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Hester Biddle is one of the most powerful as well as one of the more prolific seventeenth-century Quaker writers of polemical prophecies or tracts. She depicts in hypnotic, biblical language the imminent end of the world, repeatedly threatening her enemies with the flames. When she uses the first person singular it is often hard to tell whether she is speaking for God or herself.
Probably 1629 or 1630 The future HB was born; details about her birth family are unknown. Bibliographic Citation link.
24 May 1655 HB issued her two first tracts on the same day: the almost identical Wo to thee City of Oxford and Wo to thee Towne of Cambridge. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1662 HB published her last known tract or prophecy, entitled The Trumpet of the Lord Sounded Forth unto These Three Nations. Bibliographic Citation link.
5 February 1697 HB died in Clerkenwell, London, aged about sixty-seven. Bibliographic Citation link.
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