William Penn to King Charles II
In 1681, King Charles II granted a large portion of his North American land to William Penn to establish a colony in what is now the state of Pennsylvania. In this letter which Penn sent to the king shortly after his arrival in the New World, he offers his most heartfelt gratitude: "Let the King then Graciously please, to accept my most humble thanks for his many Royal favors, conferr’d upon me more especially this of Pennsilvania, of only lament my self, that my own inability will not suffer me to express my selfe, in a way suitable to the sense I have of the great obligations I lye under." This document is among the oldest of LaRC's holdings, and provides a valuable glimpse into the earliest days of colonial America.
George and Katherine Davis Collection, Manuscripts Collection 755, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.
Louisiana Research Collection
1683 August 13
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Pennsylvania, Colonial America, 18th Century