Excerpt from Chambers's Miscellany of Useful and Entertaining Tracts, Vol. 15
William Penn was a great accession to the sect whose views he had adopted. Both by the publication of pamphlets, and by public debates, he endeavoured to make an impression in favour' of the Quakers... . One of his publications, a pamphlet, called The Sandy Foundation Shaken, gave so much Offence to some of the established clergy, and especially to the bishop of London, that Penn was apprehended, and sent as a prisoner to the Tower. During his imprisonment here, which lasted seven months, he wrote his N 0 Cross, no Crown, one of the most popular of all his works; the leading idea of it being, that unless men are willing to lead a life of self-denial, and to 'undergo privations and hardships in the course of their Christian warfare; that is, unless they are willing to bear the cross, they cannot become' capable Of wearing the crown - the crown, namely, of eternal glory. At length Penn was discharged by an order from the' king, who was probably moved to this act of leniency by his brother, the Duke of York, Admiral Penn's friend.
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