The British Friend published a series of articles over many, many issues that spanned several years, with the title “Friends: Their Origin, Distinguishing Principles, and Practices.” I’m not sure when the series started, since Google Books only has the volumes going back to #4, but in an issue in volume #10, published on , they got around to the subject of War.
Curiously, though, the section on war taxes gets a footnote in which the editor argues with the author:
Friends have been charged with inconsistency in refusing military service, and yet in paying those taxes which are expressly for the support of wars. To this charge they reply, that they believe it to be their duty “to render to Cæsar the things which are Cæsar’s,” and to leave the application of it to Cæsar himself, as he judges best for the support of the government. This duty they collect from the example of Jesus Christ, who paid the tribute-money himself, and ordered his disciples to do it, and this to a government not only professedly military, but distinguished for its idolatry and despotism.…*
* We fear our author has misunderstood the practice of Friends, in admitting that they pay “those taxes which are expressly for the support of wars.” It is true that they believe it their duty to “render unto Cæsar the things that are Cæsar’s,” but there is a wide difference between the payment of taxes for the general purposes of government, and that of a tax for the express support of war. The latter, we believe, has been very rarely imposed; and were such a tax attempted to be levied, we conceive it could not, in consistency, be paid by the members of our Society. — Eds.
The series, footnote included, was later compiled into the book A Portraiture of the Christian Profession and Practice of the Society of Friends: Embracing a view of the moral education, discipline, peculiar customs, religious principles, political and civil economy, and character of that religious society by Thomas Clarkson.
Clarkson himself was an Anglican, not a Quaker, and is now remembered mostly as a hero of the British abolitionist movement. I think it is remarkable how much ink The British Friend used to print the writings of a non-Quaker explaining the Quakers to themselves. Clarkson’s interactions with Quakers in the abolitionist movement gave him a lot of sympathy for the sect.