John Penn, grandson of the founder of Pennsylvania, became governor of that state in 1775 when still in his minority. Following the war of American Independence, the Penns settled in England and were granted an annuity by Parliament for their losses. Penn was created M.A. by Clare Hall, Cambridge (1779; LL.D. 1811). He settled at Stoke Pogis, purchased by his father in 1760, which he rebuilt. He published a tragedy, poems, and translations, and was active in a society for the promotion of marriage.
The Battle of Edington, or British liberty. 1792.
Letters on the drama. 1796.
Critical, poetical, and dramatic works. 1797.
Reply to the Strictures of the Monthly Reviewers on the tragedy of the Battle of Edington. 1797.
A timely appeal to the common sense of the people of Great Britain. 1798.
Further thoughts on the present state of public opinion. 1800.
Poems, consisting of original works, imitations, and translations. 2 vols, 1801-02.
Observations in illustration of Virgil's Fourth eclogue. 1810.
Poems, being mostly reprints. 2 vols, 1811.
Historical account of Stoke Park. 1813.
A proposal of the Outinian Society. 1823.
Virgil's Fourth eclogue, with notes. 1825.