Conservative Quaker Spirituality
For Isolated Friends
George Fox (1624-1691), Epistle 264, 1669
AND such Testimonies of Friends, as are deceased, let them be Recorded, that so the Testimony of the Lord through his Servants may not be lost, that he raised up his People, for the same they were carried on thro' great Tribulations and Sufferings; and many laid down their Lives, and had their Goods spoiled, and they persecuted to Death to keep up their Testimony (which the Lord moved them to speak by his Spirit) to future Generations: So that those Words, that they were moved to speak forth by the Power, may not be lost; that the Power and Spirit of the Lord may be exalted. . . . And so be Diligent, and those that can write, help them that cannot: This may be easily done.
AND now as for Watching in it self: Don't you watch your Plantations against Thieves in the Night? And are not common Watches, set to discover Thieves in the Towns, or House-Breakers, or such as might wickedly Fire Houses? Such civil Things we were subject to, and do submit or selves, for Conscience sake, unto every such Ordinance of Man, which are for the punishment of Evil Doers, and for the praise of them that do well. . . .
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