Commemoration in and About Philadelphia of the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the First Arrival of William Penn in America on October 24, 1682
- Bulletin of Friends' Historical Association
- Friends Historical Association
- Volume 21, Number 2, Autumn 1932
- pp. 93-96
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COMMEMORATION OF ARRIVAL OF WILLIAM PENN 93 In conclusion it is not too much to say that William Penn was one of the great leaders of his age in England and continental Europe as well as in America. One recent historian has called him the greatest European of his time. In England he was a not unworthy successor to Eliot, Pym, and Hampden, in the struggle for English liberty. In America he founded or helped to found three commonwealths—New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. In those three colonies he sought to work out his high principles of religious freedom, political democracy and peace. In the light of this record it does not seem unreasonable to count him the greatest of the founders in American colonial history. COMMEMORATION IN AND ABOUT PHILADELPHIA OF THE TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST ARRIVAL OF WILLIAM PENN IN AMERICA ON OCTOBER 24, 1682 1682-1932 Proclamations calling for the commemoration of this event were issued by the Mayor of Philadelphia and the Governors of Pennsylvania , Delaware and New Jersey. Charles Francis Jenkins, Chairman of Executive Committee. Albert Cook Myers, Chairman of Program Committee and Chairman-Director of the William Penn Commemoration of the Pennsylvania State Historical Commission. Major Events Held October 21-28, 1932 Friday, October 21st. Reception at " Stenton," built 1728, the home of James Logan, William Penn's Secretary, at 18th and Courtland Streets, Philadelphia , by The Pennsylvania Society of the Colonial Dames of America and The Welcome Society. Reception by The Penn Club, in the building of The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia. 94 BULLETIN OF FRIENDS' HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION Saturday, October 22d. A meeting of The Pennsylvania Federation of Historical Societies at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia—A. Boyd Hamilton, President, presiding. Morning Session Business Meeting. Address of welcome by the Mayor of Philadelphia. The Oxford of William Penn.—Troyer S. Anderson (in place of Frank Aydelotte). Luncheon. Salutation by William Penn (in his own phraseology). Impersonation by Rayner W. Kelsey. Afternoon Session Opening address by Charles Francis Jenkins. The Coming of William Penn.—Albert Cook Myers. Gulielma Maria Penn, the First Wife of William Penn.—M. Atherton Leach. Embarkation, Voyage, and Arrival of William Penn on the Ship " Welcome," Robert Greenaway, Master, 1682.—George Vaux. William Penn.—William W. Comfort. Address by Jane Addams in the Clothier Memorial, Swarthmore College, and a pageant entitled " William Penn " by Cornelia Stabler Gillam. Reception by the Associate Committee of Women of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, in the building of The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia. Address by James M. Beck. Sunday, October 23d. Escorted tours to places of William Penn interest in Chester, Pennsylvania, and New Castle, Delaware. Meeting at " Pennsbury," the country-seat of William Penn, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Located on the Delaware River, about 25 miles from Philadelphia. COMMEMORATION OF ARRIVAL OF WILLIAM PENN 95 Introductory remarks by Henry Paul Busch, President of The Welcome Society. Presentation to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania of a deed of gift for Pennsbury.—Charles Warner, President of The Warner Company. Acceptance for the Commonwealth.—James N. Rule, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Historical Commission and State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Historical address.—B. F. Fackenthal, Jr., President of The Bucks County Historical Society. Commemorative meeting at the Friends' Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia. Addresses by Rufus M. Jones, William I. Hull, and Frederick R. Griffin. Monday, October 24th. Issue by the United States Post Office Department of a William Penn Commemorative Stamp, for sale alone on the first day at New Castle, Delaware, and Chester and Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania . Excursion to Old Philadelphia, as William Penn saw it. Led by George Vaux. The Unveiling of Five Bronze Tablets commemorative of William Penn, in Philadelphia, by the Pennsylvania State Historical Commission, James N. Rule, Chairman; Albert Cook Myers, Secretary and Chairman-Director of thè Commission's Penn Commemoration ; in association with other organizations as follows : (1)Site of the Blue Anchor Inn, 1682, at 242 and 244 S. Front Street. By The Women's Committee of the Board of Managers of the Seamen's Church Institute of Philadelphia, Mrs. John A. Brown, Jr., Chairman. (2...