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In this epistle, Fox advocated giving women's meetings the initial responsibility to pass on a couple's intentions when the couple had expressed a desire to be wed.
Such national meetings were held twice a year until 1792, since when they have been annual in Dublin and other centres.
However, most Yearly Meetings and Monthly Meetings encourage Friends marrying under their care to obtain marriage licenses and have them signed by a representative of the Meeting and duly file the licenses with the state.
This is a special concern since common law marriages, under which Quaker marriages were formerly valid in many states, no longer is legally recognized in the USA.
Quakers are a religious organisation dating from the seventeenth century.
Its roots are in Christianity but today Quakers are a broad-based group of those who believe that there is something of God (or the divine) in everyone. We welcome people regardless of gender, colour, nationality, disability or sexuality.