William Penn And The Quaker Legacy Essay

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Register to read the introduction… During this trip Penn had an encounter with a Frenchman that demanded a sword duel. Penn revealed that he did not show force back because he believed that acting back was “worth the life of a man” (Pg. 25). He heard Thomas Loe’s and other Quakers words being repeated in his head and how it was wrong to take the life of someone because of a custom. The duel confirmed his feelings on how he viewed the world.
His trip to France appeared as a success to his father. He returned a lot like a Frenchmen and his father believed he was now ready to be the heir and carry on his work. The first step was to attend law school at Lincoln’s Inn. His time there was simply to polish the education Penn already had. Sir William Penn later removed his son from Lincoln’s Inn and took him aboard the Royal Charles to witness him as the Great Captain Commander of the ship. This opened William Penn’s eyes and made him begin to appreciate what his father had done for his family. After several weeks Sir William Penn sent Penn back to England as a messenger to the King, a trip that served as Penn’s personal introduction to the King.
As Penn started to settle in England, his eyes became exposed to the effects of Clarendon Code. Dissenters were being put in the stocks and being pelted with rocks. The group that was given the hardest time was the Quakers, especially because they refused to
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On one of his many travels spreading Quakerism, he met Gulielma Springett in the county of Buckinghamshire on his way to Ireland. Springett was the step daughter of Penn’s associate Isaac Penington. After years of having feelings for each other they declared they wanted to get married, and in 1672 finally married. They had eight children, and only three of their children lived to be

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