George Fox (1624-1691)
"Weighty, Seasoned and Substantial Friends"
NOW concerning them that do go to the Quarterly Meeting, they must be substantial Friends, that can give a Testimony of your Sufferings, and how things are amongst you in every particular Meeting. So that none that are raw or weak, that are not able to give a Testimony of the Affairs of the Church and Truth, may go on behalf of the particular Meetings to the Quarterly Meetings, but may be nursed up in your Monthly Meetings, and there fitted for the Lord's Service . . . for the Quarterly Meetings should be made up of Weighty, seasoned and substantial Friends, that understands the Business of the Church; for no unruly and unseasoned Persons should come there, nor indeed into the Monthly Meetings, but who are single-hearted, seasoned and honest.