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

By Benjamin Franklin

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whole matter, we think, is this:

1. You must resolve that you will put off the interest of your soul no
longer, but that you will go earnestly about the matter, and seek and
persist in seeking, until your sins are pardoned. 2. You must see your
own helplessness and feel it. 3. Having arrived at this point, humbly
submit to Christ. With the prodigal, let the feelings of the heart be,
“I will arise and go to my Father”—He can help me—I can not help
myself—if he save, well—if not, “I can but perish if I go.”

And, did ever a sinner perish with such feelings? No, thanks to Christ,
not one! Try it, dear sinner, try it.

We clip the above from the _Presbyterian Advocate_, as a specimen of
“the blind leading the blind.” Why is it that when men attempt to
answer Scripture questions, they can not give Scripture answers? When
the Philippian Jailer propounded substantially the above question, the
holy apostle answered him, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou
shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spoke unto him the word of the
Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour
of the night and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all
his, straightway.” Acts xvi. 30-32. When this pagan officer asked what
he should do, he was not blindly told that he _could do nothing_—that
the first lesson to learn in salvation was that he _could not do
anything_, but he was told what to do, and forthwith did it and was

When Saul asked the important question, “Lord, what wilt thou have me
to do?” he was by no means told that he could not do anything. But he
was told to “Arise, and go to Damascus, and there it shall be told
thee, all things that are appointed _for thee to do_.” Acts xxii. 9-10;
see verse 16. Would God appoint things for men to do, and say, “Why
tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling
on the name of the Lord,” if he knew they could not do anything?

When three thousand cried out, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
there was no blind guide to say, “You can do nothing,” but there were
present apostles, under the influence of the infallible Spirit of all
wisdom, who said, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the
name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins.” Acts ii. 38.


The evangelist is not an officer in

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Text Comparison with Benjamin Franklin Representative selections, with introduction, bibliograpy, and notes

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On the Labouring Poor (1768), 336 To Dupont de Nemours (July 28, 1768), 340 To John Alleyne (August 9, 1768), 341 To the Printer of the _London Chronicle_ (August 18, 1768), 343 Positions to be Examined, Concerning National Wealth (1769), 345 To Miss Mary Stevenson (September 2, 1769), 347 To Joseph Priestley (September 19, 1772), 348 To Miss Georgiana Shipley (September 26, 1772), 349 To Peter Franklin (undated), 351 On the Price of Corn, and Management of the Poor (undated), 355 An Edict by the King of Prussia (1773), 358 Rules by Which a Great Empire May Be Reduced to a Small One (1773), .
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Sarah Bache (January 26, 1784), 460 An Economical Project (1784?), .
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from William and Mary College.
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The last time I saw Mr.
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[_Smyth's note.
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--However, much good may't do him; I do not grudge it him; he is a Man I.
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Whose awful Throne Heav'n's starry Arch sustains, Whose Presence not Heav'n's vast Expanse restrains.
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Last Q.
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| | 28 | Moon | 11 58 | 2 | 17 | | 29 | sets.
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_ | | 11 |[Aries] 11 | _A Pair of_ | | 12 | 23 | [Saturn] sets 9 33 | | 13 |[Taurus] 6 | [Sextile] [Jupiter] [Mercury] _good_ | | 14 | 19 | 7 *s rise 6 46 | |.
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Smith,[52] who has at present the principal Care of them, shall learn to mind Party-writing and Party Politicks less, and his proper Business more; which I hope time will bring.
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It would be thought a hard Government that should tax its People one tenth Part of their _Time_, to be employed in its Service.
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And again, he adviseth to Circumspection and Care,.
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Homer wrote his Poem, called the _Odyssey_, some Hundred Years before the Birth of Christ.
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Never use a slighting.
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very far short of the truth; the gross amount is one hundred and ninety-nine times.
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Some find Fault with the Latin, as wanting classic Elegance and Correctness; and, since our Nine Universities were not able to furnish better Latin, it was pity, they say, that the Mottos had not been in English.
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But any Man who can procure Pen, Ink, and Paper, with a Press, and a huge pair of BLACKING Balls, may commissionate himself; and his court is immediately established in the plenary Possession and exercise of its rights.
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SPELLING CORRECTIONS: (not otherwise marked by editor) p.
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451, "Univers" to "Universe" (greatest in the Universe;) *Correction made because word occurs correctly or alternately spelled elsewhere in the SAME document.