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The Papers of William Penn

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Detail, William Penn by Henry Inman, 1832. Courtesy Independence National Historical Park


University of Pennsylvania

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A selective edition of the papers of William Penn (1644 –1718), English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Quaker and founder of the Province of Pennsylvania. He was an early champion of democracy and religious freedom, notable for his good relations and successful treaties with the Lenape Indians. Under his direction, the city of Philadelphia was planned and developed. In addition, a microfilm edition through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, with letters, theological papers, patents, commissions, account books, land records, diaries, and other papers of the founder of Pennsylvania. 14 reels, 56-page guide

Complete in five volumes, including a bibliography of Penn’s published writings


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