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

By Benjamin Franklin

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the whole House, and I resolved to take no more
Inmates. But this Affair having turn'd my Thoughts to Marriage, I look'd
round me, and made Overtures of Acquaintance in other Places; but soon
found that the Business of a Printer being generally thought a poor one,
I was not to expect Money with a Wife unless with such a one, as I
should not otherwise think agreable.--In the mean time, that
hard-to-be-govern'd Passion of Youth, had hurried me frequently into
Intrigues with low Women that fell in my Way, which were attended with
some Expence and great Inconvenience, besides a continual Risque to my
Health by a Distemper which of all Things I dreaded, tho' by great good
Luck I escaped it.--

A friendly Correspondence as Neighbours and old Acquaintances, had
continued between me and Mrs. Read's Family, who all had a Regard for me
from the time of my first Lodging in their House. I was often invited
there and consulted in their Affairs, wherein I sometimes was of
service.--I pity'd poor Miss Read's unfortunate Situation, who was
generally dejected, seldom chearful, and avoided Company. I consider'd
my Giddiness and Inconstancy when in London as in a great degree the
Cause of her Unhappiness; tho' the Mother was good enough to think the
Fault more her own than mine, as she had prevented our Marrying before I
went thither, and persuaded the other Match in my Absence. Our mutual
Affection was revived, but there were now great Objections to our Union.
That Match was indeed look'd upon as invalid, a preceding Wife being
said to be livin[g] in England; but this could not easily be prov'd,
because of the Distance[.] And tho' there was a Report of his Death, it
was not certain. The[n] tho' it should be true, he had left many Debts
which his Successor might be call'd [on] to pay. We venture['d] however,
over all these Difficulties, and I [took] her to Wife Sept. 1. 1730.[10]
None of the Inconveniencies happen[ed] that we had apprehended, she
prov'd a good and faithful Helpmate, assisted me much by attending the
Shop, we throve together, and have ever mutually endeavour'd to make
each other happy. Thus I corrected that great _Erratum_ as wel[l] as I
could.

About [th]is Time our Club meeting, not at a Tavern, but in a little
Room of Mr. Grace's set apart for that Purpose; a Proposition was made
by me that since our Books were often referr'd to in our Disquisitions
upon the Queries, it might be convenient to us to have them all together
where we met, that upon

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Hereby, too, I shall indulge the inclination, so natural in old men, to be talking of themselves and their own past actions; and I shall indulge it without being tiresome to others,--who, through respect to age, might conceive themselves obliged to give me a hearing,--since this may be read or not as any one pleases.
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George Brownell, very successful in his profession generally, and that by mild, encouraging methods.
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I was thoroughly soaked, and by noon a good deal tired, so I stopped at a poor inn, where I stayed all night, beginning now to wish that I had never left home.
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Yet, unsolicited as he was by me, how could I think his generous offers insincere? I believed him one of the best men in the world.
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This, however, was not then of much consequence, as he was totally unable; and in the loss of his friendship I found myself relieved from a burden.
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I was now on a fair footing with them, and soon acquired considerable influence.
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He became afterward a merchant of great note, and one of our provincial judges.
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" I agreed to this proposal; it was drawn up in writing, signed, and sealed immediately.
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guard was to avoid every (the least) offense against Temperance, leaving the other virtues to their ordinary chance, only marking every evening the faults of the day.
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Meanwhile Colonel Lawrence, William Allen, Abram Taylor, Esq.
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This partnership continued eighteen years, successfully for us both.
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At length he came to me with the compliment that he found there was no such thing as carrying a public-spirited project through without my being concerned in it.
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It then appeared that several of the commissioners had formed plans of the same kind.
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But I am got forward too fast with my story.
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, not less than one hundred and fifty wagons being necessary.
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" "Is it possible, when he is so great a writer? for I see him constantly at his escritoire.
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As to my balance, I am not paid it to this day, of which more hereafter.
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I.
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It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.
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He also corresponded widely with various classes of people.