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George Fox (1624-1691)

Epistle 228
1663

"Busie Bodies"

DEAR Friends, who have tasted of that which is precious, and have felt the Truth convincingly of you; and also felt the Truth convincing of you; and also felt the Power of the Lord God: I feel something amongst some of you that is not right; and how that such get up into the wise Part, but are out of the Power, and out of the Life, and with that Judges, and are beholding the Moats in others Eyes, whilst the Beam is in their own Eyes: Oh! Abuse not the Power, in which is the Gospel-Fellowship, which will keep all in Unity. . . Keep down High-mindedness, . . . quench not the Spirit in the least; for that is Flesh, and not Spirit in yourselves that doth so. . . .

Run not into outward things, that is the fleshly Mind, that will run from one thing, and so be restless. . . . after it hath been in one outward thing it will run into another, and call it his growth in the Truth, and fall a Judging others; but that Judgment is after the Flesh, and there growth is in the Flesh, for the Fruits of it is Strife, Backbitings, Whisperings, and leads to Idleness, Busie-Bodies from House to House, Slandering, Scandelizeing, Vilifying, and are in Lightness, out of the Fear of God, in Varience, and sowing Dissension, and these are the Seedsmen of the Flesh, and not of the Spirit, and so feeds one another with that which burdens the Seed, and quenches the Spirit and destroys the Love and Unity, which Love you should grow in. So the Fruits of every Birth manifesteth it self. . . .

. . . Let there not be a Backbiter, nor Slanderous Tongue, nor Lyar, nor Whisperer, Reproacher, nor a Busie-Body found amongst you; for if there be, it will . . . bring Darkness and Death amongst you. . . . Farwell.

G.F.

Lancaster Prison, the 6th Day.

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