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If any person or persons shall think themselves injured or aggrieved by the judgment of any monthly meeting, of which they were a member or members, such person or persons may appeal to the quarterly meeting, to which the said monthly meeting doth belong; provided notice be given of such intended appeal, in three months after such judgment is given; and the appeal must be lodged in such quarterly meeting, within six months after such notice.

If any persons be dissatisfied with the judgment of any quarterly meeting, they may appeal from such judgment to the yearly meeting; the appellants giving notice to the said quarterly meeting of their intentions to appeal, within six months after the judgment of such quarterly meeting is given; and such appeal must be brought to the next quarterly meeting, if it may with convenience, or to the next following.

If any appellant or appellants do not bring his, her or their appeal to the yearly meeting next ensuing, due notice once given, then, if such appellants continue their appeal, notice shall be repeated in writing to the meeting against which


they may appeal, at least three months preceding the yearly meeting. 1745. And when any persons manifest their intention of appealing from the judgment of a monthly or quarterly meeting, that such meeting appoint a suitable number of friends to attend the superior meeting, with a copy of their doings signed by the clerk, there to manifest the reason upon which such judgment was founded: which superior meeting is to take said appeal into consideration and determine thereon, by a committee to be appointed for that purpose. It is concluded, that appeals to the yearly meeting be entered and acted upon on the third day of the week. 1806. It is the judgment of this meeting, that monthly meetings have a right, in cases of reversal of their judgment against any individual member, on account of irregular dealing only, to take up the case again, and proceed according to discipline; and it is recommended to committees of superior meetings to be careful, when reversals are made on account of irregular dealing only, to express the same in their report. 1807.


AGREED, that the choosing of arbitrators is proper in cases of difference about a man's property. 1684.

Whereas it sometimes happeneth to the hurt of truth, and grief of many friends, that differences do arise amongst some professing truth, about outward things: it is therefore by this meeting thought convenient, and advised, that when any friend or friends shall hear of any such difference betwixt any friends in that meeting to which they do belong, that they forthwith speak to and tenderly advise, the persons between whom the dif. ference is, to make a speedy end thereof; and if that friend or those friends do not comply with their advice, that then they take to them one or two friends more, and again exhort them to end their difference; and if they or either of them refuse, then to let them know, that it is the advice and counsel of friends, that they should each choose an equal number of indifferent, impartial and judicious friends, to hear and speedily determine the same; and that they do bind themselves to stand to their award and determination, or the award and determination of the major part of them, that shall be made and signed by the arbitrators. Also this meeting doth advise, that if any person professing the truth among us, and esteemed a friend, shall refuse speedily to end the difference, or refer it as before advised, complaint be made of that person unto the monthly meeting to which he doth belong: and if after admonition he shall refuse so to refer his case, that then the meeting do testify against such person, and disown him to be of our society, until he shall comply with the equal methods and agreements of our society, and by such his compliance doth declare that he is for peace, and doth seek and desire it. And when any person, so refusing, is testified against by the meeting and disowned, the other person may have his liberty to seek his remedy against him at law. 1697. Advised, that in all cases of controversy and difference, the persons concerned therein either speedily compose the difference between themselves or make choice of some faithful friends to determine the same ; or otherwise, if they cannot agree upon the choice, to submit to the monthly meeting's choice of certain persons meet to inspect and determine the controversy, and to stand to their award and final determination thereof; that such controversies may not be continued, to cause a reproach. 1692. And it is the advice of this meeting, that persons differing about outward things do, as little as may be, trouble public ministering friends with being arbitrators in such cases. 1697.

And that all persons differing, be exhorted by the monthly meeting to which they belong, when their cases are referred, and judgment and award made, signed and given thereupon, as aforesaid, to stand to and perform the said award, which they have bound themselves to perform: And if any shall refuse so to do, then the monthly meeting to which such person doth belong, upon notice thereof to them given, shall appoint a suitable committee to labor with him, and if he do not make it evident, that there is manifest error or injustice, they admonish him thereunto; and if after admonition he persist to refuse, then the meeting is to testify against him as before; but if such error or injustice be made to appear, then the matter is to be reconsidered by the same or other arbitrators, as in the judgment of the monthly meeting may appear best, and such correcting judgment be final. And the bonds of arbitration are not to be considered binding and final, where evident error or injustice is made to appear, and it is advised that bonds be written accordingly; but where this is not manifest, such bonds be conclusive and final.

It is the sense and judgment of this meeting, that if any person professing truth with us, shall arrest, sue, or implead at law, any other of our members, before he hath proceeded in the methods herein before recommended, that such person doth therein depart from the principle of truth and the known way thereof, and acts contrary thereunto, and ought to be dealt with by the meeting he belongs to, for the same; and if he shall not give satisfaction to the meeting, for such his disorderly

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