WHEN his little audience next assembled round the chair, Grandfather gave them a doleful history of the Quaker persecution, which began in
He told them how, in the first place, twelve of the converts of George Fox, the first Quaker in the world, had come over from England.
"Grandfather," cried Charley, clinching his fist, "I would have fought for that poor Quaker woman!"
It seemed as if hardly any of the preceding stories had thrown such an interest around Grandfather's chair as did the fact that the poor, persecuted, wandering Quaker woman had rested in it for a moment.
This was no uncommon method of disposing of the Quakers, and they were accustomed to boast that the inhabitants of the desert were more hospitable to them than civilized man.
Introducing the often discussed subject of the Quakers, he gave a history of that sect, and a description of their tenets, in which error predominated, and prejudice distorted the aspect of what was true.
Early after the Restoration, the English Quakers represented to Charles II that a "vein of blood was open in his dominions;" but though the displeasure of the voluptuous king was roused, his interference was not prompt.
Here the Quaker ended with a deep sigh; and Jones presently answered, "I am very sorry, sir, for your unhappiness, whatever is the occasion of it."--"Ah!
The subject of the Quaker's discourse had so deeply affected Jones, that he stared very wildly all the time he was speaking.
The Quaker was no sooner assured by this fellow of the birth and low fortune of Jones, than all compassion for him vanished; and the honest plain man went home fired with no less indignation than a duke would have felt at receiving an affront from such a person.
The next morning was a cheerful one at the Quaker
But either his success, or the frequency of the transgression in others, soon wiped off this slight stain from his character; and, although there were a few who, dissatisfied with their own fortunes, or conscious of their own demerits, would make dark hints concerning the sudden prosperity of the unportioned Quaker
, yet his services, and possibly his wealth, soon drove the recollection of these vague conjectures from men’s minds.