Thomas Chalkley

Thomas Chalkley

Thomas Chalkley (1675-1741) was born in the south of England, but came to reside in the American Colonies, near Philadelphia, around the year 1700. By making it his aim to keep always in a state of humility and resignation, bearing the cross of Christ, Chalkley grew to become an eminent minister, and one of the most influential Quakers in the eighteenth century. Though he suffered great disappointments and losses both in business and family (eleven of his twelve children dying in childhood), he was ever-conspicuous for his patience, meekness, and continual submission to the light and leadings of Jesus Christ. His journal, which was always popular among Friends, has been reprinted several times, and is filled with edifying anecdotes, narrow escapes, tragic losses, and extraordinary encounters with the power and love of God. Appended to his journal is a collection of letters and essays on spiritual subjects written mostly at sea, on subjects such as the love of God, the brevity of time, Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, the kingdom of Christ, and the dangers of intemperance.

In the year 1732, I found freedom in my mind to accompany my uncle Thomas Chalkley to visit some of the meetings of Friends in Bucks county and New Jersey, and afterwards Chester county; in the performance of which we had near fellowship together. He was a near fellow-helper to me in my religious labors for the promotion of truth, and a bright example in the meekness and patience of the Lamb. I do not know that I was ever acquainted with a man more inward, whose heart seemed to be more placed upon heavenly treasure, both in meetings and out of them, than this dear disciple of Christ.

- Daniel Stanton

Books by Thomas Chalkley

Thomas Chalkley (1675-1741) was born in the south of England, but came to reside in the American Colonies, near Philadelphia, around the year 1700. By making it his aim to keep always in a state of humility and resignation, bearing the cross of Christ, Chalkley grew to become an eminent minister, and one of the most influential Quakers in the eighteenth century. Though he suffered great disappointments and losses both in business and family (eleven of his twelve children dying in childhood), he was ever-conspicuous for his patience, meekness, and continual submission to the light and leadings of Jesus Christ. His journal, which was always popular among Friends, has been reprinted several times, and is filled with edifying anecdotes, narrow escapes, tragic losses, and extraordinary encounters with the power and love of God. Appended to his journal is a collection of letters and essays on spiritual subjects written mostly at sea, on topics such as the love of God, the brevity of time, Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, the kingdom of Christ, and the dangers of intemperance.

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The Journal of Thomas Chalkley
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The Journal of Thomas Chalkley

Thomas Chalkley

The Journal of Thomas Chalkley

The journal and writings of Thomas Chalkley (1675-1741), a beloved minister of the gospel in the Society of Friends, relating his growth in the truth and his long and extensive labor in the work of the gospel; also containing a large collection of letters and spiritual essays, mostly written at sea.

  • 414 pages
  • journal, treatise
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