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Penn, William to Friends, Bretheren and Sisters.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05806 Author/Creator: Penn, William Place Written: Sussex, England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 July 1695 Pagination: 4 p. 22.8 x 18 cm.

Summary of Content: In a sermon-like letter quoting the words of the apostle Paul, Penn instructs his flock: "You see by wh[ich] way God began his election. It was by tryals, yea great tryals, but promesses accompanied you, & strong faith." Written from Worminghurst, his estate in England.

People: Penn, William

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: QuakersReligion

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