This following is a Copy of a Letter I sent to George Fox, the 3d day of the Month called August 1671. only the words in the margent, and at the lower end I have added, who am required thus to publsh it.

GEORGE, Last second day was a week, I being required by the LORD to be at Devonshire-house, I acquainted the Mens-Meeting that I had something to lay before them, which was, That about a year and a half ago the LORD required mee to deliver a Message to them, which then George being then present. you owned to be the WORD of the LORD, which I was now to repeat again, Viz. THAT I WAS TO PROCLAIM THE DAY OF THE LORD, WHICH IS COME TO GATHER THE OUT-CASTS, AND TO CLENSE THE CAMP OF EVIL-DOERS. Which WORD I did and do believe must be fulfilled: In order unto which I told them, I had something to lay before them, viz. That some years ago I heard of a Difference betwixt my Father Bond, and (one of your Ministers) John Rous, and his Father, who before he went last to Barbadoes (Thomas Yoakly being present) desired mee that I would have a hearing of the Business, not without great reflections there given against my Father Bond; which if true, I being so related to him, having lately mar­ried his Daughter, I looked upon it not convenient for mee to appear against him: and if on the contrary he was clear, and the other blame-worthy, if I should so judge, I did believe it might be thought by some, that it was through partialness I so judged; so that I forbore to have a hearing of both Parties together, till about two weeks ago J.O. S.N. T.Y. and T. P. had had several meetings to hear the said Diffe­rence, but never made a final Agreement, neither indeed is it possible they should ever make a righte­ous one, ti [...] first they cause him that stole (at least) to restore, for I am sure that Truth and Righte­ousness requires no less. John Osgood (and the rest, viz. my Father Bond, Samuel Newton, John Rous, Thomas Yoakly, and I think Thomas Padle) being upon the Exchange, told mee they were going about that business. I told him, that seeing Thomas Rous had desired mee to have a hearing of that Business, a willingness was in mee to be there; where accordingly I was, but did not in the least meddle in it; only I observed by what I heard discoursed, that my Father Bond was clear of those Calumnies which both John and his Father Thomas Rous had cast upon him; and that on the contrary, the said John Rous was not only guilty of Calumnious Reproaches against my Father Bond, but also had stolen a VVhich Paper was an Obligation to my Father Bond from the said John Rous, to make good a sum of money which his Father Tho. Rous, who had given him (as he then said) power and authority to make an end, and to satisfie what was due to my Father Bond upon account, which said Account J. Rous (after seve­ral months time had few perusal) owned & subscribed with his hand, though at this meeting when my Father produced it, and asked him if he would deny his own hand? He said, he would not say whe­ther he would owne it or no. Paper of Concern from Thomas Hart, which was left in his custody by my Father Bond, (con­cerning which John Osgood did move at that Meeting, that the business of his stealing that Paper might be spoken to; but Thomas Yoakly being in haste, the Meeting broke up) so that it was with mee to acquaint them with the said Difference, and to desire they would ap­point some of their Number to have a hearing on't: but it was a long time before I could get any Answer from them, they telling mee that I was out of Truth, and that they were not concerned to give me any Answer; and very much to this purpose they spoke. I told them, it was the weighty matters of the Law that I came about, viz. JUDGEMENT and JUSTICE; and whatever they reputed mee, it concerned them to do Justice. But seeing they would give mee no Answer (I think it was in some hours after I had been there) but much reflected upon mee, and that I should busie my self with that I was not concerned. I told them I was deeply concern'd; first, for the clearing of my Father Bond from those Aspersions cast upon him by (one of their Ministers) viz. John Rous, whom I did there before them accuse of Theft, and therefore I said it concerned them to appoint a Meeting about it: But instead of giving mee any Answer, several of them bid mee go out of the Room: And as I stood up to speak, one of them took my Seat, who I think would have given it mee again, had not one (I think 'twas One of their Tea­chers. Gilbert Laty) bid him he should not; Others of them push'd mee with their hands, bidding mee Go out: I told them, if they used violence I should not resist; all that I desired was but an Answer, which if they would give mee, I told them I would willingly depart, (having also laid before them a business concerning the Widow Evans (her Husband being lately dead) whom I looked upon was Yea I said, both in Law and Equity, which I would be bound (and still am willing) to make it good. wronged) But seeing in all this while I could get no Answer whether they would hear it or no, I directed my speech particularly to John Bolton, to whom I said, That if these their doings were spoken of to people abroad, they could hardly be credited. Then he replyed, That if my Father Bond was agrieved, and made his complaint to them, and desired them to have a hearing of it, they would appoint some accordingly. I told him I should rest satisfied with that Answer at present. Now what Answer shall I have to the WidowShe lives at the Barbadoes. Evans business? As to that they said, That unless shee writ to mee to appear in it for her, they would not meddle in it. These being their Answers, I departed.

Now, understanding that thy self, He Married one of George his wives daughters, formerly called Margaret Fell John Rous, with several others, are intended shortly to take Ship for the Barbadoes, and that your de­parture probably may be before my Father Bond can (if hee would) make any such Complaint to the said Meeting, or to have any just end put to the said Difference, it being a Business that will require some time; It is with mee also to acquaint thee with it, to see if it be in any of your hearts to do what is just and right in this matter, without respect of persons: For the LORD, whom I serve, owns none to be his People but they that shall so do. Thy Answer hereunto I expect, it being with mee first to lay it before you, that that which is just and right may be done; which if so, I am satisfied: but if you refuse so, as not to do the thing that is just and right, I know not but it will be required of mee to make this Business much more publick.

Who am known to thee by the name of John Pennyman.

The next day, after I had been at the abovesaid Meeting, it was with mee to look into the Bible, where I read these following words, (which being sutable to the present occasion, I am willing should be inserted)

And the Word of the LORD came into Zechariah, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of Hosts, saying, Execute true Judgment, and shew Mercy and Compassion every man to his Brother. Zech. Ch. 7. V. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. And oppress not the Widow, nor the Fatherless, the Stranger nor the Poor, and let none of you imagine evil against his Brother in your heart. But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. Yea, they made their hearts as an Adamant stone, lest they should hear the Law, and the Words which the LORD of Hosts had sent by his Spirit in the former Prophets: therefore came a great Wrath from the LORD of Hosts.

And having received no Answer from the abovesaid George Fox, it was with mee to go again to Devonshire-house (this being their Meet­ing-Day The 7th instant.) with intention to have spoke about the said Business: But they refused to let mee in (for it seems George One of their chief Priests. Whitehead this day two weeks, after I was gone out of the Room, did blame them for letting me be there, who had suggested to them (through his subtile and dark Imaginations) that I was in a kind of a Distracted-state, and so no heed to be given to what I said. So that not having admittance, it is with mee thus to publish it; the day being come, that as they have laid open the Deceit, Wickedness, and Hypocrisie of other Professors that went before them, so must their Deceit, Wickedness, and Hypocrisie be also laid open: for the LORD whom I serve is no respecter of persons.

Glory be to his Name for ever and ever, saith his Servant.John Pennyman.

POST-SCRIPT.

THe Indignation, the Wrath of the LAMB is come, let all flesh tremble before Him, yea, let all faces gather paleness who are joyned to Iniquity, either of flesh or spirit; for the Day of their Torment, yea, I say, the Day of their Misery, Vexation, and Torment is come and coming yet more to be reveal'd and made manifest: Wherefore I say again, and it is the WORD of the LORD, That all flesh is but as grass before Him, who is the MIGHTY, DREADFUL, TERRIBLE ONE; Yea, who is, and will be more manifested to be a Consuming-Fire to all the Workers of Iniquity. My Charge is to Warn you, yea, to Alarm you, that whilst it is called to day, you harden not your hearts; but, that you would repent, and turn unto the LORD, if by any means you may find a place of Repentance, before the Night come (which is hastning on apace) wherein none can work. THE MOUTH OF THE LORD HATH SPOKEN IT.

But as for you whose hearts are chaste, and intirely given up to serve the LORD, I am to proclaim, That the Year of Jubile is come; yea the time of your Deliverance, yea, I say, the set-time of your Deliverance is come and coming yet more to be reveal'd and made manifest; GLORY AND PRAISE, HALLELUJAH AND THANKS be given to our GOD, who liveth and reigneth in all His Saints and Sanctified Ones, both as KING, PRIEST, and PROPHET. GLORY and PRAISE in the HIGHEST be given to HIM from this time forth and for evermore. Amen, Hallelujah.

Subscribed and published by one of the least of the Thousands of Israel, yet one of that number whom the LORD hath (of his infinite Mercy) chosen to follow Him fully, and hath accounted mee worthy to stand in the Gap, and to be a living Witness against all Unrighteousness; yea, I say, against all manner of Unrighteousness. O let my Soul for ever Praise and Magnifie His Name, who alone is worthy, saith His Servant John Pennyman.

Yesterday the LORD ordered mee to go to Devonshire-house, and to sit in William Crowch his Shop, where they might see mee as they went up to their Meeting; two of whose number (viz. Thomas Padle and Arthur Cook) came to mee, and said, they came to give mee the sense of the Meeting, lest I should come up to make a Brable (as T. P. call'd it); That they would not let mee come in, and therefore advised mee to go away; for, in plain terms T. P. said, they were resolved I should not come in, (though before this time they never refused my coming in) So I departed, and fetched some of the abovesaid Papers to give them as they came out.

J. P.

London, Printed the 8th instant, 1671.

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