Probably the most important event since his foundational revelations was Fox’s arrival at Swarthmoor. Swarthmoor Hall was owned and occupied by the family of Thomas and Margaret Fell. Its grayish stone mansion loomed on the horizon, surrounded by the dismal moors. The Fell’s were very affluent and well-known in the area. Thomas was a magistrate, judge, vice chancellor, and high-profile parliamentarian. Margaret was also very respected, known for her wisdom and efficiency in running a household filled with seven children, while constantly opening their home to visitors and travelers.
Roberts Liardon tells us that it was the very place that Fox had set his sight. Earlier, he had been given an open vision at a place called Pendle Hill. The commoners dared not go there. Usually shrouded in fog, the strange hill that rose in the middle of the moors was rumored to be the home of witches. But Fox had been traveling in the North, and, as they passed by Pendle Hill, he was inspired to climb to the top. Standing alone at its peak, Fox received an open vision in which he saw a harvest of people in white, waiting for the Word of God.
Thrilled by what he had seen, Fox bounded down the hill and traveled further North to explore what the Lord wanted done. He had heard of the hospitable reputation of the Fells at Swarthmoor, and now he was within sight of the mansion. I’m sure he had no idea that he was walking into a divine relationship as he approached the Swarthmoor mansion.
Roberts Liardon tells us that as the road crossed in front of the mansion grounds, Fox met William Lampit, the minister of the local town where the Fells attended church. Realizing that they were both going to the same place, they walked along together and, at first, spoke together cordially.
At the door of Swarthmoor, they found that Thomas Fell was away in London. Margaret was also absent, so the Fell children invited them both inside.