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CELEBRATING WILLIAM PENN’S VISION AND THE FIRST WELSH SETTLEMENT IN LOWER MERION AND NARBERTH PDF


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In August 1682, the Welsh Quakers arrived in what is now Lower Merion and Narberth. They were seeking a home in the New World, which they had christened The Welsh Tract.

These Merioneth Adventurers from the County of Merionethshire in the North of Wales, were part of William Penn’s vision of the Holy Experiment in which the persecuted peoples of the

Old World could find refuge in a land of promise and new beginnings. In October 1682, on the ship Welcome, William Penn arrived at Upland (now Chester) which was then occupied by Swedish colonists. Penn traveled up the Delaware River, identified a piece of land between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers and commenced building his new colony’s

chief city: Philadelphia.The name Philadelphia has a double meaning: from the Greek

meaning city of brotherly love,and a scriptural reference to New Jerusalem.In the third

chapter of the Book of Revelation “...the angel of the church in Philadelphia” (which

was located in modern-day southwestern Turkey) writes “I know your work” and

prophesied that Philadelphia will become “the City of God, the New Jerusalem

which comes down from my God out of heaven.”


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