Franklin's Autobiography (Eclectic English Classics)

By Benjamin Franklin

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and divide the pay proportionately between you; but if you do not
this service to your king and country voluntarily, when such good
pay and reasonable terms are offered to you, your loyalty will be
strongly suspected. The king's business must be done; so many
brave troops, come so far for your defense, must not stand idle
through your backwardness to do what may be reasonably expected
from you; wagons and horses must be had; violent measures will
probably be used, and you will be left to seek for a recompense
where you can find it, and your case, perhaps, be little pitied
or regarded.

I have no particular interest in this affair, as, except the
satisfaction of endeavoring to do good, I shall have only my
labor for my pains. If this method of obtaining the wagons and
horses is not likely to succeed, I am obliged to send word to the
general in fourteen days; and I suppose Sir John St. Clair, the
hussar,[168] with a body of soldiers, will immediately enter the
province for the purpose, which I shall be sorry to hear, because
I am very sincerely and truly your friend and wellwisher,

B. FRANKLIN.

I received of the general about eight hundred pounds, to be disbursed
in advance money to the wagon owners, etc.; but that sum being
insufficient, I advanced upward of two hundred pounds more, and in two
weeks the one hundred and fifty wagons, with two hundred and
fifty-nine carrying horses,[169] were on their march for the camp. The
advertisement promised payment according to the valuation, in case any
wagon or horse should be lost. The owners, however, alleging they did
not know General Braddock, or what dependence might be had on his
promise, insisted on my bond for the performance, which I accordingly
gave them.

While I was at the camp supping one evening with the officers of
Colonel Dunbar's regiment, he represented to me his concern for the
subalterns,[170] who, he said, were generally not in affluence, and
could ill afford,

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