Franklin's Autobiography (Eclectic English Classics)

By Benjamin Franklin

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a man that no personal difference between him
and me was occasioned by the contest, and we often dined together.

One afternoon, in the height of this public quarrel, we met in the
street. "Franklin," says he, "you must go home with me and spend the
evening; I am to have some company that you will like;" and, taking me
by the arm, he led me to his house. In gay conversation over our wine
after supper, he told us jokingly that he much admired the idea of
Sancho Panza,[156] who, when it was proposed to give him a government,
requested it might be a government of blacks, as then, if he could not
agree with his people, he might sell them. One of his friends, who sat
next to me, says, "Franklin, why do you continue to side with these
Quakers? Had not you better sell them? The proprietor would give you a
good price." "The governor," says I, "has not yet blacked them
enough." He, indeed, had labored hard to blacken the Assembly in all
his messages, but they wiped off his coloring as fast as he laid it
on, and placed it in return thick upon his own face; so that, finding
he was likely to be negrofied himself, he, as well as Mr. Hamilton,
grew tired of the contest, and quitted the government.

These public quarrels were all at bottom owing to the proprietaries,
our hereditary governors, who, when any expense was to be incurred for
the defense of their province, with incredible meanness instructed
their deputies[157] to pass no act for levying the necessary taxes,
unless their vast estates were in the same act expressly excused, and
they had even taken bonds of these deputies to observe such
instructions. The Assemblies for three years held out against this
injustice, though constrained to bend at last. At length Captain
Denny, who was Governor Morris's successor, ventured to disobey those
instructions. How that was brought about I will show hereafter.

But I am got forward too fast with my story. There are still some
transactions to be mentioned that happened during the administration
of Governor Morris.

[Footnote 138: It stood on Fourth Street, below Arch.]

[Footnote 139: A member of a denomination which has its name from
Moravia, a division of Austria-Hungary. For an account of their home
and practices, see pp. 168-170.]

[Footnote 140: A representative in the lower house of the legislature.]

[Footnote 141: "Magic squares," i.e., square figures of a series of
numbers so disposed that the sums of each row or line, taken in any
direction, are equal. Magic squares are

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