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OF THE

Private and Public Life

OB

WILLIAM PENN.

BY THOMAS CLARKSON, M. A.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

London:

PINTED BY RICHARD TAYLOR AND CO., SHOE-LANE,

FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND AROWN,

PATERNOSTER-ROW.

1813.

LIBRARY
UNIVLIITY (F CALIFORNITS

DAVIS

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OF

THE LIFE

OF

WILLIAM PENN.

CHAPTER I.

A. 1688–introduces Gilbert Latey to the King-becomes

very unpopular-reputed causes of it-beautiful letter written to him by Mr. Popple on this accounthis answer to the same is arrested (King William having come to the throne) and brought before the Lords of Council and examined-und made to give bail for his appearance-affairs of Pennsylvania. William Penn staid in England only for the

purpose of seeing religious liberty established by a law of the land. Of course he was a frequent attendant at Whitehall. Going there one day in company with George Whitehead they met Gilbert Latey, an experienced minister of the Society. They asked him, if he would go with them and VOL. II.

wait

wait upon

the King “ Gilbert paused for a while, and as he thus stood silent, it opened in his heart what he should say to the King; whereupon he told the Friends he was ready to go with them; and accordingly they went, and had admittance into the King's presence, there being only one other person present besides the King and his Friends. George Whitehead and William Penn having spoken what they had to say, the King was pleased to ask Gilbert, whether he had not something to say ; upon which he in a great deal of humility spake in the manner following: “The mercy, favour, and kindness, which the King hath extended to us as a people in the time of our exercise and sore distress, we humbly acknowledge ; and I truly desire that God may show him

and favour in the time of his trouble and sore distress.' To which the King replied, I thank

you; and so at that time they parted. But what was then spoken by Gilbert lived with the King; who, some time after, when he was in Ireland, desired a Friend to remember him to Gilbert. Tell him, said the King, the words he spake to me I shall never forget, adding that one part of them

had

mercy

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