Since writing the within it occurs to me
that a proposition has been by some friends
embracing some considerations on which
I should like to have thy advice.
The proposition is to prepare and
publish a history of the Society of friends
of considerably smaller size than
those extant. The reasons advanced
are that the histories of Sewel, Besse &
Gough are so voluminous as to be
in the hands of but few, consequently
the advantages which might arise from
a perusal of the most interesting parts
of our history, are very much lost.
Two enquiries seem to present themselves
at the threshold of the business - 1st whether
the thing would be good in itself, that is,
whether the history could be so abridged
to advantage or not? 2ndly whether it
would likely be encouraged? In
addition to these, I entertain serious
doubts of my capacity or leisure for
making the compilation.
Thy thoughts on this subject would
by particularly acceptable.
But before I dismiss the subject