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.
ALL Friends, Take heed of running on in a Form, lest ye do lose the Power; but keep in the Power and Seed of God, in which ye will live in the Substance. And at any Disputes, take heed: many may be lifted up in the Victory and Conquest, and after have a Joy in the Prophecies and Openings, and after fall. And if Bablers come, and Janglers say, They have a bad Meeting; and so, the murmuring Nature getteth up, out of Patience, and the Seed, which beareth all things and suffereth all things, which keepeth down that, which ...
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