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“Humility seeks not the last word

not the first place.”

            – William Penn, from his Fruits of a Father’s Love

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ON THIS DATE

William Penn was born 10/14/1644 at London.  Wm was the son of Admiral Penn (the King of England owing the Penn family money paid it by giving Wm. Pennsylvania, which Wm. named in honor of the Admiral).

Wm. converted to being a Quaker and underwent much persecution.  While imprisoned seven months in the infamous Tower of London he wrote No Cross, No Crown.  He was also imprisoned in Newgate (for preaching openly), and in Fleet.  In 1696 Penn made the acquaintance of Peter the Great, Czar of Russia.

Penn Quotes:

Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.

Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.

The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.

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“If man is not governed by God,

 

he will be ruled by tyrants.”

                        – William Penn, founder and first governor of Pennsylvania

On this date, 3/10/1681, William Penn, received a charter from Charles II, making him the proprietor of the colonial American territory, Pennsylvania.  Charles II did this to pay a debt of 16,000 (English) pounds which had been owed to Penn’s father.  William Penn (1644–1718) the most well known Quaker, became the sole proprietor of “Pennsylvania” naming it after his father.  Penn gave legal rights to Indians and to such persecuted Christians as the Mennonites.

Below are excerpts from a charter for this new colony in the Delaware Valley:

I.  That so soon as it pleaseth God that the above-said persons arrive there, a certain quantity of land, or ground plat, shall be laid out…the surveyors shall consider what roads or highways will be necessary to the cities, towns or through the lands.  Great roads from city to city not to contain less than forty foot, in breadth, shall be first laid out and declared to be for high-ways…

XV.  That the Indians shall have liberty to do all things relating to improvement of their ground, and providing sustenance for their families, that any of the planters shall enjoy.

XVI.  That the laws, as to slanders, drunkenness, swearing, cursing, pride in apparel, trespasses…weights, and measures, shall be the same as in England, till altered by law in this province…

XVIII.  That, in clearing the ground, care be taken to leave one acre of trees for every five acres cleared, especially to preserve oak and mulberries, for silk and shipping.…

– F. N. Thorpe, ed., Federal and State Constitutions, Vol V, p. 3044 ff.

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“Those people who are not ruled by God, will be ruled by tyrants.”

 – said to be a Penn quote (source unknown to me.)

 William Penn on this date 10/29/1682 landed in what would become Pennsylvania.  He named this land after his father (to whom the king had owed a sizable amount).  William did not name the land after himself.

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If men be good, governments cannot be bad.

 

He that lives to live forever, never fears dying.

 

Humility seeks not the last word not the first place.

 

– William Penn, Fruits of a Father’s Love (Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson, 1792), 45.

 7/30 William Penn died 1718, Quaker, founded Pennsylvania where Quakers (& others) experienced religious liberty, (born 10/14/1644) wrote “No Cross, no Crown; a Discourse showing the Nature & Discipline of the Holy Cross of Christ” (1688) and England’s Greatest Interest…Parliament, Truth Exalted

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…He that covets can no more be a moral man than he that steals; since he does so in this mind.  Nor can he be one that robs his neighbor of his credit, or that craftily undermines him of his trade, or office.

                – William Penn, Fruits of Solitude in Reflections and Maxims (Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson, 1792), 107. 

 William Penn on this date, 10/27/1682, arrived in America.  He was an English Quaker, a colonist, and the founder of Pennsylvania (which he named after his father).  He wrote “No Cross, no Crown; a Discourse showing the Nature & Discipline of the Holy Cross of Christ” (1688).

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The truest end of life is to know that life never ends.

                – William Penn, Reflections and Maxims (Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson, 1792), 94.

 

If I am even with my enemy, the debt is paid; but if I forgive it I oblige him forever. 

                – William Penn, Reflections and Maxims (Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson, 1792), 103.

 

Truth has never lost ground by inquiry.

                – William Penn, Reflections and Maxims (Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson, 1792), 137.

 

William Penn on this date, 9/3/1667, was imprisoned for faith 1667.  His principal and perhaps most popular theological work was No Cross, no Crown; a Discourse showing the Nature & Discipline of the Holy Cross of Christ

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