Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 2 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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thieves they have taught by their
own example.

It is high time, for the sake of humanity, that a stop were put to this
enormity. The United States of America, though better situated than any
European nation to make profit by privateering (most of the trade of
Europe with the West Indies passing before their doors), are, as far as
in them lies, endeavouring to abolish the practice, by offering, in all
their treaties with other powers, an article, engaging solemnly that, in
case of future war, no privateer shall be commissioned on either side;
and that unarmed merchant ships on both sides shall pursue their
voyages unmolested.[11] This will be a happy improvement of the law of
nations. The humane and the just cannot but wish general success to the

[11] This offer having been accepted by the late king of Prussia, a
treaty of amity and commerce was concluded between that monarch and
the United States, containing the following humane, philanthropic
article, in the formation of which Dr. Franklin, as one of the
American plenipotentiaries, was principally concerned, viz.,

"ART. XXIII. If war should arise between the two contracting
parties, the merchants of either country then residing in the other
shall be allowed to remain nine months to collect their debts and
settle their affairs, and may depart freely, carrying off all their
effects without molestation or hinderance; and all women and
children, scholars of every faculty, cultivators of the earth,
artisans, manufacturers, and fishermen, unarmed and inhabiting
unfortified towns, villages, and places, and, in general, all
others whose occupations are for the common subsistence and benefit
of mankind, shall be allowed to continue their respective
employments, and shall not be molested in their persons, nor shall
their houses or goods be burned or otherwise destroyed, nor their
fields wasted by the armed force of the enemy into whose power, by
the events of war, they may happen to fall; but if anything is
necessary to be taken from

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