A History of William Penn, Founder of Pennsylvania

A History of William Penn, Founder of Pennsylvania

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... sheet exhibits a portrait of King Charles. It briefly sets forth the nature and reasons of the grant. and loosely describes the boundaries of the province. This document, not yet two centuries old. is regarded in America with veneration. Four weeks after Charles had signed his patent, Penn sent out his cousin. Colonel William Markham. with his orders to take possession of the country. to inform the natives of his coming over, and assure them of his friendly feeling; to select a piece of land near Trenton Falls on which to build a house. and settle with Lord Baltimore the question of their frontier lines. The grant of his petition was a great event for Penn. Penn knew the grandeur arid the purity of his design. If Sydney felt that the cause of freedom was at issue, Penn believed that the experiment involved no less than the cause of human nature and of God. While waiting the turns of his negotiations he saw how one false step. one rash word, one imprudent concession, might put the whole of his great scheme in peril. When the char ter was issued he exclaimed, 'God hath given it to me in the face of the world.... He will bless and make it the seed of a nation.' In this spirit he commenced his labours as a legislator. Warned by the failure of the constitution drawn up by Locke and Shaftsbury for Carolina, which their friends had declared would last for ever, --Penn resolve_d.,7at Sydney's instance, to secure a deinocrat_ic basis for his scheme, and then allow the details to fall in with time. He therefore drew a frame of government, the preamble of which--like the declaration of rights and principle prefixed to modern constitutions--contained his leading ideas on the nature, origin, and object of government. His sentiments, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236878221
  • 9781236878229