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[353] endowments. As the human race ascends the steep ac-
Chap XVI.} Fox, 59 Barclay, 169, 305, 312
civity of improvement, the Quaker cherishes woman as the equal companion of the journey.

Men are equal. The Quaker knows no abiding distinction of king and subject. The universality of the Inner Light ‘brings crowns to the dust, and lays

Fox, 175
them low and level with the earth.’ ‘The Lord will be king; there will be no crowns but to such as obey his will.’ With God a thousand years are indeed as one day; yet judgment on tyrants will come at last,
Besse, II. 523.
and may come ere long.

Every man has God in the conscience; the Quaker knows no distinction of castes. He bows to God, and not to his fellow-servant. ‘All men are alike by creation,’ says Barclay; and it is slavish fear which

Barclay 541. Ib. 504.
reverences others as gods. ‘I am a man,’ says every Quaker, and refuses homage. The most favored of his race, even though endowed with the gifts and glo-
Ib. 505
ries of an angel, he would regard but as his fellow servant and his brother. The feudal nobility still nourished its pride. ‘Nothing,’ says Penn, ‘noth-
i. 430
ing of man's folly has less show of reason to palliate it.’ ‘What a pother has this noble blood made in the world!’ ‘But men of blood have no marks of honor stampt upon them by nature.’ The Quaker scorned to take off his hat to any of them; he held himself the peer of the proudest peer in Christendom. With the Eastern despotism of Diocletian, Europe had learned the hyperboles of Eastern adulation; but ‘My Lord Peter and My Lord Paul are not to be found in the Bible; My Lord Solon or Lord Scipio is not to be read in Greek or Latin stories.’ And the Quaker
i. 417
returned to the simplicity of Gracchus and Demosthenes, though ‘Thee and Thou proved a sore cut to

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