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Unformatted text preview: Franklin was actually prepared, had his fire company voted against buying the lottery tickets, to propose they spend the money for a fire-engine, and then purchase a cannon (a kind of "fire- engine"), with the funds. These stratagems were normal in the Quaker Assembly; it habitually granted money "for the King's use," never officially acknowledging that such amounts were used for defense. And when the Assembly had been asked by New England for gunpowder, it had voted to give New England money for "Bread, Flour, Wheat, or other Grain." With no objections, the Governor then bought gunpowder, designating it "other grain." Another sect, the Dunkers, Franklin felt, were much less likely to become embarrassed over such conflict of beliefs, since they refused to write down their doctrines. They found their convictions changing from time to time, and feared that publishing them would make further change impossible. changing from time to time, and feared that publishing them would make further change impossible....
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- Fall '09