Many excellent persons, whose moral character from boyhood to old age has been free from any stain discernible to their fellow-creatures, have, in their autobiographies and diaries, applied to themselves, and doubtless with sincerity, epithets as severe as could be applied to Titus Oates or Mrs Brownrigg.
- The writings of the early Friends are very numerous: the most noteworthy are the Journals of George Fox and of Thomas Ellwood, both autobiographies, the Apology and other works of Robert Barclay, and the works of Penn and Penington.
The autobiographies of these early Methodist preachers are among the classics of the Evangelical Revival.
There were also special works on antiquities and contemporary memoirs, and autobiographies such as those of M.
Judged as literature, the first place belongs to his Autobiography, which unquestionably ranks among the few great autobiographies ever written.