Strength in Weakness: Writings of Eighteenth-century Quaker Women
Quaker women in the eighteenth century were carrying on the faith and activity of their seventeenth-century forebears, but as a group their lives and writings have been neglected in modern times by both Quaker and other historians. Gil Skidmore has written an introduction to the lives and times, bringing together a rich array of letters, spiritual autobiographies, journals and memoirs. In her introduction, she puts the lives and concerns of these women into context and gives detailed biographies of each author. She shows the links that existed between them personally and the diffeences int heir thought, expression and experience. In broader terms, she illustrates how the writings of these women are relevant to the development of Quakerism up to the present. Gil Skidmore has chosen eight outstanding women whose writings she thinks are particularly poignant as well as relevant today: Grace Hall Chamber, Lydia Rawlinson Lancaster, Ruth Alcock Follows, Catheirne Payton Phillips, Sarah Tuke Grubb, Priscilla Hannah Gurney, Mary Alexander and Ann Crowley.
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Grace Hall Chamber
Lydia Rawlinson Lancaster
Ruth Alcock Follows
Catherine Payton Phillips
Sarah Tuke Grubb
Priscilla Hannah Gurney
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Page 3 - They were changed men themselves before they went about to change others. Their hearts were rent as well as their garments ; and they knew the power and work of God upon them. And this was seen by the great alteration it made, and their stricter course of life and more Godly conversation that immediately followed upon it.
Page 7 - Lord was pleased to shew me that old matter, opened in new life, was always new, and that it was the renewings of the spirit alone which made it new, and that the principal thing I was to guard against was, not in my own will to endeavour to bring in old openings, without the aid of the spirit...