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and yet have the Spirit, or know his unity, not at all! All his influences are like each other and like Him—and hence we ought to conform to his truth and “endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit” as displayed in all his ways. .

The “ Journal” of George Fox is indeed a curiosity. He was from his early youth an eccentric and extraordinary character. While yet in his teens it was remarked of him, he says, “ If George says cerily, there is no altering him.'

ering him.” Vol. I, p. 84. Here was the identical germe in the acorn, I take it, whence sprang the great oak and its umbrage. In reference to the old shoemaker with whom he served, he writes; “ While I was with him he was blest, but after I left him he broke and came to nothing.” Ibid. He adds, p. 85, The Lord “ said unto me; Thou seest how young people go together into vanity, and old people into the earth ; thou must forsake all, young and old, keep out of all, and be as a stranger unto all.” It was now that his famous “ openings” began. God, he continually says, told him this, that, and the other, totidem verbis ; 20 just as his old master, I suppose, was wont to do. Of one of those favored occasions, he writes, . “ I saw there was a great crack to go throughout the earth, and a great smoke to go as the crack went, and that after the crack there should be a great shaking. This was the earth in people's hearts, which was to be shaken before the seed of God was raised out of the earth.” p. 100. He was at this time in doubt about which of the learned professions he should select. He was determined,

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however, by an “ opening;" as follows: “ The cre

; ation was open to me; and it was showed me, how all things had their names given them, according to their nature and virtue. I was at a stand in my mind, whether I should practise physic for the good of mankind, seeing the nature and virtues of the creatures were so opened to me by the Lord.” P. 104. One might almost regret that he had not selected the profession of medicine, since all its departments were so opened to him! In botany, pharmacy, materia medica, pathology, and prognosis, modern improvements had been anticipated; Sydenham and Rush and other lights as certainly precluded! A learned physician once said to me, “ You preachers have the advantage of us; our science involves such uncertainty : we have no oracles of medicine, no Bibles of practice.” Truebut how near they came on one occasion to realizing such a desideratum! What discoveries in physical science had been the consequence! We need not have waited for the experiments of Sir Humphrey Davy to demonstrate the non-entity of phlogiston; or for Cuvier to set the world right about geological strata and the cosmogony of Moses. It is a fact, however, that many very respectable physicians of the society, who profess to believe, pugnis et calcibus - for ought I know, in the inspiration of George, have sustained a very useful and honorable place among “ the professors of the healing art;" without possessing one iota of such extraordinary “openings” or any science sublimated above common comprehension. In fact the medical profession is


a favorite resort of intellectual gentlemen of the society; and many of them in the city of Philadelphia have I known, and honored, as have thousands of others, since the commencement of the present century. Some of them are men of eminence—to whom I would propound the dilemma: If the founder of your sect was not inspired, most surely he was a deluded and well nigh a delirious fanatic : a case possibly of mania connected with some classifications known to your science. But if he was not so merged in hallucination ; if he was truly inspired; then you ought, gentlemen, to know or to remember that you are all in the same awful condemnation with the clergy and the bar; for George had an “opening" on the subject, that is quite conclusive equally against the incumbents of the three professions. They are all in the same category; their professions are all in a common dishonor :and I call on you, by all your sincerity and by all your consistency, as Friends, to repent of this your wickedness, in presuming to go to school to learned lecturers instead of the inward light which shines in you; a light that is grieved at your carnalities of that sort, and is so clear that fools can see it. Listen then to your indictment and your sentence, gentlemen! “ I went to Clauson in Leicestershire, in the vale of Beavor; and the mighty power of God appeared there also, in several towns and villages where Friends were gathered. While I was there, the Lord opened to me three things, relating to those three great professions in the world, law, physic, and divinity, (so called.) He showed me,

that the physicians were out of the wisdom of God, by which the creatures were made; and knew not the virtues of the creatures, because they were out of the Word of wisdom, by which they were made.” Of the priests and lawyers he had openings in the same unity : when he sums up the matter thus ; “ And that these three, the physicians, the priests, and the lawyers, ruled the world out of the wisdom, out of the faith, and out of the equity and law of God; the one pretending the cure of the body, the other the cure of the soul, and the third the protection of the property of the people.” He then proceeds to show that “ all might be REFORMED :" and by what process ? Truly, this Reformer had a unit, a catholicon, unum pro universis, which we might anticipate. It was “ the light!” p. 106. But how impiously scientific some medical gentlemen of the society remain to this day!

With respect to his miracles, instead of enlarging on their history or nature, I will just transcribe the article in the “ Index” to the second volume under that head; where we may see a summation of them as received by Friends in this our day! Is it the nineteenth century-or the NINTH!

“ Miracles wrought by the power of God, I. 297; she that was ready to die raised up again, I. 301; the lame made whole, I. 214; the diseased restored, II, 208; a distracted woman healed, I. 117. See trouble of mind; a great man given over by physicians restored, I. 121; G. F. prays for a distracted woman at Chichester, I. 303; restores J. Jay's neck, broke (as the people said) by a fall from a horse in

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East-Jersey, II. 161; speaks to a sick man in Maryland, who was raised up by the Lord's power,

II. 164, and prays the Lord to rebuke J. C.'s infirmity, and the Lord by his power soon gave him ease," &c. II. 321.

Concerning his whole productions and influence, it

may be justly said that he was one of the most indefatigable zealots, and at the same time one of the most deluded religionists that ever lived. His mission plenipotentiary from God, is remarkable equally for its super-apostolic claims and its entire destitution of rational evidence. “ I saw ; it was clearly showed me; the power of the eternal God came over me; the Lord said to me; the Lord opened to me; the Lord moved me;" and such like seals of evidence abound multitudinous, to a degree which no one of the sacred writers can parallel ; which not even the apocryphal history of “ Tobit” can be thought to rival. Let no man condemn Ann Lee and the Shakerism she introduced; nor the more recent votaries of Mormonism; nor the blasphemies of Matthias; nor any future outrage upon the laws of evidence or the feelings of piety or the proportions of truth; if they are sufficiently obtuse or wayward to confess the inspiration of George Fox. If to hate and denounce all other religionists on the face of the whole earth, beside himself and his deluded retainers ; if to vaunt himself a paragon of perfect innocence, an intimate or familiar of the attendant divinity, on every emergency perfectly inspired, a worker of miracles, victorious (as he says) on all occasions of

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