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paffengets; among whom were two young women, and a grave and sensible quaker lady with lier fervants. I had thewn an obliging forwardness in rendering the quaker some trifling services, whicli led her probably, to feel some interest in my welo
for when she saw a fainiliarity take place, and every day increase, between the two young wonien and me, the took me afide and said, “ Young man I am in pain for thee. Thou hast no parent to swatch over thy conduct, and thou feemeft to 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; I pe ceive it in all their actions. If thou doft not take care, they will lead thee into danger. They are ftrangers to thee, and I advise thce, by the friendly intereft I take in thy preservation, to'form no con nection with them." As I appeared at first not to think quite so ill of them as ihe did, the related Bany things she had seen and heard, which had escaped my attention, but which convinced me the I was in the right. I thanked her for her obliging advice, and promised to follow it....
When we arrived at New York, they informed me where they lodged, and'invited me to come and see them. I did not however go and it was well I did not for the next day, the captain','miffing a filver 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 hoc punited. And thus after having been saved froid ore rock concealed under water, opna which the
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veiffel ftruck during our paffage, I escaped another of a fill more dangerous nature.
At New-York I found my friend Collins, who had arrived fome time before. We bad been intimate from our infancy, and had read the same books together; and 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 Bofton, 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 hini a very general esteem, and he seemed to promise to make an advantageous figure in society. But, during my absence, he had unfortunately addicted himself to brandy, and I learned, as well from himself as from the report of others, that every day fince his arrival at New-York he had been intoxi. cated, and had acted in a very extravagant man, ner,
He had also played, and lost all his money" ; fo that I was obliged to pay his expences at the inn, and to maintain him during the rest of the journey, a burden that was very inconvenient to me.
The governor of New York, whose name was Burnet, hearing the captain fay that a young man who was a passenger in bis flip had a great num. ber of books, begged him to bring me to bis house. I accordingly went and should have taken Collins with me had he been fober. The governor treat. ed ine with great civility, frewed me his library,
Tch was a very condicrabic cns, and we talked some time upon bocks and authors. This pas Pie; fecond governor who had honoured me with
his attention; and to a poor boy, as I then was, these little adventures did not fail to be pleasing.
We arrived at Philadelphii. On the way I received Vernon's money, without which we should have been unable to have finished our journey.
Collins wished to get imployment as a merchani's clerk'; but either his breath or his 'countenance betrayed bis bad habit ; fol, thougli he had recommendations, he met with no success, and continued to lodge and eat with me, and at my expence. Knowing that I had Vernon's money, he was cari tinually asking me to lend him fome of it'; promising to repay me as fuon as he should get emplyment. At last he had drawn so much of this 10 ney, that I was extremely alarmed at what night become of me, fhonld he fail to make good ihe deficiency. His habit of drinking did not all diminish, and was a frequent source of difcord between' 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 refuitd to take his turn in rowing. You thall row for me, said he, 'till we get home. -No, I replied, we wil not row fór you.--You thall, faid he, or remain upon the water all night.---As you please
..! us row, faid the rest of the company, what fignifies whether he affifts or not. Bur, already angry with him for his conduct in other respects, I perfilted in my refúfal. He their swore that he would make me row, or would throw me out of the beat; and he made up to me.
As foon as he was with ito any reach I took him by the collar, gave him a violent thrust, and threw him head-foremost into the river. I knew that he was a good swimmer, and was therefore under no apprehenfius.3 for his life. Before he could turn himself we were able; by a few strokes of our oars, to place ourselves out of his reach; and whenever he touched the boat, we asked him if he would row, striking his hands, with the oars to make him let go his hold. He was nearly suffocated with rage, but obftinately refused 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 drenched. The utmof coldness subfifted between us after this adventure. At last a captain of a West-India fhip, who was commiflioned 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 fince.
The violation of the trust reposed in me by Vernon, was one of the first great errors of my life; and it proves that my father was no* mistaken when he supposed me too young to be intrusted with the management of important affairs. But Sir William, upon 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 fer you up in buiiness, I will do it myself. Make out a list of what will be wanted from England, and I will send for the articles You thall repay me when you can. i am determined to have a good printer here, and I am fure
you will fucceeit. This was said with fos much seeming cordiality, that I suspected not for an inftant the fincerity of the offer., I had hitherto kept the project with which Sir William had infpired me, of settling in business, a secret ac Philadelphia, and I still continued to do fo. Had my reliance on the governor been known, some friend, bétrer acquainted with his character than myself, would doubtlcfs have advised me not to trust him; för I afterwards learned that he was univérfally known to be liberal of promises, which he had no intention to perform. But having never folicited him, how could I suppose his offers to be deceitful? On the contrary I believed him to be the best man in the world.
Igan fice : the expence of which I had calculated at a = bout a hundred pounds sterling. He expreffed his approbation ; but asked if my prelence in England, that I might chocfe the characters fryself, and see that every article was' goed'in its kind, would not be an advantage. You will also be able, said he, to form fome acquaintance there, and establish a correspondence with stationers and booksellers. This I acknowledged was defirable. That being the cafe, added he, hold yourself in readiness to go with the Asnis. This was the annual veft, and the only one, at that time, which made regu
voyages between the parts of London and his låde phia.' Bur the Ann was not to fail for fome months, I therefore continued to work with Keia mer, unhappy relpecting the firm which Collins haldra vit fron me, and almost in continual ağoniy as the thoughts of Varnoni, who 'furtunately