Excerpt from The Diaries of Edward Pease: The Father of English Railways I originally intended this volume should be a private memorial of the life and opinions of Edward Pease. The introductory essay on Quakerism was an attempt to set forth the general meaning of Quakerism in his day, and of the peculiar system which developed, influenced and restrained his character. I have been persuaded to allow this book a wider circulation, in spite of the style being little adapted to public taste. The serious and tame records of an old time Quaker's life seem hardly likely to interest many outside the Society of Friends. I have hesitated before placing my prosy old ancestor in the public stocks, perhaps to be pelted by scoffers and critics. Yet Edward Pease's life, however uneventful, narrow and peculiar it may seem, was devoted to his conception of his duty to his God and to his neighbour. His public services, however small the value he desired to have placed on them, entitle him to kindly treatment by that great public who reap the fruits of his labours. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.