Apart from the fact that he worked as a schoolmaster in Bristol, and died in the year 1713, virtually nothing is known about the life of Hugh Turford. However, his little book “Walk in the Spirit,” first published in 1702 (but having been reprinted in twenty-eight English editions, and translated into French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Danish) is considered by many to be among the most influential of all early Quaker writings.
Ever since men came to be persuaded that though they sow tares, they shall still reap wheat, and though they go down to the grave sinners, they shall still rise saints, and attain in another world what the primitive Christians attained in this world; since then, I say, the citizenship of Christians has not been in heaven, but in the earth. They have walked in darkness and not in the light.- Hugh Turford
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A treatise by Hugh Turford first demonstrating the meaning and importance of Paul’s words to the Galatians, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh,” and then explaining the nature of grace, and how it saves from sin and affects man’s salvation.