Quaker Testimonies on the Plain Language Witness
Quaker Spirituality and the Use of Plain Speech
Elizabeth Gurney Fry, Quaker humanitarian (1780-1845)
I used to think and do now how little dress matters. But I find it almost impossible to keep to the principles of Friends without altering my dress and speech. . . . They appear to me a sort of protector to the principles of Christianity in the present state of the world.
MY Dear Friends, Be not carried away by good Word and fair Speeches, nor the Affectionate part, which is taken with them; but every one have hold of the Truth in your selves, and the Life, and Light and Power of the Most-High, by which ye may be staied upon Christ, your Bread of Life, he is the Staff of your Heavenly and Eternal Life; Bread is the Staff of Life. Now Friends, who have denied the World's Songs and Singing; sing ye in the Spirit, and with Grace, making Melody in your Hearts to the Lord. And ...