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The Bourne Archive
Fenland Notes and Queries. This was originally, probably in the quarterly Part 10, July 1891. Edited by W.H. Bernard Saunders, F.R. Hist. Soc.
Articles 1 to 237 (April 1889 to October 1891) were
re-published as Volume 1, in 1891, by Geo. C. Caster,
This quarterly periodical which, from the second volume (part 12) became associated with the name of W.D. Sweeting, took the form of a forum in which people sent in questions about the history, ecology and so on of the Fens and the region’s environs and others replied with some sort of answer. Some ‘answers’ seem to have been spontaneous, so qualifying as ‘notes’. Editorial notes in the form [note] are those of FNQ; those in the form [note] are those of RJP.
My thanks to the trustees of the Willoughby Memorial Library for the loan of the copy from which the following was transcribed.
17th Century Religion
210 – George Fox in the Fenland. – Towards the close of 1656, George Fox, the Quaker, writes in his journal:
“After having had several meetings in Lincolnshire, I had at last a meeting where two knights, one called Sir Richard Wrey, and the other Sir John Wrey, with their wives, were at the meeting. One of their wives was convinced, received the truth, and died in it. When the meeting was over we passed away; and it being evening, and dark, a company of wild serving men encompassed me about, with intent (as I apprehended) to do me mischief. But I spoke aloud to them, and asked, ‘What are ye, highwaymen?’ Whereupon some Friends and friendly people that were behind, came up to us, and knew some of them. So I reproved them to fear God; and the Lord’s power came over them, and stopped their mischievous design: blessed by his name for ever!
Then I turned into Huntingdonshire: and the Mayor of Huntingdon came to visit me, and was very loving; and his wife received the truth.
“Thence I passed into
Cambridgeshire, and the Fen country, where I had many meetings, and the Lord’s
truth spread. Robert Craven (who had been Sheriff of
“Thence we passed to
The name of the “loving” Mayor of Huntingdon here mentioned I have not been able to obtain. The drunken priest of Crowland would appear to have been Richard Lee, presented to the Rectory in 1654, and again in the following year, who remained till 1671.
Fox again visited this district in 1662. Writing in that year, he says:
Chas. E. Dawes.
[Friends with a capital F are Quakers, members of the Religious Society of Friends. Reading this very much brings to mind Wesley’s Journal, written in the next century. Paulinus probably had much the same sort of experience.]