The Bay Window [page 39]
The Indian Council House [page 42]
Consider the scene portrayed as occurring in the winter of 1811.
travels hundreds of miles from Indiana to Upper Canada,
where she speaks before a throng of attentive people about religion,
advocating peace, mercy, simplicity and returning good for evil.
Maybe something like this might occur today in the twenty-first century, but in 1811, surely this would be a fantasy. Or so the author thought before researching the Society of Friends.
Priscilla Cadwallader did indeed come from Indiana to preach publically in the 1820s, but the author is unaware of any detailed record of the talks she gave in Upper Canada. Instead, the Ontario Quaker Archives most graciously allowed me to use excerpts from a memorial on the life and writings of Mary Mitchell, who also travelled in Quaker ministry, principally in New England. A collection of her thoughts was published in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1812. It is from that collection that the sermon was constructed.
A description of the trials Cadwallader faced as a woman in ministry, those challenges arising not from other Quakers who believed that women are the spiritual equals of men, but from the wider society, can be found in From Quaker to Upper Canadian, by Robynne Rogers Healey, pages 85-86. Another excellent source for Quaker beliefs and practices is The Quakers in Canada, by Arthur Dorland, particularly Chapter Two and the section on Itinerant Ministry. Descriptions of early Quaker worship can be found
in Dorland, which the novel attempts to represent faithfully, both here and in later sections of the novel.