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

By Benjamin Franklin

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NIGHT. { 1} Sleep.
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I enter'd upon the execution of this plan for self-examination, and
continu'd it with occasional intermissions for some time. I was
surpris'd to find myself so much fuller of faults than I had imagined;
but I had the satisfaction of seeing them diminish. To avoid the trouble
of renewing now and then my little book, which, by scraping out the
marks on the paper of old faults to make room for new ones in a new
course, became full of holes, I transferr'd my tables and precepts to
the ivory leaves of a memorandum book, on which the lines were drawn
with red ink, that made a durable stain, and on those lines I mark'd my
faults with a black-lead pencil, which marks I could easily wipe out
with a wet sponge. After a while I went thro' one course only in a year,
and afterward only one in several years, till at length I omitted them
entirely, being employ'd in voyages and business abroad, with a
multiplicity of affairs that interfered; but I always carried my little
book with me.

My scheme of ORDER gave me the most trouble; and I found that, tho' it
might be practicable where a man's business was such as to leave him the
disposition of his time, that of a journeyman printer, for instance, it
was not possible to be exactly observed by a master, who must mix with
the world, and often receive people of business at their own hours.
_Order_, too, with regard to places

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_ SIR, I received your letter of April last, and thank you for it.
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Hence it has been very difficult to get any tolerable accounts of them.
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--What then does vis inertiæ do in this case? and what other effect could we expect _if there were no such thing_? Surely if it were any thing more than a phantom, there might be enough of it in such _vast_ bodies to annihilate, by its opposition to motion, so trifling a force? Our author would have reasoned more clearly, I think, if, as he has used the letter _a_ for a certain quantity of matter, and _c_ for a certain quantity of celerity, he had employed one letter more, and put _f_ perhaps, for a certain quantity of force.
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_Extract of a Letter to Dr.
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There are six accidents that may occasion the loss of ships at sea.
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We have informed them that they were stemming a current, that was against them to the value of three miles an hour; and advised them to cross it and get out of it; but they were too wise to be counselled by simple American fishermen.
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It will sink to the bottom, and be easily seen there, as your water is clear.
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I know nothing of the _scaphandre_ of M.
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During my late absence in France, I find that.
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Why, but that the profits of their places, or the emoluments expected, are sufficient inducements? The business then is, to find money, by impressing, sufficient to make the sailors all volunteers, as well as their officers, and this without any fresh burthen upon trade.
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He was, it seems, part-owner of a ship, which the other owners thought fit to employ as a letter of marque, and which took a number of French prizes.
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But, in process of time, some becoming quakers[99], some baptists, and of late years, some returning to the church of England (through the laudable endeavours and a _proper application_[100] of their funds by the society for propagating the gospel), objections were made to the payment of a tax appropriated to the support of a church they disapproved and had forsaken.
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The consideration, that their brethren, the dissenters in England, were still compelled to pay tythes to the clergy of the church, had not weight enough with the legislature to prevent this moderate act, which still continues in full force; and I hope no uncharitable conduct of the church toward the dissenters will ever provoke them to repeal it.
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_Ancients_, their experimental learning too often slighted, ii.
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191, 238.
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_Tourmalin_, its singular electrical properties, i.