The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

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only of other persuasions. We eight punctually attended the
meeting; but, tho' we thought that some of the Quakers would join us,
we were by no means sure of a majority. Only one Quaker, Mr. James
Morris, appear'd to oppose the measure. He expressed much sorrow that
it had ever been propos'd, as he said Friends were all against it, and
it would create such discord as might break up the company. We told
him that we saw no reason for that; we were the minority, and if
Friends were against the measure, and outvoted us, we must and should,
agreeably to the usage of all societies, submit. When the hour for
business arriv'd it was mov'd to put the vote; he allow'd we might then
do it by the rules, but, as he could assure us that a number of members
intended to be present for the purpose of opposing it, it would be but
candid to allow a little time for their appearing.

While we were disputing this, a waiter came to tell me two gentlemen
below desir'd to speak with me. I went down, and found they were two
of our Quaker members. They told me there were eight of them assembled
at a tavern just by; that they were determin'd to come and vote with us
if there should be occasion, which they hop'd would not be the case,
and desir'd we would not call for their assistance if we could do
without it, as their voting for such a measure might embroil them with
their elders and friends. Being thus secure of a majority, I went up,
and after a little seeming hesitation, agreed to a delay of another
hour. This Mr. Morris allow'd to be extreamly fair. Not one of his
opposing friends appear'd, at which he express'd great surprize; and,
at the expiration of the hour, we carry'd the resolution eight to one;
and as, of the twenty-two Quakers, eight were ready to vote with us,
and thirteen, by their absence, manifested that they were not inclin'd
to oppose the measure, I afterward estimated the proportion of Quakers
sincerely against defense as one to twenty-one only; for these were all
regular members of that society, and in good reputation among them, and
had due notice of what was propos'd at that meeting.

The honorable and learned Mr. Logan, who had always been of that sect,
was one who wrote an address to them, declaring his approbation of
defensive war, and supporting his opinion by many strong

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