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Innocency with her open Face, by Way of Apology for the Book intitled, The Sandy Foundation fhaken
A Letter of Love to the Young Convinced
The Peoples ancient and just Liberties asserted, in the
Trial of William Penn and William Mead Page 79
The Christian Quaker, and his divine Testimony
stated and vindicated from Scripture, Reason, and Authority
The General Rule of Faith and Practice, and Judge of Controversy
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A U T H o R' s
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OUHEN the BLESSED MESSIAH first called forth VV the immediate followers of his person, he declared self-denial effential to discipleship, saying, " Whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after “ me, cannot be my disciple,” Luke xiv. 27. This path himself trod before them, setting all that should come after, an example of the most perfect patience and resignation. The faithful, in every age, have met with variety of exercises; and many of them, by their more than human constancy, neither terrificd by the roughest efforts of cruelty and malice on the one hand, nor enticed by the smoothest allurements of pleasure and vanity on the other, have given convincing proofs to the world, that the GRACE, which supported them, was DIVINE.
It was this which gave our author, in his early years, a solid sense of religion, and a taste of that substantial peace, which the world can neither give nor take away : this instructed him to see the emptiness and vanity of earthly enjoyments, and to turn his back upon the honours, profits, and pleasures of the world, at an age most inclinable to embrace them: this enabled him to surmount all opposition in the search of TRUTH; which having found, he valued as a “ pearl of price,” and laboured in the propagation and defence of it, both by preaching and writing, almost incessantly for many years.
It being now thought meet to publish a selection of his works for general service, we judge it not im
proper proper to retain the following Journal of his Life, chiefly extracted out of his own private memoirs ; in which, we doubt not, the judicious reader will find many passages both exemplary and instructive.
WILLIAM Penn was born in the parish called St. Catharine's, near the Tower of London, on the 14th day of October, 1644. His father, of the same name, was a man of good estate and reputation, and, in the time of the commonwealth, served in some of the highest maritime offices, as those of rear-admiral, viceadmiral, 'admiral of Ireland, vice-admiral of England, &c. in all which he acquitted himself with honour and fidelity. After the restoration, he was knighted by King Charles the Second, and became a peculiar favourite of the then Duke of York : his father's care, and a promising prospect of his son's advancement, induced him to give him a liberal education; and the youth, of an excellent genius, made fuch early improvements in literature, that about the 15th year of his age, he was entered a student at Christ's Church College in Oxford.
Now began his ardent desire after pure and spiritual religion to Thew itselfa; of which he had before received some taste or relish, through the ministry of Thomas Loe, one of the people called Quakers; for he, with certain other students of that university, withdrawing from the national way of worship, held private meetings for the exercise of religion, where they both preached and prayed among themselves: this gave great offence to the heads of the college, and he, being but sixteen years of age, was fined for nonconformity. Which small stroke of persecution not at all abating the fervour of his zeal, he was at length, for persevering in the like religious practices, expelled the college.
From thence he returned home?, but still took great delight in the company of sober and religious people; which his father knowing to be a block in the way to