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

By Benjamin Franklin

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closing words it forbids any addition.

There is not an item in any religion in the world that is right that
did not come from the Bible. All parties admit that all that comes
from the Bible is right, and all that does not come from the Bible is
without authority. Their differences are about what is not in the Bible
and not about what is in the Bible. They all believe the Bible, but
they do not believe what each other have in their other books that
is not in the Bible. It is not the Bible that makes the Baptists,
for there is nothing in the Bible about the Baptists, and then the
Episcopalians have the Bible and believe it as much as the Baptists
do, and it does not make them Baptists. It is not the Bible that makes
Episcopalians, for the Presbyterians have the Bible and believe it as
much as the Episcopalians do, and it does not make them Episcopalians.
It is not the Bible that makes Presbyterians, for there is nothing in
the Bible about Presbyterians, and then the Methodists have the Bible
and believe it as much as the Presbyterians do, and it does not make
them Presbyterians.

The movement about the beginning of this century was not to establish
a new church, or a new religion, but to return to the Lord, find the
old religion and the old church; receive, believe and practice what the
old religion, as set forth in Scripture, requires, and nothing else.
No movement can go back of this, nor rise above it, if it does what it
claims. What remains for us, is to stand to it, maintain it and carry
it out practically and faithfully.


Some fifteen years ago a few of our more advanced men gradually
commenced opening up to our benighted minds, the fact, that A. Campbell
was not the great man we had thought he was; that he was not the
scholar we had thought; that some of his chief ideas were erroneous,
and that we should have much trouble in _undoing_ what he had _done
wrong_. We were growing up many young men, and being illiterate and
unlearned, we knew not but we had over estimated A. Campbell, and
that some mighty men were rising among us, that would throw him in
the shade. But we had one comfort all the time, and that was that we
were not alone in the opinion that A. Campbell was a man of superior
learning and parts. We noticed that he attracted the fire

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Their youngest son, from a sentiment of filial duty, consecrates this stone to their memory.
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Denham took a warehouse in Water-street, where we exhibited our commodities.
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Had I known this man before I entered into trade, I should doubtless never have ventured.
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I soon after obtained, by the influence of my friend Hamilton, the printing of the Newcastle paper money, another profitable work, as I then thought it, little things appearing great to persons of moderate fortune; and they were really great to me, as proving great encouragements.
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This duty is, perhaps, one of the most important that can be committed to any set of men.
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Cuneus, or by professor Muschenbroeck, of Leyden, which had much perplexed philosophers.
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Franklin and the Count Von Krutz.
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_ in the most northern part, and the appearance proceeds southward, though the fire really moves northward.
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When the upper plate is electrified, the leaf is attracted, and raised towards it, and would fly to that plate, were it not for its own points.
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as some have thought, but that the Coating always receives what is discharged by the Wire, or an equal Quantity; the outer Surface being always in a negative State of Electricity, when the inner Surface is in a positive State.
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For the electric fluid, being attracted.
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Points besides tend to repel the fragments of an electrised cloud, knobs draw them nearer.
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I am persuaded that I saw _the_ flash which struck St.
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_Cover_ the point with your finger, and the globe being turned, the cotton will extend itself, stretching down towards the finger, as at _a_; but on _uncovering_ the point, it instantly flies up to the prime conductor, as at _b_, and continues there as long as the point is uncovered.
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This quantity of electricity is supposed sufficient for a turkey of ten pounds weight, and perhaps for a lamb.
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produced by chemical mixtures, _ibid.
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318, 320, 322.
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