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

By Benjamin Franklin

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The notes one of my uncles (who had the same kind of curiosity in collecting family anecdotes) once put into my hands furnished me with several particulars relating to our ancestors.
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I think you may like to know something of his person and character.
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regretted that, at a time when I had such a thirst for knowledge, more proper books had not fallen in my way, since it was now resolved I should not be a clergyman.
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I gave him what he demanded, and he went soon after to Carolina, from whence he sent me next year two long letters, containing the best account that had been given of that country, the climate, the soil, husbandry, etc.
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Resolution, once become habitual, would keep me firm in my endeavors to obtain all the subsequent virtues; Frugality and Industry, freeing me from my remaining debt, and producing affluence and independence, would make more easy the practice of Sincerity and Justice, etc.
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Order, too, with regard to places for things, papers, etc.
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They embraced the motion; but as it was the first fast ever thought of in the province, the secretary had no precedent from which to draw the proclamation.
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Unwilling to make myself disagreeable to my fellow-citizens by too frequently soliciting their contributions, I absolutely refused.
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I had lived near what was called the Jersey Market, and saw with pain the inhabitants wading in mud while purchasing their provisions.
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I asked who employed her to sweep there.
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" I gave them the reasons of my doubting; the subscription was dropped, and the projectors thereby missed the mortification they would have undergone if the firework had been prepared.
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We had not marched many miles before it began to rain, and it continued raining all day.
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punctually served out to them, half in the morning, and the other half in the evening, and I observed they were as punctual in attending to receive it; upon which I said to Mr.
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However, let us hearken to good advice, and something may be done for us; God helps them that help themselves, as Poor Richard says.
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"This doctrine, my friends, is reason and wisdom; but, after all, do not depend too much upon your own industry and frugality and prudence, though excellent things; for they may all be blasted, without the blessing of Heaven; and, therefore, ask that blessing humbly, and be not uncharitable to those that at present seem to want it, but comfort and help them.
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None but the well-bred man knows how to confess a fault, or acknowledge himself in error.
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= "Address Powerful Goodness.
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=Old Testament Narratives= (Baldwin) =Poe's= Selected Poems and Tales (Stott) =Pope's= Homer's Iliad.