The Quaker Colonies
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IN 1661, the year after Charles II was restored to the throne of England, William Penn was a seventeen- year-old student at Christ Church, Oxford. His father, a distinguished admiral in high favor at Court, had abandoned his erstwhile friends and had aided in restoring King Charlie to his own again. Young William was associating with the scions of the aristocracy and was receiving an education which would fit him to obtain preferment at Court. But there was a serious vein in him, and while at a high chureh Oxford College he was surreptitiously attending the meetings and listening to the preaching of the despised and outlawed Quakers. Thcre he first hegan to hear of the plans or a group of Quakers to found colonies on the...