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PREFACE.

THE Life of WILLIAM PENN, Proprietor and Governor of Pennsylvania, exhibits the character of one of the greatest legislators of any country. By wise and conciliatory measures he preserved his territories in peace and prosperity, whilst surrounding governments adopted an opposite policy, and embroiled themselves in long, bloody and expensive wars. To estimate his character, and to appreciate his motives correctly, it will be needful for the reader to have some general knowledge of those principles which so uniformly governed his conduct. To that extraordinary man, the dictates of religion were an everyday exercise, and his conduct, both public and private, were regulated by a conscientious regard to his duties as a Christian, and as a friend to the whole human family.

About the age of sixteen, whilst a student at the University of Oxford, William Penn became acquainted with one Thomas Loe, who had been educated at the same University, but afterwards had

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