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

By Benjamin Franklin

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Belief in the Bible is Infallibly Safe 371
Believers only to be Baptized 350
Bible Names 368
Bodies Resurrected, not Spirits 395
Born of Water and the Spirit 21
Boundary Line of Repentance 166
Branches of the Church 292

Cain’s Wife 105
Call no Man Reverend 30
Can not a Man know that he is a Christian 381
Christianity 159
Christian Zeal 196
Christmas

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Here was the country seat of the Bishop of St.
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Persons of good sense, I have since observed, seldom fall into it, except lawyers, university men, and men of all sorts that have been bred at Edinborough.
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into measures that I have been from time to time engaged in promoting; and, as the chief ends of conversation are to _inform_ or to be _informed_, to _please_ or to _persuade_, I wish well-meaning, sensible men would not lessen their power of doing good by a positive, assuming manner, that seldom fails to disgust, tends to create opposition, and to defeat everyone of those purposes for which speech was given to us, to wit, giving or receiving information or pleasure.
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Honest John was the first that I know of who mix'd narration and dialogue; a method of writing very engaging to the reader, who in the most interesting parts finds himself, as it were, brought into the company and present at the discourse.
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I copy'd and sent him a great part of it, which set in a strong light the folly of pursuing the Muses with any hope of advancement by them.
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per week; cheaper, as she said, from the protection she expected in having a man lodge in the house.
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At Watts's printing-house I contracted an acquaintance with an ingenious young man, one Wygate, who, having wealthy relations, had been better educated than most printers; was a tolerable Latinist, spoke French, and lov'd reading.
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Some books against Deism[52] fell into my hands; they were said to be the substance of sermons preached at Boyle's Lectures.
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George Webb, who had found a female friend that lent him wherewith to purchase his time of Keimer, now came to offer himself as a journeyman to us.
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I printed them in the papers, and they gave great satisfaction to the publick.
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I was indebted for my printing-house; I had a young family coming on to be educated, and I had to contend with for business two printers, who were established in the place before me.
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The care and trouble of agreeing with the workmen, purchasing materials, and superintending the work, fell upon me; and I went thro' it the more cheerfully, as it did not then interfere with my private business, having the year before taken a very able, industrious, and honest partner, Mr.
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That the pay commence from the time of their joining the forces at Will's Creek, which must be on or before the 20th of May ensuing, and that a reasonable allowance be paid over and above for the time necessary for their travelling to Will's Creek and home again after their discharge.
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[102] This dialogue and the militia act are in the Gentleman's Magazine for February and March, 1756.
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Being returned to Philadelphia, I found the association went on swimmingly, the inhabitants that were not Quakers having pretty generally come into it, formed themselves into companies, and chose their captains, lieutenants, and ensigns, according to the new law.
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I was at the entertainment given by the city of New York to Lord Loudoun, on his taking upon him the command.
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