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Abstract

The chapter concerns Jane Lead (1624–1704) and the Philadelphian Society. Besides the introduction, which provides biographical details about Lead as well as the necessary political, religious and social contexts, the main primary sources that have been selected are: letters written between May and October 1697 that were intercepted by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s agents; Richard Roach’s answer to five queries concerning his Philadelphian beliefs (2 November 1697); Lead’s published autobiography (1696), which was probably dictated to her amanuensis Francis Lee; an account of Lead’s last days and hours (1704), which was probably written by Lee; three letters from Lee to Pierre Poiret (1701–1703); six letters from Lee to German-speaking Philadelphians (1704); selections from the papers of Richard Roach (1687–c.1705); a vision of Jane Lead after her death (1704); and a letter from Roach to August Hermann Francke (1726).

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