A Book of Gems Choice selections from the writings of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

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462
Mark Those Who Cause Divisions 335
Men can and do Believe 345
Methodist Clerical Pretensions 265
Ministering Angels 58
Miracles 426
Moody and Sankey 267
My Church 403
My Kingdom is not of this World 466

No Campbellites 258
No Departure from the Jerusalem Church 20
No Division can come 48
No Modification of the

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Text Comparison with Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 2 of 2] With his Most Interesting Essays, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings; Familiar, Moral, Political, Economical, and Philosophical, Selected with Care from All His Published Productions, and Comprising Whatever Is Most Entertaining and Valuable to the General Reader

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ESSAYS.
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' "'Indeed, they say the place is very unhealthy, and that may excuse you.
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By merit is understood desert; and when we say a man merits, we mean that he deserves praise or reward.
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Though there are numbers of shopkeepers who scorn the mean vice of lying, and whose word may very safely be relied on, yet there are too many who will endeavour, and backing their falsities with asseverations, pawn their salvation to raise their prices.
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The world was much more enlightened in those ages, and the air much warmer.
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They did so, and, to their surprise, found plants they had never seen before, but which, from that ancient time, have been constantly cultivated among us, to our great advantage.
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He has nothing for it but to abdicate, and run from an evil which he can neither prevent nor mollify.
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Dentie's, and told you when he would go, and that he lodged at Honey's, next door to you, and yet you did not write; so let Goody Smith give one more just judgment, and say what should be done to you; I think I won't tell you that we are well, nor that we expect to return about the middle of the week, nor will I send you a word of news; that's poz.
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It found me under much agitation of mind on the very important subject it treated.
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"[14] [14] This letter was intercepted by the British ministry; Dr.
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I sent the enclosed directly to Mr.
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, *** and ***.
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Together with all the _then_ news of Lady Blunt's having produced at length a boy; of Dolly's being well, and of poor good Catharine's decease.
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, &c.
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"You are now 78, and I am 82; you tread.
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You might easily display your excellent talents of reasoning upon a less hazardous subject, and thereby obtain a rank with our most distinguished authors.
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_At its lower end_, by the agitation of the water under the whirling part of the circle, between P and S, forming Stuart's bush,.
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* * That the vegetable creation should restore the air which is spoiled by the animal part of it, looks like a rational system, and seems to be of a piece with the rest.
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But you will be no swimmer till you can place some confidence in the power of the water to support you; I would therefore advise the acquiring that confidence in the first place, especially as I have known several who, by a little of the practice necessary for that purpose, have insensibly acquired the stroke, taught, as it were, by nature.
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The body continuing suspended as before, and upright, if the head be leaned quite back, so that the face look upward, all the back part of the head being then under water, and its weight, consequently, in a great measure supported by it, the face will remain above water quite free for breathing, will rise an inch higher every inspiration, and sink as much every expiration, but never so low that the water may come over the mouth.