During the American Revolutionary War it was impossible to be neutral, as the pacifist Quakers were quickly to discover.  In November of 1777 the following persons were appointed by the Supreme Executive Council to "collect of those who had not taken the oath of allegiance, certain enumerated articles of clothing for the army."

Thus, Quakers and Loyalists alike had to "donate" to the American cause, either voluntarily or by force.  The Quakers, as pacifists, were unable to lend any help to either side by the tenants of their religion, so the colonial government was then able to send any one of the following men into their homes to "collect" for the troops.

This page updated on January 1, 2011