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Dorothy White was one of the most prolific of the seventeenth-century Quaker women pamphleteers (with twenty texts), apart from the more famous Margaret Fell (whose texts are on average longer than hers). She was an incisive commentator on religious and political issues. Much of her work is prophetic, and some is in verse.
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About 1630 DW was born, probably at Weymouth in Dorset. Bibliographic Citation link.
May 1659 DW wrote A Diligent Search amongst Rulers, Priests, Professors, and People, a pamphlet printed the same year, which she apparently intended for distribution around Weymouth in Dorset. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1684 DW broke a twenty-year silence with several appeals to Quakers not to tone down their radicalism, including A Salutation of Love to all the Tender-Hearted, Universal Love to the Lost, and The Day Dawned both to Jews and Gentiles. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 February 1686 DW died of a fever in London, according to early records, not long after her last published appeal to Quakers not to forget their heroic and radical past. Bibliographic Citation link.
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