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As to the latter part of his life, we have this tefti mony to give of him, That he was a lover of discipline and good order in the church, diligent in attending meetings for worship and truth's service, whilst of ability; a good example therein, by sitting in a still, quiet and unaffected manner in silence, and when raised up to bear a publick testimony, was comfortable and acceptable to friends.
And when his natural faculties were somewhat im. paired, and he confined at home through old age
and infirmities, he appeared more and more heavenly-. minded, and seemed to grow in the life of religion;. that we hope he is now at rest in the fruition of that. happiness, prepared for such as hold out to the end in well-doing.
Signed on behalf of the said meeting, held at Castle
ton, on the 22d of the third month, 1754, by
JOHN SNOW DON
TESTIMONY OF FRIENDS
QUARTERLY-MEETING HELD AT YORK.
ON reading the testimony given from the monthly
meeting of Gisbrough, concerning our late ancient and worthy friend JOHN RICHARDSON, deceased, of which we approve, and do find ourselves under an engagement to add this short testimony : That from certain experience of the service he has had-amongft us in a fresh and lively ministry, and in the exercising of the discipline of the church in a gospel fpirit, whereby many received comfort and edification; and fome of us having knowledge of him from his early appearance in the ministry, remember that he was acceptable to friends, being found in doctrine, reaching to the witness of God in those to whom he ministered: he was a diligent and faithful labourer, travelling several times through most parts of this nation, and visited friends meetings in Scotland and Ireland, as also twice the English plantations in America, leaving many seals of his ministry, having had the approbation and unity of his friends with his fervice both at home and abroad. He was a tender
mursing father in the church, over the youth whom God had visited, to encourage and strengthen those newly convinced, to whom also he was a good example ; and though.of a sweet and courteous disposition, yet careful in the spirit of wisdom, to caution and guard fuch against the deceitful workings and false representations of the spirit of error; and to diyers of us who visited him towards the close of his time, he appeared in a heavenly frame of mind, to our great comfort, evidencing a preparation for that eternal bliss whereunto (we doubt not) he is entered,
the fruits of his labours.
Signed in and on behalf of our quarterly-meeting,
held at York the 27th and 28th of the third
month, 1754, by Bosser MIDDLETON Samuel GRIMSHAW JOHN Scott
WILLIAM CONING ROBERT HENDERSON THOMAS ALDAM; jun. EDWARD STABLER WILLIAM PAYNE, ROGER SHACKLETON JOHN GREENWOOD LAYTON FIRBANK JOHN HUSTLER WILLIAM HIRD
CALEB FLETCHER JOHN FLINTOFT
WILLIAM BROWN WILLIAM COWELL ABRAHAM SUTCLIFF JOHN BIRKBECK
John SUTCLIFF JOHN KILDEN
JONATHAN CRAVEN. THOMAS ROWLAND;
T has been repeatedly revived in my mind, to
father WILLIAM RICHARDSON, having also seen something of his own in manuscript, concerning his convincement, with remarks on some other things; but I being young when he died, did not then much heed it, and when I would gladly have seen it for my own fatisfaction, I could not, nor as yet can meet with it; therefore,
· Inasmuch as my father was carly convinced of the truth, a sufferer for it, and bore a publick testimony A
to it, I found it my duty, as near as I could remember the contents thercof, to leave this short account concerning him, viz.
He was born at North Cave, in the east part of Yorkshire, in the year 1624, of honest parents, and of good repute, and was educated in the Episcopal way, being soberly inclined from his childhood and upward, a lover and seeker after purity and virtue : and I have heard him fay, gave his mind much to retirement, reading the Holy Scriptures, breathing and seeking after the Lord, especially in the fields, þeing by calling a fhepherd; and it pleased the Lord to open his understanding so clearly, that he saw and longed for a more excellent dispensation to comie ; and also saw that the priests were wrong, and generally proud and covetous, so that he was weary with following them, and much weaned from them and all company, except two or three men who did meet with him, and spoke one unto another concerning their inward conditions, and what they had experienced of the Lord's dealings with them. This was before they had heard of the name Quaker, as it was in a short time after given to a people which the Lord raised up to give testimony of the notable and ancient, yet newly revived and blessed dispensation of Christ's coming, and manifestation by the Holy Spirit, inwardly in the hearts and minds of the children of anen, in order to enlighten, quicken, fanctify, and