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.
(For Friends in the Ministry . . . in Virginia, Maryland, Barbadoes, and other Plantations beyond the sea)
AND so, be Valiant for the Truth upon the Earth, abhorring all Uncleanness and Unrighteousness, flying all youthful Ways and fond Affections below, being kept above them; shewing the new Life, to them that be in the Old, and a New Conversation to them that be in the Vain, and Gentleness to all the Perverse, and Straightness to all the Crooked, and Plainness to all the Rough, and ...