Dateline: 1704: A brawl broke out in the streets of Philadelphia on the night of 1 Nov 1704. Here is the account from the Minutes of the Provincial Council. Where’s the City of Brotherly Love?
Dateline: Philadelphia, 1704. Many French Protestants sought refuge from France’s King Louis XIV’s persecution of them. This French cook was probably one of them, or was he a spy?
Dateline: Philadelphia, 29 and 31 January 1704: Uh-oh. Andrew Bankson, a justice of the peace, finalized a wedding against the parents’ wishes. What’s to be done with the happy couple, Thomas Murray and Rebecca Richardson?
Dateline: Philadelphia, 28 Oct 1701: Penn offers this new charter. What about religious liberty in the first article? How should the government be organized? Great primary source for teachers and students.
Dateline: Philadelphia, 28 Oct 1701: William Penn, Proprietor and Governor of Pennsylvania and territories, says that men are happiest when they can follow their conscience, particularly liberty of religion. Except ….
Dateline: Philadelphia, 2 June 1701. Rains hit the town hard, and things got washed away, particularly in one street. How would William Penn, who was in town, handle the “scandal”?
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?