41: Stephen Crisp: Works. William Bennit: Writings. John Milton: Church Government. William Edmundson: Journal

Stephen Crisp’s Works (423. 6. to 441): Take heed, my dear Friends, in sitting down or holding the Truth in a bare formality: O my dear Friends, this is a dangerous state—yea, more dangerous than my tongue or pen can declare. 

William Bennit’s Works, page 100.

Cburch Government by John Milton (page 3): His observation that religion brought forth wealth, and the daughter devoured the mother. 

William Edmunson’s Journal (pages 15, 279, 306–311): And sometimes the Lord’s power and spirit would move in me to speak a few words in meetings [for worship]. Which I did in fear, being under a great concern less a wrong spirit should get entrance and deceive me in the likeness of an angel of Light. For I was sensible of my own weakness. 

Page 279: A letter of examination to all who have assumed the place of shepherds of people of all sorts in Christendom: To see if your accounts be ready, and what order our flocks be in—Quakers and others. 

Pages 306, 307–311: Concerning offerings that are offered to God, in prayer and supplication: The offerings that are acceptable to God must be offered in righteousness and with clean heart and lips. For the Lord is pure and holy, and will be sanctified of all that come near him, and is a consuming fire, who consumed Nadab and Abihu, that offered strange fire, though they were of the high priest’s line. 

Charles Marshal’s Works (pages 100, 222): For the outward conformity may in a great measure be kept to, which is cover under which the enemy [Satan] may work undiscovered by the unwatchful. 

Thomas Elwood’s Life (pages 15, 367–386): He writes excellently concerning the wiles of the enemy transforming himself into the likeness of an angel of Light and deceiving of him when he was young and tender: put him upon religious performances; suppose appearing  in meetings [for worship] in his own will, time, and strength (as too many nowadays do in our meetings, or else many worthy Friends are mistaken.) 

Richard Habberthorn’s Works (pages 45–47): Receive nothing but that which speaks from the eternal moving of the living God. Have salt in yourselves to savor withal words. You may discern which is without life and power, and stand single in that which is pure of God. All such deny to be your teachers which have the words of Truth, but live not in the life and power of what they say. 

Roger Haydock’s Works (pages 1, 162): Be watchful in your meetings, Friends. The Seed which God hath sown is good; but if you sleep, the enemy will sow tares, which will grow up with it and choke it, so the ground that affords them nourishment will be cursed. This is the word of Truth unto you. 

John Burnet’s Works (pages 141–142): He that continues to the end shall be saved, and he that is faithful unto death shall have the crown of Life. And therefore let a concern be always upon your minds in this weighty matter: that you may see how it is with you. 

John Crook’s Works (pages 17, 258): An excellent piece concerning Truth’s progress. 

Thomas Beven’s Works (pages 74–90): For all prayer by or in which the divine Spirit is not felt to lead and influence the soul—whether it be in public or private—is of no availance in the sight of God.    

I find upon the margin of the old Bible, printed about the year 1599, this note, viz.: When the mind thinketh nothing, when the soul coveteth nothing, and when the body acteth nothing contrary to the will of God, this (saith the Note) is perfect sanctification. 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Colossians 2:10, 1 John 2:5, 1 John 4:12