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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New-York before me; and as the time for despatching the
packet-boats was in his disposition, and there were two then remaining
there, one of which, he said, was to sail very soon, I requested to know
the precise time, that I might not miss her by any delay of mine. The
answer was, "I have given out that she is to sail on Saturday next; but
I may let you know, _entre nous_, that if you are there by Monday
morning, you will be in time, but do not delay longer!" By some
accidental hinderance at a ferry, it was Monday noon before I arrived,
and I was much afraid she might have sailed, as the wind was fair; but I
was soon made easy by the information that she was still in the harbour,
and would not move till next day. One would imagine that I was now on
the very point of departing for Europe; I thought so, but I was not then
so well acquainted with his lordship's character, of which _indecision_
was one of the strongest features: I shall give some instances. It was
about the beginning of April that I came to New-York, and I think it was
near the end of June before we sailed. There were then two of the
packet-boats which had been long in readiness, but were detained for the
general's letters, which were always to be ready _to-morrow_. Another
packet arrived; she too was detained, and before we sailed a fourth was
expected. Ours was the first to be despatched, as having been there
longest. Passengers were engaged for all, and some extremely impatient
to be gone, and the merchants uneasy about their letters, and for the
orders they had given for ensurance (it being war-time) and for autumnal
goods; but their anxiety availed nothing; his lordship's letters were
not ready: and yet, whoever waited on him found him always at his desk,
pen in hand, and concluded he must needs write abundantly. Going myself
one morning to pay my respects, I found in his antechamber one Innis, a
messenger of Philadelphia, who had come thence express, with a packet
from Governor Denny for the general. He delivered to me some letters
from my friends there, which occasioned my inquiring when he was to
return, and where he lodged, that I might send some letters by him. He
told me he was ordered to call to-morrow at nine for the general's
answer to the governor, and should set off immediately; I put my letters
into his hands the same day. A fortnight after

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In the time of war, small vessels of force are sometimes necessary in the colonies to scour the coast of small privateers.
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--Not to insist on a very plain truth, that no part of a dominion, from whence a government may on occasion draw supplies and aids both of men and money (though at too great a distance to be supplied with manufactures from some other part) is therefore to be deemed useless to the whole; I shall endeavour to show, that these imaginary limits of utility, even in point of commerce, are much too narrow.
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Lawrence, on risques both public and private; in the encouragement of splendid promises and a great ally; in the passage from Canada to the back settlements, being _shut_ to the British _forces_; in the quiet of the _great body_ of Indians; in the support of emissaries and discontented citizens; in loans and subsidies to congress, in ways _profitable to France_; in a refuge to be granted them in case of defeat, in vacant lands, as settlers; in the probability of war commencing earlier between England and France, at the gulph of St.
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who draws a fish out of our water, draws up a piece of silver.
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'And now, to conclude, "experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other," as poor Richard says, and scarce in that; for, it is true, "we may give advice, but we cannot give conduct:" however, remember this, "they that will not be counselled cannot be helped;" and farther, that "if you will not hear reason she will surely rap your knuckles," as poor Richard says.
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