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tianity shone through them ; whereas , in the learned heads of the Fathers , this illumination found a more dense and coloured medium , which turned its celestial beam astray , and tinged it with ail sorts of gaudy imag inations . Even where these women indulged in theological reveries , as they did not embody their fancies in-
-mmmm Original Letter of George Foxs . Sir , JSromley , Jan . $ th , 1815 . THE following is a copy of a letter from George Fox , some variations in spelling excepted . It was addressed to his wife , who was the widow of Judge Felh The original letter is in my possession , indorsed by my father , as ** George Fox ' s own writing" It appears to have been written in 1674 , when a prosecution
-was pending against him for worshipping God as his conscience dictated , and for obeyiug the command of Christ , " Swear not at all , by refusing to take the oath of allegiance and supremacy . The details of this prosecution are given in his Journal , pp . 462—480 .
The letter is curious in several respects : 1 st . As to what it says " concerning— -black cloth , " the use of which does not seem to have been proscribed in George Fox ' s family ^
2 d . Brief as this unquestionably authentic epistle is , the writer of it twice uses the pronoun " you" in addressing his wife , although he says ia his Journal , p . 22 , " When the Lord sent me into the world , "
meaning about the 24 th year of his age , •* I was required to thee and thou all men and women , without any respect to rich or poor , great or small . " 3 d . This letter is said to have been sent by a person * ' that had his nick broke out of the jent 9 " I suppose from
Kingston upon Thames to Swarthrrtore Hall , in Lancashire , where he resided after his marriage . I subjoin the narrative of this singular accident and recovery from liis Journal p . 446 , and remain , very respect full v ,
THOMAS FOSTER . 44 Dear Love , to whom is my love in the Seed that is over all , and to Thomas * and all the children . And * Thomas Lower ; his wife * ? eou-iii-law * .
to fblios , posterity , a . t least , has been nothing the worse for them ; nor should we have known the strange notions of Saint Ma-crina about the
soul and the resurrection , if her brother , Gregory of Nyssa , had not rather officiously informed us of them , in the dialogue he professes to have had with her on these important subjects .
Friends live in the peaceable life and truth that the Lord may be glorified in you all , that hath purchased and bought you . I did write from Banbury and E . Man from London , and concerning the black cloth Edward Ren aid to take care about it . And
that you might return tliat money you speak of to E . Man for me . And 1 have been at London about a week , and have a copy of my indictment , and nothing is done as yet , but they would be willing to get it off , and we shall see this term .
" The people of the sessionst was like friends and the Lord ' s power was oyer aJJ , and they are very fair . Gerrard Roberts was with some of Worcestershire officers since they came to London , and [ they ] do pretend much , some of them that moved
formerly for my going to Worcester . E . Fell was well lately and Margaret , but her boy is very weak , the Lord strengthen it ; poor woman , she is exercised , but I would have her get
a place of rest , and to settle her mind in . This is John Jay , that had hid neck broke out of the joint , that I do send this by . So in haste my love in the life . G . ff "
" Kingston , Month 3 d , Day \ 7 th . " " While we were at Shrewsbury in East Jersey , " [ in 1672 ] says George Fox , p . 446 , " an accident befel , which for the time was a great exercise
tO US ! J Oil II JaV-n . fHf > 11 H nf RnrhnHsio * to us ; John Jay , afriendofBarbadoes who came with us from Rhode Island , and intended to accompany us through the woods to Maryland , being to try a horse , got upon his back , and the
horse tell a running , cast him down upon his head , and broke his neck , as the people said . Those that were with him took him up as dead , carried him a good way , and hud him on a tree . 1 got to him as soon as I could ; + At Worcester .
Original Letter of George Fix ' s . ft 1
MISCELLANEOUS COMMUNICATIONS .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1815, page 21, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1756/page/21/