Relates to: Francis Daniel Pastorius, 1651-c. 1720
Was donated by: Abraham Harley Cassel, 1820-1908
Date of Original: 1690
Original Format: Manuscripts
Reproduction Format: Photograph › Stat
Image description: This copy of Germantown charters and regulations was owned by Francis Daniel Pastorius (1651-1720), the founder of Germantown, Pennsylvania, now a part of Philadelphia. The original is held by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, with the Francis Daniel Pastorius papers (Collection 0475). There are two sections to this volume: the first section is a copy of the charter itself, and the second is Gesetz, Ordnungen, und Statuta der Gemeind zu Germantown (Laws, Regulations, and Statutes for the Municipality of Germantown). The charter lays out the guidelines and regulations for the self-governance of Germantown, allowing it to have corporate and political autonomy. The second section in this book details the election of public officials, taxes, and government hierarchy. It was apparently a draft, as Pastorius crossed out many of the proposed regulations.