CHAPTER I.-1663–1666.—George Fox visits London-taken up at Tenterden

and examined by the magistrates, but liberated-precious meetings in Wales

-at Derwentwater meets with an old woman whose husband was aged 122

years—apprehended and taken before the magistrates at Holker Hall, but

liberated on his parole to appear at the sessions—appears accordingly, and

is committed to Lancaster jail- many poor Friends imprisoned there at the

same time, whose families become chargeable in consequence-one of them

(Oliver Atherton) dies in jail, where he was immured by the Countess of

Derby for tithes—George Fox has the oath tendered him at the assizes, and

is re-committed—Margaret Fell is also imprisoned there—the prisoners in

Lancaster jail to Justice Fleming—a brief warning to the same by George

Fox-George Fox disputes with Major Wiggan (who was also a prisoner),.

and confutes him-writes to the judges against giving nicknames--writes a .

warning to all high professors also a warning against the spirit of John

Perrot--at the assizes he points out many fatal errors in his indictment, and

it is quashed in consequence, but the judge ensnares him with the oath, and

he is again remanded to prison-suffers much from the badness of the prison

-at the next assizes he again points out fatal errors in his indictment, and

is immediately hurried away to jail, and sentence is passed on him in his

absence--a testimony against tithes--he is removed to Scarbro' Castle-has

several conferences and disputes with divers persons there—writes to the

king respecting his imprisonment, and is set at liberty-copy of his discharge

and passport—the day after George Fox's liberation the great fire broke out

in London, a vision of which he had in Lancaster Castle-the hand of the

Lord turned against persecutors,

CHAPTER II.-1666-1669.-George Fox visits a man above one hundred years

old, who had been convinced-refutes a slander that Friends love none but

themselves—has a meeting at Captain Taylor's [at Brighouse], where a

neighbouring knight threatens again to imprison him—comes to London,

and finds the city in ruins as he had seen it in a vision some years before-

is moved to recommend the setting up of monthly meetings to take care of

God's glory, and to admonish and exhort such as walk disorderly—travels

through the nation for this purpose-meets with opposition in Huntingdon-

shire and Bedfordshire—when at Shrewsbury it was rumoured that “the

great Quaker of England was come to town"--the hypocrisy of the Presby-

terians detected—they and the Independents persecute when in power, but

flinch in time of persecution by other powers—George Fox recommends

certain regulations to be observed relative to Friends' marriages—he also

recommends the establishment of a school at Waltham for boys, and one at

Shacklewell for girls—the meetings for discipline are the means of a great

reformation among the people—George Fox discovers a cheat, writes a

prophetic warning to Friends-monthly meetings settled throughout the

nation-the order and good results thereof--George Fox disputes with a



Papist-confers with Esquire Marsh (Justice), and shows him how to dis-

tinguish between Friends and other Dissenters who refused the oath-Justice

Marsh is afterwards very serviceable to Friends in screening them from

suffering, and recommends the king to grant liberty of conscience-fourteen

monthly meetings are settled in Yorkshire—Isaac Lindley to George Fox

-when at Scarbro' the governor presses George Fox to accept his hospi-

tality,large and precious meetings,


CHAPTER III.-1669–1671.-George Fox sails for Ireland in company with

several other Friends—he there sends a challenge to the Popish priests to

try their God, which is not accepted-he contrasts them with Baal's priests

-the authorities of Cork threaten him, and issue warrants for his appre-

hension-he rides publicly through the city, and is seen by the mayor, but

not molested—writes to Friends in the ministry there-discourses with

professors on election and reprobation-returns to England—a report is

spread that George Fox is turned Presbyterian, through a trick to obtain a

congregation for John Fox, the Presbyterian, which, however, turns to the

advantage of Friends—George Fox is married to Margaret Fell at Bristol

-writes to the quarterly meetings about putting children apprentices

Margaret Fox is cast into prison—two of her daughters go to the king, and

obtain a promise of their mother's liberty-on the passing of the Conventicle

Act, George Fox writes a declaration against seditious conventicles—writes

to Friends to strengthen them in their trials—is apprehended at a meeting

at Gracechurch Street-taken before the mayor, who discourses with him

and sets him at liberty-visits Friends in Reading jail-undergoes great

travail of spirit, loses his sight and hearing, and becomes as a sign-perse-

cution becoming hot, some meeting-houses are pulled down, and Friends are

much abused-George Fox endures great mental conflict-the faithfulness

of Friends is said by some professors to have preserved the nation from

debauchery-George Fox writes an encouraging letter to Friends—as

persecution abates he recovers—writes a warning to the rulers of the nation

-recommends certain regulations respecting marriage-writes a prayer, 69

CHAPTER IV.-1671-1672.—His wife being still detained a prisoner, George

Fox puts two women Friends upon going to the king to procure her

discharge, which he granted under the broad seal, to clear her person and

estate after being a prisoner under premunire ten years—he sails for the

plantations in America with several other Friends—chased by a Sallee

man-of-war—the master in a strait asks advice of George Fox, who seeks

counsel of the Lord, and is assured of their preservation—the event verifies

the prediction-they land at Barbadoes, after a seven weeks' passage_a

man in the island, who was greatly incensed against George Fox without

just cause, and who had threatened his life, died a few days before his

landing—is laid up for some weeks—writes to Friends in England-exhorts

Friends to care and watchfulness in regard to marriages, keeping registers,

and records, providing burial grounds, &c.—to deal mildly with their

negroes, and, after certain years of servitude, to set them free-writes a

further exhortation to Friends in England-visits the governor, who is very

kind-has many large meetings, and there is a great convincement; Colonel

Lyne testifies how much Friends exalt Christ in all his offices beyond what

he had ever heard—the priests rage, and try in vain to stir up persecution

—there is much clamour and cavilling against Friends, and many slanders

and false reports are issued, which George Fox answers in a paper addressed

to the governor-the governor visits him—writes to his wife-sails for

Jamaica, where he has many meetings, and many are convinced—Elizabeth

Hooton dies there,



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CHAPTER VI.-1673-1675.-George Fox writes to his wife from Bristol-has

a glorious powerful meeting there, in which he declares of three estates and

three teachers—at Slattenford meets with much opposition to the settlement

of women's meetings—the chief opposer, struck by the Lord's power,

condemns his error-at Armscott is arrested by Justice Parker, and sent to

Worcester jail with Thomas Lower-writes to his wife-he and T. Lower

write to Lord Windsor and other magistrates, with a statement of their case

—they are examined at the sessions, but George Fox is ensnared with the

oath, and re-committed for refusing to take it—Thomas Lower is discharged,

and afterwards visits Justice Parker, and gives the priest of the parish (who

instigated their imprisonment) a severe rebuke in his presence, though

unknown-George Fox disputes with Dr. Crowder on swearing-he is

removed to London by Habeas Corpus--but ultimately remanded to Wor-

cester-is examined at the assizes by Judge Turner, but the case is referred

to the sessions—disputes with a priest on perfection-brought up at the

sessions and re-committed, but has liberty till the next sessions—is again

removed by Habeas Corpus, and tenders in court a declaration instead of

the oath-attends the Yearly Meeting in London--appears again at the

sessions of Worcester, and points out the flaws in his indictment—yet he is

brought in guilty and premunired-writes to the king respecting the prin-

ciple of Friends -is seized with illness, and his life almost despaired ofm

Justice Parker writes to the jailer to relax the rigour of his imprisonment

- his wife intercedes with the king for his release, which he is willing to

grant by a pardon-this George Fox could not accept, as it implied guilt-

he is once more removed by Habeas Corpus--the under-sheriff quarrels

with him for calling their ministers priests--he is brought before the judges,

and Counsellor Corbet starts a new plea, that the Court cannot imprison on

a premunire—the indictment is quashed for error, and he is freed by pro-

clamation after nearly fourteen months' imprisonment—he writes many

papers and pamphlets in Worcester jail,


CHAPTER VII.-1675–1677.-George Fox attends the Yearly Meeting, and

afterwards sets forward towards the North-attends the Quarterly Meeting

at Lancaster, and goes thence to Swarthmore-writes many books and

papers for the Truth—the titles of several named-writes to Friends in

Westmorland to keep in the power of God, and thereby avoid strife-writes

an epistle to the Yearly Meeting—makes a collection and arrangement of

his various papers and writings, and of the names of divers Friends engaged

in particular service, or against the Truth--some meetings for discipline


established in the North in 1653- recites his labours and travels for estab-

lishing meetings for discipline-a spirit of discord and separation appears in

the church-the separatists are rebuked and reproved—the establishment

of men's and women's meetings is much opposed--a narrative of the spread-

ing of Truth, and of the opposition from the worldly powers-death of

Priest Lampitt, a persecutor-George Fox travels again towards the South

-writes to his wife from York-finds some slack in their testimony against

Tithes—writes an epistle to Friends on the subject-attends the Yearly

Meeting—with John Burngeat, and other Friends, visits William Penn at

his house at Worminghurst, in Sussex-sets things in order for visiting

Holland-precious meeting,

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CHAPTER VIII.-1677.-George Fox soils for Holland, with several other

Friends, and lands at Briel-attends the Quarterly Meeting at Amsterdam

-writes an epistle to Friends against the spirit of separation-writes to the

Princess Elizabeth-her answer-a Monthly Meeting is established at

Frederickstadt Friends are imprisoned and banished from Embden, and

suffer greatly a Monthly Meeting settled at Harlingen--a priest assents to

the doctrine promulgated by George Fox-he is questioned for it by his

hearers-George Fox writes an epistle to Friends respecting the seducing

spirit-he writes an epistle of encouragement to Friends under suffering at

Dantzic—and again to Friends respecting the spirit of separation-spends

considerable time at Amsterdam in writing on Truth's account a warning

to the magistrates and people of Oldenburg-an epistle concerning fasts,

prayers, honour, persecution, true liberty, and the observance of days and

times—a warning to the magistrates, priests, and people of Hamburg—to

the ambassadors met to effect a treaty of peace in the city of Nimeguen-

completes his travels in Holland-writes a book addressed to the Jews, 176

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CHAPTER IX.-1677–1680.-George Fox, with other Friends, sails for

England, and lands at Harwich, after a hazardous voyage of three days-

has a large meeting at Colchester, and proceeds thence to London—writes

to his wife--receives further accounts of persecution in New England-

travels into Buckinghamshire, and meets with some false brethren, who are

unruly and troublesome at meetings~Friends have a special meeting with

them afterwards—at Reading meets with opposition to the settlement of a

women's meeting-visits Bristol during the fair, where are many Friends

from various parts--the separatists there are very rude and abusive-he

aids Friends in drawing up a breviat of their sufferings, to present to the

judges at Gloucester assizes-meets with some separatists at Finchcombếis

engaged with other Friends in soliciting Parliament to grant them relief

from the statutes made against Popish recusants-attends the Yearly Meet-

ing, which was glorious and heavenly one-Friends greatly united in

testifying against the spirit of separation-not one mouth opened on its

behalf-the Truth prospers at home and abroad -George Fox writes to his

wife-writes to the king of Poland to dissuade him from persecution—to

Friends in Amsterdam-Friends again press their suit for relief from the

statutes made against Popish recusants without success—are much exercised

with the spirit of separation, which opposes the order and discipline of the

church-George Fox writes a paper to open the understandings of the weak,

and as a reproof to a censorious judging spirit-has conferences with some

of the opposers at Hertford-writes again to Friends to warn them of this

spirit of false liberty-visits Friends in Prison at Leicester-advises

Friends how to end their differences—writes an epistle to Friends in London

-writes to Friends in prison to console them under suffering—writes an

epistle to the Yearly Meeting an encouragement to Friends to be valiant

for the Truth—also a caution to Friends to keep in humility-travels again

towards the South-visits prisoners in York Castle-recommends Friends

to lay their sufferings before the judge at the assizes-attends the Yearly


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CHAPTER X.-1681–1683.-George Fox answers two envious books written

abroad-writes to magistrates to persuade them to moderation-writes to

the Quarterly Meetings—attends the judges at Chambers, respecting a

tithe-suit against himself and his wife—George Fox had bound himself not

to intermeddle with his wife's estate-this is shown to the judges in court,

at which they wonder-his counsel thereon founds an argument in his

favour-he again writes against the spirit of strife and division in the church

-writes to the magistrates who had illegally condemned Friends upon

ex-parte evidence-writes two papers respecting the choice of sheriffs

Friends are interrupted at Gracechurch Street Meeting by a civil and

military force—George Fox writes divers books and papers in support and

defence of the Truth-the Spirit of God directed to as the rule to distinguish

between Truth and error, whereby the evil of persecution may be avoided

an epistle to encourage Friends under their sufferings, both from the out-

ward powers, and from false brethren-the laws are now more strictly

enforced against Dissenters—an epistle to Friends, commending them to the

power of God in themselves—writes to Friends imprisoned at Denbigh, to

console them in their sufferings, and exhorting them to faithfulness-Friends

are kept out of their meeting-houses, and fined for speaking—a Friend is

speedily restored from a sudden illness, in a remarkable manner, through

the prayers of George Fox-persecution is now hot, and George Fox

writes to Friends not to risk the loss of other people's goods through their



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CHAPTER XI.-1683–1685.-—A salutation of love to Friends, designed to stir

up the pure mind-an epistle to Friends commending them to Christ, the

rock and sure foundation—an epistle of counsel to Friends-George Fox

taken from a meeting and examined by a magistrate, but soon released

writes an epistle to the faithful to beware of a seducing spirit-after the

Yearly Meeting sails for Holland, and lands at the Briel-attends the Yearly

Meeting at Amsterdam-writes to Galenus Abrahams, a Mennonist or

Baptist, who, seven years before, bid him “keep his eyes off him,” for he

said “they pierced him," but now he was become very loving and tender,

as well as his family-George Fox returns to England writes to the Duke

of Holstein an able defence of women's preaching—writes an epistle of

counsel to Friends-advises with, and assists them in, drawing up an account

of sufferings, which is printed and spread amongst Parliament-men-writes

a caution to Friends to keep out of the world's spirit, &c.—and a warning

against pride and excess in apparel, .


CHAPTER XII.-1685–1686.-George Fox tarries in London, labouring in the

service of Truth-removes to Epping on account of his health-writes an

epistle to Friends returns to London-writes a paper concerning order in

the Church of God—and a warning to backsliders--assists in distributing

money raised for sufferers by Friends in Ireland-writes an epistle to the

king of Poland, on behalf of Friends of Dantzic, who suffer imprisonment

for conscience' sakema paper concerning judging— looks diligently after

Friends' sufferings in London, and obtains a general release of prisoners—

writes an epistle to Friends, many having been recently liberated from

prison-another on a similar occasion-an epistle to Friends to keep in the

unity in the Truth-another to remind them of the evidence and seal they

had received of their meetings for discipline having been set up in the power

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