Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia and George Fox
[One of the most interesting episodes of this journey was the visit paid by
George Keith's wife and Fox's step-daughter, Isabel Yeomans, to the Princess
Elizabeth, to whom Fox sent a personal letter. "Princess Elizabeth" was the
daughter of the unfortunate Frederick, Elector Palatine, and granddaughter of
James the first of England. She was a woman of great spiritual gifts and of
considerable intellectual power. She was the friend and correspondent of the
philosopher Des Cartes. She had, previous to this visit, made the
acquaintance (which developed into close friendship) of William Penn and
Robert Barclay. She frequently used her influence upon her uncle, King
Charles, and her brother, Prince Rupert, to secure the release of Friends
from the prisons of England and Scotland. Her answer to George Fox's letter
is as follows:]
"I cannot but have a tender love to those that love the Lord Jesus Christ,
and to whom it is given, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for
Him; therefore your letter and your Friends' visit have been both very
welcome to me. I shall follow their and your counsel as far as God will
afford me light and unction; remaining still your loving friend,
"Hertford [Westphalia], the 30th of August, 1677."
Autobiography of George Fox Chapter XIX
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