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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about eight hundred pounds, to be disbursed in
advance-money to the wagon owners, &c.; 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, were on their march for the camp. The advertisement promised
payment according to the valuation, in case any wagons or horses should
be lost. The owners, however, alleging they did not know General
Braddock, or what dependance 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, who, he said, were generally not in affluence, and could ill
afford, in this dear country, to lay in the stores that might be
necessary in so long a march through a wilderness where nothing was to
be purchased. I commiserated their case, and resolved to endeavour
procuring them some relief. I said nothing, however, to him of my
intention, but wrote the next morning to the committee of Assembly, who
had the disposition of some public money, warmly recommending the case
of these officers to their consideration, and proposing that a present
should be sent them of necessaries and refreshments. My son, who had
some experience of a camp life and of its wants, drew up a list for me,
which I enclosed in my letter. The committee approved, and used such
diligence that, conducted by my son, the stores arrived at the camp as
soon as the wagons. They consisted of twenty parcels, each containing

6 lbs. Loaf Sugar,
6 do. Muscovado do.,
1 do. Green Tea,
1 do. Bohea do.,
6 do. Ground Coffee,
6 do. Chocolate,
1-2 chest best white Biscuit,
1-2 lb. Pepper,
1 quart white Vinegar,
1 Gloucester Cheese,
1 keg containing 20 lbs. good Butter,
2 doz. old Madeira Wine,
2 gallons Jamaica Spirits,
1 bottle Flour of Mustard,
2 well-cured Hams,
1-2 dozen dried Tongues,
6 lbs. Rice,
6 do. Raisins.

These parcels, well packed, were placed on as many horses, each parcel,
with the horse, being intended as a present for one officer. They were
very thankfully received, and the kindness acknowledged by letters to me
from the colonels of both regiments, in the most grateful terms. The
general, too, was highly satisfied with my conduct in

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393 A Suggestion 99 A Working Ministry 130 Activity in the Ministry 453 Adhering to the Bible 207 Affirmative Gospel 428 All Things Common 94 Annihilation—Future Punishment 100 Anointing with Oil 396 Apology for Creeds 120 Authority of a Single Congregation 243 Baptism of the Holy Spirit 407 Be firm in the Right .
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462 Mark Those Who Cause Divisions 335 Men can and do Believe 345 Methodist Clerical Pretensions 265 Ministering Angels 58 Miracles 426 Moody and Sankey 267 My Church 403 My Kingdom is not of this World 466 No Campbellites 258 No Departure from the Jerusalem Church 20 No Division can come 48 No Modification of the.
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Human Creeds 438 The Cause of Christ is Above Partisan Politics 469 The Christian Ministry 44 The Church in the Wilderness .
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We want no preacher’s garb nor titles, and will recognize none of them.
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Original Quakerism has virtually run out.
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Let there be no sympathizers with the enemy, none scheming mutiny, none demoralizing the forces, no deserters and no cowards.
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Reynolds, who was engaged in an interesting meeting a few miles off, had announced that he would preach on _dancing_ on a morning.
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We need, and _must have_, if we ever progress, evangelists, or missionaries, who will travel throughout the length and breadth of the country, visit the churches, “see how they do,” “set in order the things that are wanting,” recruit their numbers, and maintain the faith once delivered to the saints.
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” The angels of God shouted when Jesus was born, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth _peace_ and good will toward man.
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that a man receive “_the love of the truth_.
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We might as well look into the Bible or early history for an account of Mohammed, or the Mormon prophet, as for the Pope.
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Nay, more, we have known such seekers to come, time after time, seeking, honestly and devoutly seeking, but still not finding! Yes, this is not the worst.
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To unchangeably foreordain an infant to everlasting death, is no worse than to foreordain a man to everlasting death—_design_ him to it before he was created.
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