I'd like to try reading Fox's Journal in its entirety. I've read selections of his writings before, edited by Douglas Steere (the volume on 'Quaker Spirituality' in the 'Classics of Western Spirituality' series) and by the British Friend and journalist Jonathan Fryer ('George Fox and the Children of the Light'). Now I want to tackle the whole thing over the winter months.

Trouble is, which Fox? There are several editions going about, and it seems they differ considerably. Which comes closest to the true Fox? Or, perhaps more realistically, what axes do the various editors have to grind? Should I just let myself be guided by price or by whatever's on the shelf of the Meeting House library? Can anyone offer any guidance?

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If memory serves right you'll want the Penney or Nickalls editions. Some of the editors of the first editions edited out things which were then seen as embarrassing. The more modern collections rely on fuller source manuscripts.
Hi Alan,

I would also recommend that you sample some of Fox's epistles and doctrinal writings (e.g. 'To All That Would Know The Way To The Kingdom'). The journal was written in the 1670s, in retrospect, and is not necessarily representative of Fox's writings.

You can find Fox's works on-line (with Bible references highlighted) in two main places; Hall V Worthington's website and the Quaker Bible Index. The former site is a bit eccentric but reliable as far as I know.

I have also dipped into a useful collection of pastoral sermons published by New Foundation Fellowship called 'That Thy Candles May Always Be Burning'.

Shalom,

Stuart.
Thanks Martin and Stuart for the advice. I have also found the short passages from Fox in Rex Ambler's 'Light to live by: an exploration in Quaker spirituality' very enlightening and helpful in my spiritual practice.
I took part in a study group where participants had different versions of the Journal. We coordinated our reading by periods of time, and I don't remember any difficulties that arose from those differences. The Nickalls edition includes a number of Fox's epistles included as part of the text. Other editions we had did not include the correspondence, or inserted some of it as an appendix.

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