him powerful in the public discussions to which he
defied the world.
A true witness, writing from knowledge, and not report, declares that, by night and by day, by sea and by land, in every emergency of the nearest and most exercising nature, he was always in his place, and always a match for every service and
By degrees ‘the hypocrites’ feared to dispute with him; and the simplicity of his principle found such ready entrance among the people, that the priests trembled and scud as he drew near; ‘so that it was a dreadful thing to them, when it was told them, “ The man in leathern breeches is come.”
The converts to his doctrine were chiefly among the
yeomanry; and Quakers were compared to the butterflies that live in fells.
It is the boast of Barclay
, that the
simplicity of truth was restored by weak instruments, and Penn
exults that the message came without sus-
picion of human wisdom.
It was wonderful to witness the energy and the unity of mind and character which the strong perception of speculative truth imparted to the most illiterate mechanics; they delivered the oracles of conscience with fearless freedom and natural eloquence; and with happy and unconscious sagacity, spontaneously developed the system of moral truth, which, as they believed, existed as an incorruptible
seed in every soul.
Every human being was embraced within the sphere of their benevolence.
did not fail, by letter, to catechize Innocent XI.
milkmaids, becoming itinerant preachers, sounded the alarm throughout the world, and appealed to the consciences of Puritans and Cavaliers, of the Pope
and the Grand Turk
, of the negro and the savage.
The plans of the Quakers designed no less than the establishment