Thomas Ellwood (1639-1714) was a beloved elder and an eminent writer in the early Society of Friends. When a young man, his father took great offense at his joining in society with the despised people called Quakers, and frequently beat him with both fists and cane. At length, Ellwood found refuge in the home of Isaac and Mary Penington, where he came to be considered a member of their family, and eventually served as tutor to the Penington’s young children. Thomas Ellwood is best known among Friends for his many publications in defense of the Truth, and for being the editor of George Fox’s journal.
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A journal of the life of Thomas Ellwood, relating his early submission to the dictates of Truth in the midst of suffering and persecution, the great benefit received from his residing in the home of Isaac and Mary Penington, and his many labors for the defence and promulgation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.