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.
(To Friends at Jamaica)
FRIENDS, We do hear that some, professing Truth amongst you, do not keep to your Meetings so diligently as they ought to do, nor yet meet but few of you together on the First Days. And the reason is; That upon the First Days some of you write and make up your Accompts; so as you cannot have time to go to and frequent the Meetings. Truly Friends, this is an ill Savour to come over here into England, and shews that you mind your own Business more ...