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

By Benjamin Franklin

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Taken altogether, this book is deserving of hearty
approval as a valuable contribution of material towards
the proper understanding of the work of a past generation,
and of the life of one who, whatever may have been his
errors, developed in his life many of the characteristics
of true greatness—an indomitable worker, a ready writer;
a powerful preacher, whose strong practical sense,
boundless energy, and earnest devotion to his work would
have made him a man of mark in any department of life;
and which in his chosen department, lifted him out of
poverty and obscurity to a position of great influence and
successful leadership, and won for him the admiration and
affection of multitudes.

The publisher has done his work in creditable style. The
book ought to have a large sale.—_Isaac Errett._

received a copy of the above work, from the office of the
publisher, John Burns, St. Louis, Mo. It is a very handsome
volume of 508 pages, good, plain type, on nice, white paper,
and neatly bound in cloth.

We were very anxious to see the book,

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Text Comparison with Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 1 of 2] With His Most Interesting Essays, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings; Familiar, Moral, Political, Economical, and Philosophical, Selected with Care from All His Published Productions, and Comprising Whatever Is Most Entertaining and Valuable to the General Reader

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I now took a strong inclination for poetry, and wrote some little pieces; my brother, supposing it might turn to account, encouraged me, and induced me to compose two occasional ballads.
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I then asked for a threepenny loaf, and was told they had none.
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After dinner, my host having shown me to a bed, I lay myself on it, without undressing, and slept till six in the evening, when I was called to supper.
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My father, though he did not approve Sir William's proposition, was yet pleased that I had been able to obtain so advantageous a character from a person of such note where I had resided, and that I had been so industrious and careful as to equip myself so handsomely in so short a time; therefore, seeing no prospect of an accommodation between my brother and me, he gave his consent to my returning again to Philadelphia, advised me to behave respectfully to the people there, endeavour to obtain the general esteem, and avoid lampooning and libelling, to which he thought I had too much inclination: telling me, that by steady industry and prudent parsimony, I might save enough by the time I was one-and-twenty to set me up; and that, if I came near the matter, he would help me out with the rest.
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I had improved my knowledge, however, though I had by no means improved my fortune; but I had made some very ingenious acquaintance, whose conversation was of great advantage to me, and I had read considerably.
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My time, said he, will be out with Keimer in the spring; by that time we may have our press and types in from London.
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I gave him what he demanded, and he went soon after to Carolina; 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, &c.
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"Your Quaker correspondent, sir (for here again I will suppose the subject of my letter to resemble Dr.
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I proposed writing a little comment on each virtue, in which I would have shown the advantages of possessing it, and the mischiefs attending its opposite vice; I should have called my book.
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, to be made use of in it, some of which I have still by me: but the necessary close attention to private business in the earlier part of life, and public business since, have occasioned my postponing it.
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Yale College, in Connecticut, had before made me a similar compliment.
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His lectures were well-attended and gave great satisfaction; and, after some time, he went through the colonies, exhibiting them in every capital town, and picked up some money.
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Ours was the first to be despatched, as having been there longest.
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Franklin to his wife, dated at Falmouth, the 17th July, 1757, after giving her a similar account of his voyage, escape, and landing, he adds, "The bell ringing for church, we went thither immediately, and, with hearts full of gratitude, returned sincere thanks to God for the mercies we had received.
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The cause was amply discussed before the privy council.
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Vain were all the efforts made use of to prevail upon them to lay aside their designs, to convince them of the impossibility of carrying them into effect, and of the mischievous consequences which must ensue from the continuance of the attempt.
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_ I think there are three, but I believe only one at present employed.
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[19] Some of the colonies had been reduced to the necessity of bartering, from the want of a medium of traffic.