A fragment of Baxter’s controversy with William Penn

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 123 DWL/RB/1/238
  • Former Reference
      GB 123 Treatises vi.192 Treatises vi.2
  • Dates of Creation
      October 1675
  • Name of Creator
  • Physical Description
      ff 7-10; 295 x 183 mm.

Scope and Content

A fragment of Baxter’s exchange of letters with William Penn, regarding Quakerism. Beginning with a quotation: ‘is an ordinary fearfull swearer; ffor he thus frequently appealeth to the dreadfull God, the searcher of hearts, & to his Judgment, Concerning the truth of what he saith:’ f 10v: ‘If W. Pen largely mind Muggleton of this, may I not desire him to consider it well himselfe: & to be afraid of the sin of Heresie.’


This and Treatises DWL/RB/1/261 are Corr 982. For William Penn see Treatises DWL/RB/1/51; 118; 234; 261.

Other Finding Aids

Argent / Black vi.192 (also listed as vi.2); Thomas p.15


  • For the sequence of the exchange of letters between Baxter and Penn, following the debate on 5 Oct 1675, see Journal of the Friends’ Historical Society, vol. 48, pp 204 ff. See Rel. iii. 110-113.
  • See also W Penn The New Witnesses proved Old Hereticks; or information to the Ignorant; in which the doctrines of J Reeve and L Muggleton … are proved to be mostly ancient whimsies, blasphemies, and heresies (1672).
  • For William Penn see Corr 979-986.
  • For Lodowicke Muggleton (1609-98) see ODNB.
  • For John Reeve (1608-58) see ODNB.