London: Printed and Sold By Luke Hinde, 1757. Octavo. Item #027964
vi, 236 pages. The remarkable story of an English boy raised in a Shepherd's home by a Quaker father who died when he was 12 leaving his mother to manage the farm with its sheep. The boy had an aversion to the Quakers because of their strict religious ways. He became converted to the Quaker faith at age 16 and became a well known preacher. He visited America to expand the faith among the Friends from Virginia to New York. He spent two years in the early 18th century preaching and debating with Baptists, Episcopalians and others. He jointed with William Penn as they told the Indians about God the great Father. When asked about taxes that might be used to support the military, he argued that in America where already there was more freedom than in England, there was more of an obligation to avoid cooperating with anything that involved making war. The names John Richardson and Nathaniel Richardson are on the front pastedown and typical of late 18th century writing but after the death of the author. The front board is nearly detached.