These Friends disrupted Puritan services and were often perceived as witches. Followers eventually learned to temper their actions, and later became known more for pacifism, close-knit communities, and skill in business matters. The Commissioners of the United Colonies Massachusetts, Plymouth, New Haven, Connecticut being actuated by a spirit of bigotry and intolerance were greatly annoyed by the Conduct of the public authorities of Rhode Island, where religious practices of all kinds were tolerated.
In Rhode Island, where they were freely tolerated, their principles spread to a large segment of the population. During the Years Quakers were estimated to constitute half the voting population of Rhode Island.
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The Great Meeting House is on the grounds of Nicholas Easton's land in Newport, where they held early meetings, and that he later donated to them for the permanent meeting house. Rhode Island Society of Friends written records start in from this group Newport. From various sources, early meetings were held at Newport, Portsmouth, Jamestown and Tiverton.
Although formal records are not found, references to various individuals of Rhode Island, including pleadings, cases and trials in the General Court at Boston confirm the early establishment of the religious group within the state of Rhode Island.
In the persons who composed the Newport settlement seem to have arranged themselves into two religious groups.
One party, with Coddington, Coggeshall, and Nicholas Easton as leaders, formulated views which seem extraordinarily akin to those later held by the Society of Friends ; while the other group, led by John Clarke, formed a Baptist Church. William Coddington was the first Judge of Providence Plantation.
His wife, Quaker Mary Dyer, was hanged in Boston infor returning there on more than one occasion after her banishment. Henry Bull served as Commissioner, Deputy, and Assistant and served as Governor inand again in when in his eighties.
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His wife, Quaker Mary Dyer Her maiden name was "Barrett".