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Penn, William to Loving friend

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04299 Author/Creator: Penn, William Place Written: England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 June 1692 Pagination: 4 p. 18.5 x 15.4 cm

Written while he was under indictment for treason and hiding in England. Reviews the history of Pennsylvania's government since his departure in 1684, lamenting about his failure to find fit administrators and the division between the upper and lower counties (i.e., Pennsylvania and Delaware). Refers to the proclamation ordering him held for treason. Signed "W."

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