George Fox's Death (1690)

During the next ten years Fox spent most of his time looking after the affairs of the Quakers. He wrote many letters to Quakers overseas, he spent a lot of time in London trying to minimise the persecutions that were still many and varied, he twice visited the Continent and he was much involved with the organisation of the Society of Friends. The King died in 1685 to be succeeded by his Catholic brother James II. Fox and the other Quaker leaders petitioned the King for the release of 1,460 Quakers who were in prison and James acceded to their request and they were all released. For the rest of his life Fox was chiefly in London looking after the Society’s affairs. He continued to write numerous letters and religious papers to all parts of the world. The infirmities of age slowed him down but he continued to go to meetings and continued to carry out his duties. On 13th November 1690, George Fox died after attending a meeting in Gracechurch Street. He was buried in the Quaker burial ground at Bunhill Fields, London.

Additional Information

The Meeting House was partly in this building and partly behind it. If you go up the alley to the left of the building you will find a pub and another alley going to the right, it was around there. If you go to the Guildhall Library and look at a book 'The A to Z of Restoration London' the meeting house is marked on the map. Fox died in a house next door to the Meeting House.