Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 1 of 2] With His Most Interesting Essays, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings; Familiar, Moral, Political, Economical, and Philosophical, Selected with Care from All His Published Productions, and Comprising Whatever Is Most Entertaining and Valuable to the General Reader

By Benjamin Franklin

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every man's
donation would be doubled: thus the clause worked both ways. The
subscriptions accordingly soon exceeded the requisite sum, and we
claimed and received the public gift, which enabled us to carry the
design into execution. A convenient and handsome building was soon
erected; the institution has, by constant experience, been found useful,
and flourishes to this day; and I do not remember any of my political
manoeuvres, the success of which, at the time, gave me more pleasure, or
wherein, after thinking of it, I more easily excused myself for having
made some use of cunning.

It was about this time that another projector, the Rev. Gilbert Tennent,
came to me with a request that I would assist him in procuring a
subscription for erecting a new meeting-house. It was to be for the use
of a congregation he had gathered among the Presbyterians, who were
originally disciples of Mr. Whitefield. Unwilling to make myself
disagreeable to my fellow-citizens by too frequently soliciting their
contributions, I absolutely refused. He then desired I would furnish him
with a list of the names of persons I knew by experience to be generous
and public spirited. I thought it would be unbecoming in me, after their
kind compliance with my solicitation, to mark them out to be worried by
other beggars, and therefore refused to give such a list. He then
desired I would at least give him my advice. That I will do, said I;
and, in the first place, I advise you to apply to all those who you know
will give something; next, to those who you are uncertain whether they
will give anything or not, and show them the list of those who have
given; and, lastly, do not neglect those who you are sure will give
nothing, for in some of them you may be mistaken. He laughed and thanked
me, and said he would take my advice. He did so, for he asked
_everybody_, and he obtained a much larger sum than he expected, with
which he erected the capacious and elegant meeting-house that stands in

Our city, though laid out with a beautiful regularity, the streets
large, straight, and crossing each other at right angles, had the
disgrace of suffering those streets to remain long unpaved, and in wet
weather the wheels of heavy carriages ploughed them into a quagmire, so
that it was difficult to cross them; and in dry weather the dust was
offensive. I had lived near what was called the Jersey market, and saw,
with pain, the inhabitants wading in mud while purchasing their
provisions. A strip

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But he waited nearly three years before he could obtain a hearing for the matter for which he had crossed the sea.
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I remember him well, for when I was a boy he came over to my father in Boston, and lived in the house with us some years.
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offers himself to serve the society as their secretary till they shall be provided with one more capable.
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said it must have been fabricated by his enemies at Paris, to decry his system.
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My answers were to this purpose: that my circumstances, thanks to God, were such as to make proprietary favors unnecessary to me; and that, being a member of the Assembly, I could not possibly accept of any; that, however, I had no personal enmity to the proprietary, and that, whenever the public measures he proposed should appear to be for the good of the people, no one should espouse and forward them more zealously than myself, my past opposition having been founded on this, that the measures which had been urged were evidently intended to serve the proprietary interest, with great prejudice to that of the people; that I was much obliged to him (the governor) for his professions of regard to me, and that he might rely on everything in my power to make his administration as easy as possible, hoping at the same time that he had not brought with him the same unfortunate instructions his predecessor had been hampered with.
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