William Penn and the Founding of Pennsylvania: A Documentary History

Synopsis

On March 5, 1681, one day after receiving his royal charter for Pennsylvania, William Penn wrote that he believed God would make his colony "the seed of the nation". Penn wanted his Pennsylvania to be a land where people of differing languages and customs could live together, where men and women could worship as they pleased, where men could participate fully in their government. Such a land, Penn believed, would indeed be blessed.

Beginning with his petition to the king in May 1680 and ending with his departure to England in August 1684, this book contains the most important documents describing William Penn's founding of Pennsylvania. The collection assembled here includes letters, orders, petitions, charters, laws, pamphlets, maps, constitutional drafts, legislative journals, newspaper articles, memoranda, deeds, and other business records that include Penn's own explanations of his desire to found a Quaker colony, his invitation to settlers, and his design for government.

Accounts of his experiences,in America and his great sense of this land's promise complete this absorbing portrait of one of America's founders.

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Contributors:
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Philadelphia
Publication year:
  • 1983