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WILLIAM PENN - ENGRAVING UNSIGNED - HFSID 206213

Engraving, unsigned. B/w, 10½x7½ overall, image 7x4½ (one surface). Captioned at lower margin: "William Penn's Treaty With the Indians". Selmar Hess, Publisher, New York.

Price: $260.00

Condition: Lightly soiled, otherwise fine condition Add to watchlist:
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WILLIAM PENN. Engraving, unsigned. B/w, 10½x7½ overall, image 7x4½ (one surface). Captioned at lower margin: "William Penn's Treaty With the Indians". Selmar Hess, Publisher, New York. William Penn (1634-1718), who inherited a large financial claim against King Charles II from his father, petitioned the King for a grant of land in the New World as payment of the debt. In 1681, he received the grant of Pennsylvania, which means "Penn's Woods". Penn saw the colony as a refuge for those of his faith, the Society of Friends, commonly called Quakers, but he opened the colony to anyone seeking religious freedom. Settlement in Pennsylvania was popular with Europeans in the late 17th century largely because of Penn's efforts. Penn negotiated fair treaties with Indians and no colonial settlements were ever attacked. A forerunner of the modern land developer, Penn issued pamphlets and sponsored newspaper advertisements that brought settlers to the port of Philadelphia by the boatload. He proved a visionary by laying out farm tracts around towns, and his grid design of Philadelphia was ahead of its time. Remaining in the colony from 1682 to 1684, Penn instituted the Frame of Government that provided a constitution, a governor, an elected council and assembly, which later influenced the framing of the U.S. Constitution. Penn returned to the colony in 1699 for the second and last time, returning to England in 1701. Dampstained at upper left blank margin. Lightly soiled at margins, shaded at edges. Overall, fine condition. Gallery of History watermark not present on engraving.
 
 

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