Books of Interest to Friends
- Bulletin of Friends' Historical Society of Philadelphia
- Friends Historical Association
- Volume 9, Number 1, Fifth Month (May) 1919
- pp. 35-39
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BOOKS OF INTEREST TO FRIENDS.35 BOOKS OF INTEREST TO FRIENDS. The Personality of George Fox. By A. Neave Brayshaw, B.A., LL.B. . . . With an introduction by Herbert G. Wood, M.A. . . . Published for the Friends' Historical Society by Headley Brothers, Ltd., London ; Friends' Book and Tract Committee, 144 East Twentieth Street, New York, Grace W. Blair, Media, Pa., 814 ? 5)4 in., pp. xii, 92. is. 50 cents postpaid. This short treatise or monograph has been eagerly looked for by students of George Fox's life and character, and they will not be disappointed . It shows clearly that it is the fruit of extensive reading, careful weighing of evidence, and sympathetic yet remarkably impartial judgment. No thoughtful reader, or any student, will think, as the author seems to fear, that he has " overloaded " his volume with " references and notes." There is no need for any apology. The author says, wisely : " This work is intended to be a picture of the man George Fox, not a consecutive account of his life nor an exposition of his teaching ." A thoroughly satisfactory " Life " of Fox has yet to be written. The longest, that by Janney, is biased, and now antiquated; and others are unsatisfactory in many ways. Of the shorter accounts, that by the late Thomas Hodgkin, was written before much of great value and interest had come to light ; while several excellent sketches make no claim to be a " Life." In the monograph before us, though not a " Life," in the words of the " Introduction " by Herbert G. Wood, " We become acquainted with him [Fox] in his rugged vigor and homespun simplicity as we read some of those illuminating touches found in the original sources which of late years have been opened up." No one who wishes really to know Fox can afford to miss this volume. Besides the " Introduction," there are " Abbreviations and Bibliography ," a valuable "Chronological Table of Fox's Life;" Appendices on " Portraits of Fox ; " " Remarkable Cures by Fox ; " " George Fox's Spelling ; " " Addenda ; " and an " Index," which might have been somewhat fuller. Slight typographical errors or slips occur on p. 21, 1. 4; p. 29, 1. 11 ; p. 47, 11. 3-8. The author is to be congratulated on producing a work indispensable to the student of Quaker history. The Human Needs of Labor. By B. Seebohm Rowntree. . . . Thomas Nelson and Sons, Ltd., London, Edinburgh and New York , S ? J1A in., pp. 168. This small book is by one of the great authorities on Labor, Poverty , and Wages. He is not only a theorist, but a practical investigator, 36 BULLETIN OF FRIENDS' HISTORICAL SOCIETY. and, as a member of the great cocoa firm of Rowntrees in York, England, a large employer of labor himself. Though in matters of detail the book is hardly suited to American conditions, the principles underlying the work, and its suggestions are well worthy the thoughtful consideration of all Americans interested in this most important matter. The American workman would hardly be satisfied with the minimum Dietary suggested , or what is considered would be the minimum wage " after the war," which is estimated at 44s. per week for men and 25s. for women. A distinction made at the beginning of the book is worth quoting. " In discussing the principles on which minimum wages should be fixed we should draw a clear distinction between minimum wages and wages above the minimum. The former should be determined primarily by human needs, the latter by the market value of the services rendered." Friends' Quarterly Examiner, Tenth month, 1918, and First month, 1919These two numbers have come to hand since the last issue of the Bulletin. As is natural, their contents relate mostly to current and possible future events, and there is very much of interest concerning these fields. In the number for Tenth month there is a paper by John E. Southall on Morgan Llwd (i6ig?-i659) (Morgan Floyd or Lloyd, for he goes by all those names). He was an able Welshman, a historian, preacher and poet. " He was an earnest and eloquent preacher, and in a considerable degree inclined towards Quakerism though remaining among the Independents." * In the number for First month...