John Fothergill (1676-1745) was a true minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, made so by the Spirit of God, and not by the will or wisdom of man. As a young man, he took the yoke of his Master upon himself, learned to bear it faithfully, and so experientially knew what it was to “be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the Spirit” (1 Pet. 4:6). Constrained by the love of Christ, his life was poured out in the service of the gospel, traveling all over England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland on several occasions, and crossing the seas three times to visit the colonies in America. John Fothergill was the father of Samuel Fothergill (the well-known Quaker minister) and Dr. John Fothergill, the famous doctor and botanist.
My heart groans within me, that it may continually be your, and all our care, to labor with due watchfulness, to walk humbly before Him, to feel after His living power, and to bear His yoke resignedly and cheerfully; that thereby we may be crucified to the world, with the evils and hurtful friendships of it.- John Fothergill
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An account of the life and travels in the work of the ministry of John Fothergill, to which are added a large collection of epistles to friends and churches in Great Britain and America.
“I have found it my duty and great advantage to place in view my worthy father, and in matters of importance, or dubious cases, to consult what would have pleased him, who was ripe in experience and judgment.”— Samuel Fothergill