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Penn, William 1644- Founder of Pennsylvania; born in London, England, Oct. 14, 1644. His father was Admiral Sir William Penn, of the royal navy, and his mother was an excellent Dutchwoman of Rotterdam. He received very strong religious impressions while he was yet a child. At the age of fifteen years he entered Christ Church College, Oxford, where, through the preaching of Thomas Loe, he became a convert to the doctrine of the Quakers. He, with two or three others, refused to conform to the worship of the Established Church, or to wear the surplice, or gown, of the student. He and his companions even went so far as to strip some of the students of their robes, for which he was expelled from the college. For this offence his father beat him and turned him out of the house. The mother reconciled them, and the youth was sent to France, with the hope that gay society in Paris might redeem him from his almost morbid soberness. It failed to do so, and, on his return, in 1664,
Penn, William 1644- Founder of Pennsylvania; born in London, England, Oct. 14, 1644. His father was Admiral Sir William Penn, of the royal navy, and his mother was an excellent Dutchwoman of Rotterdam. He received very strong religious impress
, and, on his return, in 1664, in compliance with the wishes of his father, he became a student of law. The great fire in London, in 1665, drove him from the city and deepened his serious convictions.
Then he was sent to the management of his father uke of York, under whom Admiral Penn had served, procured his release.
Penn was arrested for preaching in the streets in London, charged with creating a tumult and disturbing the peace.
His trial took place in the mayor's court.
The jury declared son, whom he had sent as his deputy, had been guilty of disgraceful conduct.
At the same time his confidential agent in London, who was a Friend, had left to his executors false charges against Penn to a very large amount.
To avoid extortion, Penn