William Penn’s Royal Charter

Journalist, minister, missionary, and Quaker, English-born William Penn is best-known for his royal charter in 1681 to form a new colony in America—Pennsylvania—a refuge for religious freedom. While managing his father’s property in Ireland, Penn met Quaker preachers who inspired his conversion to the Society of Friends. In the years that followed, he was imprisoned for his writings in a life-long fight for persecuted religious groups. William Penn relied heavily on the Bible as a source for his prolific writings over the years. Shortly before his death on July 30, 1718, he said his goodbyes to friends with words paraphrased from Psalm 121:7–8 and Hebrews 13:20: “My love is with you; the Lord preserve you, and remember me in the Everlasting Covenant.”

Share

More Book Minute Features

July 06, 2020

Mary Jones's Bible

For Welsh children of years past, the story of Mary Jones and her Bible is legendary. In 1563, Parliament passed a law allowing for the translation of...
June 29, 2020

Mendelssohn’s Fifth— Symphony for the Reformation

The Augsburg Confession of 1530 defined the theological beliefs of Martin Luther, becoming one of the most important documents of the Protestant Refor...
June 22, 2020

Quoting the Bible -

“Cleanliness is next to godliness! A verse often quoted from the Bible—but one that isn’t IN the Bible! It's sound advice, but we often use wise...