John Barclay

John Barclay

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

Books by John Barclay

These “select anecdotes and instructive incidents” taken from various writings and journals of members of the Society of Friends, were transcribed by John Barclay when a young man for his own personal benefit, and often shared and discussed “among the fire-side circle” of his most intimate acquaintances. Believing them to have been both encouraging and instructive when at the beginning of his spiritual race, he later in life made the decision to prepare them for the press, in hopes that they might have a similar effect upon the hearts of others who were seeking the way to Zion, and who would benefit from the example of men and women who were faithful stewards of the grace of God. Selections are taken from the writings of George Fox, John Woolman, Thomas Chalkley, Edward Burrough, Isaac Penington, Thomas Story, and many other notable Friends.

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Barclay’s Anecdotes
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Barclay’s Anecdotes

John Barclay

Barclay’s Anecdotes

A selection of anecdotes and instructive incidents taken from the publications of several members of the Society of Friends, compiled by John Barclay, and containing excerpts from the writings of George Fox, John Woolman, Thomas Chalkley, Edward Burrough, Isaac Penington, Thomas Story, and many other notable Friends.

  • 165 pages
  • journal, spiritual life
  • 63 Downloads
The preparation of this large collection of manuscripts for the press was begun by John Barclay, but was completed after his death by his brother Abram Rawlinson Barclay. The majority of these letters, which range in date from 1652–1690, were kept at Swarthmore Hall in Lancashire until the decease of Margaret Fox in 1702, and were individually endorsed by George Fox, with the name of the writer, the date, and sometimes a brief memorandum added by Fox respecting the author or the chief subject of the letter. This publication, copied largely from original sources, records some of the earliest gospel services of Friends in various parts of England and other foreign lands, and has been arranged by the editor of this volume into three parts: 1) Historical letters, exhibiting various events, services, and sufferings of Friends at the rise of the society; 2) Documents illustrative of the early order, government, or discipline that was adopted among early Friends; and 3) General epistles of counsel and exhortation addressed to churches in various parts.

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Letters of Early Friends
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Letters of
Early Friends

John Barclay

Letters of Early Friends

Letters, etc. of Early Friends, illustrative of the history of the society from nearly its origin to about the period of George Fox’s decease; also containing epistles of counsel and exhortation to the churches, and documents relating to the early church order and government established among Friends.

  • 364 pages
  • letters
  • 66 Downloads
Before becoming a member of the Society of Friends, Alexander Jaffray (1614-1673) was the director of the chancellery of Scotland, a commissioner to King Charles II, the provost of Aberdeen, and a highly respected member of Oliver Cromwell’s parliament. His diary (discovered in a stack of papers in Ury, Scotland nearly 200 years after its composition) candidly recounts his own inward and outward trials and experiences during a time of almost unprecedented political, military, and religious upheaval in the British Isles, and shows him to be a man of uncommon humility, sincerity, and piety from his earliest days. This publication is composed of two parts: the first being the diary of his life up to the time of his joining in fellowship with the despised people called Quakers in 1662. This is followed by the “Memoirs of the Rise, Progress, and Persecutions, of the People Called Quakers in the North of Scotland,” which also carries forward the narration of Jaffray’s life and sufferings for the gospel until his death in 1673.

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The Diary of Alexander Jaffray
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The Diary of Alexander Jaffray

John Barclay

The Diary of Alexander Jaffray

The diary of Alexander Jaffray, provost of Aberdeen, one of the Scottish commissioners to King Charles II, and a member of Cromwell’s Parliament, to which are added particulars of his subsequent life, given in connection with memoirs of the rise, progress, and persecutions, of the people called Quakers, in the north of Scotland.

  • 520 pages
  • history, journal, letters
  • 39 Downloads
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.

Friends Library Publishing exists to freely share the writings of early members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), believing that no other collection of Christian writings more accurately communicates or powerfully illustrates the soul-transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Download this and other books for free at www.friendslibrary.com.

The Journal and Letters of John Barclay
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The Journal and Letters of John Barclay

John Barclay

The Journal and Letters of John Barclay

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.

  • 301 pages
  • journal, letters
  • 26 Downloads
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