Saturday, April 17, 2010

K. James the 2nd. Drawn & Engraved by Geo. Vertue from a painting by Sir Godfrey Kneller. [n.p]: 1688

In the few remaining days he had, Sir William secured a promise from the king’s brother, James, that he would facilitate the king’s favor on his son, William, for the services rendered to the king by the father. Sir William died on September 16, 1670, eleven days after the trial ended. James kept his promise. The debt was paid with a grant of land and a Proprietary Charter given to William Penn. A proprietary colony, although subject to English Law, was ruled by the proprietor. This generous arrangement gave Penn the opportunity to establish religious freedoms in his colony that existed nowhere else on English territory.

LC27 1.1

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