The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

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but, that sum being
insufficient, I advanc'd upward of two hundred pounds more, and in two
weeks the one hundred and fifty waggons, with two hundred and
fifty-nine carrying horses, were on their march for the camp. The
advertisement promised payment according to the valuation, in case any
waggon or horse should be lost. The owners, however, alleging they did
not know General Braddock, or what dependence might be had on his
promise, insisted on my bond for the performance, which I accordingly
gave them.

While I was at the camp, supping one evening with the officers of
Colonel Dunbar's regiment, he represented to me his concern for the
subalterns, who, he said, were generally not in affluence, and could
ill afford, in this dear country, to lay in the stores that might be
necessary in so long a march, thro' a wilderness, where nothing was to
be purchas'd. I commiserated their case, and resolved to endeavor
procuring them some relief. I said nothing, however, to him of my
intention, but wrote the next morning to the committee of the Assembly,
who had the disposition of some public money, warmly recommending the
case of these officers to their consideration, and proposing that a
present should be sent them of necessaries and refreshments. My son,
who had some experience of a camp life, and of its wants, drew up a
list for me, which I enclos'd in my letter. The committee approv'd,
and used such diligence that, conducted by my son, the stores arrived
at the camp as soon as the waggons. They consisted of twenty parcels,
each containing

6 lbs. loaf sugar. 1 Gloucester cheese.
6 lbs. good Muscovado do. 1 kegg containing 20 lbs. good
1 lb. good green tea. butter.
1 lb. good bohea do. 2 doz. old Madeira wine.
6 lbs. good ground coffee. 2 gallons Jamaica spirits.
6 lbs. chocolate. 1 bottle flour of mustard.
1-2 cwt. best white biscuit. 2 well-cur'd hams.
1-2 lb. pepper.

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My brother, thinking he might find his account in it, encouraged me, and engaged me to write two ballads.
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This severe and tyrannical treatment contributed, I believe, to imprint on my mind that aversion to arbitrary power, which during my whole life I have ever preserved.
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Duke-street, opposite the Roman Catholic chapel.
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He began, notwithstanding, his paper; and after continuing it for nine months, having at most not more than ninety subscribers, he offered it me for a mere trifle.
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His manner was plain and mild.
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He proposed to have written to you; but omits it, as he expects so soon to have the pleasure of seeing you here.
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His conduct, in this situation, was such as rendered him still more dear to his countrymen.
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political pursuits to engross his whole attention.
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[Illustration: (of the experiments below) _Plate I.
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And as a spunge would receive no water, if the parts of water were not smaller than the pores of the spunge; and even then but slowly, if there were not a mutual attraction between those parts and the parts of the spunge; and would still imbibe it faster, if the mutual attraction among the parts of the water did not impede, some force being required to separate them; and fastest, if, instead of attraction, there were a mutual repulsion among those parts, which would act in conjunction with the attraction of the spunge: so is the case between the electrical and common matter.
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expansion in the other, it can imbibe no more, and that remains its constant whole quantity; but each surface would receive more, if the repellency of what is in the opposite surface did not resist its entrance.
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But the warmth of a finger applied to the phial would cause that drop to descend, as the least outward coolness applied would make it ascend.
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At London, no more than two thunder-storms have happened during the whole summer; and the apparatus was sometimes so strongly electrified in one of them, that the bells, which have been frequently rung by the clouds, so loud as to be heard in every room of the house (the doors being open) were silenced by the almost constant stream of dense electrical fire, between each bell and the brass ball, which would not suffer it to strike.
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And the reason of its not always doing so, may, perhaps, be this: The quantity, though sufficient to kill a large animal, may sometimes not be great enough, or not have met with resistance enough, to become, by its motion, burning hot.
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West was so good as to make me a present of the melted wire, which I keep as a great curiosity, and long for the pleasure of shewing it to you.
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"Upon letting the whole cool, the effect remained till the thermometer was sunk to 400.
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Suspending a pair of small light balls, by flaxen threads, to the end of his prime conductor, he turns his globe some time, electrising positively, the balls diverging and continuing separate all the time.
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Facts then _in great_, as far as we have them authenticated, justify the opinion that is drawn from the experiments _in small_ as above related.
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_Light_, difference between that from the sun and that from a fire in electrical experiments, i.