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S.A. Bent, comp.  Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men.  1887.
 
William Penn
 
        [The founder of Pennsylvania; born in London, Oct. 14, 1644; educated at Oxford; joined the Quakers; obtained a grant of land in America in payment of a claim against government; sailed 1682, and made a treaty with the Indians on the site of Philadelphia; returned 1684, and obtained relief for Quakers from James II.; tried for treason, but acquitted; visited America, 1699; died 1718.]
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The Tower is to me the worst argument in the world.
          When threatened with imprisonment for joining the Quakers. Of their preachers he said, “Poor mechanics are wont to be God’s great ambassadors to mankind.”
  When asked why he, an “ingenious” gentleman, joined the “simple” Quakers, he replied, “I prefer the honestly simple to the ingeniously wicked.”
  The maxim on which he preached religious toleration in Pennsylvania was, “Whoever is right, the persecutor must be wrong.”
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