In this edition Malta is conflated with the Inquisition as a place of “Great Tryals,” “Cruel Sufferings,” and “Confinement.” The reference to St. Pal is noticeable absent from this title, which not only confirms Malta as a malign locale in the English imagination, but further effaces the agency of the two Quaker women, who identify primarily with masculine prophets. The penultimate “Brie Account of their further Tryals, and how God at last b his Almighty Power effected their Deliverance, and brought them against into the Lad of their Nativity” (228-77), written alternatively by Evans and Chevers, provides an outward itinerary from Malta, to Tangiers (where the two women again sought to proselytize the “natives”), and lastly to England. At Tangiers, they strove to convert “the Moors their Enemies” (250), but were prevented from doing so by the Governor of the besieged fort.


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