Blaser, Peter (18th century)
Peter Blaser, a Swiss Mennonite from Lauperswil in the canton of Bern, who was imprisoned at Bern on 20 September 1710, with 52 fellow believers. There, in January 1711, in the name of his companions, he wrote a reply to the letter of consolation from the Mennonites in Amsterdam dated 9 December 1710. The Dutch Mennonites also aided the prisoners with financial support. Through their intervention nearly 500 of the persecuted Mennonites were put on five boats and taken to Holland. Peter Blaser ran away from the transport in Basel, apparently seized by homesickness. In 1734 a Mennonite named Peter Blaser again appeared in the Bern court records, having escaped "from the spinning-room" after his sons had repeatedly requested his temporary release. In 1742 he reappeared in the country.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 226.
Müller, Ernst. Geschichte der Bernischen Täufer. Frauenfeld: Huber, 1895. Reprinted Nieuwkoop : B. de Graaf, 1972.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 352. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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