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Jane Hoskens
1694-1764

      In 1712, nineteen-year-old Jane Fenn left her home, family, and friends in London to obey an inner voice that said ----"Go to Pennsylvania! " Arrived in Philadelphia, she was soon cast into debtors' prison for refusing to sign an indenture dictated by the man who had arranged her passage. Redeemed by a group of Quakers from Plymouth County (Pa.) who wished to employ her as a schoolteacher, she spent three years in their community and began to absorb their teachings and their ways.

      Hoskens' narrative is considered the first spiritual autobiography by a Quaker woman published in America. It documents not only her own religious experience, but also the practices of the Quaker communities of early Pennsylvania, and, especially, the importance of the networks of female relationships around which women's lives revolved.

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Biography The Memior of Jane Hoskens
       THE LIFE AND SPIRITUAL SUFFERINGS OF THAT FAITHFUL SERVANT OF CHRIST JANE HOSKENS. A Public Preacher among the People called QUAKERS. M,DCC,LXXI. In 1712, nineteen-year-old Jane Fenn left her home, family, and friends in London to obey an inner voice that said--"Go to Pennsylvania! " Arrived in Philadelphia, she w ...read

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