George Fox (1624-1691)
"All watered as a Garden of Plants"
(An Exhortation to set up Women's Meetings)
AND so, that none may stand idle out of the Vineyard, and out of the Service, and out of their Duty; for such will Talk and Tattle, and Judge with Evil Thoughts, of what they in the Vineyard say and do: And therefore the Power of the Lord God calls in all, into their Duty, into their service, in their Place, in Vertue and Righteousness, and into the Wisdom and Power of God. . . .
Therefore train up your young Women to know their Duty in this thing, that they may be in their Services and Places; for all Truth's Business you are to do in the Power and Wisdom of God; by which you are kept open to the Lord, to receive of his Gifts, and Graces, and of his Life, through which you are to minister one to another: And all keeping in it, then there is none to lett nor stop its Flowings; but through it you are all watered, as a garden of Plants, by which you are nourished. And so, all be Faithful and Diligent.
And make all the sober Women, both of Town and Country, acquainted with this thing. And read this in your Monthly eetings, when you are gathered together. And when you have made the sober women acquainted, in the Towns and Countries, and have them together, then read this amongst them. So, no more but my Love.