Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

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A satirical plea for the prosecution of the war against

_1760. The Interest of Great Britain Considered, with regard to her
Colonies, and the Acquisitions of Canada and Guadaloupe._

_1764. Cool Thoughts on the Present Situation of our Public Affairs._

A pamphlet favoring a Royal Government for Pennsylvania
in exchange for that of the Proprietors.

_1766. The Examination of Doctor Benjamin Franklin, etc., in The
British House of Commons, Relative to The Repeal of The
American Stamp Act._

_1773. Rules by which A Great Empire May Be Reduced to a
Small One._

Some twenty satirical rules embodying the line of conduct
England was pursuing with America.

_1773. An Edict of The King of Prussia._

A satire in which the King of Prussia was made to treat
England as England was treating America because England
was originally settled by Germans.

_1777. Comparison of Great Britain and the United States in Regard
to the Basis of Credit in The Two Countries._

One of several similar pamphlets written to effect loans
for the American cause.

_1782. On the Theory of the Earth._

The best of Franklin's papers on geology.

_1782. Letter purporting to emanate from a petty German Prince
and to be addressed to his officer in Command in America._

_1785. On the Causes and Cure of Smoky Chimneys._

_1786. Retort Courteous._

_Sending Felons to America._

Answers to the British clamor for the payment of American

1789. _Address to the Public from the Pennsylvania Society for
Promoting Abolition of Slavery._

1789. _An Account of the Supremest Court of Judicature in Pennsylvania,
viz. The Court of the Press._

1790. _Martin's Account of his Consulship._

A parody of a pro-slavery speech in Congress.

1791. _Autobiography._

The first edition.

1818. _Bagatelles._

The Bagatelles were first published in 1818 in William
Temple Franklin's edition of his grandfather's works. The
following are the most famous of these essays and the
dates when they were written:

1774? _A Parable Against Persecution._


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He left behind him two quarto volumes, in manuscript, of his own poetry, consisting of little occasional pieces addressed to his friends and relations, of which the following, sent to me, is a specimen.
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He had a mechanical genius, too, and on occasion was very handy in the use of other tradesmen's tools; but his great excellence lay in a sound understanding and solid judgment in prudential matters, both in private and public affairs.
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he had no genius for poetry, and advised him to think of nothing beyond the business he was bred to; that, in the mercantile way, though he had no stock, he might, by his diligence and punctuality, recommend himself to employment as a factor,[58] and in time acquire wherewith to trade on his own account.
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] [Footnote 61: The owners or proprietors of Pennsylvania, which Charles II.
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Our first papers made a quite different appearance from any before in the province; a better type, and better printed; but some spirited remarks of my writing, on the dispute[99] then going on between Governor Burnet and the Massachusetts Assembly, struck the principal people, occasioned the paper and the manager of it to be much talked of, and in a few weeks brought them all to be our subscribers.
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I purposed 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; and I should have called my book "The Art of Virtue,"[114] because it would have shown the means and manner of obtaining virtue, which would have distinguished it from the mere exhortation to be good, that does not instruct and indicate the means, but is like the apostle's man of verbal charity, who only, without showing to the naked and hungry how or where they might get clothes or victuals, exhorted them to be fed and clothed.
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I have already mentioned that I had only one year's instruction in a Latin school, and that when very young, after which I neglected that language entirely.
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This is another instance of the truth of an old maxim I had learned, which says: "He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another than he whom you yourself have obliged.
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Partnerships often finish in quarrels; but I was happy in this, that mine were all carried on and ended amicably, owing, I think, a good deal to the precaution of having very explicitly settled, in our articles, everything to be done by or expected from each partner, so that there was nothing to dispute, which precaution I would therefore recommend to all who enter into partnership; for, whatever esteem partners may have for and confidence in each other at the time of the contract, little jealousies and disgusts may arise, with ideas of inequality in the care and burden of the business, etc.
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When the hour for business arrived it was moved to put the vote.
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If you are really, as I believe you are, good and loyal subjects to his Majesty, you may now do a most acceptable service, and make it easy to yourselves; for three or four of such as cannot separately spare from the business of their plantations a wagon and four horses and a driver, may do it together, one furnishing the wagon, another, one or two horses, and another, the driver, .
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" Having before revolved in my mind the long line his army must make in their march by a very narrow road, to be cut for them through the woods and bushes, and also what I had read of a former defeat of fifteen hundred French, who invaded the Iroquois country, I had conceived some doubts and some fears for the event of the campaign.
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Dunbar, when the command devolved on him, was not so generous.
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In the dormitories I observed loopholes, at certain distances all along just under the ceiling, which I thought judiciously placed for change of air.
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I therefore never answered M.
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What it was when they did receive it I never learned, for they did not communicate it to me, but sent a long message to the Assembly, drawn and signed by Paris, reciting my paper, complaining of its want of formality as a rudeness on my part, and giving a flimsy justification of their conduct, adding that they should be willing to accommodate matters if the Assembly would send out "some person of candor" to treat with them for that purpose, intimating thereby that I was not such.
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