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Howard, Luke (1621–1699), Quaker activist and writer, was born at Dover on 18 October 1621, the son of Robert Howard (c.1580–1625), a shoemaker, and his wife, Susanna. His mother married a butcher when Luke was eight, but when he came to decide on his future occupation 'something in my Conscience … stirred against Evil, and made me dislike a Butcher's Life and Trade' (...

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Mead, William (c. 1627–1713), Quaker patron and merchant, lived in London, where he became a prosperous linen draper and merchant; he was also a member of the Company of Merchant Taylors. He served as captain of a trained band and was a Seeker in religion, joining the presbyterians and Independents among others before finally becoming a Quaker early in 1670. Later that year, on 14 August, he was present at a large and crowded meeting in ...

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Simmonds [Simmons; née Calvert], Martha (bap. 1624, d. 1665), Quaker and author, was baptized at Meare, Somerset, on 28 January 1624, the daughter of George Calvert (d. 1628), vicar of Meare, and his second wife, Ann Collier; she was the younger sister of the booksellers ...

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Story, John (d. 1681), Quaker schismatic, was 'descended of Christian parents' of Preston Patrick, Westmorland, where they 'lived honestly, (having land, goods and trade) in good repute'. He received a good education and 'was never seen inclinable to any evil vice, but against all such things from his youth'. At the age of twelve he began to wonder 'where to find a place and people that sought the Lord', finding the answer when he met and joined with ...