11/19/1941 Thanks to Good Queen Anne
Two Hundred and Thirty Years ago there were thousands of refugees from the German states of Europe, cluttering the ports of London, seeking refuge from the unspeakable horrors of wanton lust and religious persecution. The great mother-heart of Queen Anne Stuart of England had been touched by the plight of these people. The long purse of the kingdom was opened for their sustenance, while they waited for ships to carry them to America.
Beneficiaries of this bounty were not ungrateful to Her Majesty and the British people, as is shown by the accompanying testimonial which the writer found in the Public Record Office in London in 1939. It is an acknowledgement of indebtedness which we do well to review at this time…
The early settlers of western Berks were among those who received the benevolence of the British Crown.
Here are a few of the names of the early Palatines who finally settled in the Tulpehocken valley:
Nicholas Riem (Ream)
Lenhart Rieth (Reed)
In some cases the spelling has been altered to conform to current usage. Anyone who is familiar with the family names of the Tulpehockens and the Heidelbergs in Berks will readily recognize that almost all of these names still prevail. Of course there were thousands of other names among the Palatines. We have selected those which appear most familiar.
Blessed Land! And Happy People! Govern’d by the Nursing Mother of Europe and the Best of Queens! Whose unbounded Mercy and Charity has receiv’d us, despicable Strangers from afar off, into Her own Dominions where we have found a Supply of all things necessary to our present Subsistence; for which we bless and praise Almighty God, the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty and all Her Good Subjects, from the highest Degree to those of the meanest Capacity; and to sincerely and faithfully promise to our utmost Powers for the Future to render ourselves Thankful to God and Serviceable to Her Majesty and all her good subjects, in what way soever Her Goodness is pleas’d to dispose of Us:
And, in the meantime, to be instant in our prayers, that God would return the Charity of well disposed people a thousand-fold into their own Bosoms, which is all the Requittal that can, at present, be made by us poor distressed Protestant Palatines.