by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930) William Penn was arrested and imprisoned several times for sharing his religious opinions which were not in agreement with the government’s agenda. Once he was imprisoned in the Tower of London for eight months.
While in London’s notorious Newgate Prison, he wrote in 1670: “By Liberty of Conscience, we understand not only a mere Liberty of the Mind … but the exercise of ourselves in a visible way of worship, upon our believing it to be indispensably required at our hands, that if we neglect it for fear or favor of any mortal man, we sin, and incur divine wrath.”
Later, after his father, Admiral William Penn, died, King Charles II gave him land in America as repayment of a debt owed to his father. On this land he started a colony and invited persecuted Christians of Europe to join his “Holy Experiment” of religious toleration.
Soon Quakers, Mennonites, Pietists, Amish, Anabaptists, Lutherans, Reformed, Moravians, Scotch-Irish Presbyterians, Dunkers (German Baptist), Brethren, Schwenckfelders, French Huguenots, and other Protestant Christians arrived in Pennsylvania.
Who was he? William Penn, who died July 30, 1718. William Penn named his capital city Philadelphia, which means “Brotherly Love.”
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