On Civil War, 25 August 1768

“It is well known that America is a country full of forests, mountains, &c. That in such a country a small irregular force can give abundance of trouble to a regular one that is much greater: And that, in the last war, one of the fifteen Colonies we now have there (and one far short of being the strongest) held out five years against twenty five thousand British regular troops, joined by twenty-five thousand Colonists on their own pay, and aided by a strong fleet of men of war. (The one colony is of course Quebec; the other that is added to the familiar thirteen is presumably Nova Scotia.)”

“On Civil War, 25 August 1768,” Founders Online, National Archives, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Franklin/01-15-02-0107