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Give Me Liberty! Sources of Freedom History Center Sources of Freedom: Penn on Religious Tolerance (1675) This excerpt is from an essay in which William Penn stated his argument for religious tolerance. A wealthy Quaker, Penn had been jailed several times in England for his unorthodox religious beliefs. After receiving a large tract of land that became modern-day Pennsylvania, he resolved to create a new colony with a founding charter based on religious tolerance. Certain it is, that there are few Kingdoms in the World more Divided within themselves [by religion than England] .... Your Endeavours for a [religious] Uniformity have been many; Your Acts not a few to Enforce it, but they Consequence, whether you intended it or not, through the Barbarous Practices of those that have had their Execution, hath been the Spoiling of several Thousands of the free inhabitants of this Kingdom of their Unforfeited Rights. Persons have been flung into Jails, Gates and Trunks broke open, Goods destroyed, till a stool
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