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INDEX TO VOL. II.
William Dewsbury, 287; death of his
granddaughter, 287; general epistle,
290; sermon, 292; death, 298; letter
respecting separation, 308.
96; struggle about paying duties, 97;
ministry, 99; intimation of his shop
being broken open, 100; put in the
stocks, 102; imprisoned, 104; goes to
America, 109; vision of a famine, 114;
second visit to America, 115; charged
with making the blacks Christians, 116;
Indian war, 116; inward knowledge of
God and Christ, 117; argues against
water baptism, 119; for the universal
gift of the Spirit, 120; perilous journey
among Indians, 123; foresight of great
trials and its fulfilment, 127, 130; taken
by the rapparees, 131; against pride
and covetousness, 145; letter on world-
ly pursuits, 153; address to a bishop,
157; faith in his Lord and Saviour,
160; epistles and papers, 170; effect
of his ministry on Joseph Pike, 358;
his concern for a general reformation,
in Ireland, 99; to Friends in Barbadoes,
290; ditto 302; ditto 305; epistles of Tho-
Dewsbury's life, 213; to Joseph Pike's life, Half-year's Meeting, 387.
Everhard, Barbara, singular instance of the power
of grace, 431; her letter to Joseph Ox-
Faith, nature and effects of, 56; in Christ, 66, 73.
Family visits, 371, 377, 378, 393.
Fashions, &c., 51, 53, 403, 409.
rest in the world's worship, 223; unable Friends' principles, 279; their work, 282.
National Meeting, 390; letters, 397; extract
from his will, 413.
also, duty to all, 30, 35, 37, 46; necessity of Plainness, 52, 53, 98, 360; departure from it, 369;
reasons for, 372, 375, 379; degeneracy,
393; anecdote from T. Story's journal, 396.
Prayer, 178, 188, 329.
Quakers, charges against, 75.
Randall, Francis, account of, 384.
Revelation, immediate, 216, 323.
280, 330; advice to them, 359, 401, 403, Separation, 25, 29, 124 ; of Story and Wilkinson,
194; of E. Nightingale, 308; by Keith,
325; Wilkinson and Story, 364; set-
ting up separate meetings, 392.
Spirit of Truth, false pretences to it, 62; John
Banks' testimony of it, 67.
Steel, John, his testimony against Wilkinson and
Stirredge, Elizabeth, the life of, 184; testimony to
King Charles, 192; visits justices met to
appraise their distrained goods, 193; trial
from Story and Wilkinson, 194; Miles
Halhead's visit, 196; her testimony to
the mayor of Bristol, 200; extraordinary
service at a grave and examination be-
fore the justice, 202; threatened with
burning, 204; discharge from jail, 208.
Banks' faith in Christ, 66; concerning
Joseph Pike, 414; respecting Catherine
Unity, 56, 376.
Waln, Nicholas, his first appearance in the min-
Watson, William, memoir of, 478.
Willis, Clement, long confined with disease, 463.
353; advice to parents, 358; reached by the itation at a Friends' meeting, 319; tra-
and travelled through parts of Eng.
rising up, through faith in the Son of God, to The labours of the servants of God | newness of life. Here formality bows to realought always to be precious in the eyes of his ity; memory to feeling, letter to spirit, and people; and for that reason the very fragments form to power; which brings to the regeneraof their services are to be gathered up for ed- tion, without which no man can inherit the ification. It is this which induces us to exhi- kingdom of God; and by which he is enabled bit the following pages to public view, as well in every state to cry Abba, Father. Thou as the hope that it may please God to make wilt see a great deal of this in the following them profitable to such as seriously peruse author's writings; and that he rightly began them. We have always found the Lord ready with a just distinction between true wisdom to second the services of his worthies upon and the same of wisdom; what was of God, the spirits of their readers; not suffering that and taught of God, and what was of man and which is bis own to go without a voucher in taught by man—which last at best is but a every conscience; I mean those divine truths sandy foundation for religion to be built upon, which it has pleased him to reveal by his own or rather the faith and hope of man in refer. blessed Spirit; without which no man can ence to religion, and salvation by it. Oh! that rightly perceive the things of God, or be spi- none who make profession of the dispensation ritually-minded, which is life and peace. This of the Spirit, may build beside the work of indeed is the only saving evidence of heavenly Jesus Christ in their own souls, in reference truths; which made that excellent apostle say, to his prophetical, priestly, and kingly offices. “ We know that we are of God, and that the For God his Father gave him, as a tried stone, whole world lieth in wickedness.” In that select and precious, to build by and upon; in day, true religion and undefiled before God which great and glorious truth, we do most and the Father, consisted in visiting the father. humbly beseech the Almighty, who is the God less and widows in their affliction, and keeping of the spirits of all flesh, the Father of lights unspotted from the world: not merely a godly and spirits, to ground and establish all his tradition, of what others have enjoyed, but the visited and convinced ones, that so they may experimental enjoyment and knowledge there- grow up unto a holy house and building to the of, by the operation of the Divine power in Lord. So shall purity, peace, and charity their own hearts, which makes the inward Jew abound in the house and sanctuary which he and accomplished Christian, whose praise hath pitched, and not man. is not of men but of God. Such are Chris. As to this worthy man, the author of the tians of Christ's making, who can say with following treatises, I may say, his memorial the apostle, “ It is not we that live, but Christ is blessed, having known him above forty-four that liveth in us;” dying daily to self, and years. He was a heavenly minister of experiVOL. II.-No. 1.
mental religion, of a sound judgment and pious Wilkinson, of Cumberland, formerly a very practice, valiant for truth upon the earth, and zealous and able Independent minister. ready to serve all in the love and peace of the Before I take my leave of thee, reader, let Gospel. He was among the first in Cumber- me advise thee to hold thy religion in the land who received the glad tidings of it; and Spirit, whether thou prays, praisest, or min. then readily gave up, with other brethren, to isters to others; go forth in the ability God declare unto others what God had done for giveth thee; presume not to awaken thy be. their souls.
loved before his time; be not thy own in thy Thus I first met him, and as I received his performances, but the Lord's, and thou shalt testimony through its savour of life, so I was not hold the truth in uprighteousness, as too kindly encouraged by him in the belief of the many do, but according to the oracle of God, blessed doctrine of the light, spirit, grace, who will never leave nor forsake them who and truth of Christ in the inward parts; re- will take counsel of him; which that all God's proving, instructing, reforming, and redeem- people may do, is, and hath long been, the earing those souls from the evil of the world, nest desire and fervent supplication of their who were obedient thereunto. He was a means and thy faithful friend in the Lord Jesus Christ, of strength to my soul, in the early days of
WILLIAM PENN. my convincement, together with his dear
London, the 23d of the and faithful brother and fellow-traveller, John Twelfth month, 1711.
JOHN WHITING's Testimony concerning John ways loved its mes
essengers for its sake, as I did BANKS.
the author of the ensuing papers for his sound SINCE it pleased the Lord, in his infinite and savoury testimony, which ministered grace love, to cause his day to dawn and his truth to the hearers. He divided the word aright, to break forth in this nation of England, even according to their several states and condi. in an acceptable time, when many were seek- tions, of which he had a good discerning, and ing the Lord, and wandering like sheep with could speak a word in season accordingly; out a shepherd upon the barren mountains of like a good scribe instructed unto the kingdom lifeless profession, seeking rest but finding of heaven, who bringeth forth of his treasure none; many messengers have been raised up, things new and old. He was also one that and sent forth to publish the glad tidings of ruled well, not only his own family, but in the the Gospel, and to turn people from darkness church of God. to light, that they might find rest to their souls; I knew him above thirty years, from his many of whom, especially of the first rank, coming into the county of Somerset, in the are fallen asleep. Among these our dear year 1677; and could then, though but a friend John Banks, the author of the following young man, set my seal to the truth of his papers, was early raised and sent forth with ministry, and witnessed the efficacy of it. It the word of life, and was a faithful labourer was with demonstration of the spirit and power; in his day, who gave up himself for the spread. he being endued from on high, to preach the ing of truth, spending and being spent in the everlasting Gospel of life and salvation. I service of the Gospel, for gathering people to have often been comforted in meetings with the knowledge of the truth, in which he was him since, especially about the time of his made an effectual instrument to many, in this coming to settle in the county of Somerset. and other nations, particularly Scotland and One of the last duties we owe to the memory Ireland.
of such who have laboured among us in word Since the Lord was pleased to give me the and doctrine, and for their works' sake have knowledge of his truth, to which my educa. been worthy of double honour, is to publish tion by religious parents was a good help, I al- their memoirs, as occasion offers, after their