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Journeys in the Spirit: Children’s Work Edition - Series 11: Quakers, Work, and Business - Issue 86: Mary Elizabeth Phillips, farmer to shop owner - Issue 86: Simple Plan for All-Age Worship Cat No. JC86P4
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Issue 86: Simple Plan for All-Age Worship

Series 11: Quakers, Work, and Business

The eleventh series focuses on how Quakers think about the work and businesses they might be involved in.

Issue 86: Mary Elizabeth Phillips, farmer to shop owner

This issue is about Mary Phillips, a Quaker shopkeeper with strong social concerns who grew up on a farm in Tottenham. Many early Quakers were small-scale farmers owning the land they worked or renting small farms. Tithes, confiscation of animals and goods, and imprisonment for non-payment made it more difficult to continue with farming. Many early Quakers moved off the farms to develop their businesses and then flourished; Mary was one of them. 

Journeys in the Spirit: Children’s Work Edition