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THE society of Friends, who were in derision called Quakers, because they exhorted their persecutors to fear and tremble at the word of God,appeared in the seventeenth century.
At that time there were many in England who were not satisfied with the opinions and forms of worship which were held by the different religious societies then existing. peared to them that the life and spirit of Christianity were much wanting, and that many formal obligations, which were connected with the various systems of wor. ship, were introduced and stood in the place of the substance.Hence they may be considered as waiting and looking for some fur.
ther and more confident ground of faith than they conceived was to be met with among the associated professors of Christianity.— George Fox was one of this description: and being early in life awakened to see the sinful state of the world, had many serious considerations excited in his mind these he cherished, and was gradually brought to understand the Dature and design of the Gospel dispensation. It would exceed the bounds allotted to this work, were I to give the history of this plain but able advocate of vital religion. The reader may be readily acquainted with it by recurring to his own account contained in a journal of his life, which he has left behind him. Early after he came forth in the ministry, many embraced the truth to which he pointed, and a society was form