umed more power than was delegated to them; thereby constituting themselves a kind of ecclesiastical tribunal.
It is the nature of such authority to seek enlargement of its boundaries, by encroaching more and more on individual freedom.
The friends of Elias Hicks did not adopt his views or the views of any other man as a standard of opinion.
On the subject of the Trinity, for instance, there were various shadings of opinion among them.
The probability seems to be that the influence of Unitarian sects, and of Orthodox sects had, in the course of years, gradually glided in among the Quakers, and more or less fashioned their theological opinions, though themselves were unconscious of it; as we all are of the surrounding air we are constantly inhaling.
But it was not the Unitarianism of Elias Hicks that his adherents fought for, or considered it necessary to adopt.
They simply contended for his right to express his own convictions, and denied the authority of any man, or body of