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

By Benjamin Franklin

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see than if we had never had eyes.
Truly is this a mighty and wonderful achievement for mortals—poor,
weak and dying mortals? It is overwhelming that _men_ should ever have
projected, prosecuted, and completed such a conveyance as this, such a
vast distance through this expanded and rugged region of country!

But, vast as this achievement may appear, when we are looking at it
as a _work of man_, it diminishes, dwindles and sinks into utter
insignificance and nothingness, when we lift our eyes above it, to “the
everlasting hills,” the workmanship of Him who “weighs the hills in a
balance, and handles the isles as a very little thing.” Also, how our
hearts are filled with reverence and our spirits impressed with awe,
when we lift our eyes above the hills, to the vast mountains, and
think of the thousands of miles over which this mighty range extends,
as well as others on our great _universe_! We are, at the same time,
filled with awe and gratitude, that we have the blessed assurance that
we are not overlooked, forgotten, and lost in the immensity of the
innumerable works of the Creator! But, blessed be his glorious name,
vast and innumerable as are his marvellous works, he has the time, the
goodness and compassion to provide for the fowls of heaven, and the
fish of the sea, as well as the beasts of the forests. Among all the
variegated multitudes of the feathered tribes, not even a sparrow falls
to the ground unobserved by Him; and, by the same Omniscient One, we
are assured, by our adorable Redeemer, the hairs of our heads are all
numbered. To the same amount, and for the same purpose, he says, “If an
earthly parent knows how to give good things to children, how much more
shall the Heavenly Father give his Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
How comforting to think that he has promised, saying, “I will never
leave you nor forsake you, but will grant you grace and glory, and no
good thing will I withhold from you?” How secure, too, we can feel,
and how strengthening to reflect, when dashing through these fearful
mountains, conscious that though in one moment an accident might occur
by which our earthly career might be terminated, the everlasting arms
are underneath; and though the earthly building may be destroyed, we
have an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. To his
Almighty hand we commit our all; in Him is our everlasting trust. To
him be praises forever and ever.


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Text Comparison with The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics and Morals of the late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 2 [of 3]

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256 Description of a new stove for burning of pitcoal, and consuming all its smoke 296 Method of contracting chimneys.
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For, by inspection of the figure in the opposite page, representing a section of our spout, with the vacuum in the middle, it is plain that if we look at such a hollow pipe in the direction of the arrows, and suppose opaque particles to be equally mixed in the space between the two circular lines, both the part between the arrows _a_ and _b_, and that between the arrows _c_ and _d_, will appear much darker than that between _b_ and _c_, as there must be many more of those opaque particles in the line of vision across the sides, than across the middle.
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Such accidents as a clap of thunder, firing cannon, &c.
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I imagine you will find all the appearances you saw, accounted for by my hypothesis.
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I call it smoothed, not that it was laid level; but because, though the swell continued, its surface was not roughened by the wrinkles, or smaller waves, before-mentioned; and none or very few white caps (or waves whose tops turn over.
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The sailors have therefore a saying, that _God sends meat and the devil cooks_.
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_ _Published as the Act directs, April 1, 1806, by Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme, Paternoster Row.
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at A, (Plate IX.
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He answered, that many of the arithmetical or mathematical questions, publicly proposed and answered in England, were equally trifling and useless.
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an account of the new instrument lately added here to the great number that charming science was before possessed of.
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Their plenty would have lessened their value.
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--In order to be better understood I would premise two things: first, that voluntary seamen may be had for the service, if they were sufficiently paid.
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_ when fluid, or red hot, will conduct electricity, 256.
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when sealed hermetically, retains long its electricity, 345.