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not be wide and splendid as Howard's, -it may be the sphere of a district, a neighbourhood, or a parish, but if each, who has the means, will use them, it will be done ; done with a blessing to many, with good to ourselves, and with great public service; and the men, who do this work, will be in their degree, like Howard, the benefactors of their age.
For this sketch I have consulted “ Fox's JOURNAL; " Marsden's “ HisTORY OF THE PURITANS; “ Ellwood's MEMOIRS ;
" " PENNINGTON'S LETTERS; " " Life of Milton;" Lipscomb's
66 HISTORY OF Bucks ; ” Neale's 66 HISTORY OF THE PURITANS ; Grahame's “ HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.”
THE CRADLE OF ENGLISH QUAKERISM.
THE controversies of the day have brought Quakerism anew into notice, and have led us to ask, how it came among us, and what uses it has served. It always held a certain estimation, from the activity and integrity of its members. It has rendered, in many instances, important service to the cause of Philanthropy. No one can read of the emancipation of the slaves, without thinking of Clarkson; nor of prisons, without recalling Mrs. Fry; nor of education, without remembering William Allen ; nor of benevolence, without having before him the charities of the Gurneys.
Nor does the history of Quakerism, when retraced by us, fail to shew its purpose. That sect embodied in a