A Brief History of Pennsylvania

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A Brief History of Pennsylvania
 
*  Early  English  Settlement  *

      On the western shore of Delawrae Bay in the Little town of New Castle,
Delaware, stands a monument commemorating the landing of William
Penn in 1682 to assume control of thirty-five million three hundred sixty-
one thousand six hundred ( 35,361,600 ) acres of woodland comprising
what was to become the states of PENNSYLVANIA and Delaware.  He had
received this princely gift from Charles II, King of England, under a charter
dated March 4th,, 1681, vesting title to this vast tract in the young Quaker
gentleman (1644 - 1718). The charter from King Charles II, dated March 4,
1781, was described by George P. Donehoo as "the richest tract of land
ever given by any king on earth to any individual."  ( Pennsylvania , a
History by George P. Donehoo -- 1926 -- Vol 1, pg 158). William Penn, who
received this wonderful grant, had visions of a new government founded
upon the highest Christian principles for the freedom of men, for he wrote
to s friend after the charter was signed "and my God will make it the seed
of a nation."  This quotation is an inscription in the dome of the Capitol
building in Harrisburg.
 
      William Penn, far from being ad adevnturer and a ruthless, grasping
land owner, was a conscientious and deeply religious Englishman. He
wanted to establish a colony free of oppression, where the people could
have religious freedom. In his pioneering attitude he issued a charter in
1683 to the inhabitants of the province which contained one of the
earliest Declarations for the protection of fredom of worship. The charter
reads, in part: "I do hereby grant and declare that no person or persons,
inhabiting in this province or territories, who shall confess and acknow-
ledge One Almighty God, the Creator, Upholder and Ruler of the World;
and profess him or themselves obligated to live quietly under the cival
government, shall be in no case molested or prejudiced in his or their
conscientious persuasion or practice nor be compelled to frequent or
maintain any religious worship , place or ministry , contrary to his or
their mind or to do or suffer any other act or thing contrary to their
religious persuasion."  *
      His Quaker influence was to be a dominant feature in the history
of the  Commenwealth Of Pennsylvania.

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*  Quoted from Register of Pennsylvania, Vol II, page 143., 09-13-1828  *
The above are exerpts from:
A Concise History of Butler County, Pa. / Chap. 1 - pgs. 1-2

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