The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

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him with, and, when they expected nothing but the
treat, every man at the first remove found under his plate an order on
a banker for the full amount of the unpaid remainder with interest.

He now told me he was about to return to Philadelphia, and should carry
over a great quantity of goods in order to open a store there. He
propos'd to take me over as his clerk, to keep his books, in which he
would instruct me, copy his letters, and attend the store. He added
that, as soon as I should be acquainted with mercantile business, he
would promote me by sending me with a cargo of flour and bread, etc.,
to the West Indies, and procure me commissions from others which would
be profitable; and, if I manag'd well, would establish me handsomely.
The thing pleas'd me; for I was grown tired of London, remembered with
pleasure the happy months I had spent in Pennsylvania, and wish'd again
to see it; therefore I immediately agreed on the terms of fifty pounds
a year, Pennsylvania money; less, indeed, than my present gettings as a
compositor, but affording a better prospect.

I now took leave of printing, as I thought, for ever, and was daily
employed in my new business, going about with Mr. Denham among the
tradesmen to purchase various articles, and seeing them pack'd up,
doing errands, calling upon workmen to dispatch, etc.; and, when all
was on board, I had a few days' leisure. On one of these days, I was,
to my surprise, sent for by a great man I knew only by name, a Sir
William Wyndham, and I waited upon him. He had heard by some means or
other of my swimming from Chelsea to Blackfriar's, and of my teaching
Wygate and another young man to swim in a few hours. He had two sons,
about to set out on their travels; he wish'd to have them first taught
swimming, and proposed to gratify me handsomely if I would teach them.
They were not yet come to town, and my stay was uncertain, so I could
not undertake it; but, from this incident, I thought it likely that, if
I were to remain in England and open a swimming-school, I might get a
good deal of money; and it struck me so strongly, that, had the
overture been sooner made me, probably I should not so soon have
returned to America. After many years, you and I had something of more
importance to do with one of

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DEAR SIR: I received your Favour of the 24th of February with great Pleasure, as it inform'd me of your Welfare, and express'd your continu'd Regard for me.
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They had their virtues as well as their foibles; they were both honest men, and that alone, as the world goes, is one of the greatest of characters.
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In my passage to America I read your excellent work, the _Elements of Criticism_, in which I found great entertainment: much to admire and nothing to reprove.
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Then let these boats crews land upon every farm in their way, rob the orchards, steal the pigs and the poultry, and insult the inhabitants.
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Would you know how they forward the circulation of your fluids, in the very action of transporting you from place to.
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"Is not protection as justly due from a king to his people, as obedience from the people to their king? "If then a king declares his people to be out of his protection: "If he violates and deprives them of their constitutional rights: "If he wages war against them: "If he plunders their merchants, ravages their coasts, burns their towns, and destroys their lives: "If he hires foreign mercenaries to help him in their destruction: "If he engages savages to murder their defenceless farmers, women, and children: "If he cruelly forces such of his subjects as fall into his hands, to bear arms against their country, and become executioners of their friends and brethren: "If he sells others of them into bondage, in Africa and the East Indies: "If he excites domestic insurrections among their servants, and encourages servants to murder their masters:-- "Does not so atrocious a conduct towards his subjects dissolve their allegiance? "If not, please to say how or by what means it can possibly be dissolved? "All this horrible wickedness and barbarity has been and daily is practised by the King, _your master_, (as you call him in your memorial,) upon the Americans, whom he is still pleased to claim as his subjects.
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These Constitutions have been printed, by order of Congress, in America; two Editions of them have also been printed in London; and a good Translation of them into French has lately been published at Paris.
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I-V and VIII are by Franklin.