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Primitive Friends in Linn, Iowa[edit]

The Friends meeting in Linn, Iowa was one of the largest of the original meetings in Salem QM after the 1854 division. This was Caleb Gregg's meeting. After Ohio YM Friends opened the new meeting at Springville (later re-named Whittier), many of the Iowa Primitives switched to that group. In the middle of this, the Primitives suffered a division in 1862 between the supporters of the Otis and King factions in New York and New England. Gregg, who was with the King faction, deeded over the Linn Meeting House to Springville Friends after it was clear that the Linn Kingites all wanted to join Ohio YM. Springville then established Hopewell Meeting in the old Linn Meeting House (named Hopewell for the meeting in Ohio on Caleb Gregg's farm). The King party at Linn died out soon thereafter, and Ann Branson mentioned that Gregg sat on the facing bench at Hopewell although he was never a member.

The Otis group, composed primarily of Friends in two families, continued to meet. They became part of Salem MM (Primitive) in Ohio in the 1870s. When Salem MM was laid down in 1888 and attached to Falls MM of Fallsington General Meeting, Linn was still an active meeting. A brief history of the Hampton family printed in the very early twentieth century mentioned the Primitives at Linn and indicated that they were still meeting there - though their membership was at Falls. If this in fact is the case, the meeting likely disbanded around 1910. Chronicler3 02:19, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

"Lay down"[edit]

I wonder what it means "to lay" a meeting "down", how it can happen, and what the consequences are. Perhaps an explanatory link might help, or a different choice of words.D021317c 18:12, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

Does seem like we should include a better description somewhere; I'll think about how to do that. To answer your question the phrase is generally used to refer to closing a meeting, or ending a project. --Ahc 00:47, 19 January 2007 (UTC)

POV phrasing[edit]

Some of the wording in this article indicates a POV sympahetic to Conservatives. I'll try to work that out.--Natcase 10:07, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

"Theological Moderates" and UK Conservative Friends[edit]

The phrase 'theological moderates' seems to have been in use in the article since it was created. I am wondering whether it is a too generalised view of conservative Quakers. I know a few conservative Friends who certainly could not be categorised as 'theologically moderate'. Also, the section on conservative Quakers in the UK, needs updating. Ripley Quakers have been in existence for nearly 3 years now and have firm, though informal, links to Ohio Yearly Meeting. I've amended that section appropriately. Allistair Lomax (talk) 17:24, 18 July 2010 (UTC)

Generalizations about Conservative YMs in the USA[edit]

"In the USA, three Conservative Friends Yearly Meetings remain as distinct Conservative Friends bodies in Ohio, North Carolina and Iowa; with Ohio Yearly Meeting (Conservative) being the most traditional Christian in belief and practice, of the three Conservative Friends Yearly Meetings; A small Conservative Friends remnant continues in some of the united yearly meetings (Canada and New England). In Europe, there are Conservative Quaker groups in the United Kingdom and Greece, while individual members reside in other countries too. In Greece, Athens Christian Friends Meeting, was established in 2006, and is affiliated to Ohio Yearly Meeting (Conservative) in the United States of America. [See: Friends around the World 2010 Edition, p. 107, FWCC]."

I'd love to see several changes to this paragraph. I would prefer that every comment about CFYMs in the USA be divided into its own paragraph, separate from ROW (I know, how Americentric of me). I would also enjoy seeing some narrowing and defense of the description of Ohio as being the "most traditional Christian in belief." The expression 'traditional Christian' itself does little to explain what is meant here. Whose 'tradition' of Christianity are we talking about? Certainly not the Moravians - yet many consider that group quite 'traditional' in their Christianity I expect. (talk) 01:57, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

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