Vagabond Quakers: Northern Colonies is set in the mid-1600’s and reveals a period in early Colonial New England history that was glossed over in standard education. The book is firmly based on historical references that tell of the remarkable brutality of the Puritan authorities in Massachusetts Bay Colony against the Society of Friends.
By landing at Dover Point on the Piscataqua River in June of 1662, Quaker missionaries Mary Tomkins and Alice Ambrose elude arrest for six months. They are safe on the eastern bank of the Piscataqua under the protection of Nicholas Shapleigh, but as soon as they return to Dover in December, they are imprisoned for their faith and brought before the magistrate Captain Richard Walderne, who pronounces a harsh sentence.
Vagabond Quakers tell two stories—that of the women during their year in New England, as well as Richard Walderne’s years as a young immigrant in 1635 to a position of power on Dover Point and his clash with the Quaker missionaries in 1662. Early New Hampshire and Boston history are told in his chapters.
Author Olga R. Morrill will be at the William Fogg Library on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 6:30 Pm to discuss her research, read an excerpt from the book, and sell signed copies. Vagabond Quakers is also available on Amazon in trade paperback and Kindle formats for $20 and $7.99 respectively. Visit the blog at www.vagabondquakers.wordpress.com