A DIVISION OF OPINION
JETHRO has in his head a whim that we shall embark
in the business of raising tobacco now, since William
Penn has agreed that rent of land may be paid in
this weed, and, therefore, it has come to have a stated
value when laid down at Carpenter's wharf ready for
shipment to England.
The lad claims that those Englishmen who went
to Jamestown under the leadership of John Smith,
so many years ago, are gathering much wealth by
raising the weed, and also that those of our people
who planted it this year just past, have received good
returns for their labor.
My father says he will not cross me if my heart
 be set on embarking in such traffic, although at the
same time he holds that it is a filthy business at the
best, even though one keeps his own mouth clean
from it. To my mind,
the raising of tobacco
is much the same as
encouraging others in
the use of that which
works them injury, for
no man may chew the
leaves, or burn them
in a pipe, without doing
harm to his body.
However, since no less
than William Penn himself has fixed a price on
tobacco, and it may be
grown in this land to great profit, as has already been
shown, the Friends cannot say very much against
it, even though they approve not of handling the stuff.
Father believes that if Jethro and I are bent on
embarking in some enterprise in which we shall
continue through life, it is better we take pattern by the
people of Germantown, and either set about raising
flax or wool, or learn the business of spinning and
Jethro declares that he had enough of spinning
 under the guidance of Enoch Flower, and, as for
spending his life in front of a loom, when he can work
in the fields, or at a forge, he will not listen to it.
And thus it was that my comrade and I were
somewhat divided in opinion at the close of this year of
grace 1683, when came a wondrous change in my
life, which bid fair to make of me a noted traveler.