Answer to William Penn

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 123 DWL/RB/1/51
  • Former Reference
      GB 123 Treatises ii.41
  • Dates of Creation
      5 October 1675
  • Name of Creator
  • Physical Description
      ff 232-243. 310 x 200 mm. Other foliation which runs every other page, ff 2-7

Scope and Content

Baxter’s account of his conference with William Penn including his own speech against Penn, with Penn's answer, and a long discussion on the opinions and practices of the Quakers. In Baxter's own hand.


See also DWL/RB/1/261.

Other Finding Aids

Argent / Black ii.41; Thomas p.15


  • See Rel. iii. 174 (§314) for this episode and a reference to this paper which was evidently written for publication. See also §17 of item 223 for a parallel account by Baxter of the same episode, in which Penn’s name is coupled with that of George Keith.
  • Baxter and Penn exchanged a number of letters in October 1675. See Corr 979-986.
  • For William Penn (1644-1718) see ODNB and Treatises iv, 85, v, 188, vi, 192, 215. See also Corr 959 and 961
  • For George Keith (c1638-1718) who emigrated to Philadelphia in 1689, but conformed to the Church of England in 1700, see ODNB and Corr 1213. See also S Hutton Anne Conway A Woman Philosopher (Cambridge 2004) and M H Nicolson and S Hutton (eds) The Conway Letters (Oxford 1992).