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.
DEAR Friends, whom Death, Bonds, not the outward Creatures can separate from the Love of God in Christ Jesus, Live in Peace and Love one with another, and keep above that straitned Spirit of Strife, which is below, and out of the Power, and Truth and Life of God: Dwell in Dominion, in Love, in Life and in Unity one with another, in the Power of God. . . .
And feed in the Pastures of Life; and none stain your . . . Holiness, where lieth your Beauty. And all that Minister Abroad, walk as Examples to ...
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