Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

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called this the LI Chapter of Genesis.

1774? _A Parable on Brotherly Love._

1778. _The Ephemera, an Emblem of Human Life._

A new rendition of an earlier essay on Human

1779. _The Story of the Whistle._

1779? _The Levee._

1779? _Proposed New Version of the Bible._

Part of the first chapter of _Job_ modernized.

(1779. Published) _The Morals of Chess._

1780? _The Handsome and Deformed Leg._

1780. _Dialogue between Franklin and the Gout._

(Published in 1802.)

1802. _A Petition of the Left Hand._

1806. _The Art of Procuring Pleasant Dreams._


[Transcriptions of newspaper pages]

[Page 1 of _The Pennsylvania Gazette_,].

Numb. XL.


Pennsylvania _GAZETTE_.
Containing the freshest Advices Foreign and Domestick.

From Thursday, September 25. to Thursday, October 2. 1729.

_The_ Pennsylvania Gazette _being now to
be carry'd on by other Hands, the Reader
may expect some Account of the Method we
design to proceed in._

_Upon a View of Chambers's great Dictionaries,
from whence were taken the Materials of the_
Universal Instructor in all Arts and Sciences,
_which usually made the First Part of this Paper,
we find that besides their containing many Things
abstruse or insignificant to us, it will probably
be fifty Years before the Whole can be gone thro'
in this Manner of Publication. There are likewise
in those Books continual References from
Things under one Letter of the Alphabet to those
under another, which relate to the same Subject,
and are necessary to explain and compleat it;
those are taken in their Turn may perhaps be Ten
Years distant; and since

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

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DARTON_, And of most Booksellers in the United Kingdom.
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of 32 Biographical Sketches of Eminent British Characters 1 6 Ditto, containing a Description of the most distinguished Places in England 1 6 *** Just published, The Mice & their Pic Nic; a good Moral Tale, price with neat coloured plates 1 0 THE WAY TO WEALTH.
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--If we are industrious, we shall never starve; for "at the working man's house hunger looks in, but dares not enter.
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"--If you were a servant, would you not be ashamed that a good master should catch you idle? Are you then your own master? be ashamed to catch yourself idle, when there is so much to be done for yourself, your family, your country, and your king.
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" "If you would be wealthy, think of saving, as well as of getting.
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These are not the necessaries of life; they can scarcely be called the conveniences: and yet only because they look pretty, how many want to have them?--By these, and other extravagancies, the genteel are reduced to poverty, and forced to borrow of those whom they formerly despised, but who, through industry and frugality, have maintained their standing; in which case it appears plainly, that "A ploughman on his legs is higher than a gentleman on his knees," as Poor Richard says.
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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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" Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but ever, while you live, expense is constant and certain; and "It is easier to build two chimneys, than to keep one in fuel," as Poor Richard says: so, "Rather go to bed supper-less, than rise in debt," Get what you can, and what you get hold, 'Tis the stone that will turn all your lead into gold.
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' * * * * * Thus the old gentleman ended his harangue.