Jannc)/, Provincial Councillor. 219

ton Family," became quite prominent, being several times
a member of the Council and Assembly, and in 1G08
Speaker of the latter body; and held the conilnned oilices
of Register and Recorder of the County, and was called by
James Logan the "Father of Bucks County."' John
Brock, wliose plantation adjoined Thomas Janncy's, was a
cousin, as sliown by a letter of his brother Ralph Brock, of
Bramliall, England, dated 12 mo. 28, 1696/7, to Phineas
Pcmborton, in which he mentions Thomas Janney as his
" dcare Coz." He was a Justice of the Peace in 1689
and 1693.^

Thomas Janney is also said to have been an intimate
friend of "William Penn, who entertained a high opinion of
him, and mentioned him loA'iugly in many of his letters,
several of which have been published.' William Penn em-
barked the 12th of 6 mo., 1684, on the ketch " Endeavor,"
which the year before had brought Thomas Janney to
America, and arrived at "Wonder in Sussex the 6th of Octo-
ber, and tlie next day, writing from Worminghurst to James
Harrison, sent his love to seven Friends, including Thomas
Janney and William Yardley. On 7th mo. 23, 1686,
writing from London, he said, " Give my dear love to T. J.,
P. P., and W. Y. and wives;" while in a letter to James
Harrison from Worminghurst, 11th mo. 28, 1686, he said,
" Much love to J. Simcock, Thos. Janney, William Yard-
ley and thyself especially. . . . Glad that three such honest
friends, whom I love in my heart, are in that station of ser-
vice, as your being the provincial judges. I know also that
you are men of a good understanding and friends to me and
my honest interest, but I could hav^e wished you easier and
better work."

^Friends' Miscellany, vol. vii. ; Doyle-itovm Democrat, July 29, 1897 ;
Pa. Arch., 2d ser., vol. ix. pp. 625, 752, 753.

* Doyledown Democrat, July 29, 1897; Pa. Arch., 2d ser,, vol. ix.
p. 744.

*Proud's HUt. Pa., vol. i. pp. 291, 349; Janney's Life of Wnu
Penn, 2d ed., pp. 261, 285, 286.



220 Thomas Jomw/. Provincial Cvuncillor.

nis station ns a minister in the Society of Friends did
not preclude his engapng also in civil matters, and upon
his arrival in Pennsylvania Thomas Janney appears to have
at once taken a prominent place in both the civil and re-
ligious affairs of the Province, and was soon called into
public life by his neighbors. He was elected to the Pro-
%-incial Council for a term of three years (1684, 1085, and
1686), and qualified as a member 1st mo. 20, 1084,^ attest-
ing " to Keep Secret the Debates in Council, Sec." The
minutes of Council record liis presence at a majority of the
meetings, but have not very much to say concerning him,
the speeches of members not being recorded. Many im-
portant measures were acted upon during his term of ser-
vice; among others, were the establishment of the various
courts and the definition of their duties. One lav/ that
was enacted would not be popular v.'ith la%vj-ers of the
present day, for it provided that " noe persons shall plead
in any Ci\ill Causes of another, in any Court whatso-
ever within this Province and Territories, before he be Sol-
emnlye attested in open Court, that he neither directly nor
Indirectly hath in any wise taken or received, or will take
or receive to his use or benefit, any reward whatsoever for
his 606 pleading, under y* penaltye of 5 lb. if the Contrary
be made appear." ^ As the Council at that time began its
sessions at seven o'clock in the morning, and its committees
met at six, it is evident that their customs differed in various
respects from those of the present. The minutes of the
Council, in addition to noting the appointment and ser\'ice
of Thomas Janney on various committees, make the follow-
hig mention of him :^

2d mo. 6, 1685, " Ordered that a Comispion be drawne for James Har-
rison, Tho : Janney, Wm. Yardley, Wm. Biles, Wm. Beaks, John Ottor,



1 Duke of Yor}:^s Laws, pp. 494, 496, 505 ; Pa. Arch., 2d ser., vol.
ix. p. 624; Colonial Records, vol. i. p. 41.

'Ibid., p. 123.

»Ibid., pp. 76, 78, 81, 114, 128, 148, 278; Pa. Mag. Hist, am)
Bigg., vol. xxvi. pp. 193, 195 ; Buck's Buds Co., Pa., pp. 22, 23.



Thomas Janiwjj Provincial Councillor. 221

Kdin'' Beiiiiet & Jno. Swift, to be Justices of the Peace for y' County of
Bucks, the year Ensueing ;" 2d mo. 8, 1GS5, a resoluiion v.as pa - v-Ld
stating that the "Gov", in presence of Tho : Jauney .S: Thin : Pcru-
berton, was pleased to say and Grant that y* Bounds of y« County ot
Bucks and Philadelphia, should bep;in as followeth" etc. ; 3d mo. 12,
1^>S5, Thomas Lloyd, Prest., and fifteen members of Council includin;;
Tho. Janney signed the Declaration of King James the Second becom-
ing King and acknowledging obedience to him etc. ; 10th mo. 1, l<)^o,
the Council having been requested that a " Speciall ComLssion be
granted for y"= Tryall of David Davis the next Court, who is a Prisoner
in y* County of Bucks, on suspition of killing his servant," unanimously
agreed "that a Comission be Expeditiously prepared for y* authorising
& TmpowTing of James Harrison, Arthur Cook^ Tho. Janney. Wm.
Yardley, Wm. Biles, to be special Comiss" to hear and Determine all
heinous and Enormous Crimes that shall be brought before them in y'
County of Bucks, in a Court there to begin on y' lO'^ Ins', by thorn to
be held;" 9th mo. 19, 1636, "The Couucill takeing into Consideration
y* Unevenesse of y* Road from Philadelphia to y* falls of Delawave,
Agreed that Rob* Turner & John Barnes for y® County of Philadelphia,
Arth. Cook and Tho. Janney for y° County of Bucks, with y" Ke-
spective Survey" of y® s^ Counties, meet and Lay out a more Comodious
Road from y» broad Street in Philadelphia to y° falls aforesaid : ye time
when is Referred to y° memb" Nominated;" 11th mo. 2, 1G89/90, tlie
Council ordered that "Commissions of y' Peace be made for all y*
Counties, and these persons tfoUowing to be Inserted, (viz) Bucks Co.
Arth. Cook, Jos. Growdon, Wm. Yardly, Tho. Janney, Wm. Byles,
Nich. Newlin, Jo° Brock, Hen. Baker."

Several historians have stated that Arthur Cook and
Thomas Janney were appointed on 9th mo. 19, 16S6,
County Surveyors for Bucks County. The minute of
Council of that date, quoted above, shows conclusively that
Cook and Janney were not themselves the surveyors, but a
Committee to meet the surveyors.^

Thomas Janney was a member of Council again in 1691,
but his tenure of office at this time, as well as his record
during the term, are not definitely known, as the minutes
of this year have been lost ; but Proud says ' that " In the

* Doylestovm Democrat, July 29, 1897. See Pa. Arch., 2d ser., vol. ix.
p. 743; Battle's Bucks Co., Pa., p. 690.

* lliit Pa., vol. i. p. 361 ; Bowden's Hlit. Soc. FrkncU, vol. ii. p.
120 ; DuJ:e of YorL-'s Laws, p. 534.



222 1'homas Jamiey, Proo'nnol Cot'ndllor.

miuiitC6 of tlie rroviucial Council, in the Summer of the
year 1691, a}>pear tiio following names of the active mem-
bers of that board, \\z. John Simcock . . . Thomas Jan-
ney," and others.

Thomas Janney was not only a member of Council, but
also, as shown above, one of the Justices of the Peace for
Bucks County. In his day these Justices held all the
County Courts; they were Judges of the Quarter Sessions,
Common Pleas, Orphans' Court, etc. His commission was
dated April 6, 1685, and renewed January 2, 1689/90. I
have eeeu entries in the original records still preserved at
Doylestovrn which show^ tlie service of Thomas Janney as
Judge of the Courts of Common Pleas and of Quarter Ses-
sions.

In March, 1690, the grand jury thought it necessary that
the county be divided into townships, and the court at its
next session ordered Henry Baker and eleven others, in-
cluding Thomas Janney, AVilliam Biles, and Phineas Pem-
berton, to meet together at the court-house the day before
the next court and perform this ser\'ice ; for some reason
this order was not obeyed, and at the September term,
1692, the court again took up the matter and appointed a
jury,^ on which were Arthur Cook and twelve others, in-
cluding Baker, Janney, Biles, and Pemberton (nine mem-
bers of the former jury being reappointed), and ordered
them " or the greater number of them to meet together at
the meeting-house at jSTesharninah the 27th day of this in-
stant, and divide this county into townships," which they
accordingly did.

In various accounts of Thomas Janney it is stated that
he visited meetings of the Society of Friends in Xew Eng-
land, Rhode Island, Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsyl-
vania, and Maryland. Samuel Smith, in his "History of
the Province of Pennsylvania," erroneously gives 1098 as

1 Publications So. Hist. Assoc, vol. v. pp. 393, 394 ; Battle's Buch
Co., Pa., p. 190; Davis's Mist. Bucks Co., Pa., p. 101; Pa. Mag.
Hist, and Bigg., vol. xviii. p. 24; vol. xxvi. p. 195.



jy,oma3 J<'.i.'icy, Prc>vineuil Counailnr. 223

tlic (late of his visit to Xow England,^ and tins t<ame year U
given by 'J'l'C Aihtricon JFricnd, in a list of Friends wliu
\nsited ?se\v England since 1656, as tlie date of the visit t-f
"- Thomas Janney of Old England" — an iin}.ossibility, :us ho
died in 1696 ; the date of this -s-isit was probably 1687, as Ijo
was present at Dover, X. H., 4th mo. 23, 1687,^ at tlie mar-
riage of Kicliard Esres and Elizabeth Beck, and was one of
the fifteen ^ntnesses vs-ho signed their certificate. He shortly
after this returned home, for in 7th mo., 1687, we find that
Tliomas Janney, Eichard Ridgway, and ^Villiam Biles were
the three appraisers of AVilliam Beakes's " Goods, Lamls
and Credits.'"' ^

His work in the ministry was not the only service he per-
formed for the church; we are told* that

"In meetings for discipline vie find him employed, and iu the YeurTy
Meeting, not unfrequemly he was one appointed to prepare Ei>iitlci of
advice, either to subordinate meetings and their members, or to the
churches abroad.

"When George Keith departed from the Truth, and by his turbultnt
behaviour and unsound sentiments made it manifest that he vv.is i;o
longer iu unity with the Society of Friends, Thomas Janney and otiior
faithful standard bearers in Bucks county felt much sympathy with
Friends in Philadelphia, who were the objects of George's most furious
attacks. A testimony against George was issued by the General
Meeting of ministering Friends, held in Philadelphia, Fourth month
20th, 1G92,5 and the Quarterly Meeting of Bucks county respoinhd
thereto at its next meeting, held Sixth month 17th." This response \v:i-
signed by Thomas Janney and others, and follows the above account in
The Friend.

The Yearly Meeting held at Burlington, X. J., 7th mo.
7, 1692, also sent out its Testimony against George Kvitli,

* Hazard's Eegister of Pa., vol. vi. p. 355; The Friend, vol. xii.
p. 172; The American Friend, vol. vi. pp. 798-801.

* Rites Genealogies, p. 44.

* Pa. Mag. Hist. A^-D Biog., vol. xvi. p. 126.

* The Friend, vol. xx\-ii. p. 340.

*See The Friend, vol. xix. p. 86; Proud's JTist. Pa., vol. i. pp-
3G5, 8GS; Hazard's Eegi.,tiT of Pa., vol. \i. pp. 279, 280; 1'a.
Mag. Hist, and Biog., vol. xxvi. p. 351.



224 Thomas Jannn/, I^rovincial Councillor.

signed by over two bundrod of tbe most prominent Friends
and colonists of that day,^ including Thomas Janney,
" Phinebas" Pembcrton, Mablon Stacy, Eeuben Pownal,
Ilemy Baker, and William Biles. On account of tbe
misrepresentations made by Keitb in regard to tbe teacb-
ings of tbe Society, it was deemed wise to state clearly
what tbese really were, and tbis was accordingly done;
and in 1695 T. Sowle published, in London, a pamphlet
entitled Our Anticnt Testimovy reneiced concerning our
lyord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Holy Scriptures and the
JResurrcction, giren forth by a 3Iceting of Public Fiiends and
Others, at Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and tbis was also
published in 1696 as an Appendix to the English transla-
tion of 7 he General History of the Quakers, hy Gerard Croesse.^
Among the thirty-nine signers were Thomas Janney and
William Biles. In 1693 Thomas Janney wrote a Memorial
of his brother-in-law William Yardley, in which he said,^
" we having been intimate friends from our youth up."

On 10th mo. 16, 1693, Thomas Janney ^vrote an Epistle
to Friends of Cheshire, which was desired by them to be



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