Delaware General Assembly


WHEREAS, Tuesday, October 24th marks the three hundredth anniversary of the birth of William Penn, a Quaker who made a major contribution to the history of our State; and

WHEREAS, William Penn and his heirs played a prominent part in determining the status and government of the Delaware Colony; and

WHEREAS, this Tercentenary is an appropriate time to pay homage to the memory of him, not only for the historical significance of his work, but also for his tolerance, wisdom, courage and vision as evidenced by the exemplary life he led and by his writings; and

WHEREAS, the State of Delaware is joining her sister states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey in this observance;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, in accordance with the authority in me vested, do hereby designate Tuesday, October 24th as


and ask the citizens of the State of Delaware to pay tribute on this day to this great man, who exerted so positive a force for the establishment of Justice, Tolerance and Freedom in the framework of the governments of three American Colonies, within whose boundaries he lived and labored. I further suggest that all schools, churches and civic organizations conduct appropriate exercises and undertake such other observances as may seem fitting to their needs and circumstances and which will suitably recognize the memory of the Quaker statesman.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed, at Dover, this sixteenth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-four and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred' and sixty-ninth.


By the Governor:


WILLIAM J. STOREY, Secretary of State.