William Penn (1683)

He was in Pennsylvania only three and a half years. But from 1681, when he received the King’s charter at the age of thirty-seven to 1718, when he died, Pennsylvania was one of his chief preoccupations. The growth and well-being of his colony was based on a tradition of religious toleration and freedom under law, fundamental principles of American civil life. Thomas Jefferson called Penn “the greatest law-giver the world has produced.”

Source: “William Penn in Pennsylvania.” Text by Paul A.W. Wallace and James P. O’Rrien; edited by Harold L. Myers. Pennsbury Manor.

Texts

Bartleby:

Some Fruits of Solitude

Gutenberg:

A Brief Account of the Rise and Progress of the People Called Quakers

A Sermon Preached at the Quaker’s Meeting House, in Gracechurch-Street, London, Eighth Month 12th, 1694.

Google Books:

An Essay Towards the Present and Future Peace of Europe

He must not be a man, but a statue of brass or stone, whose bowels do not melt when he beholds the bloody tragedy of this war . . .

No Cross, No Crown

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