Lead: Quaker William Penn used a long overdue debt to establish a refuge for religious toleration in North America. His holy experiment became the colony of Pennsylvania.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: Born in the heady days of puritan ascendancy in 1644, William Penn was the son of an ambitious parliamentary naval officer William Penn, Sr. His father’s victories and his secret correspondence with exiled royalists secured for the Admiral important posts after the restoration of King Charles II. Diarist Samuel Pepys, a neighbor of the Penns, recorded that the young man was a fun-loving, merry fellow but who possessed a principled stubborn streak that would later emerge when his interests turned to religion.