Franklin's Autobiography (Eclectic English Classics)

By Benjamin Franklin

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would be necessary to drive and take care of them.

I apprehended that the progress of British soldiers through these
counties on such an occasion, especially considering the temper
they are in, and their resentment against us, would be attended
with many and great inconveniences to the inhabitants, and
therefore more willingly took the trouble of trying first what
might be done by fair and equitable means. The people of these
back counties have lately complained to the Assembly that a
sufficient currency was wanting. You have an opportunity of
receiving and dividing among you a very considerable sum; for, if
the service of this expedition should continue, as it is more
than probable it will, for one hundred and twenty days, the hire
of these wagons and horses will amount to upward of thirty
thousand pounds, which will be paid you in silver and gold of the
king's money.

The service will be light and easy, for the army will scarce
march above twelve miles per day, and the wagons and baggage
horses, as they carry those things that are absolutely necessary
to the welfare of the army, must march with the army, and no
faster; and are, for the army's sake, always placed where they
can be most secure, whether in a march or in a camp.

If you are really, as I believe you are, good and loyal subjects
to his Majesty, you may now do a most acceptable service, and
make it easy to yourselves; for three or four of such as cannot
separately spare from the business of their plantations a wagon
and four horses and a driver, may do it together, one furnishing
the wagon, another, one or two horses, and another, the driver,

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My early readiness in learning to read (which must have been very early, and I do not remember when I could not read), and the opinion of all my friends, that I should certainly make a good scholar, encouraged him in this purpose of his.
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Honest John was the first that I know of who mixed narration and dialogue; a method of writing very engaging to the reader, who, in the most interesting parts, finds himself, as it were, admitted into the company and present at the conversation.
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Keimer wore his beard at full length, because somewhere in the Mosaic law it is said, "_Thou shalt not mar the corners of thy beard_.
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For the incidents of the voyage I refer you to my journal, where you will find them all minutely related.
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The wealthy inhabitants opposed any addition, being against all currency, from the apprehension that it would depreciate, as it had done in New-England, to the injury of all creditors.
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A friendly correspondence, as neighbours, had continued between me and Miss Read's family, who all had a regard for me from the time of my first lodging in their house.
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We received yours, and are glad to hear poor Jammy is recovered so well.
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He used to visit me sometimes as a friend, and admonish me to attend his administrations; and I was now and then prevailed on to do so; once for five Sundays successively.
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It may be well my posterity should be informed, that to this little artifice, with the blessing of God, their ancestor owed the constant felicity of his life down to the 79th year, in which this is written.
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The year following, a treaty being to be held with the Indians at Carlisle, the governor sent a message to the house, proposing that they should nominate some of their members, to be joined with some members of council, as commissioners for that purpose.
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" Having before revolved in my mind the long line his army must make in their march by a very narrow road, to be cut for them through the woods and bushes; and also what I had read of a former defeat of fifteen hundred French who invaded the Illinois country, I had conceived some doubts and some fears for the event of the campaign.
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I found that the certificate, worded very advantageously for me, was signed by Lord Macclesfield, then president, Lord Parker, and Lord Willoughby; that the election was by a unanimous vote; and the honour being voluntarily conferred by the society unsolicited by me, it was thought wrong to demand or receive the usual fees or composition; so that my name was entered on the list with a vote of council _that I was not to pay anything_.
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Among other means of collecting information on the disposition of the people to submit to it, Dr.
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The trading interest particularly became clamorous for peace.
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This obligation does not lie on me, who never inherited a shilling from any ancestor or relation.
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I wish to be buried by the side of my wife, if it may be, and that a marble stone, to be made by Chambers, six feet long, four feet wide, plain, with only a small moulding round the upper edge, and this inscription, Benjamin} and } Franklin, Deborah } 178-, be placed over us both.
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The first, as cloth, &c.
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If thou possessedst a heap of gold as large as Mount Obod, and shouldst expend it all in God's cause, thy merit would not efface the guilt incurred by the murder of the meanest of these poor captives.
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" He then led the astonished Spaniard to his stables, mounted him on one of his fleetest horses, and said, "Fly far while the night can cover you.