William Sewel (1653-1720), being a Quaker himself, an honest and meticulous researcher, and an eye-witness to many of the events described in his writings, has long been considered the foremost authority on the early history of the Society of Friends. This lengthy but invaluable publication (first written in Dutch in 1717, and then translated by Sewel into English) tells the truly amazing story of a people who awoke from the lifeless and formal religion of their day, submitted whole-heartedly to the teachings of the Spirit of truth, and so returned to the original life, light, power, and purity of primitive Christianity.
About this time I read Sewel’s ‘History of the Quakers,’ which I think removed every objection, and confirmed me in my opinion of the truth of their principles. Their severe sufferings, their patience under them, and honest boldness before kings and rulers, convinced me that nothing but a divine power could have supported them.- John Spalding
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The most accurate and exhaustive history of the Society of Friends, long considered the foremost authority on the true rise, increase, and progress of this Christian people during their first sixty-five years.