The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics and Morals of the late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 3 [of 3]

By Benjamin Franklin

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Letter from Governor Pownall to Dr. Franklin, concerning an equal
communication of rights, privileges, &c. to America by Great
Britain 243

Minutes to the foregoing, by Dr. Franklin 244

The examination of Dr. Franklin before the English house of commons,
in February, 1766, relative to the repeal of the American
stamp act 245

Attempts of Dr. Franklin for conciliation of Great Britain with the
colonies 286

Queries from Mr. Strahan 287

Answer to the preceding queries 290

State of the constitution of the colonies, by Governor Pownall; with
remarks by Dr. Franklin

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The Assembly sitting through the following winter, and warm disputes arising between them and the governor, I became wholly engaged in public affairs; for, besides my duty as an Assemblyman, I had another trust.
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As we parted without settling the point, and were not to see each other again for some time, I sat down to put my arguments in writing, which I copied fair and sent to him.
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I thought the writing excellent, and wished, if possible, to imitate it.
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When about sixteen years of age I happened to meet with a book, written by one Tryon, recommending a vegetable diet.
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At length, a fresh difference arising between my brother and me, I took upon me to assert my freedom, presuming that he would not venture to produce the new indentures.
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21, 1721.
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I was not a little surprised, and Keimer stared like a pig poisoned.
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We arrived in London the 24th of December, 1724.
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He became afterward a merchant of great note, and one of our provincial judges.
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Had he been in my opinion a good preacher, perhaps I might have continued, notwithstanding the occasion I had for the Sunday's leisure in my course of study; but his discourses were chiefly either polemic arguments or explications of the peculiar doctrines of our sect, and were all to me very dry, uninteresting,.
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To this end I formed the following little prayer, which was prefixed to my tables of examination, for daily use: "O powerful Goodness! bountiful Father! merciful Guide! Increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interest.
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Finding this took up too much of the time I had to spare for study, I at length refused.
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" It was wonderful to see the change soon made in the manners of our inhabitants.
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] [Footnote 130: This society continues.
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leave was obtained chiefly on the consideration that the House could throw the bill out if they did not like it, I drew it so as to make the important clause a conditional one, namely: "And be it enacted, by the authority aforesaid, that when the said contributors shall have met and chosen their managers and treasurer, _and shall have raised by their contributions a capital stock of ---- value_, (the yearly interest of which is to be applied to the accommodating of the sick poor in the said hospital, free of charge for diet, attendance, advice, and medicines,) _and shall make the same appear to the satisfaction of the speaker of the Assembly for the time being_, that _then_ it shall and may be lawful for the said speaker, and he is hereby required, to sign an order on the provincial treasurer for the payment of two thousand pounds, in two yearly payments, to the treasurer of the said hospital, to be applied to the founding, building, and finishing of the same.
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It was by a private person, the late Mr.
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In 1754, war with France being again apprehended, a congress of commissioners from the different colonies was, by an order of the Lords of Trade,[152] to be assembled at Albany, there to confer with the chiefs of the Six Nations[153] concerning the means of defending both their country and ours.
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Morris asked me if I thought he must expect as uncomfortable an administration.
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By this act I was appointed one of the commissioners for disposing of the money,--sixty thousand pounds.
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It was midnight, and our captain fast asleep; but Captain Kennedy, jumping upon deck, and seeing the danger, ordered the ship to wear round, all sails standing--an operation dangerous to the masts; but it carried us clear, and we escaped shipwreck, for we were running right upon the rocks on which the lighthouse was erected.