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Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 7 "Fox, George" to "France"   By:

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Transcriber's notes:

(1) Numbers following letters (without space) like C2 were originally printed in subscript. Letter subscripts are preceded by an underscore, like C n.

(2) Characters following a carat (^) were printed in superscript.

(3) Side notes were relocated to function as titles of their respective paragraphs.

(4) Macrons and breves above letters and dots below letters were not inserted.

(5) The following typographical errors have been corrected:

ARTICLE FOX, RICHARD: "He also appears to have studied at Cambridge, but nothing definite is known of the first thirty five years of his career." 'thirty five' amended from 'thiry five'.

ARTICLE France: "After desperate strife, an agreement between the two rivals, Arnulf's support, and the death of Odo, secured it for Charles III., surnamed the Simple." 'agreement' amended from 'agreeement'.

ARTICLE France: "He in his turn tried to stem the tumultuous current which had borne him along, and to prevent discord; but the check to his policy of an understanding with Prussia and with Sardinia ..." 'in' amended from 'is'.

ARTICLE France: "The pope banished, it was now desirable to send away those to whom Italy had been more or less promised. Eugène de Beauharnais, Napoleon's stepson, was transferred to Frankfort, and Murat carefully watched until the time should come to take him to Russia and install him as king of Poland." 'install' amended from 'instal'.

ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA

A DICTIONARY OF ARTS, SCIENCES, LITERATURE AND GENERAL INFORMATION

ELEVENTH EDITION

VOLUME X, SLICE VII

Fox, George to France

ARTICLES IN THIS SLICE:

FOX, GEORGE FRAGONARD, JEAN HONORÉ FOX, RICHARD FRAHN, CHRISTIAN MARTIN FOX, RORERT WERE FRAME FOX, SIR STEPHEN FRAMINGHAM FOX, SIR WILLIAM FRAMLINGHAM FOX FRANC FOXE, JOHN FRANÇAIS, ANTOINE FOXGLOVE FRANÇAIS, FRANÇOIS LOUIS FOX INDIANS FRANCATELLI, CHARLES ELMÉ FOX MORCILLO, SEBASTIAN FRANCAVILLA FONTANA FOY, MAXIMILIEN SÉBASTIEN FRANCE, ANATOLE FRAAS, KARL NIKOLAS FRANCE (part) FRACASTORO, GIROLAMO

FOX, GEORGE (1624 1691), the founder of the "Society of Friends" or "Quakers," was born at Drayton, Leicestershire, in July 1624. His father, Christopher Fox, called by the neighbours "Righteous Christer," was a weaver by occupation; and his mother, Mary Lago, "an upright woman and accomplished above most of her degree," was "of the stock of the martyrs." George from his childhood "appeared of another frame than the rest of his brethren, being more religious, inward, still, solid and observing beyond his years"; and he himself declares: "When I came to eleven years of age I knew pureness and righteousness; for while a child I was taught how to walk to be kept pure." Some of his relations wished that he should be educated for the ministry; but his father apprenticed him to a shoemaker, who also dealt in wool and cattle. In this service he remained till his nineteenth year. According to Penn, "he took most delight in sheep," but he himself simply says: "A good deal went through my hands.... People had generally a love to me for my innocency and honesty." In 1643, being upon business at a fair, and having accompanied some friends to the village public house, he was troubled by a proposal to "drink healths," and withdrew in grief of spirit. "When I had done what business I had to do I returned home, but did not go to bed that night, nor could I sleep, but sometimes walked up and down, and sometimes prayed and cried to the Lord, who said unto me, 'Thou seest how young people go together into vanity and old people into the earth; thou must forsake all, both young and old, and keep out of all, and be a stranger unto all... Continue reading book >>


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