William Penn to King Charles II

Title

William Penn to King Charles II

Description

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.

Creator

William Penn

Source

George and Katherine Davis Collection, Manuscripts Collection 755, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Publisher

Louisiana Research Collection

Date

1683 August 13

Rights

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Format

Image/jpg

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

755_B3_F37_P1_20140804 755_B3_F37_P2_20140804 755_B3_F37_P3_20140804

Coverage

Pennsylvania, Colonial America, 18th Century

Files

Citation

William Penn, “William Penn to King Charles II,” Tulane University Online Exhibits, accessed March 28, 2017, http://library.tulane.edu/exhibits/items/show/718.