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.
AND Friends, keep out of the Worldly-Wise Part, for that will never let People joyn and unite together (in Truth) which enters into the Earth and the Apprehensions of Words; but let Innocency be the Garment, and Truth and Simplicity the Covering. Then in the Innocency ye will have Unity, where there is no Evil Thought, but Love, that thinks no Evil. . . . And let the Weight and Preciousness of Truth be . . . esteemed above all things by you.
For here is my Grief, when I hear anything among Friends ...
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