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CHAPTER V.-1652.—George Fox visits great men's houses, warning them to

repent—is accused of calling himself Christ-refutes the charge, and tells the

accuser that Judas's end would be his, which shortly came to pass, hence a

slander is raised against Friend is stoned at Doncaster—a scoffing priest

made to tremble at the Lord's power-a slandering priest cut off in his wicked-

ness—a murderous man seeks George Fox, but misses him—he lays in a

wood all night—the influence of one man or woman, who lives in the same

spirit that the prophets and apostles were in, is to be felt within a circuit of

ten miles—George Fox ascends Pendle Hill, whence he sees the place of a

great gathering of people—on descending, refreshes himself at a spring of

water, having taken little sustenance for several days—foresees a great people

in white raiment about Wensleydale and Sedberghếa wicked man designs to

injure him, but is prevented—many are convinced in Dent, and a meeting is

settled at Sedbergh, where he had seen a people in white raiment-preaches

for several hours in the steeple-house yard there-preaches on a rock, near

Firbank chapel, to 1000 people, for three hours—the family of Judge Fell

convinced, and a meeting settled at his house, and continued for forty years

-preaches through Lancaster streets—at a meeting of priests at Ulverstone

he speaks in great power, so that one of them said, “the church shook”-

disputes with priest Lampitt-Justice Sawrey is the first persecutor in the

north—forty priests appear against George Fox at Lancaster Sessions for

speaking blasphemy; they are confounded, and he is cleared of the charge-

James Naylor's account of George Fox's trial at Lancaster Sessions—priest

Jackus is reproved from the bench for his blasphemy—these priests are re-

proved by the populace—Colonel West defends and protects George Fox

against the machinations of the priests, and the design of Judge Windham,

at the risk of losing his place,

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CHAPTER VI.—1652–1653.-George Fox is branded by the priests as a witch

-writes to Justice Sawrey, prophesying of the judgments impending over

him—warning to priest Lampitt-exhortation to the people of Ulverstone—to

the followers of Lampitt, against a hireling ministry, &c.—a rebuke to Adam

Sands for his wickedness—to priest Tatham, against his hireling ministry and

his suing for tithes—foretells the dissolution of the Long Parliament-fasts

ten days—James Milner and Richard Myer create a schism, which is soon

healed—the latter is miraculously healed of his lameness, but afterwards dis-

obeys the Lord, and dies not long after-Anthony Pearson, an opposer, is con-

vinced—the priests are shown to be Antichrist—George Fox preaches at

John Wilkinson's steeple-house three hours—admonishes a professor for

praising himreproves Wilkinson for speaking against his conscience,

many hundreds are convinced—discerns an unclean spirit in a woman, and

speaks sharply to her—the like of some other women-speaks sharply to an

envious Baptist-preaches in the steeple-house at Carlisle, where the Lord's

power was such that the people trembled—committed to Carlisle prison as a

blasphemer, heretic, and seducer—the priests who come to see him are ex-

ceedingly rude—Anthony Pearson's remonstrance to the Judges of assize

against the unjust imprisonment and detention of George Fox—he is put in

the dungeon, a filthy place, where a woman is found eaten to death with

vermin—here James Parnell visits him—a challenge to professors to declare

their objections to George Fox's ministry—it being reported that George

Fox was to die for religion, the Little Parliament write to the sheriff respect-

ing him—he himself expostulates with Justices Craston and Studholm on their

imprisoning him-A. Pearson and the governor visit the prison, blame the

magistrates, require sureties of the jailer, and put the under-jailer in the

dungeon for his cruelty to George Fox, who is-soon after liberated—George

Fox has great meetings, and thousands are convinced—visits Gilsland, a

noted country for thieving—has a glorious meeting of many thousands, near

Langlands, on the top of a hill-great convincement in the six northern

counties,

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CHAPTER VII.—1653–1654.-George Fox disputes most of the day with

priest Wilkinson—Many Friends lose their business for declining the world's

salutations, but afterwards their tried faithfulness and integrity procure them

more than their neighbours—George Fox issues an address to Friends

everywhere—two persecuting justices at Carlisle are cut off, and a third dis-

graced—George Fox passes through Halifax, a rude town of professors—at

Synderhill-Green he has a mighty meeting of some thousands, and there was

a general convincement-about sixty ministers are now raised up in the north,

to travel towards the south, the east, and the west, in Truth's service-

George Fox's address to Friends in the ministry-Rice Jones and many

other false prophets rise up against Friends and are blasted—a wicked man

binds himself with an oath to kill George Fox, but is prevented-great con-

vincement in Lincolnshire—at Swannington George Fox has much contro-

versy with professors—has a great dispute with priest Stevens, and seven

other priests at Drayton—his father being present was convinced, and said,

“ Truly I see he that will but stand to the truth it will carry him out”-

priest Stevens propagates lies respecting George Fox, which the Lord swept

away—is taken before Colonel Hacker, who sends him to the Protector-

speaks prophetically to the Colonel—has a friendly conference with the Pro-

tector—is dismissed by him very friendly—refuses his entertainment-

Captain Drury scoffs at trembling, but is made to tremble in a remarkable

manner-George Fox prays with some officers, who are greatly shaken by

the Lord's power—priests and professors greatly disturbed because many of

the people are convinced, and moved to declare against the rest,

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kings, and rulers in Europe, against persecution--to the justices appointed

for trying ministers of religion, being a testimony against hireling ministers

-Samuel Fisher and others are convinced at a meeting at Romney, where

the Lord's power is marvellously displayed-a large meeting at Coggeshall

of about two thousand people, which lasted several hours-many reproaches

are cast upon the truth, and lying slanderous books published, which are

answered, and the truth set over the gainsayers——to those who scorn trem-

bling and quaking-great rage is manifested against the truth and Friends, and

their plainness is contemned—to the churches gathered into outward forms,

opening their state and warning of the woes coming upon them—to the

Protector, respecting the imprisonment of Friends for refusing to take oaths

and pay tithes, &c.--to friends to offer themselves to lie in prison for a

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CHAPTER IX.-1655–1656.- Friends slandered by Presbyterians and Inde-

pendents, suffer much from them and the Baptists for refusing to pay tithes-

the priests hunt after a fallen benefice like crows after carrion-great miracles

wrought through several—an Independent preacher convinced, but relapses

-address to the convinced in Ireland a sick woman at Baldock restored

George Fox parts and reconciles two furious combatants—to the seven

parishes at the Land's End, recommending attention to the Inward Light-

George Fox parts with James Naylor, and has a presentiment of his fall-

Major Ceely places George Fox and Edward Pyot under arrest—they are

sent to Launceston jail-put into Doomsdale, and suffer a long and cruel im-

prisonment—a paper against swearing-Peter Ceely's mittimus-George

Fox has great service in jail-many are convinced, and opposers are con-

founded-experiences some remarkable preservations—Edward Pyot writes

an excellent letter to Judge Glynne on the liberty of the subject, and on the

injustice and illegality of their imprisonment–Truth spreads in the west by

the very means taken to prevent it-exhortation and warning to magistrates

- answer to the Exeter general warrant for taking up and imprisoning

Friends—exhortation to Friends in the ministry_warning to priests and

professors—cruel jailer imprisoned in Doomsdale, and further judgments

upon him follow-a Friend offers to lie in prison instead of George Fox-

Edward Pyot to Major-General Desborough, in answer to his conditional

offer of libertyGeorge Fox to the same—he and his Friends are soon after

liberated,

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CHAPTER X.-1656-1657.--Address to those who are given to pleasures and

wantonness—to the bowlers in Castle-Green at Launceston—George Fox

visits Friends imprisoned at Exeter, amongst whom is James Naylor, who

has apostatized, but afterwards returned into the Truth—at a meeting in the

orchard at Bristol about ten thousand persons are present—Paul Gwin, a

rude Baptist, creates a disturbance, but is reproved and silenced-meeting

of two or three thousand persons at N. Crips's—Justice Stooks prevents the

magistrates from apprehending George Fox-speaks to the Protector at

Hyde Park, who invites him to his house--accordingly goes to Whitehall,

and speaks to the Protector about Friends sufferings'—travels through most

parts of the nation after his liberation from Launceston jail—this year, 1656,

there were seldom fewer than one thousand Friends in prison—to Friends on

the schism of J. Naylor—to Friends to keep up their meetings on judging

the ministry, &c.-an answer to a high-flown professor-to professors,

priests, and teachers on immediate revelation and universal grace, &c. &c.-

at Cardiff, George Fox sends word to some who had run out that “the day

of their visitation was over"-at Brecknock, his companion, John-ap-John,

preaches in the streets at night, there a great uproar, like that of Diana's

craftsmen-at William Gandy's has a large meeting of two or three thousand

persons—Cromwell proclaims a fast for rain, and is told by George Fox that

the drought was a sign of their barrenness-concerning the true fast and the

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CHAPTER XIV. -1660–1662.-George Fox writes an epistle of consolation to

Friends unjustly imprisoned in consequence of the insurrection of the Fifth-

Monarchy Men-Friends' declaration against war and plots—John Perrot

and Charles Bailie create a schism—some Friends in New England are put

to death, a sense whereof is given to George Fox at the time—the King's

mandamus to the Governor of New England and others, to restrain them from

executing Friends—the Battledore is published, showing by examples from

thirty languages, that “Thou” and “ Thee” are proper to one person-on

true worship-George Fox disputes with some Jesuits, and with all other

sects—John Perrot’s heresy condemned—on judicial swearing—George Fox

and Richard Hubberthorn write to the King, showing the number of Friends

imprisoned prior to, and during the first year of the Restoration, and the

number who died in prison during the Commonwealth—Thomas Sharman,

jailer at Derby, convinced, and writes to George Fox-George Fox applies

to Lord D’Aubeny on behalf of two Friends imprisoned in the Inquisition

at Malta, who procures their liberation—the ground and rise of persecution

set forth-great service at Bristol, where also he has a vision-visits Capt.

Brown and his wife; the former had fled from persecution, and was judged

in himself, but afterwards convinced-George Fox and several others are

arrested by Lord Beaumont, and sent to Leicester jail—they are suddenly

liberated—to Friends on the death of Edward Burrough--escapes from per-

secutors-Friends established on Christ, the Rock of Ages,

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