"As we travelled we came near a very great hill, called Pendle Hill, and I
was moved of the Lord to go up to the top of it; which I did with
difficulty, it was so very steep and high. When I was come to the top, I saw
the sea bordering upon Lancashire. From the top of this hill the Lord let me
see in what places he had a great people to be gathered. As I went down, I
found a spring of water in the side of the hill, with which I refreshed
myself, having eaten or drunk but little for several days before."
Many books describe the history of the Society of Friends and the biographies
of the men and women who made its history. Like every other religious movement,
the story is complicated. A website is not the best place to read it. Here we
provide a series of short sketches, with the hope that they will provide readers
with an accurate, though incomplete, overview of our heritage, and encourage
them to read further.