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.
. . . IF any Brother or Sister hear any Report of any Brother or Sister, let him or her go to the Party, and know the Truth of the Report; and if true, let the thing be Judged: If false, go then to the Reporter, and let him or her be Judged. And if any should report it at a second or third hand, without going to the Party, of whom the Report goes, let such be brought to Judgment: For thou shalt neither raise nor suffer a false Report to lie upon my People, saith the Lord; for they are to be Holy, as ...
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