Dateline: Philadelphia, 1709. In 1701, the Council set up a small-scale ‘pony express’ in case the French land on American shores. In 1709 it happened. They didn’t ride a horse, but rowed a boat with the message. Why a boat?
Dateline: Philadelphia, 2 and 26 June 1701. A special emergency ‘pony express’ was set up in case the French, setting sail from Spanish West Indies, might attack the mid-Atlantic colonies. A French privateer did land in 1709.
Dateline: Philadelphia, 21 May 1701. Gov. Penn, who was a skeptical Quaker about the supernatural elements in Christianity, hears a strange tale.
Dateline: Philadelphia, 1700. What she do? Marry her “rapist”? Did she love him and claim rape to marry him? Or did she want to save his life by marriage to him?
Dateline: Philadelphia 7 Aug 1700. William Penn himself is back in Philadelphia. Women and children and Indians were scared of war if ships kept firing their guns to celebrate or announce the arrival or departure.
Dateline: Philadelphia, 1 July 1700, Monday. This has to be the shortest historical post at this website, but it is still interesting to see how people lived back then.
Dateline: Philadelphia: 1684, the Quakers recognize how beneficial public education is. Or was it private education?
Dateline: 12 Feb 1698: They actually enacted laws to set up the public school of Philadelphia, with money. Girls could attend, and poor children could go for gratis.They had this idea back in 1684.
Dateline: Philadelphia, 10 Feb 1698. Or at least that’s what a letter from England claimed. How would the Philadelphia Council reply?
Dateline: Philadelphia, 1694. An audit spotted the public malfeasance. What was to be done? Great for looking at money equivalence from province to county. A county tax table is included.