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master of a trading sloop from Boston to Delaware, Being at Newcastle, forty miles below Philadelphia, he heard of me, and wrote to inform me of the chagrin which my sudden departure from Boston had occasioned my parents, and of the affection with which they still entertained for me, alluring me that, if I would return, every thing should be adjusted to my fatisfaction; and he was very pressing in his entreaties. I answered his letter, thanked him for his advice, and explained the realons which had induced me to quit Boston with such force and clearners, that he was convinced I had been lels to blame than he had imagined.
Sir William Keith, Governor of the province, was at Newcastle at the time. Captain Holmes, being by chance in his company when he received my letter, took occasion to speak of me, and shewed it him. The Governor read it, and appeared surprised when he learned my age. He thought me, he said, a young
of promising talents, and that, of consequence, I ought to be encouraged ; that there were at Philadelphia none but very ignorant printers, and that if I were to set up for myself, he had no doubt of my success; that, for his own pari, he would procure me all the public bulinets, and would vender me all the other service in his power. My brother-in-law related all this to ine afterwards at Boston ; but I knew nothing of it at the time; when one day Keimer and I þeing at work together near the window, we jaw ihe Governor and another gentleman, colonel French of Newcastle, han ifomely drefled,
cross the street, and make dire&ly for our house. We heard them at the door, and Keimer, believ: ing it to be a visit to himself, went immediately down : but the Governor enquired for me, came up stairs, and, with a condelcension and politeness to which I had not at all been accustomed, paid me many compliments, desired to be acquainted with me, obligingly reproached me for not having made myself known to him on my arrival in i he town, and wished me to accompany him to a tavern, where he and colonel French were going to taste fome excellent Madeira wine, I
was, I confess, somewhat surprised, and Keimer appeared thunderstruck. I went however with the Governor and the colonel to a tavern at the corner of Third-street, where, while we were drinking the Maderia, he proposed to me to establish a printing-house. He set forth the probabilities of success, and himself and colonel French assured me that I should have their protection and influence in obtaining the printing of the public papers of both governments; and as I appeared to doubt whether my father would assist me in this enterprise, Sir William said that he would give me a letter to him, in which he would represent the advantages of the scheme, in a light which he had no doubt would determine him. It was thus concluded that I should return to Boston by the first vessel, with the letter of recomrnendation from the governor to my father. Meanwhile the project, was to be kept secret, and I continued to work for Keimer as before,
The Governor sent every now and then to invite me to dine with him. I considered this as a very great honour; and I was the more fensible of it, as he conversed with me in the most affable, fam liar, and friendly manner imaginable.
Towards the end of April 1724, a small vessel was ready to fail for Boston. I took leave of Komer, upon the pretext of going to see my parents. The governor gave me a long letter, in which he said many flattering things of me to my father; and strongly recommended the project of my settling at Philadelphia, as a thing which could not fail to make
fortune. Going down the bay we ftruck on a flat, and, sprung a leak. The weather was very tempeftuous, and we were obliged to pump without intermission ; I took my turn, We arrived however safe and sound at Boston, after about a fortnight's passage.
I had been absent seven complete months, and my relations, during that interval, had received no intelligence of me ; for my brother-inlaw, Holmes, was not yet returned, and had not written about me. My unexpected appearance surprised the family; but they were all delighted at seeing me again, and, except my brother, wel. comed me home. I went to him at the printingoffice, I was better dressed than I had ever been while in his service: I had a complete fuit of clothes, new and neat, a watch in my pocket, and my purse was furnished with nearly five. pounds sterling in moncy. Tie gave me no very
civil reception; and having eyed me from head to foot, resumed his work.
The workmen asked me with eagerness where I had been, what sort of a country
it how I liked it, I spoke in the highest terms of Philadelphia, the happy life we led there, and expressed my intention of going back again. One of them asked what sort of money we had, I displayed before them a handful of silver, which I drew from my pocket. This was a curiosity. to which they were not accustomed, paper being the current money at Boston. I failed not after this to let them see my watch; and at laft, my brother continuing fullen and out of humour, I gave them a shilling to drink, and took my leave. This visit ftung my brother to the soul; for when shortly after, my mother spoke to him of a reconciliation, and a desire to see us upon good terms, he told her that I had so insulted him before his men, that he would never forget or forgive it: in this, however, he was mistaken,
The governor's letter appeared to excite in my father some surprise ; but he said little. After fome days, Capt. Holmes being returned, he showed it him, asked him if he knew Keith, and what sort of a man he was ; adding, that, in his opinion, it proved very little discernment to think of setting up a boy in business, who for three years to come would not be of an age to be ranked in the class of men. Holmes said every thing he could in favour of the fcheme; but my father firmly maintained its absurdity, and at last gave a positive refufal. He wrote, however, a civil letter to Sir William, thanking
him for the protection he had so obligingly offered me, but refusing to affist me for the present, because he thought me too young to be entrusted with the conduct of lo important an enterprise, and which would require fu confiderable a súm
My old comrade Collins, who was a clerk in the post-office, charmed with the account I gave of my new residence, expressed a desire of going * thither; and while I waited my father's deter
mination, he set off before me, by land, for Rhode Island, leaving his books which formed a handsome collection in mathematics and natural philosophy, to be conveyed with mine to NewYork, where he purposed to wait for me.
My father, though he could not approve Sir William's proposal, was yet pleased that I had obtained fo advantageous a recommendation as that of a person of his rank, and that my industry
had enabled me to equip mylelf so handsomely in lo short a period. Seeing no appearance of accommodating matters between my brother and me, he consented to my return to Philadelphia, advised me to be civil to every body, to endeavour to obtain general esteem, and avoid fatire and sarcasm, to which he thought I was too much inclined : adding, that, with perseverance and prudent æconomy, I might, by the time I became of age, fave enough to establish myself in businels; and that if a fmall sum should then be wanting he would undertake to supply it.
This was all I could obtain from him, except some trifling presents, in token of friendship from him and my moiher. I cinbarked once