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to a later period, and many official state papers of the British and Provincial governments.

A considerable number of MSS. and very many pamphlets remain unbound.

The Committee have placed all the bound books and MSS. in ten moveable cases, open in front, and deposited them, by themselves, in the room of the Historical Society, with the Inscription required.

required. On reporting their doings to the Historical Society, at their meeting in October, 1817, it was voted, That the thanks of the Socicty be given to the Old South Church and Society, for their generosity in making this deposit, and for the facilities, which their Committee, especially their respected pastor, afforded, in effecting this important object; with the assurance, that the conditions of the deposit shall be faithfully observed.”

[From the original in the Old South Collection of MSS. deposited in the

Library of the Historical Society. Hinckley, Vol. II.] LETTER FROM WILLIAM Penn, FOUNDER OF PENNSYLVANIA, TO

GOVERNOUR HINCKLEY. Respected Friend, THE Duty and Decency of my Station as a Governour as well as mine own inclination oblige me to begin and observe a kind and friendly Correspondence with Persons in the like Capacity, under the same imperial authority. This single consideration is inducement enough to this Salute, and I have no reason to doubt its acceptance because such an entercourse is recommended both by the Laws of Christianity and those of Civil Policy; which said, Give me leave to wish thee and yo People under thy Conduct all true Felicity, and to assure Thee that with God's Assistance I shall herein endeavour to acquit and behave myself worthy of y® Title and Character of

Thy real Friend
and Loving Neighbour

Philadelphia, y" 2 of yo me 1683.




[At the bottom of the Letter] I take the freedom to present thee with a Book. The Letter is superscribed

For my well respected Friend

the Gorernour
of Plymouth Colony

New England."

From the “ Mirror of the Times, and General Advertiser,” a newspaper,

printed at Wilmington in the State of Delaware, 16th July, 1803. [The following Letter from William Penn to Richard Turner is again published, on ac

count of the very incorrect copy in our last.] LETTER OF William PENN TO RICHARD TURNER. Dear Friend. My true love in the Lord salutes thee and dear friends that love Lords precious truths in those parts. Thine I have, and for my business here, know, that after many writings, watchings, solicitings, and disputes in Council, this day my country was confirmed to me under the great seal of England, with large powers and privileges, by the name of Pennsylvania : a name the King would give it, in honour to my father. I chose New Wales, being as this a pretty healthy country ; but Penn being Welch for a head, as Penmanmore in Wales, Penrith in Cumberland, and Penn in Buckinghamshire, the highest land in England, called this Pennsylvania, which is the high or head wood land; for I proposed, when the Secretary a Welchman, refused to have it called New Wales, Sylvania, and they added Penn to it : and though I much opposed it, and went to the King to have it struck out and altered; he said it was passed, and he would take it upon him-nor could twenty guineas move the under Secretary to vary the name ; for I feared, lest it should be looked upon as a vanity in me, and not as a respect to my father, who he often mentioned with praise. Thou mayst communicate my grant to Friends, and expect my proposals ; it is a clear and just thing; and my God that has given it me, through many dificulties, will, I believe, bless and make it the seed of a nation. I shall have a tender care to the government, that it be well laid at first. No more now, but dear love in the truth. 1st Month 5th. 1681.



Rev. Sir,

Amherst, (N. H.) Nov. 20, 1817. THE following is a copy from an original letter of Anthony Wood, author of Athenae et Fasti Oxoniensis to Rev. Dr. Increase Mather of Boston. I have transcribed it from the original for the Historical Society.

Very respectfully, J. FARMER.

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Your kind and civil letter I have received for which I doe by these returne you thanks. As for the age of Sam. Newman (65) it agrees with my manuscript, but the county, you say wherein he was borne. (Yorkshire) doth not. For my Sam. Newman whom I take to be him of Rehoboth and author of the Concordance, was borne in Oxfordshire.

Now I have full satisfaction of your brother Sam. I I shall God willing mention him in his place, and when I see Mr. Danson, which is twice or more in an yeare (for I am well acquainted with him) I shall enquire of him.

The method that I use if speaking of writers is this— (1) The towne or parish, or at least the county where they were borne. (2) The College or Hall wherein educated, and sometimes the school. (3) The names of the benefices or employments in church and state that they have successively enjoyed. (4) The titles of books, pamphlets, sermons, with their texts, that they have written and published, the time when and where printed and in what vol.* (5) The day or month, or at least yeare of their death and the place of buriall.

Now if you can tell me as much as you can, according to this method concerning Will. Bartlett and his son John, Mr. John Rowe-Mr. Tim. Taylor, Mr. Will.

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Ben-Mr. Thom. Vincent if he be dead and Mr. Thankfull Owen youl doe me and the publick good service. As for Phil. Nye and Theoph. Gale I think I have enough of them.

I have been perusing the matriculation books for Will. and John Bartlett and Will. Ben-and cannot find them in

Exeter Coll. and Queens Coll. therefore quere whether you have not mistaken their Colleges.

You mention not Mr. Sam. Lee, sometime of Wadham Coll. If he be dead, I would willingly know the time when he died, and where buried. Of the same college was also Mr. Tho. Nye a learned nonconformist, who hath also been dead several yeares ; and how to find him out I cannot tell. If you know of any active and understanding person who will undertake to solve such queries that I shall send to him, I will recompence him for his services.

I thank you for your kind proffer of N. E. books, because there is no doubt but that I may find something to my purpose among them. If the authors names be not put to them you would do well to write them at the bottom of their respective titles—So with thanks for your civilities, I remaine, Your most obliged servant,

ANTH. WOOD. From my lodging neare

Merton Coll. in Oxford. 12 June, 1690.

Why do you not give me an account of yourself that I may bring you in when I speak of your Fathers. In the last terme Catalogue, I saw the title of a book lately by you published.”

Superscribed thus-
" For Mr. Increase Mather
at Mr. Whiteings house

in Copt hill court

Throgmorton Street." In transcribing the above I have regarded the ancient orthography, but where the words are contracted by abbreviation, or expressed by characters, I have in general written them at length.

The abbreviations are Sr. yo. y'. w". reco. w". y. &c. Only one kind of character is used, to wit, (-) which represents and

[The Historical Society has long been desirous of reprinting the con

tinuation of Prince's Annals of New England, being the second part. Only three numbers, comprising ninety six pages, were ever published. They are become very scarce, having only the frail form of occasional pamphlets, and the last is seldom to be found even by the curious antiquary. It seemed better to give the new impression as nearly like the old one, as possible, in our Collections, and the pages are therefore preserved for the consistency of citations in former and later authors. These numbers came out in 1755. Ed.]






Deut. xxxii. 7, &c. Remember the Days of old, consider the Years of many

Generations : ask thy Father, and He will shew thee; thy Elders, and they will tell thee: When the MOST High divided to the Nations their Inheritance, when he separated the Sons of Adam, he set the Bounds of the People :He found Him in a desart Land, in the waste howling Wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the Apple of his eye:-As an Eagle stirreth up her Nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her Wings, taketh them, beareth them on her Wings; So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange God with him,


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