Chronicles of Pennsylvania from the English Revolution to the Peace of Aix-La-Chapelle, 1688-1748: By Charles P. Keith - Vol. 1

Chronicles of Pennsylvania from the English Revolution to the Peace of Aix-La-Chapelle, 1688-1748: By Charles P. Keith - Vol. 1

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Chronicles of Pennsylvania from the English Revolution to the Peace of Aix-La-Chapelle, 1688-1748: By Charles P. Keith - Vol. 1

Chronicles of Pennsylvania from the English Revolution to the Peace of Aix-La-Chapelle, 1688-1748: By Charles P. Keith - Vol. 1

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The settlement of the banks of the Delaware by Dutch, Swedes, and Quakers has been sufficiently minuted not only in printed records, but in histories which are accessible. Similarly those events of the struggle for British supremacy and of the struggle for American independence which took place within the present boundaries of Pennsylvania are too well known to require fresh narration. As to the long period not covered by these subjects, not only data as to local development, but much information as to general affairs will be found in volumes devoting most space to earlier or later times. But for the valuable contribution made by such, there would be little knowledge of men and things between the arrival of the last shipload of Quakers and the first steps in the French and Indian war. The standard works on Pennsylvania in the XVIIth andXVIIIth Centuries may be described as a panegyric upon William Penn, the Acta as a wonder- worker of Benjamin Franklin, or an epic about George Washington. Much matter, less vivid, but worthy of observation, even any mention of certain years, is omitted. The complete story of successive administrations and their achievements or failures, of antagonistic religions, alien immigrations, relations with aborigines, and the legislature's adherence, under repeated temptation, to the principle of not engaging in war, is, in consequence, to be hunted widely in monographs, published correspondence, and parts of a number of books, many on special lines.

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