Franklin's Autobiography (Eclectic English Classics)

By Benjamin Franklin

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I was desired to put on paper
the terms that appeared to me necessary. This I did, and they were
agreed to, and a commission and instructions accordingly prepared
immediately. What those terms were will appear in the advertisement I
published as soon as I arrived at Lancaster, which being, from the
great and sudden effect it produced, a piece of some curiosity, I
shall insert it at length as follows:


LANCASTER, April 26, 1755.

Whereas, one hundred and fifty wagons, with four horses to each
wagon, and fifteen hundred saddle or pack horses, are wanted for
the service of his Majesty's forces now about to rendezvous at
Will's Creek, and his Excellency, General Braddock, having been
pleased to empower me to contract for the hire of the same, I
hereby give notice that I shall attend for that purpose at
Lancaster from this day to next Wednesday evening, and at York
from next Thursday morning till Friday evening, where I shall be
ready to agree for wagons and teams, or single horses, on the
following terms, viz.: 1. That there shall be paid for each
wagon, with four good horses and a driver, fifteen shillings per
diem;[166] and for each able horse with a pack saddle, or other
saddle and furniture, two shillings per diem; and for each able
horse without a saddle, eighteenpence per diem. 2. That the pay
commence from the time of their joining the forces at Will's
Creek, which must be on or before the 20th of May ensuing, and
that a reasonable allowance be paid over and above for the time
necessary for their traveling to Will's Creek and home again
after their discharge. 3. Each wagon and team, and every saddle
or pack horse, is to be valued by indifferent[167] persons chosen
between me and the owner; and in case of the loss of any wagon,
team, or

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Percival 168 To Sir Joseph Banks 169 To Robert Morris, Esq.
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However, I resolved to be the better for the echo of it; and, though I had at first determined to buy stuff for a new coat, I went away resolved to wear my old one a little longer.
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If, while we sleep, we can have any pleasing.
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Laws cannot prevent this; and perhaps it is not always an evil to the public.
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Those towns are not much regarded by the country; they are hardly considered as an essential part of the states; and the experience of the last war has shown, that their being in possession of the enemy did not necessarily draw on the subjection of the country, which bravely continued to maintain its freedom and independence notwithstanding.
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This emperor raised his horse, the name of which was _Incitatus_, to the dignity of consul; and though history is silent, I do not question but it was a capital crime to show the least contempt for that high officer of state! Suppose, then, any one had called the prime minister a _stupid animal_, the emperor's council might argue that the malice of the libel was the more aggravated by its being true, and, consequently, more likely to excite the _family of this illustrious magistrate_ to a breach of the peace or to acts of revenge.
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Now if it be a good principle that the exportation of a commodity is to be restrained, that so our people at home may have it.
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_Here_ may be seen the lumber of the kitchen, forming a dark and confused mass: for the foreground of the picture, grid irons and frying-pans, rusty shovels and broken tongs, spits and pots, joint-stools, and the fractured remains of rush-bottomed chairs.
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The frame and glass of a fine print are to be _cleaned_; the spirit and oil used on this occasion are suffered to leak through and spoil the engraving; no matter, if the glass is clean.
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No thanks to Dad, who, I understand, was very much pleased with his politic management; and I have since learned that there are other old curmudgeons (so called) besides him, who have this trick to marry their daughters, and yet keep what they might well spare till they can keep it no longer.
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But I do not see here a sufficient quantity of the wisdom that is necessary to produce such a conduct, and I lament the want of it.
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But you will give us PENSIONS; probably to be paid, too, out of your expected American revenue; and which none of us can accept without deserving, and, perhaps, obtaining a _suspension_.
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My time is engrossed, unhappily, with other concerns.
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I am covetous, and love good bargains.
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"DEAR OLD FRIEND, "I sent you a few lines the other day with the medallion, when I should have written more, but was prevented by the coming in of a _bavard_, who worried me till evening.
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Of the Vinys, and their jaunt to Cambridge in the long carriages.
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Their notes are always instantly paid on demand, and pass on all occasions as readily as silver, because they will produce silver.
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The water commonly diffused in our atmosphere never receives such a degree of heat from the sun or other cause as water has when boiling; it is not, therefore, supported by such heat, but.