‘They always include praise or loving address to the divine.’

Parting and piety: Jane Mace has more on the deathbed testimonies of early Friends

A 1642 etching on a printers workshop. | Photo: By Abraham Bosse.

This year, as every year, the documents published in advance of Yearly Meeting will include the collection of ‘Testimonies to the grace of God’ as shown in the lives of Friends who have died. At Yearly Meeting itself, a Friend will read two or three of them aloud. An earlier equivalent to this is a less well known publishing (and reading) activity in the Society: the collections of ‘dying sayings’ (including children).

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