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    [JOHN PENN] Petition of "The humble Address of Sundry Germans Freeholders and Inhabitants of the City of Philadelphia," addressed to John Penn as Lt. Governor. Two pages, 8" x 12.5", front and verso, c.1763, in the hand of Lewis Weiss who has signed the petition along with 40 other prominent German-Americans. In part, "We humbly beg leave to present to Your Honor an English translation of some Rules or Articles into which we have lately entered for establishing a Contributionship or Society for the relief of such poor distressed and Sick Germans as have arrived some Months Since or hereafter shall arrive from Europe into the port of Philadelphia...we think it would be ["mean" crossed out] beneath us and unreasonable in us to expect that the Natives of Great Britain here should first exert their Spirit of Compassion and Generosity towards our poor and distressed Countrymen strangers while the German Inhabitants of this Province would remain inactive tho' they are numerous enough and of sufficient Estates to procure for these Strangers all the Charity and Benefactions they possibly may stand in need of..." Folds. Damp stains do not affect legibility. In 1763, John Penn became Lieutenant Governor of the colony of Pennsylvania. Lewis Weiss (1717-1796), born in Berlin, came to Pennsylvania in 1755. Settling in Philadelphia, he was one of the founders of the German Society. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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