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mortification; and this brings thee to the church
" Thy true friend
( WILLIAM PENN."
In the year 1676, he became one of the princi-
in America; as hereafter will appear, in the second
first fettling and government of that colony. About
writ to some persons of great qua-
In the year 1677, he travelled into Holland and
Germany, in company with several of his friends,
me, both by himself and others, to have leave to publish it, for a common good," &c. In this account are included divers letters, epistles and religious pieces, written during his travels there, to persons of eminence and others, whom he either visited in person, or writing, or both;-It is continued from the twenty-second of the Fifth month, 1677, when he left home, to the first of the Ninth month the same year, when he arrived well at Worminghurst, his habitation, in Sujex.
In this journal mention is made of his having religious meetings, or paying personal visits, at Naines of Rotterdam, Leyden, Haerlam and Amsterdam; in some places which last place he made some stay, being employ- wifited, &c. ed there in affisting to regulate and settle the affairs of his religious fociety in that city, &c. from thence he writ to the king of Poland, in favour of his persecuted and suffering friends, the Quakers, at Dantzick. He was also at Naerden, Osnaburgh and Herwerden; in the last of which places he had religious meetings and agreeable conversation with the princess Elizabeth Palatine and others. He 1697. visited Paderborn, Cassel and Frankfort; here he made fome stay, and writ an epistle, churches of Jesus throughout the world,” &c. From hence he went by the way of Worms to Crisheim; where he found a meeting of his friends, the Quakers; and writ to the princess, before mentioned, and the countess of Hornes, two Protestant ladies of
great virtue and quality, at Herwerden. Thence by Frankenthall to Manheim; from which place he wrote to the prince elector Palatine of Heydelburgh. He was likewise at Mentz, and divers other places, on the Rhine; as Cullen, Duysburgh, &c. But, on account of his being a Quaker, he was prohibited to enter into Mulbein, by the Graef, or earl of Bruch and Falkensteyn, lord of that country; on which occasion he wrote to him from Duysburgh, a sharp letter of reproof and advice; and to his daughter,
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the countess, a virtuous and religious lady, at Mul-
He then visited Wesel, Rees, Emrick, Cleve, Nim-
After his return from Germany, the people called the parlia- Quakers being harrassed with severe prosecutions,
in the exchequer, on penalties of twenty pounds
the occasion, both to the lords and commons; 1678.
where, upon being admitted to a hearing before a
His first speçch to the committee.
in us, and that to every sober and private enquirer;
especially when our very safety is eminently concerned in so doing, and that we cannot decline this discrimination of ourselves from Papists, without being conscious to ourselves of the guilt of our own sufferings; for that must every man needs be, that suffers mutely, under another character than that, which truly and properly belongeth to him, and his belief. That which giveth me a more than ordinary right to fpeak, at this time, and in this place, is the great abuse, that I have received, above any other of my profession; for, of a long time, I have not only been supposed a Papist, but a seminary, a Jesuit, an emissary of Rome, and in pay from the Pope, a man dedicating my endeavours to the interest and advancement of that party. Nor hath this been the report of the rabble, but the jealousy and insinuation of persons otherwise sober and discreet: Nay, some zealous for the Protestant religion, have been so far gone in this mistake, as not only to think ill of us, and to decline our conversation, but to take courage to themselves, to prosecute us for a sort of concealed Papists; and the truth is, what with one thing, and what with another, we have been as the wool-facks, and common whipping-stock of the kingdom; all laws have been let loose upon us, as if the design were not to reform, but to destroy us, and that not for what we are, but for what we are not: It is hard, that we must thus bear the stripes of another interest, and be their proxy, in punishment; but it is worse, that some men can please themselves in such a sort of administration."
“ I would not be mistaken, I am far from thinking it fit that Papists should be whipped for their consciences, because I exclaim against the injustice of whipping Quakers for Papists: No, for though the hand, pretended to be lifted up against them, hath (I know not by what direction) lit heavy upon us, and we complain; yet we do not mean, that
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any should take a fresh aim at them, or that they
" To conclude, I hope we shall be held excused
His fecond speech to the committee.
ceived from the committee, and the fair and easy en-
“Excuse the length of my introduction, it is for this I make it. I was bred a Protestant, and that strictly too: I loft nothing by time or study; for