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THE warm reception given by the Public and the Press to my abridgment of John Wesley's “ Journal,” published last year, suggested that an abridgment of George Fox's “ Journal” would be equally welcome.
The late Rev. Hugh Price Hughes, in the introduction which he kindly wrote for that edition of Wesley's “ Journal," pointed out the equal value of Fox's " Journal."
“ He who desires to understand the real history of the English people during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries,” he wrote, “should read most carefully three books : George Fox's Journal, John Wesley's Journal,' and John Henry Newman's Apologia pro Vitâ Suá.'»
Then he added : “Has not Carlyle said that George Fox making his own clothes is the most remarkable event in our history ? George Fox was the very incarnation of that Individualism which has played, and will yet play, so great a part in the making of modern England. If you want to understand the dissidence of Dissent and the Protestantism of the Protestant religion,' read the Journal of George Fox."
Fox's “Journal” suffers even less than Wesley's by abridgment, but it is difficult to say which is the more interesting.
To-day, when our courts are hearing pleas for liberty of conscience, when men are passively resisting the