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.
(To Friends in New Jersey and Pensilvania)
DEAR Friends, With my dear Love to you all, in God's holy peaceable Truth; and my desires are that you may be all kept Careful of God's Glory. Now in your settling of Plantations and Provinces, and especially in the woody Countries, as those are, you may have many Trials and Troubles; but if you keep in the Wisdom of God, that will keep you both gentle, and kind, and easie to be intreated one of another, that will preserve you out of ...
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