(1651–c.1720), German-born lawyer and author, came to Pennsylvania (1683) as the agent of Frankfurt Quakers to purchase the land on which he established Germantown. He held many public offices while studying seven languages and many fields of learning. His works include Four Boasting Disputers of This World Briefly Rebuked (1697), attacking George Keith's followers; A New Primmer … of English (c. 1698); and a description of Pennsylvania in German (1700). The “Beehive,” a store of the honey of his reading, contains original verse printed in a biography (1908).
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.