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, You who now come to suffer by a Land-Flood, keep on the Rock, for there is Safety, though a Storm be in the Sea, and the Flood be great, and the Winds great, and the Way rough and crooked, the Seed Christ can make all plain. And so think not the Winter and Cold Weather, nor the Night long; for the Lillies do grow, and the Gardens do give a good smell; and there is a difference between the Carnal Mind and the Spiritual, and the meetings of Adam in the Fall, and them that be gathered into Christ the ...