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NOTES AND QUERIES.45 towns that he visited, for instance, he gives us, so far as we can trace, but a single line of description, when he says of Carnarvon that it is 'a city like a castle.' To the student of social, as distinct from religious, history, therefore, his Journal is less interesting and less valuable than Wesley's. And yet, curiously enough, with the story of his 'blessed' meetings, his travels and imprisonments constantly repeating itself in simple language, his Journal somehow grips the general reader hardly less surely than Wesley's; and this can only be attributable to the fact that, along with his forcefulness and courage, and mingled with a certain roughness, there was in his nature an innate sweetness and charm." (The editor wishes to acknowledge the efficient help of Susan J. Dewees in the preparation of the above Items from Periodicals.) NOTES AND QUERIES. An afternoon and evening meeting, in commemoration of the three hundredth anniversary of the birth of George Fox, was held at Fourth and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, io mo. i8, 1924. It was largely attended by Friends of both branches. Rufus M. Jones spoke on "The Journal of George Fox." The substance of his address was published in TLĀ· Friend (Phila.), 12 mo. 11, 1924; also in Friends' Intelligencer, 1 mo. 24, 1925. George Edwin Horr, President of Newton Theological Institution, spoke on "The Present Day Message of George Fox." His address has been published in pamphlet form. A large number of Friends gathered for supper in the lunch room of the Meeting House. Charles Francis Jenkins presided at the meeting, which was one of the most auspicious gatherings of the tercentenary year. Of peculiar interest to the members of Friends' Historical Association was the recent visit to Philadelphia of Major Percy Penn-Gaskell, of Shannagarry, the ancient seat of the Penns in County Cork, Ireland. He is eighth in direct descent from William Penn, and the present head of the Penn family. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania gave a reception in his honor, I mo. 7, 1925, and very graciously sent invitations to the entire membership list of Friends' Historical Association. It was a brave sight to see Chief Strongwolf, wearing the feathered headdress of the Lenni-Lenapes, smoke the peace pipe with this descendant of William Penn and place the precious old wampum belt across his arm, thus renewing the ancient pledge of friendship and brotherhood. 46 BULLETIN OF FRIENDS' HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION. William Penn's Charter of 1682 to Pennsylvania now rests securely within the walls of the State House at Harrisburg. Readers of the Bulletin are no doubt familiar with the recent successful effort of the Public Ledger, of Philadelphia , to purchase it by popular subscription. Members of Friends' Historical Association aided in the purchase by subscribing $588.10 to the total price of $25,000. The former amount was sent by the members to the Treasurer of the Association and forwarded by him to the Public Ledger. (For a note on the earlier history of the Charter see The Friend (Phila.), 11 mo. 27, 1924, p. 262. See also note concerning broadside edited by Albert Cook Myers among Book Reviews above.) A facsimile reproduction of the Charter was printed in the Public Ledger of 12 mo. 7, 1924. Reprints of the document are to be found in standard collections of historical source materials. It is proper to record here that this Charter was never put into effect as it stands. After William Penn drew it up he came to America and organized the government of the Province. In the exigencies of that task he departed in several important details from the plan he had worked out in England. Yet the basic liberalism of the document was not violated, and this Great Charter of Pennsylvania may well be cherished as a priceless heirloom by all generations of Pennsylvanians. In transferring the Charter from Philadelphia to Harrisburg appropriate ceremonies were held in each of the cities on 3 mo. 24th and 25th, 1925, respectively. Two members of Friends' Historical Association took part in these ceremonies. On the former occasion President W. W. Comfort gave one of the addresses, and...

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ISSN
1934-1504
Print ISSN
0033-5053
Pages
pp. 45-51
Launched on MUSE
2012-04-04
Open Access
No
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