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extremely hungry, and all my money confitted of a Dutch dollar, and about a shilling's worth of coppers which I gave to the boatmen for my palfage. As I had allifted them in rowing, they refufed it at first; but I insisted on their taking ir. A man is sometimes more generous when he has little than when he has much money; probably because in the first cafe, he is desirous of concealing his poverty.
I walked towards the top of the street, looking eagerly on both sides, till I came to market-street, where I met a child with a loaf of bread, Often had I made my dinner on dry bread. I enquired where he had bought it, and went straight to the baker's fhop which he pointed out to me. I asked Yor fonie biscuits, expecting to find fuch as we had at Bollon; but they made it feems," none of that fort at Philadelphia. I then asked for a three-penпу loaf. They made no loaves of that price. Find ing myselt ignorant of the prices, as well as of the different kinds of bread, I desired him to let me have three penny-worth of bread of some kind er other. He gave me three large toils. I was surprised at receiving fo much : I took them however, and having no room in my pockets, I walked on with a roll under each arn, eating the third. In this manner I went through Market-street to Fourth street, and passed the house of Mr. Read, the father of my future wife.' She was standing at the door, observed me, and thought with reason that I made a very fingular and grotesque appearance,
I then turned the corner, and went througi. Chesnut-street, eating my roll all the way, and having made this round, I found myself again on Market Greet wharf, near the boat ia which I ha!
arrived. I stepped into it to take a draught of the river water; and finding myself satisfied with my first roll, I gave the other two to a woman and her child, who had come down the river with us in the boat, and was waiting to continue her journey. Thus refreshed, I regained the street, which was now full of well dressed people, all going the same way. I joined them, and was thus led to a large Quakers' meeting-house near the market place. I sat down with the rest, and after looking around me for fome time hearing nothing said, and being drowsy from my last night's labour and want of rest, I fell into a found sleep. In this state I continued till the affembly dispersed, when one of the congregation had the goodness to wake me. This was consequently the first house I entered, or in which I flept at Fhiladelphia.
I began again to walk along the street by the river fide; and looking attentively at the face of every one I met, I at length perceived a young quaker whose countenance pleased me. I accofted him, and begged hiin to inform me where a itranger might find a lodging. We were then near the sign of the Three Mariners. They receive tra. vellers here, said he, but it is not a house that bears a good character; if you will go with me, I will thew you a better one. He conducted me to the Crooked Billet in Water-street. There I ordered Tomething for dinner, and during my meal a number of curious questions were put to me; my youthand appearance exciting the fufpicion of my being a Junaway. After dinner my drowsiness returned, and I threw myself upon a bed without taking of my clothes, and flept till fix o'élock in the evening when I was called to supper. I afterwards
trent to bed at a very early hour, and did noťawake tilt the next morning.
As soon as I got up I put myself in as decent a Tim as I could, and went to the house of Andrew Bradford the printer. I found his father in the fhop, whom I had feen at New-York: Having travelled on horseback, he had arrived at Philadel phia before me. He introduced me to his fon, who received me with civility, and gave me some breakfalt; but told me he had no occasion for a journeyman, having latély procured one. He added, that there was another printer newly settled in the town, of the name of Keimer, who might perhaps employ me; and that in case of a refusal, I should be welcome to lodge at his house, and he would give ine a little work. now and then, till something better fhould offer:
The old man offered to introduce ine to the new printer. When we were at his houle ; " Neigh. bour,” said he, 6.1: bring you a young man in thi printing business ; perhaps you may have need of his services.”
Keimer asked me some questions, put a compoling stick in my hand to lee how I could work, and then-Taid, that me to do, but that he should soon be able to employ me: At the same time taking pld: Bradford for an inhabitant of the town well-disporediowards him, he communicated his project to him, and the prof. pect he had of success. Bradford was careful not to discover that he was the father of the other printer ; and from witat Keimer had said that he hoped shorty to be in puik llion of the greater part vf the business of the towny led hiin by ariful quel tions, and by fartiog fime difficulties, i diclofe
all his views, what his hopes were founded upon, and how he intended to proceed. I was present, and heard it all. I instantly faw that one of the two was a cunning old fox, and the other a perfe& novice. Bradford left me with Keimer, who was Itrangely surprized when I informed him who the old man was.
I found Keimer's printing materials to consist of an old danaged-press, and a small cast of worn-out English letters with which he was himself at work upon an elegy on Aquilla Rofe, whom I have mentioned above, an ingenious young man, and of an excellent character, highly esteemed in the town; Secretary to the affembly, and a very tolerable poet. Keimer also made venfes, but they were indifferent enes. He could not be said to write in verse, for his method was to set the lines as they flowed from His muse; and as he worked without copy, hadbut vne fet, of letter cases, and the elegy would probri bly occupy all his type, it was impoffible for any one to affit him. I endeavoured to put his press in order, which he had not yet used, and of which indeed he understood nothing and having promifed to come and work off his elegy as soon as it should be ready, I returned to the house of Bradford, who gave me fome trifle to do for the prefint, for which I bad my board and lodging.us
In a few days. Keimer sent for me to print off his elegy. He had now procured another fet of letter-cases, and had a pamphlet to reprint, upon which he fet mne to work
The two Philadelphia printers appeared destitute of every qualification necessary to their profesion. 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 the press. He had been one of the French prophets, and knew how to imitate their supernatural agitations. At the time of our first acquaintance he profefled no particular religion, but a little of all upon rccafion. He was totally ignorant of the world, and a great knave at heart, as I had afterwards an opportunity of experiencing
.. :39.... Keimer could not endure that, working with him, I should lodge at Bradford's. He had indeed sa house, but it was unfurnished so that he could
not take me in." He procured me a lodging at Mr. Read's, his landlord, whom I have already mentioned. My trunk and effects being now arrived, I thought of making, in the eyes of Miks Read, a more respectable appearance than when chance exhibited me to her view, eating my roll, and wandering in the streets.
From this period 1 began to contract acquaintance with such young people of the town as were
fond of reading, and spent my evenings with them sagreeably, while at the same time I gained money
by my industry, and, thanks to my frugality, lived eonteoted. I thus forgot Boston as much as p flible, and wished every one to be ign rant of the place of my residence, except my friend Collins, to whom I wrote, and who kept my secret.
An incident however arrived which fent me home much sooner than I had proposed. I had a brotber-in-law, of the name of Robert Holmes, master of a trading floopf om Boiton 10 Delawaro. Being at Newcastle, forty miles below. Philadel: