Henry Louis Gates Jr. informs Glenn Close that the Quakers disowned her ancestor in 1843.
- Glenn, this is another Quaker document
from Swarthmore's archives.
It's dated 1843.
Would you mind reading the transcribed lines
about your ancestor?
- Middletown preparative meeting informed
that John S Worell is charged with fornication,
which charge he denied
and that he has also married a woman not in membership
with friends by the assistance of a magistrate.
I like him.
- [Henry] Your eyes- - Wow!
- Your eyes, it was like a cartoon.
Your eyes went ding on fornication, you know?
- Yes, right there.
So he married a woman who wasn't a friend and-
- Your ancestor was disowned
by his own Quaker meeting for doing that.
- Well, I share some of that with him.
- Being disowned by, you know,
walking away from-
- [Henry] You got it.
- Something that was trying to control you.