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Margaret Fell was the most prolific, as well as one of the most influential, Quaker writers. She wrote letters; her single-volume collected works contained forty-five tracts, nearly all written in the 1650s and 1660s. They appeared either anonymously, or collaboratively, most frequently bearing her initials, or occasionally her name. Ranging in size from leaflets to volumes, they represent thirteen per cent of all publications by Quaker women between 1641 and 1700. Bibliographic Citation link. Some are undated. One of Margaret Fell's printers was Mary Westwood. Bibliographic Citation link. She was less revolutionary in her opinions than some other Quaker women writers.
1614 Margaret Askew (later MF) was born at Marsh Grange near Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire, an isolated farming area amidst the fells. Bibliographic Citation link.
Later 1666 MF published with her initials her most famous work, Womens Speaking Justified . . . by the Scriptures, one of a number of works she wrote while imprisoned in Lancaster Castle. Bibliographic Citation link.
April 1700 MF composed her latest known work, "An Epistle to Friends", urging the Society not to isolate themselves from society by adopting the distinctive dress with which they nevertheless proceeded to identify themselves. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 April 1702 MF died at Swarthmoor Hall, where she was buried. Bibliographic Citation link.
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