AFTER an absence of over two years in America William Penn had reached England in October, 1684. He had been called home for the defence of the boundaries of the province against the aggressions of Lord Baltimore and also for intercession on behalf of his persecuted Quaker brethren. The accession of his old friend the Duke of York to the throne of England as James II., in the following February, gave Penn great influence as a courtier and patron at court, and was especially opportune for the furtherance of the two chief objects of his return. These objects he pressed forward most actively. Thus, by October, 1685, only a few days before the writing of A Further Account, he obtained a favorable report regarding the Three Lower Counties to which Baltimore laid claim; and a few months later he secured the release of more than 1,200 Quakers, imprisoned as Dissenters.
Of Penn's Pennsylvania pamphlets A Further Account ranks next in importance to his Letter to the Free Society of Traders, and is really a sequel to the latter. It was written at Worminghurst Place, the Proprietor's country-seat in Sussex, in the south of England, and was printed in 1685, in two editions of small quarto, one of twenty pages and the other of sixteen pages, probably from a London press. A Dutch translation entitled Tweede Bericht appeared the same year at Amsterdam. A large portion of the English text was reprinted in Richard Blome's Present State of His Majesties' Isles and Territories in America ( London, 1687), pp. 122-134; in Thompson Westcott's History of Philadelphia ( Sunday Dispatch, Philadelphia) chapter XXXI., and in William J. Buck William Penn in America