Because of his writings against slavery and other social evils, John Woolman (1720-1772) is one of the most well-known Quakers from the 18th century. Unfortunately, several heavily edited versions of his journal exist today which have removed important aspects of his Christian faith and experience, rendering him only a philanthropist and abolitionist. The truth is that John Woolman was a devoted servant of Jesus Christ, a preacher of truth and righteousness, and a man filled with the Spirit and love of God that overflowed towards his fellow creatures. This edition contains his unabridged journal and works.
Disappointment has a tendency, if we are well-disposed, to drive us nearer to God by weaning us, little by little, from other things. Thus came that wonder of his age, the blessed John Woolman, to witness his works go so fully beforehand to judgment, that he was dead whilst yet alive in the body.- Job Scott
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The journal, life, gospel labors, and Christian experiences of that faithful minister of Jesus Christ, John Woolman; to which are added his last epistle to Friends, and his writings on slavery, love, and several other important subjects.
“Here I saw John Woolman for the first time; I take him to be a sweet, clean-spirited Friend; his unity with the true Seed may be felt by his savory conversation and pious self-denying life.”— Samuel Neale