Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 65,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Penn, William Christian Discipline: Certain Good and Wholesome Orders, for the Well-Governing of My Family,in a right Christian Conversation, as becometh the Children of the Light and Truth, in the Most Hight GOD. Divided Into Two Parts.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00246.01 Author/Creator: Penn, William Place Written: Pennsylvania Type: Broadsides Date: 1751 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: First page contains guidelines for a religious household, as originally printed by William Penn. Reprint of original by Josiah Forster in 1751. Bible verses act as bookends on the top and bottom of William Penn's type. Note from Forster at the bottom explains the copying of Penn's words. Second page was formerly adhered to the back of Penn document, removed by conservator. It is a blank certificate meant to note the occurrence of a Quaker meeting.

People: Penn, William

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Keywords/Subjects: Religion, Quakers

Sub Era: