Although John Barclay (1797-1838) was a descendent of the well-known apologist Robert Barclay, he was a complete stranger to the life and power of Truth until he began to seek the Lord with all his heart, somewhere around his 18th year. The Society of Friends at that time was in a low and declining state, but John Barclay dug deep and found the Root of life from which the early Quakers had sprouted, and in time became a living branch himself, and a very useful author and minister. He lived only 41 years, but his short life was wholly dedicated to his Master’s cause, and many of the journals, memoirs, and biographies of Early Friends that we possess now are the fruit of his arduous and faithful labor with the original documents.
Oh how He touches, softens, and humbles these proud, hard hearts of ours, these fallen, but aspiring natures, these froward, wayward tendencies; and woos us to be wise indeed, by learning of Him how to be simple as little children,—-submitting, bearing, and taking His yoke upon our spirits.- John Barclay
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Selections from the journal, papers, and letters of John Barclay, compiled and published by his brother A. R. Barclay, showing his full surrender to the Lord when young, and his remarkable growth in grace, wisdom, and usefulness in the church of Christ.