"I can't help but laugh to myself at the happy storm of excitement that is sweeping around inside me..." Paul
"My heart's been singing small 'songs without words' like Mendelsohn's all day..." Betty
A Quaker Courtship is an intimate, endearing story of love and a tantalizing glimpse of the life, key leaders and organizations among Quakers in 1922, revealed in letters, photographs and telegrams exchanged almost daily by Paul Furnas and Betty Walter as they met, courted and planned to marry.
Paul and Betty were Quakers from different branches of Friends: the Furnases were Orthodox and the Walters were Hicksite. Their own courtship coincided with an effort among young adult Friends to unite these disparate branches and revive the Religious Society of Friends in the United States. As leaders of this movement much was made of their own union.
A Quaker Courtship was written and edited by Ann Trueblood Raper, who discovered their letters and became immersed in their world. It is an annotated memoir of the love of Paul and Betty, largely in their own words.