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a full receat and a discharge, and receipt, and a discharge, and in in this matter, and non of you this matter none of you may be may be consarned, but John Loft concerned, but John Loft only. only; and my other lettell tronke, And my other little trunk that that standeth in Bengmin Antrus standeth in Benjamin Antrobus's bes is cloeset, with the ovtlandesh closet, with the outlandish things, things, Thomas Lover shall have; Thomas Lower shall have; and and if it be ordered in any other if it be ordered in any other papers to any other, that must papers to any other, that must not stand søe, but as now order. not stand so, but as now ordered, ed, G. F.
And Sary, thou may G. F. give Sary Frickenseld half a And Sarah, thou may give gine, for shee hath bene sarve. Sarah Freckleton half a guinea, sable to mee, a honest carfvll for she hath been serviceable to young womon, G. F.
me, an honest careful young wog Make noe noves of thes thngs, man, G. F. Make no noise of but doe them in the life, as I have these things, but do them in the orderd them; and when all is life, as I have ordered them : don and cleared, what remenes to And when all is done and the printing of my bookes, Beng- cleared, what remains to the min Antrebves and Mary hath printing of my books, Benjamin 100 pound of mine, take noe Antrobus and Mary hath one. yoves of them for it, when yov hundred pounds of mine, take no doe recve it.
use of them for it, when you do And in my cheast, in Benga. receive it. men Antrvbs chamber, ther is a And in my chest, in Benjamin letell gilt box, with som gould Antrobus's chamber, there is a in it; Sary Mead to take it, and little gilt box, with some gold in let it doe sarveses amoung the it; Sarah Mead to take it, and fest, soe far as it will goe; the let it do service among the rest, box is sealed up, G. F.
so far as it will go ; the box is And let Thomas Docker, that sealed up, G. F. knoeth many of my epeseles, and And let Thomas Dockra, that wrten books, which hee did knoweth many of my epistles, wright, com vp to London, to and written books, which he did assist frends in sorting of my write, come up to London, to epeselas, and other writings, and assist friends in sorting of my give him a gine, G. F.
epistles, and other writings, and *III, I doe orde Wm. and Sa. give him a guinea, G, F. Mead, and T. Lover, to take I do order William and Sarah care of all my bookes and epe. Mead, and Thomas Lower, to şeles, and papers, that be at Benj. take care of all my books and min Antrvbses, and at R. R. epistles, and papers, that be at Chamber, and thoes that com Benjamin Antrobus's, and at from Swarth mor,
my Jor. R. R. Chamber, and those that nall of my Life, and the paseges come from Swarthmore, and my and travells of frends, and to Journal of my Life, and the pastake them all into ther hands; sages and travels of friends, and
* On the third, numb. ș. For George Fox, to be laid in the trunk, W. M. the eighth month
and all the over pluch of them to take them all into their hands; the may have, and keep together and all the overplus of them they as a libary, when the have gether. may have, and keep together as ed them together, which ar to be a library, when they have gathered printd.
them together, which are to be And for them, to take charge printed; and for them to take of all my mony, and defray all charge of all my money, and as I have ordered in my other defray all, as I have ordered in papers.
any thing And any thing of mine the of mine they may take, and God may take, and God will, and will, and shall be their reward. shall be ther reward : the 8 Mo, The Sth Month, 1688. G. F. 1688.
Thomas Lover, and John Thomas Lover, and John Rovs, Rouse, may assist you: and all may assist yov, G. F.
the passages, and travels, and And all the pasiges and trave. sufferings of friends, in the be. les and svferings of frinds, in the ginning of the spreading of the beging of the spreading of the truth, which I have kept together, trouth, which I have keept to. will make a fine history, and gether, will make a fine histery, they may be had at Swarthmore, and the may be had at Swarth. with my other books; and if they mor, with my other bookes ; and come to London with my papers, if the com to London, with my then they may be had either at papers, then the may be had, W. M. or Benjamin Antrobus's either at Wm. or Ben Antrubs closet, for it is a fine thing to closet, for it is a fine thing to know the beginning of the spread. know the beging of the spreading ing of the gospel, after so long of the gospell, after soe long night of apostasy, since the apos. night of apostace, since the apo- tles days, that now Christ reigns, seles dayes, that now Christ as he did in the hearts of his peo, raines, as he did in the harts of ple. Glory to the Lord for ever, his people. Glory to the Lord, Amen. for ever, Amen, G. F.
G. F. The 8 Mon, 1688.
The 8th Month, 1688.
The Date of the Administration, the Thirtieth of December, 1697. Tricesimo die mensis Decembris anno Domini millesimo, sexcente. simo, nonagesimo septimo emanavit commissio, Margaretæ Fox, relictæ & legatariæ nominatæ in testamento Georgii Fox, nuper de Swarthmore in comitatu Lancastriæ, sed in parochia omnium Sanc. torum, Lombard-street, London, defuncti habentis, &c. Ad adminis. trandum bona jura & credita dicti defuncti juxta tenorem & effec. tum testamenti ipsius defuncti (Eo quod nullum omnino nominaverit executorem) declaratione in præsentia Dei Omnipotentis, juxta sta. tutum parliamenti in hac parte editum & provisum de bene & fideliter administrando eadem per dictam Margaretam Fox prius factà.
Tho. Wellham, registrarii deputatusa
The Persons hereafter named, by their solemn Declaration, suba
scribed under their hands, did affirm the above-written to be wrote with the proper hand of the said George Fox deceased, they being acquainted with his hand-writing. S. MEAD, wife of W, Mead, of the parish of St. Dyonis Back Church, London, citizen, and merchant taylor of London.
W. Ingram, of the parish of St. Margaret, New Fish-street, London, aged about fifty-seven years; he knew George Fox, about forty years.
G. Whitehead, of the parish of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate, London, Gent, aged about sixty years, knew George Fox above forty years, N. B. In this will, the pride and vanity of the deceiver is as
notorious, as the credulity of his deluded followers. For what else could make him think, that his nasty comb and clyster-pipe would be such acceptable relicks among his friends ? But this is he who first deluded them, their infallible Pope, and who to his death continued their admired idol. This is he who taught them to renounce their baptism, and the hope of a resurrection after death ; and notwithstanding all their sly equivocations, by this his will is manifest, that he neither believed nor expected it. The reader is not to wonder that here is no confession of sin. Pope George alas ! was all perfection and sinless, and his disciples have ever since so conceited of the sufficiency of their own merit, that no true quaker was ever known to die, with a Lord have mercy upon him in his mouth,
LETTER ţo King James, see Vol. i. p. 23.
Wrote upon Occasion of the House of Commons's Vote to raise
£800000. to equip a Fleet for the Year 1671, moved thereunto by the pretended March of the French Army, towards the Marine parts of Flanders. By Thomas Manley, Esq. 1689,
HE present designs and puissance of France, both by sea and land, being, at once, both the wonder and dread of Europe, hath possessed me with so many sad reflexions on that subject, that I, who am but dust and ashes, and dwell in the shades of obscurity, cannot refrain to form and meditate, how bars may be put to such approaching dangers, especially, since the honour, safety, and welfare of our prince and country ought to be the bent and study of the most retired subject.
The present state of Europe I might fitly resemble to the body of a man, wherein all the members either languish, or are viciously af. fected; some through self-mischiefs, others oppressed by their fellow members. Spain (heretofore the great pretender to the western monarchy *) droops through her own follies +, whereof, if she ex. pire, a jury will undoubtedly find her a felo de se, while her neigh. bour Portugal, instead of holding her sick head, and pitying her case, is ready, on all occasions, to knock out her brains. Italy and Germany are troubled with one disease, through the windy humours of her many and ambitious princes, whose continual jealousies fill them with gripings and disquiets: England and Holland are despe, rately bruised through mutual buffetings, to which France cunningly looed them on , intending like Simeon and Levi, to suppress these Sechemites ll, when sore and unable to resist; all which mistakes
Till Oliver Cromwell enabled France to raise the same ambitious views upon the ruins of Spain.
+ See the rights of the house of Austria to the Spanish succession, in vol. x. of this collection, anno 1701.
+ Alluding to the unnatural war proclaimed by King Charles the Second, against Holland, by the instigation of France.
England and Holland, when wasted in their strength and wealth, by a long and bloody war,
and calamities have been to France, as so many indulgent nurses to feed and pamper her; who, like unruly cattle, trespass most on that neighbour, whose fence is lowest, and quarry best without fear of impounding, whereby (like the head in a body rickety) she grows to an unproportionable and dangerous bigness, whilst her erring neighbours (like the members) waste and languish; of whose sudden
1 and prodigious growth, I will not now insist on (which yet is none of the least dreadful considerations) nor tell how our Cromwell seemed a dictator there; nor record how six-thousand English red coats were, at that time, more essential than humanity and protec. tion to an oppressed king * of the blood of France +; for now the scene being altered by the admirable conduct of a prince, whom, therefore, his subjects ought to reverence, I cannot but observe how Christendom, instead of a generous resentment, and defence of the oppressed, shrinks and faints at every undue seizure made by that haughty monarch, as if they fancied such softness could secure their own peace, or charm an ambitious conqueror into modesty, or put a stop to his career, whose utmost end is the western monarchy, whereunto, with spread sails, he now apparently hasteneth ; where. as they ought rather to be powerfully persuaded, that such tame. ness must at once enable, and encourage him to devour them also,
What prudence can justify such procedure? can time and patience repair the mistakes? or may such easy conquests glut his appetite, or possess him with compassion, to spare the rest? or does not raa ther one conquest beget a stomach and ability to more and greater ? who can suppose the seizure of Lorrain will immerge him in ease and voluptuousness ? or his successes in Flanders serve as an atone. ment to secure the rest? must not these unrevenged conquests rather be as so many prosperous gales to transport him to greater atchieve. ments? seeing the like drousiness, in relation to Christian princes, gave occasion, formerly, to the growth of the Ottoman greatness, and is like still to add to his triumphs; and, as an historian observes in the like case of the antient Britons, Dum singuli pugnant, universi vincuntur.
Remarkable, then was the former, policy of these western princes, when, with the bazard of their ease and lives, they maintained the power of Christendom in an equal balance, dexterously throwing their arms into that scale which appeared lightest, knowing they secured thereby their own peace and government. On this account, England and France are thought to have wisely fomented the revolt of the Low Countries, and were, in effect, as fond, by that means, to lessen the grandure of Spain (who then alarmed Europe, as France does now) as if they themselves had made new conquests. Hence it was, that Philip the Second, by way of requital, and our Elisabeth (to whose
Charles the Second. + Cromwell, being solemnly inaugurated Protector, on the 26th of June 1657, immediately consented to a league with France against Spain ; thereby stipulating, that all the children of King Charles the First, and their adherents, should be intirely forsaken by the French king, and drove out of his dominions, and that, in consideration thereof, Cromwell sent six' thousand of his best troops into France, under the command of Reynolds, by which imeans the balance of Europe was transferred, from Spain, to the power of France.