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

By Benjamin Franklin

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any man
would be my disciple, let him take up his cross and follow me.” Such
are a few of the many expressions setting forth the exalted position of
the Christian’s King and the Christian’s Lord. When he was coronated
in heaven, crowned Lord of all, the Almighty Father swore that he
should reign till all his enemies should be put under his feet—that
to him every knee should bow, and every tongue should confess. Lift
up your hearts, all you saints, and behold your King! He is the head
of the church. Set your affections on him, follow him, and consecrate
yourselves to him forever more.


ST. LOUIS, MO., May 18th, 1874.

_To the Editor of the Globe_:

I will give a reward of fifty dollars to any one who will
give the name of a Presbyterian minister, who is a member
of a Presbytery, under the jurisdiction of the General
Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, of the United States
of America, who has, at any time, preached the doctrine of
infant damnation; and I will give fifty dollars additional
reward, to any one who can point out any article in the
Confession of Faith or Catechism of this Church, teaching
this horrid doctrine. As infant damnation has been charged
upon Presbyterians in an editorial, of recent date, in the
_Globe_, the above reward is offered for the proof. That
the elect are incapable of sin, is also stated in the same
editorial, to be a doctrine of the Presbyterian Church. This
also is untrue.


We publish the above to show where the _pressure comes_, and not that
we expect any “fifty dollars reward,” for such men as the writer of
this, always have a loop-hole through which to escape, but we will see

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Text Comparison with Franklin's Way to Wealth; or, "Poor Richard Improved"

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Illustrated by twenty-two Cuts on Wood.
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Virtue and Innocence, a Poem 1 0 The Economy of Human Life 1 0 Old Friends in a New Dress, or Selections from Esop's Fables, in Verse, 2 parts, plates 2 0 Little Jack Horner, in Verse, plain 1s.
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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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] 'So what signifies wishing and hoping for better times? We may make these times better, if we bestir ourselves.
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"Fly pleasures and they will follow you.
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A man may if he knows not how to save as he gets, "keep his nose all his life to the grindstone, and die not worth a groat at last.
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"If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some; for he that goes a borrowing, goes a sorrowing," as Poor Richard says; and, indeed, so does he that lends to such people, when he goes to get it in again.
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" And it is as truly folly for the poor to ape the rich, as for the frog to swell, in order to equal the ox.
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" The day comes round before you are aware, and the demand is made before you are prepared to satisfy it; or, if you bear your debt in mind, the term, which at first seemed so long, will, as it lessens, appear extremely short: "Time will seem to have added wings to his heels as well as his shoulders.
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Page 9, "grevious" changed to "grievous" (much more grievous) Page 11, "waisting" changed to "wasting" (wasting time must be) Page 12, "mak" changed to "make" (We may make).