Victories Without Violence number 7 at the Progress Report
|January 9, 2007||Posted by Staff under Progress Report, The Progress Report|
Victories Without Violence
The Indians Come to Meeting
At the time of the fighting between England and her American colonies in 1777, the neighborhood of Easton, near New York, was so harassed by raids from both armies that the American government advised evacuation of the people living there.
But the Quakers remained and continued attendance at their Meetings. One weekday they were worshiping with open doors, when an Indian came and looked in, then quietly slipped in, followed by others. They put their weapons in a corner and sat down.
Afterwards, one of the Friends invited them to a meal, after which they quietly went away. The chief warrior, who could speak some French, said that they had come with the intention of killing all the Friends.
“When we saw you sitting with your door open, without weapons of defence, we had no disposition to hurt you.” So the scalping tomahawks they had brought with them were not used.
- — from “Quakers in Peace and War,” by M. Hirst.