Like many other early Quakers, John Crook (1617-1699) was a seeker of truth from his earliest days. He was educated in London, and for a time held the office of Justice of the Peace in Bedfordshire, but when he was convinced of the truth in 1654 by the preaching of William Dewsbury, he soon lost both his public office and his freedom. In all, John Crook was imprisoned ten times for his faith, and suffered greatly at “the hands of unreasonable men.”
This Holy Spirit has been to me both meat and drink, even as the Rock of old that followed the Israelites. Ten times (as I remember) I have been in bonds, and all for the sake of a good conscience before my God. But this Holy Spirit never left me, but many times has caused me to sing in prisons. Yes, by this Holy Spirit all has turned to my joy. My help is in it, my comfort flows from it, and my daily request to my God is that all His people may be guided by it in all things.- John Crook
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A selection from the journal and writings of John Crook, relating his thirst after holiness in his younger years, his convincement of and growth in the truth, and some of his ministerial labors in the early Society of Friends.