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.
MY Dear Friends, Be not carried away by good Word and fair Speeches, nor the Affectionate part, which is taken with them; but every one have hold of the Truth in your selves, and the Life, and Light and Power of the Most-High, by which ye may be staied upon Christ, your Bread of Life, he is the Staff of your Heavenly and Eternal Life; Bread is the Staff of Life. Now Friends, who have denied the World's Songs and Singing; sing ye in the Spirit, and with Grace, making Melody in your Hearts to the Lord. And ...