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

By Benjamin Franklin

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Christ the Center 186
Christ will come 234
Church Decisions 262
Church Membership 349
Church Organization 42
Classification of Missionary Men 244
Clerical Young Pastors 277
Come out of Babylon 471
Communion 217
Conclusion of the Year 498
Converting the Cities

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Text Comparison with Franklin's Autobiography (Eclectic English Classics)

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A dealer in old books met with them, and knowing me by my sometimes buying of him, he brought them to me.
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By much trampling we had made it a mere quagmire.
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By comparing my work afterward with the original, I discovered many faults and amended them; but I sometimes had the pleasure of fancying that in certain particulars of small import I had been lucky enough to improve the method or the language, and this encouraged me to think I might possibly in time come to be a tolerable English writer, of which I was extremely ambitious.
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So I sold some of my books to raise a little money, was taken on board privately, and, as we had a fair wind, in three days I found myself in New York, near three hundred.
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Then I walked up the street, gazing about, till near the market house I met a boy with bread.
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" We both of us happened to know, as well as the stationer, that Riddlesden, the attorney, was a very knave.
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He had printed an address of the House to the governor in a coarse, blundering manner; we reprinted it elegantly and correctly, and sent one to every member.
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He went to Barbadoes, and there lived some years in very poor circumstances.
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This was much spoken of as a useful piece, and gave rise to a project which soon followed it, of forming a company for the more ready extinguishing of fires, and mutual assistance in removing and securing of goods when in danger.
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The governor of Pennsylvania, in sending it down to the Assembly, expressed his approbation of the plan, as appearing to him to be drawn up with.
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Before we had the news of this defeat, the two Doctors Bond came to me with a subscription paper for raising money to defray the expense of a grand firework, which it was intended to exhibit at a rejoicing on receipt of the news of our taking Fort Duquesne.
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While these were preparing, our other men dug a trench all round, of three feet deep, in which the palisades were to be planted; and our wagons, the bodies being taken off, and the fore and hind wheels separated by taking out the pin which united the two parts of the perch,[180] we had ten carriages, with two horses each, to bring the palisades from the woods to the spot.
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What made it worse was that as soon as we began to move, they drew their swords and rode with them naked all the way.
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from Sir Everard a gentle admonition.
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] [Footnote 175: This dialogue and the militia act are in the Gentleman's Magazine for February and March, 1756.
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" "No matter," says he, "Mr.
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Accordingly, all the sail was set that we could possibly make, and the wind being very fresh and fair, we went right before it, and made great way.