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#206 - George Fox

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The excessively rare founder of the Quakers addresses Oliver Cromwell

Handwritten endorsement initialed, “GF,” addressed to Oliver Cromwell, penned on the reverse of a manuscript letter concerning his opinion on a certain law, one page, 4.5 x 8.5, no date. In very good condition, with intersecting folds with holes along one horizontal fold (affecting a few words of the letter), paper loss to edges and one corner, and scattered creases and soiling.

Fox was an English Dissenter and a founder of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as the Quakers. As his movement grew he was persecuted by the authorities who disapproved of his beliefs, eventually being arrested in 1655 and brought before the Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell. Once he assured Cromwell that he had no intention of taking up arms against the government, they were able to have a cordial discussion about his beliefs. This was an early example of ‘speaking truth to power,’ a preaching technique by which subsequent Quakers hoped to alleviate war, injustice, and oppression. Cromwell only lived for two more years, during which Fox frequently petitioned him with requests to alleviate the persecution of Quakers. An extremely scarce example of this early religious leader. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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