Quarto. Measuring 8½” x 10”. pp.  2-4. Printed in letterpress on the final page: “Signed on behalf of our said Meeting, by John Gouch, Clerk.” Two modest horizontal folds and one crease to the first leaf, a 2" tear along the upper horizontal fold at the gutter with some loss of paper, a few tiny tears to the right edges, a near very good, untrimmed copy. A four-page letter that addresses “the declined state of many in our Society from the Life and Power of pure Religion” and urges fellow Friends not to engage “extensively in trade” for self-enrichment: “… the plainness of apparel which distinguished our religious profession is by too many despised … an evil emulation hath gotten in, not provoking one another to love and good works, but vying with each other in the grandeur of their houses, the order and provision of their tables, the richness of their furniture, and the gaiety of their own dress …”. The letter neatly sets forth Quaker doctrine in relation to overseas commerce and trade. Bristol B4879; Shipton & Mooney 43631; *ESTC* W8641.