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e Shawnees, the Wyandots, and the Miamis, met Franklin, of Pennsylvania, with two colleagues, at CarMaryland, the liberal Smith, of New York, and Franklin, the most benignant of statesmen, were deputeative compact was renewed, and the project of Franklin being accepted, he was deputed alone to make Thomas Robinson, 24 December, 1754. was Benjamin Franklin. He encountered a great deal of disputaed by one or another. Ms. Letter from Benjamin Franklin, of 21 July, 1754. His warmest supporterously. It is not altogether to my mind, said Franklin, giving an account of the result; but it is aof America, with power to regulate commerce. Franklin revived the great idea, and breathed into it coming out from paying their compliments to Mr. Franklin. and he, who had first entered their city aystone of independence. But in the mind of Franklin the love for union assumed still more majestithree great objects of the remaining years of Franklin. Heaven, in its mercy, gave the illustrious [5 more...]
nied, and long usage confirmed the denial. Proud's Pennsylvania, II. 284. In the land of the Penns, the legislature had but one branch, and of that branch Benjamin Franklin was the soul. It had an existence of its own; could meet on its own adjournments, and no power could prorogue or dissolve it; but a swift responsibility bro thought. Its able press developed the principles of civil rights; its principal city cherished science; and, by private munificence, a ship, at the instance of Franklin, had attempted to discover the Northwestern passage. Ms. Letter of B. Franklin, Philadelphia, 28 Feb. 1753. A library, too, was endowed, and an academy charteB. Franklin, Philadelphia, 28 Feb. 1753. A library, too, was endowed, and an academy chartered, giving the promise of intellectual activity and independence. No oaths or tests barred the avenue to public posts. The Church of England, unaided by law, competed with all forms of dissent. The Presbyterians, who were willing to fight for their liberties, began to balance the enthusiasts, who were ready to suffer for them.
nning how the common fund could be made efficient; and to Franklin—who, in December, 1754, revisited the region in which he taxes on America. The people in the colonies, replied Franklin, Franklin to Shirley, 17 Dec. and 18 Dec. 1754, in WorFranklin to Shirley, 17 Dec. and 18 Dec. 1754, in Works, III, 57, 58. are better judges of the necessary preparations for defence, and their own abilities to bear them. Governopolis. Against taxation of the colonies by parliament, Franklin urged, that it would lead to dangerous animosities and fem representatives in parlia- chap. VII.} 1754. ment; and Franklin replied, that unity of government should be followed by aca not less than those on her own soil. Unable to move Franklin from the deeply-seated love of popular liberty and power rliament. At the same time he warned against the plea of Franklin in behalf of the Albany plan, which he described as the aolonies, and endanger their dependency upon the crown. Franklin and Shirley parted, each to persevere in 1755. his own o
inistry for tidings of his successes by an express in June. At Fredericktown, where he halted for carriages, he said to Franklin, After taking Fort Duquesne, I am to proceed to Niagara, and, having taken that, to Frontenac. Duquesne can hardly detaee nothing that can obstruct my march to Niagara. The Indians are dexterous in laying and executing ambuscades, replied Franklin, who remembered the French invasion of the Chickasaws, and the death of Artaguette and Vincennes. The savages, answeredssible they should make any impression. Still the little army was unable to move, for want of horses and carriages; but Franklin, by his great influence in Pennsylvania, supplied both, with a promptitude and probity which extorted praise from Braddock and unanimous thanks from the Assembly of his province. Franklin to Shirley, 22 May, 1755. Braddock to Secretary of State, 5 June, 1755. Votes of Pennsylvania Assembly, v., 397. Among the wagoners was Daniel Morgan, famed in village chap. V
garrison of seven hundred men, he left the borders of Lake Ontario. At this time a paper by Franklin, published in Boston, and reprinted in London, had drawn the attention of all observers to the to pay five thousand pounds towards the public defence, had granted fifty-five thousand more. Franklin, who was one of the commissioners to apply the money, yielded to the wish of the governor, and bitants lay near the ashes of their houses unburied, exposed to birds and beasts of prey. With Franklin came every thing that could restore security; and his prudence, humanity, and pa- chap. IX.} to form companies which themselves elected their officers. The officers of the companies chose Franklin colonel of their regiment of twelve hundred men, and he accepted the post. Here again was a new increase of popular power. Franklin, with his military command, might, it was feared, wrest the government from the proprietaries; nor would the metropolis tolerate a militia which had the appoin
a to look to that body for protection; and in February, 1757, Benjamin Franklin was chosen agent to represent in England the unhappy situatioe kingdom. Jamaica had just been renewing the attempt; and, while Franklin was at New York to take passage, and there was no ministry in Engl, making Pennsylvania the central figure in the struggle; and Benjamin Franklin, whom Kant, in 1755, had heralded to the world of science as rica. Your American Assemblies, said Granville, its President, to Franklin, slight the king's instructions. They are drawn up by grave men, r the king is the legislator of the colonies. This doctrine which Franklin received soon after his arrival in London, fell on him as new; Franklin to Bowdoin, 13 Jan., 1772. Writings, VII. 549. and was never effaced from his memory. In its preceding session parliament had done ropean markets. If we plant and reap, and must not ship, retorted Franklin, your Lordship should apply to parliament for transports to bring
of the valley of the West.—William Pitt's ministry continued. 1757-1758. the Protestant nations compared Frederic to chap. XIII.} 1757. Gustavus Adolphus, as the defender of the Reformation and of freedom. With a vigor of hope like his own, Pitt, who, eight days before the battle of Rossbach, had authorized Frederic to place Ferdinand of Brunswick at the head of the English army on the continent, planned the conquest of the colonies of France. Consulted through the under secretaries, Franklin gave full advice on the conduct of the American war, criticised the measures proposed by others, and recommended and enforced the conquest of Canada. In the House of Commons, Lord George Sackville, a man perplexed in action and without sagacity in council, of unsound judgment yet questioning every judgment but his own, restless and opinionated, made the apology of Loudoun. Nothing is done, nothing attempted, said Pitt with vehement asperity. We have lost all the waters; we have not a b
Chapter 14: The conquest of Canada—Pitt's ministry continued. 1759. America more and more drew the attention of chap. XIV.} 1759. statesmen; and Pitt, who was well informed, and, though at that time inaccessible to Franklin, had, occasionally, through his under-secretaries, continued to profit by Franklin's wisdom, resolved that the boundless North of that continent should be a conquest for his country. With astonishing unanimity, parliament voted for the year twelve millions sterling, and such forces, by sea and land, as till those days had been unimagined in England. This is Pitt's doing, said Chesterfield, and it is marvellous in our eyes. He declares only what he would have them do, and they do it. In the arrangements for the campaign, the secretary disregarded seniority of rank. Stanwix was to complete the occupation of the posts at the West from Pittsburg to Lake Erie; Prideaux to reduce Fort Niagara; and Amherst, now commander-in-chief and the sinecure gover
the interior must manufacture for themselves, Franklin evoked from futurity the splendid vision of wo not rise, but when the winds blow. Thus Franklin offered the great advice which sprung from hi expression, called the interest of humanity; Franklin to Hume, 27 Sept, 1760. Writings, VIII. 210.and their rights as men. When, in May, 1760, Franklin appeared with able counsel to defend the libeennsylvania, that, during his whole ministry, Franklin was never once admitted to his presence. Evet credulous Gordon, Pitt is said to have told Franklin, that, when the war closed, he should take meroneous. Pitt at that time had not even seen Franklin, as we know from a memoir by Franklin himselfFranklin himself. Gordon adds, that Pitt, in 1759 or 1760, wrote to Fauquier, of Virginia, that they should tax thel, better known in America as Lord Camden, to Franklin, and notwithstanding your boasted affection, t up for independence. No such idea, replied Franklin, sincerely, is entertained by the Americans, [1 more...]