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

By Benjamin Franklin

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Our Authoritative Religion 111
Our Census 17
Our Plea 256
Outward Appearance 51
Over and Through the Mountains 148
Overlooking Humble but Good Men 484

Paul and James on Justification by Faith 352
Paying Preachers a Stipulated Sum 326
Preach “First Principles” 474
Personality of the Devil 276
Pioneers, Support, etc. 73
Poimeen—Shepherd—Evangelist—Overseer 25
Policy in Preaching

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Text Comparison with The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics and Morals of the late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 1 [of 3]

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The first had a prodigious run, because the event was recent, and had made a great noise.
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He flattered himself that he should arrive at great eminence in the art, and even acquire a fortune.
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Hamilton, a celebrated barrister of Philadelphia, had taken a passage to England for himself and his son, and, in conjunction with Mr.
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Our mutual affection revived; but there existed great obstacles to our union.
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The advantages experienced from it have been great.
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After the men were all ready, a difficulty occurred, which had nearly prevented the expedition.
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Dickenson on the subject was published, with a preface by Dr.
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it, by passing the tube near a person or thing standing on the floor, &c.
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Could the water supported by seven balls come into contact, it would form a drop or drops so heavy as to break the cohesion it had with the balls, and so fall.
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But, if the electrical fluid so easily pervades glass, how does the phial become _charged_ (as we term it) when we hold it in our hands? Would not the fire, thrown in by the wire, pass through to our hands, and so escape into the floor? Would not the bottle in that case be left just as we found it, uncharged, as we know a metal bottle so attempted to be charged would be? Indeed, if there be the least crack, the minutest solution of continuity in the glass, though it remains so tight that nothing else we know of will pass, yet the extremely subtile electric fluid flies through such a crack with the greatest freedom, and such a bottle we know can never be charged: what then makes the difference between such a bottle and one that is sound, but this, that the fluid can pass through the one, and not through the other[51]? 29.
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So the air never draws off an electric atmosphere from any body, but in proportion to the non-electrics mixed with it: it rather keeps such an atmosphere confined, which, from the mutual repulsion of its particles, tends to dissipation, and would immediately dissipate _in vacuo_.
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Reaumur; yet it is sufficient to conduct the charge of five large jars, and how many more I know not.
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Tall trees, and lofty buildings, as the towers and spires of churches, become sometimes conductors between the clouds and the earth; but not being good ones, that is, not conveying the fluid freely, they are often damaged.
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The limbs,.
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In proportion as the glass is brought nearer, they, will again separate, being positive.
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_Agriculture_ takes place of manufactures till a country is fully settled, iii.
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_Mediocrity_, prevalence of, in America, iii.