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Pacific Yearly Meeting

of the

Religious Society of Friends

a guide to quaker discipline in the experience of pacific yearly meeting of the religious society of friends.
published 2001

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appendix 5: letters

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5A: Letter of Introduction

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quaker faith & spiritual practice
testimony & experience of friends
organization of the society
activities & organization of the YM
sources of quotations
index of sources
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We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Friends who have permitted us to use material for this Faith and Practice.



Dear Friends of New York Yearly Meeting,

 We send you warm greetings with our member Elizabeth Gray Vining.

 Elizabeth spent many years in Japan, and has recently written a biography of Rufus Jones. We find the combination of her global perspective on life and her in-depth knowledge of Quakerism a wonderful asset to our Meeting. We are confident you will enjoy her presence at the annual session of your Yearly Meeting.

 We look forward to hearing from her about how the Spirit is moving among Friends in New York.

In Peace,
Sarah Fuller
Clerk, Big Sur Monthly Meeting

 This is a fictional letter signed by the Clerk of the Meeting (someone else may have actually drafted the letter). It was written at the request of Elizabeth Gray Vining, who knew that it was common practice to bring a letter of introduction when traveling among Friends. Although it would be a courtesy for the Clerk to inform Business Meeting that the letter was written, the Meeting is not asked to approve this letter. If Elizabeth had been traveling under a particular concern, the Meeting might consider approving a travel minute <see sample; Appendix 5d>.