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.
FRIENDS, To that which is Pure I speak, in which is Unity, where no defiled thing shall enter. Silence all Flesh, who strive about Words, in which is no Profit; who would draw you out of your Conditions and others out of their Conditions: Therefore be Low, and mind that which is Low, to draw you out of Contention. And strive not for Mastery, and do not exercise Lordship over one another; but mind that which is Pure, which keeps you in the Fear of the Lord God. For if your Minds go from that which is Pure, ...