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being the current money at Boston. I failed pot, after this, to let them see my watch; and, at last, my brother continuing sullen and out of humour, I gave them a shilling to drink, and took my leave. This visit stung my brother to the soul; for when, shortly after, my mother spcke 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 fa. ther some surprise ; but he said little. After some days, Captain Holmes being returned, he showed it him, asking 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 favtar of the scheme; but my Sather firmly maintained its absurdity, and at last gave a positive refusal. He wrote, however, a civil letter to Sir William, thanking him for the protection he had so obligingly offered me, but refusing to assist me for the present, because he thought me too young to be entrusted with the conduct of so inportant an enterprise, and which would require so considerable a sum
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 determination, he set off before me by land for Rhode Island, leaving his books, which formed a handsome collection in mathe. joatics and natural philosophy, to bt conveyed with mine to New York, where he proposed to wait for me.
My father, though he could not approve Sir William's proposal, was yet pleased that I had obtained so ad vantageous a recoinmendation as that of a person of his rank, and that my industry and economy had enabled mne to equip myself so handsomely in so short a period. Seeing no appearance of accommodating nat. ters 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 arnid
satire and sarcasm, to which he thought I was too II. uch inclined; adding, that with perseverence and prudent economy, I might, by the time I became of age, save enough to establish myself in business, and that if a small sum should then be wanting, he would un. dertake to
This was all I could obtain from him, except some triding presents, in token of friendship from him and my mother. I embarked once more for New York, furnished at this time with their approbation and bicssing. The sloop having touched at Newport, in Rhode Island, I paid a visit to my brother John, who had for some years been settled there, and was married. He had always been attached to me, and he received me with great affection. One of his fiends, whose name was Vernon, having a debt of about thirty-six pounds due him in Pennsylvania, begged me to receive it for hiin, and to keep the money till I should hear from him ; accordingly he gave me an order for that purpose. This affair occasioned me, in the sequel, much uneasiness.
At Newport we took on board a number of passengers; ainopgwhom were two young women, and a grave and sensible quaker lady with her servants. I had shown an obliging forwardness in rendering the quaker some triflng services, which led her, probably, to feel an interest in my welfare; for when she saw a famili. arity take place, and every day increase, between the two young women and me, she took me aside, and said, “ Young man, I am in pain for thee. Thou hast no parent to watch over thy conduct, and thou seemest tu be ignorant of the world, and the snares to which youth is exposed. Rely upon what I tell thee: those are women of bad characters; 1 perceive it in all their actions. If thou dost not take care, they will lead thee into danger. They are strangers to thee, and I advise thee, by the friendly interest I take in thy preservation, to form no connexion with them.” As I appeared at first not to think quite so ill of them as she did, she re lated many inings she had seen and heard, which had #scaped my attention, but which convinced me that she was in the right. I thanked her for her obliging advice, and promised to follow it.
· When we arrived at New York, they infarmed me where they lodged, and invited me to come and sce them. I did not however go, and it was well I did not; for the next day, the captain, missing a silver spoon and some other things which had been taken from the cabin, and knowing these women to be prostitutes, procured a search-warrant, found the stolen goods upon them, and had them punished. And thus, after having been saved from one rock concealed under water, upon which the vessel struck during our passage, I escaped another of a still more dangerous nature
At New York, I found my friend Collins, who had arrived some time before We had heen intimate from our infancy, and had read the same books together; but he had the advantage of being able to devote more time to reading and study, and an astonishing disposition for mathematics, in which he left me far behind him. When at Boston, I had been accustomed to pass with him almost all my leisure hours. He was then a sober and industrious lad, his knowledge had gained him a very general esteem, and he seemed to promise to make an advantageous figure in society. But, during my abserice, he had unfortunately addicted hiinself to brandy, and I learned, as well from himself as from the report of others, that every day since his arrival at New York, he had been intoxicated, and had acted in a very extravagant manner. He had also played and lost all his moncy; so that I was obliged to pay his expenses at the inn, and to maintain him during the rest of his journey; a burthen that was very inconvenient to me.
The Govemor of New-York, whose name was Bernet, hearing the Captain say, that a young man, who was a passenger in his ship, had a great number of books, begged hin to bring me to his house. I accordingly went, and should have taken Collins with me, had he been sober. The Governor treated me with great civility, showed me his library, which was a very considerable one, and we talked for some time upon books and authors. This was the second guvernor wbo had honoured me with his attention ; and to a poor hoy, as I was then, these little adventures did not fuil to be pleasing.
We arrived at Philadelphia. On the way I received Vernon's money, without which we should have been unable to have finished our journey.
Collins wished to get employment as a merchant's clerk; but either bis breath or his countenance betrayed his bad habit; for though he had recommendations, he met with no success, and continued to lodge and eat with me, and at my expense. Knowing that I had
Vernon's money, he was continually asking me to lend Phim some of it; promising to repay me as soon as h
should get employment. At last he had drawn so much of this money, that I was extremely alarmed at what might become of me, should he fail to make good the deficiency. His habit of drinking did not at all diminish, and was a frequent source of discord be. tween us; for when he had drank a little too much, he was very headstrong.
Being one day in a boat together, on the Delaware, with some other young persons, he refused to take his turn in rowing. You shall row for me," said he, “till we get home.”_"No," I replied, “we will not row for you." You shall," said he," or remain upon the wa. ter all night."-"As you please." Let us row, said the rest of the company : what signifies whether he assists or not. But, already angry with him for his conrluct in other respects, I persisted in my refusal. He then swore that he would make me row, or would throw me out of the boat; and he made up to me. As soon as he was within my reach, I took him by the collar, gave him a violent thrust, and threw him head foreinost into the river. I knew that he was a good swimmer, and was therefore under no apprehensions for his life. Before he could turn himself, we were able, by a few strokes of our nars, to place ourselves out of his reach; and, whenever he touched the hoat, we asked him if he would row, striking his hands at the same time with the oars to make him let go his hold. He was nearly suffocated with rage, but obstinately refus. ed making any promise to row. Perceiving, at length, that his strength began to be exhausted, we took him into the boat, and conveyed him home, in the evening, completely dronched. The utmost coldness subsisteri between 13 after this adventure. At last the captain
of a West-India ship, who was commissioned to procure a tutor for the children of a gentleman at Barbadoes, meeting with Collins, offered him the place. He accepted it, and took his leave of me, promising to discharge the debt he owed me with the first money he should receive; but I have heard nothing of him since.
The violation of the trust reposed in me by Vernon, was one of the first great errors of my life ; and it ucoves my father was not mistaken when he supposed me too young to be entrusted with the management of important affairs. But Sir William, upop reading his letter, thought him too prudent. There was a difference, he said, between individuals: years of maturity were not always accompanied with discretion, neither was youth in every instance devoid of it. “Since your father," added he, will not set you up in business, I will do it myself. Make out a list of what will be wanted froin England, and I will send for the articles. You shall repay me when you can. I am deterrnined to have a good printer here, and I ain sure you will succeed." This was said with so much seeming cordiality, that I suspected not for an instant thc sincerity of the offer. I had hitherto kept the project, with which Sir William had inspired me, of settling in business, a secret at Philadelphia, and I still continued to do so. Had my reliance on the governor been known, some friend, better acquainted with his character than myself, would doubtless have advised ine not to trust him ; for I afterwards learned that he was universally known to be liberal of promises, when he had no intention to perform. But having never solicited him, how could I suppose his offers to be deceitful? On the contrary, I believed him to be the best man in the world.
I gave hiin the inventory of a small printing-office; the expense of which I bad calculated at about a hun. dred pounds sterling. He expressed his approbation; but asked, if my presence in England, that I mighi choose the characters inyself, and see that every arti. cle was good in its kind, would not be an advantage? “ You will also be able," said he, "to form some ac. quaintance there, and establish a correspondence with