William Penn and the Founding of Pennsylvania: A Documentary History

William Penn and the Founding of Pennsylvania: A Documentary History

William Penn and the Founding of Pennsylvania: A Documentary History

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.

Excerpt

[May? 1680]

For the
The Humble Ad
Son to Sir W
Showeth,
That having
in Ireland by the oppression of the Lord
decease (though most of it remitted by
to borrow every penny of it, by reason
England was under the Stop of the Ex
with the growing interest of it, and 9 ye
for the relief of his own and his mother's
ruin.
He humbly prays that
that princely respect he of
his compassion to the afflicte
America, lying north of M
River, on the west, limit
extend as far as plantable,
he doubts not by his intere
profitable plantation to the
to raise that speedy and sufficient
encumbrances, that he may
debt of least £11,000 and be
and time as shall be most
And

Printed transcript. HSP. (PWP, 2:30-33).

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