While William Penn had wished to settle in Philadelphia, financial problems forced his hand. On this day, the 1st of November, in 1701, Penn left Philadelphia for England.
It was said that Penn had a habit of signing anything placed in front of him. His financial advisor, Philip Ford, who had cheated him out of a good sum of money, and also nearly took ownership of all of Pennsylvania. The next decade of Penn’s life was occupied with court fights against Ford.