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Dell, Jonas (DNB00)


DELL, JONAS (d. 1665), quaker, who died at Stepney, and who is frequently referred to in the polemical writings of his time as ‘the quaking soldier,’ was at one time a soldier in the parliamentary army. Before he joined the Society of Friends in 1657 or 1658 he was a puritan. He wrote: 1. ‘Christ held forth by the Word, the onely way to the Father; or a Treatise discovering to all the difference betweene Lawes, Bondage, and the Gospel's Liberty,’ 1646. 2. ‘Forms the Pillars of Anti-Christ; but Christ in Spirit the True Teacher of His People; and not Tradition. … Written in Scotland in opposition to some people who do imitate John the Baptist by dipping themselves in water,’ &c., 1656. 3. ‘A Voyce from the Temple,’ 1658. This alone was written after he became a quaker.

[Records of the Soc. of Friends at Devonshire House, Bishopsgate; Smith's Cat. of Friends' Books.]

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