Fox, George (1624–1691)
Mystic and founder of The Society of Friends (Quakers). In
his Journal (1694), one of the great religious autobiographies,
he testifies to many extraordinary psychic experiences. In the
1920s Walter Prince cited him as one of the ‘‘noted witnesses
for psychic occurrences.’’ Once he lay in trance for 14 days, had
great spiritual struggles and ecstasies, heard voices that he believed
to be of the Lord, and proclaimed by direct revelation
the doctrine of the Inner Light ‘‘I saw that Christ enlightened
all men and women with his divine and saving light, and I saw
that the manifestation of the spirit of God was given to every
man to profit withal.’’
It was said that there was a wonderful magnetism and power
about the eyes of George Fox. He had gifts of healing and himself
made many wonderful recoveries. He foretold the fall of
the Rump Parliament; he had a striking presentiment of the
approaching death of Cromwell; he had a vision of the fire of
London years before it happened; and he had a foreshadowing
of the coming revolution of 1689. He reportedly had so much
psychic power that during some of the meetings at which he
was present the house was shaken, and on one occasion a clergyman
ran out of the church fearing it would fall on his head.
Fox’s journal contains accounts of the miraculous events of
his life.
Sources
Cadbury, H. J. George Fox’s ‘‘Book of Miracles.’’ Cambridge
Cambridge University Press, 1948.
Fox, George. Journal. Edited by John L. Nickalls. Cambridge
Cambridge University Press, 1952.
Prince, Walter F. Noted Witnesses for Psychic Occurrences. Boston
Boston Society for Psychic Research, 1928. Reprint, New
Hyde Park, N.Y. University Books, 1963.