Benjamin Franklin Representative selections, with introduction, bibliograpy, and notes

By Benjamin Franklin

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fulfilling their Part of our
Agreement. Because I thought myself under great Obligations to them for
what they had done and would do if they could. But if they finally
fail'd in their Performance, and our Partnership must be dissolv'd, I
should then think myself at Liberty to accept the Assistance of my
Friends. Thus the matter rested for some time. When I said to my
Partner, perhaps your Father is dissatisfied at the Part you have
undertaken in this Affair of ours, and is unwilling to advance for you
and me what he would for you alone: If that is the Case, tell me, and I
will resign the whole to you and go about my Business. No[,] says he, my
Father has really been disappointed and is really unable; and I am
unwilling to distress him farther. I see this is a Business I am not fit
for. I was bred a Farmer, and it was a Folly in me to come to Town and
put my Self at 30 Years of Age an Apprentice to learn a new Trade. Many
of our Welsh People are going to settle in North Carolina where Land is
cheap: I am inclin'd to go with them, and following my old Employment.
You may find Friends to assist you. If you will take the Debts of the
Company upon you, return to my Father the hundred Pound he has advanc'd,
pay my little personal Debts, and give me Thirty Pounds and a new
Saddle, I will relinquish the Partnership and leave the whole in your
Hands. I agreed to this Proposal. It was drawn up in Writing, sign'd and
seal'd immediately. I gave him what he demanded and he went soon after
to Carolina; from whence he sent me next Year two long Letters,
containing the best Account that had been given of that Country, the
Climate, Soil, Husbandry, etc. for in those Matters he was very
judicious. I printed them in the Papers, and they gave grate
Satisfaction to the Publick.

As soon as he was gone, I recurr'd to my two Friends; and because I
would not give an unkind Preference to either, I took half what each had
offered and I wanted, of one, and half of the other; paid off the
Company Debts, and went on with the Business in my own Name, advertising
that the Partnership was dissolved. I think this was in or about the
Year 1729 [July 14, 1730].--

About this Time there was a Cry among the People for more Paper-Money,
only 15,000L being extant in the Province

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or of foreign philosophical societies, or in our own or foreign newspapers and magazines, as far as discoverable by the editor, who has been assisted in the research by a gentleman in America.
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--Magical Picture.
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28, 1760.
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MY DEAR SON, I have amused myself with collecting some little anecdotes of my family.
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A variety of remarkable incidents were told us of him at Eaton.
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Shortly after I procured Xenophon's work, entitled Memorable Things of Socrates, in which are various examples of the same method.
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He warmly interested himself for me on this occasion, as he did likewise on many others afterwards; having continued his kindness to me till his death.
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His manner was plain and mild.
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April 19th, 1753.
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After the men were all ready, a difficulty occurred, which had nearly prevented the expedition.
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Franklin was appointed colonel of a regiment in Philadelphia, which consisted of 1200 men.
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But when this is done, there is no more in the glass, nor less than before, just as much having left it on one side as it received on the other.
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--New Experiments and Conjectures in Support of this Discovery.
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Two large cork balls, suspended by silk strings, and both well and equally electrified, separate to a great distance.
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The Abbé, in order to account for the little quantity of electric matter that is to be found in the phial, says, "that it rather follows the metal than the glass, and that it is spewed out into the air from the coating of the phial.
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_Prison_, society for relieving the misery of, i.