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rd except Andrew, who settled in Boston in early life. Benjamin Hall became a leading spirit in the business and civil affairs of the town. The secret of his success is found in his own account of his life, which comes to us in his own handwriting. When My Father Died I was a Little Over 19 Years of Age. I then began to Trade for Myself. I allways Made it my Rule to Comply with All My Engagements whether they were in My Favour or Not. I First Lett My Self to my Brother Andrew as Foreman of My Father's Distill House which he Hired of one Year and a Half, for which he gave me Eighty Pounds Lawfull Money. After that I Hired itt for Eighteen Months which time on[e] Timothy Fitch was in Partnership with me soon after that the administrator of my Father's Estate sold itt at Vendue I purchased itt and Carried the same on for Fifty on[e] Years and then Quitted business. He was also interested in other commercial ventures. He and his brother Ebenezer carried on a slaughteri