by Bill Federer
William Penn – “Establish such laws as shall best preserve true Christian and civil liberty, in all opposition to all unchristian…practices.”
Admiral Sir William Penn of Britain fought the Dutch navy in the First Anglo-Dutch War, 1652-54.
Admiral Penn captured Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655.
Admiral Penn helped restore Charles II to the British throne.
Admiral Penn helped defeat the Dutch navy in the Second Anglo-Dutch War, 1665-67, resulting in Britain capturing New Amsterdam and renaming it New York.
When the restored British government began enforcing religious conformity at Oxford, Admiral Penn’s son, William Penn, was expelled for praying in his dorm room rather than attending mandatory daily Anglican chapel.
Admiral Penn had high hopes for his son, William Penn, who functioned as an emissary between himself and the King.
When young Penn embraced Quaker beliefs, it so…
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