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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with the service of the crown, resolved to
petition the king against them, and appointed me their agent to go over
to England to present and support the petition. The house had sent up a
bill to the governor, granting a sum of sixty thousand pounds for the
king's use (ten thousand pounds of which was subjected to the orders of
the then general, Lord Loudon), which the governor, in compliance with
his instructions, absolutely refused to pass. I had agreed with Captain
Morris, of the packet at New-York, for my passage, and my stores were
put on board; when Lord Loudon arrived at Philadelphia, expressly, as he
told me, to endeavour an accommodation between the governor and
Assembly, that his majesty's service might not be obstructed by their
dissensions. Accordingly, he desired the governor and myself to meet
him, that he might hear what was to be said on both sides. We met and
discussed the business: in behalf of the Assembly, I urged the various
arguments that may be found in the public papers of that time, which
were of my writing, and are printed with the minutes of the Assembly;
and the governor pleaded his instructions, the bond he had given to
observe them, and his ruin if he disobeyed; yet seemed not unwilling to
hazard himself if Lord Loudon would advise it. This his lordship did not
choose to do, though I once thought I had nearly prevailed with him to
do it; but finally he rather chose to urge the compliance of the
Assembly; and he entreated me to use my endeavours with them for that
purpose, declaring that he would spare none of the king's troops for the
defence of our frontiers, and that, if we did not continue to provide
for that defence ourselves, they must remain exposed to the enemy. I
acquainted the house with what had passed, and presenting them with a
set of resolutions I had drawn up, declaring our rights, that we did not
relinquish our claim to those rights, but only suspended the exercise of
them on this occasion, through _force_, against which we protested, they
at length agreed to drop the bill, and frame another conformably to the
proprietary instructions; this, of course, the governor passed, and I
was then at liberty to proceed on my voyage. But, in the mean time, the
packet had sailed with my sea stores, which was some loss to me, and my
only recompense was his lordship's thanks for my service, all the credit
of obtaining the accommodation falling to his share.

He set out for

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Text Comparison with Franklin's Way to Wealth; or, "Poor Richard Improved"

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" Nor will the bailiff or the constable enter, for "industry pays debts, while despair increaseth them.
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Handle your tools without mittens: remember, that "The cat in gloves catches no mice," as Poor Richard says.
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A man may if he knows not how to save as he gets, "keep his nose all his life to the grindstone, and die not worth a groat at last.
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You call them goods; but, if you do not take care, they will prove evils to some of you.
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"It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.
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And when you have got the Philosopher's stone, sure you will no longer complain of bad times, or the difficulty of paying taxes.
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The people heard it, and approved the doctrine, and immediately practised the contrary, just as if it had been a common sermon; for the auction opened, and they began to buy extravagantly.