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.
(To Friends in Carolina)
DEAR Friends, to whom is my Love in the blessed Seed, which . . . changeth not, which is the First and Last, in whom you have Life and Peace with the God of Peace. So you few that are that ways, keep your Meetings, and meet together in the Name of Jesus, whose Name is above every Name, and Gathering is above every Gathering; . . . and you Gathering in his Name, where Salvation is, he is your Prophet, your Shepherd, your Bishop, your Priest, in ...
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