Name of the manuscript

As editors, we depart from the traditional titles of 'Cambridge Manuscript' or 'Spence Manuscript' because, in our view, each of these is potentially misleading about the origins of the range of documents which are found in MSS Vols 376-77 at Friends House, London. The manuscript only came into the hands of Robert Spence in 1861 and none of the materials that constitute it are from Cambridge; that title is purely because Norman Penney’s edition of the manuscript was published by Cambridge University Press. The title Long Journal, though more neutral, is also more accurate in designating the way in which this document represents an expanded version of George Fox’s travails and sufferings, in which letters and papers from a variety of sources are interpolated into the narrative account dictated by Fox to his son-in-law, Thomas Lower.

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