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Arnold, Thomas (1742-1821) To the inhabitants of the town of Providence Assembled in town-meeting.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01152 Author/Creator: Arnold, Thomas (1742-1821) Place Written: Providence, Rhode Island Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 09 March 1778 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Opposes the proposed "test oath," requiring a declaration of loyalty to the American cause. He argues that the Friends (i.e. Quakers) cannot swear to uphold a violent or warlike nation.

People: Arnold, Thomas, 1742-1821.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Religion, Quakers, Loyalist, Oath, Revolutionary War

Sub Era: The War for Independence