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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them for the use of such armed force,
the same shall be paid for at a reasonable price. And all merchant
and trading vessels employed in exchanging the products of
different places, and thereby rendering the necessaries,
conveniences, and comforts of human life more easy to be obtained,
and more general, shall be allowed to pass free and unmolested; and
neither of the contracting powers shall grant or issue any
commission to any private armed vessels, empowering them to take or
destroy such trading vessels or interrupt such commerce."

With unchangeable esteem and affection,

I am, my dear friend,
Ever yours.

* * * * *



I am an honest tradesman, who never meant harm to anybody. My affairs
went on smoothly while a bachelor; but of late I have met with some
difficulties, of which I take the freedom to give you an account.

About the time I first addressed my present spouse, her father gave out
in speeches that, if she married a man he liked, he would give with her
two hundred pounds in cash on the day of marriage. He never said so much
to me, it is true; but he always received me very kindly at his house,
and openly countenanced my courtship. I formed several fine schemes what
to do with this same two hundred pounds, and in some measure neglected
my business on that account; but, unluckily, it came to pass, that, when
the old gentleman saw I was pretty well engaged, and that the match was
too far gone to be easily broke off, he, without any reason given, grew

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The six concluding lines I remember, though I have forgotten the two first of the stanza; but the purport of them was that his censures proceeded from good will, and, therefore, he would be known to be the author.
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He had an excellent constitution of body, was of middle stature, but well set and very strong.
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of the town or of the church he belonged to, and showed a good deal of respect for his judgment and advice; he was also much consulted by private persons about their affairs when any difficulty occurred, and frequently chosen an arbitrator between contending parties.
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They were learned men who, with other works, prepared schoolbooks, among which was the "Art of Thinking," a logic.
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He could not be said to write them, for his manner was to compose them in the types, directly out of his head.
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agreed to take me in at the same rate, three shillings and sixpence per week; cheaper, as she said, from the protection she expected in having a man lodge in the house.
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newspaper, and might then have work for him.
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the hands of our friends in the House, and they voted us their printers for the year ensuing.
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Keimer and D.
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Keimer printed his last number--the thirty-ninth--on the twenty-fifth day of September, 1729.
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Whitefield's enemies affected to suppose that he would apply these collections to his own private emolument; but I, who was intimately acquainted with him, being employed in printing his sermons and journals, etc.
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I have sometimes wondered that the Londoners.
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He landed at Alexandria, in Virginia, and thence marched to Fredericktown, in Maryland, where he halted for carriages.
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I apprehended that the progress of British soldiers through these counties on such an occasion, especially considering the temper they are in, and their resentment against us, would be attended with many and great inconveniences to the inhabitants, and therefore more willingly took the trouble of trying first what might be done by fair and equitable means.
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This gave me occasion to observe that, when men are employed, they are best contented; for on the days they worked they were good-natured and cheerful, and, with the consciousness of having done a good day's work, they spent the evening jollily; but on our idle days they were mutinous and quarrelsome, finding fault with their pork, the bread, etc.
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" While I was, as afore mentioned, detained at New York, I received all the accounts of the provisions, etc.
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Penn's house in Spring Garden.
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and put through a successful journalistic hoax.