Memoirs of the Private and Public Life of William Penn: Who Settled the State of Pennsylvania, and Founded the City of Philadelphia, Volumes 1-2

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S. C. Stevens, 1827

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Page 76 - There is a great deal in the world that is delightful and beautiful; there is a great deal in it that is great and engrossing; but it will not last. All that is in the world, the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life, are but for a little while.
Page 112 - There is a great God and power, that hath made the world and all things therein, to whom you, and I and all people owe their being, and well-being, and to whom you and I must one day give an account for all that we do in the world — This great God hath written his law in...
Page 148 - Every king hath his council, and that consists of all the old and wise men of his nation, which perhaps is two hundred people. Nothing of moment is undertaken, be it war, peace, selling of land or traffic, without advising with them ; and which is more, with the young men too.
Page 121 - For their learning be liberal. Spare no cost; for by such parsimony all is lost that is saved: but let it be useful knowledge, such as is consistent with truth and godliness, not cherishing a vain conversation or idle mind, but ingenuity mixed with industry is good for the body and mind too.
Page 149 - BECAUSE no People can be truly happy, though under the greatest Enjoyment of Civil Liberties, if abridged of the Freedom of their Consciences, as to their Religious Profession and Worship: And Almighty God being the only Lord of Conscience, Father of Lights and Spirits; and the Author as well as Object of all divine Knowledge, Faith and Worship, who only doth enlighten the Minds, and persuade and convince the Understandings of People, I do hereby grant and declare.
Page 147 - They care for little, because they want but little, and the reason is, a little contents them: in this they are sufficiently revenged on us, if they are ignorant of our pleasures, they are also free from our pains.
Page 113 - I have sent my commissioners to treat with you about land, and a firm league of peace ; let me desire you to be kind to them and...
Page 118 - To carry this evenness is partly owing to the constitution, and partly to the magistracy ; where either of these fail, government will be subject to convulsions ; but where both are wanting, it must be totally subverted : then where both meet, the government is like to endure. Which I humbly pray and hope God will please to make the lot of this of Pennsylvania. Amen.
Page 99 - One Project for the Good of England — that is, Our Civil Union is our Civil Safety.
Page 108 - ... to vary the name; for I feared lest it should be looked on as a vanity in me, and not as a respect in the King, as it truly was, to my father, whom he often mentions with praise.

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