Margaret Fell.

Barclay, A.R., ed. Letters, &c. Of Early Friends; Illustrative of the History of the Society, etc. In: Evans, William and Evans, Thomas, eds. The Friends Library. Philadelphia: Joseph Rakestraw, 1847. Vol. XI, page 351.

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London, 25th of Eighth month (tenth month) 1660.

My dearly beloved lambs and babes,--my love is to you all; and my prayer to the Lord is for you all, that in his arm and power you may be kept in the bosom of his love, there to be nursed and cherished up to eternal life.

G.F. is now free, blessed be the Lord God,--whose arm and power alone has done it,--after he had appeared before the judge who sent for him up; then he appeared before the Lord Chief Justice of England in his chamber; and the next day he appeared before them all in open court, in the King's bench; and all this after the King had granted out an order to set him free: but they would not set him free, till he had appeared in all these places, to see if any thing would come against him. It was of great service to the Lord.

I cannot write at present punctually the time of my return, for I do feel that I am not yet clear of this place; but still do wait for the Lord's will and pleasure and his time to be manifested to me: and may you rest satisfied in that; for there is everlasting peace, and there you will enjoy me. I do not know how suddenly the Lord may give me my freedom to come home; but when it is, I shall embrace it lovingly. Let me hear of the little ones, how it is with them all (you mention little of them when you write;) and my desire is to hear of you all, and of your well-being in the Lord. It may be that you have heard ere this, that J.N. [James Naylor -pds] hath finished his natural life, and hath laid down his body of earth about three score miles off London.

So no more, but my love in the Lord Jesus is with you; and as soon as the Lord gives me leave, I shall return. The eternal arm of the Almighty be with you.