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Friendly Society vs Society of Friends

Friendly Society, the—(hist.) mutual-aid organization formed to protect members against debts incurred through illness, etc.:

  • The growth of the Friendly Society is impressive. At the beginning during the 1814–1816 period, there were roughly twenty members.

Society of Friends, the —(also: Religious Society of Friends, the) the Quakers (a Christian sect, founded in the mid17th century in England):

  • Probably the best known historical figure in the Society of Friends was William Penn. Born in 1644, he became a Quaker in 1667…