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of every qualification necessary in their profession, Bradford had not been brought up to it, and was very illiterate. Keimer, though he understood a little of the business was merely a compositor, and wholly incapable of working at press. He had been one of the French prophets, and knew how to imitate their supernatural agitations. At the time of our first acquainfance he professed no particular religion, but a little of all upon occasion He was totally ignorant of the world, and a great knave at heart, as I had afterwards an opportunity of experiencing.
Keimer could not endure, that, working with him, I shonld lodge at Rradford's He had indeed a house, but it was unfurnished; so that he could not take me in. He procured me a lodging at Mr. Reed's, his landlord, whom I have already mentioned. Mv trunk and effects being now arrived, I thought of making, in the eyes of Miss Reed, a more respectable appear. ance than when chance exhibited me to her view, eating my roll and wandering in the streets.
From this period I began to contract acquaintance with such young people as were fond of reading, and spent my evenings with them agreeably, while at the same time, I gained money by my industry, and, thanks to my frugality, lived contented I thus for got Boston as much as possible, and wished every one to be ignorant of the place of my residence, except any friend Collins; to whom I wrote, and whe kept my secret
An incident however arrived, which sent me homo much sooner than I had pronosed. Thad a brother-inlaw, by the name of Robert Holmes, master of a trad. iny sloop from Boston 10 Delnware. Being at New. castle. forty miles below Philadelphia, he heard of me, and wrote to informi me of the chagrin whirh my sudden departure from Boston had occasioned my parents, and of the affections which thev still entertain. ed for me, assuring me that, if I would return, every thing should be adjusted to mv satisfaction; and he was very pressing in his entreaties: Tanswered his letter, thanked him for his advice, and explained the reasons which had induced me to quit Boston, with
such force and clearness, that he was convinced I had been less to blame than he had imagined.
Sir William Keith, governor of the province, was at Newcastle at tbe time. Captain Holmes being by chance in his company when he received my letter, took occasion to speak of me, and abowed it him The Governor read ii. and appeared surprised when he learned my age. He thought me, he said, a young man of very 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 part, he would procure me all the pub. lic business, and would render ine every other service in his power. My brother-in-law related all this to me afterwards at Boston; but I knew nothing of it at the time; when one day Keiner and I, being at work toge. ther near the window, we saw the Governor and an. other gentleman Colonel French, of Newcastle, bando somely dressed, cross the street, and make directiy for our house. We heard them at the door, and Keimer, believing it to be a visit to himself, went immediately down; but the Governor inquired for me, came up stairs, and, with a condescension and politeness tu which I had not at all been accustomed, paid me many compliments, desired to be acquainted with me, oblig. ing!y reproached me for not having made inyself known to him on my arrival in the town, and wished me to accompany him to a taveru, where ne and Col. French were going to tasie some 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 Madeira, 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 appeared to doubt whether my father would assist me in this enterprise, Sir William said he would give me a letter to him, in which would represent the advantages of the scheme, in a light which he had no
moedas Boston, after about a fortnight's passage.
me, ch yet returned, and had not written about me. Ished ? Were all delighted at seeing me again, and, except my Sol. Free brother, welcomed me home. and Keine been while in his service: I had a complete suit of er, with clothes, new and neat, a watch in my pocket, and my e corteri plirse was furnished with nearly five pounds sterling ing the in money / assista tion of going back again. One of them asking what Id givet sort of money we had, I displayed before them a hand
needlb doubt would determine him. It was thus concluded
that I should return to Boston by the first vessel, with vince, a the letter of recommendation, from the Governor to s being my father. Meanwhile the project was to be kept sex milt cret, and I continued to work for Keimer as before.
The Governor sent every now and then to invite when me to dine with him. I considered this as a very great FOUNEB honour; and was the more sensible of it, as he con.
Persed with me in the most affable, familiar, and t Phizo friendly manner imaginable.
Towards the end of April, 1724, a small vessel was u sverting ready to sail for Boston. I took leave of Keimer, upal beste on the pretext of going to see my parents. The Goher seminte Fernor gave me a long letter, in which he said many el misteri Alattering things of me to my father; and strongly re-of intarite commended the project of my settling at Philadelphia, worked as a thing which could not fail to make my fortune.
Going down the bay we struck on a flat and sprung estle, but a leak. The weather was very tempestuous, and we wirectie were obliged to pump without intermission; I took nd here my turn. We arrived, however, safe and sound, at
I had been absent seven complete months, and my Sliteness i relations, during the interval, bad received no intelliEj me man gence of me; for my brother-in-law, Holmes, was not
My unselinowe expected appearance surprised the family; but they
I went to him at the Ta wine printing.house. I was better dressed than I had ever
He 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 was, and how I liked it I spoke in the highest terms of Philadelphia,
the happy life we led there, and expressed my intenEnt thee ful of silver, which I drew from my pocket. This was he hads a curiosity to which they were not accustomed, paper
to see us upon good terms, he told her that I had so flees insulted him before his men, that he would never forget! every thing he could in favour of the scheme; but my ani post-office, charmed with the account I gave ut my party talleres period. Seeing no appearance of accommodating mat. ters betwen my brother and me, he consented to my moes
being the current money at Boston. I failed not, after then and far this, to let them see my watch; and, at last, my rot' et de gelipal continuing sullen and out of humour, I gave them & shilling to drink, and took my leave. This visit stungite per my brother to the soul; for when, shortly after, my a se mother spoke to him of a reconciliation, and a desire get or forgive it; in this, bowever, he was mistaken. hehe
The Governor's letter appeared to excite in my father some surprise ; but he said little. After some days, it Captain Holmes being returned, he showed it him, lebo asking him if he knew Keith, and what sort of a man he was: adding, that, in his opinion, it proved very welketa little discernment to think of setting up a boy in busi. ness, who, for three years to come, would not be of an age to be ranked in the class of men. Holmes said father 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 important an enterprise, and which would require so considerable a sum of money.
My old comrade, Collins, who was a clerk in the 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. matics and natural philosophy, to be conveyerl with mine to New-York, where ne proposed to wait for me.
My father, though he could not approve Sir William's proposal, was yet pleased that I had obtained so advantageous a recommendation as that of a person his rank, and that my industry and economy had end
return to Philadelphia, advised me to be civil to every body, to endeavour to obtain general esteem, and avoid
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, and at would undertake to supply it. Piene; it for him, and to keep the money till I should hear and at last from him; accordingly he gave me an order for that tertion to much uneasiness clerk i to feel an interest in my welfare; for when she saw a
gure familiarity take place, and every day increase, between guing the two young women and me, she took me aside, and
d learn no parent to watch over thy conduct, and thou seemest Conwa youth is exposed. Rely upon what I tell thee : those
wajili are wonien of bad characters; 1 perceive it in all iheir Sris actions. If thou dost not take care, they will lead thee homy heation, to form no connexion with them” if a pers thee, by the friendly interest I take in thy preservacivilto ed me that she was in the right. I thanked her for =m, and Der obliging advice, and promised to follow it.
ailed mot satire and sarcasm, to which he thought I was too sl. my mi much inclined; adding that with perseverance and I gave les prudent economy, I might, by the time I became of his sistema age, save enough to establish myself in business; rtly after i and that if a small sum should then be wanting, he
This was all I could obtain from him, except somo vuld neviens trifling presents, in token of friendship from him and was Disti? my muther
I embarked once more for New York, rite in ea furnished at this time with their approbation and ier support blessing. The sloop baving touched at Newport, in howend ia Rliode Island, I paid a visit to my brother John, who sort of had for some years been settled there and was married. d? He had always been attached to me, and he received
me with great affection. One of his friends, whose orld nike name was Vernon, having a debt of about thirty-six Bjoints pounds due him in Pennsylvania, begged me to receive La cirić purpose. This affair occasioned me, in the sequel,
At Newport we took on board a number of passen
gers; among whom were two young women, and a tant eneste grave and sensiblé quaker lady with her servants I derabieshad shown an obliging forwardness in rendering the
quaker some trifling services, which led her. probably, to be ignorant of the world, and the snares to which into danger. They are strangers to thee, and I advise
As I appeared at first not to think quite so ill of them as she did, she related many things she had seen and heard, which had escaped my attention, but which convinc
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