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

By Benjamin Franklin

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been so little noticed in England. The Society, on this, resum'd the
consideration of the letters that had been read to them; and the
celebrated Dr. Watson drew up a summary account of them, and of all I
had afterwards sent to England on the subject, which he accompanied with
some praise of the writer. This summary was then printed in their
Transactions; and some members of the Society in London, particularly
the very ingenious Mr. Canton, having verified the experiment of
procuring lightning from the clouds by a pointed rod, and acquainting
them with the success, they soon made me more than amends for the slight
with which they had before treated me. Without my having made any
application for that honour, they chose me a member, and voted that I
should be excus'd the customary payments, which would have amounted to
twenty-five guineas; and ever since have given me their Transactions
gratis. They also presented me with the gold medal of Sir Godfrey Copley
for the year 1753, the delivery of which was accompanied by a very
handsome speech of the president, Lord Macclesfield, wherein I was
highly honoured.

* * * * *


(From Monday March 26. to Monday April 2. 1722.)

_To the Author of the_ New-England Courant.


It may not be improper in the first Place to inform your Readers, that I
intend once a Fortnight to present them, by the Help of this Paper, with
a short Epistle, which I presume will add somewhat to their

And since it is observed, that the Generality of People, now a days, are
unwilling either to commend or dispraise what they read, until they are
in some measure informed who or what the Author of it is, whether he be
_poor_ or _rich_, _old_ or _young_, a _Scollar_ or a _Leather Apron
Man_, &c. and give their Opinion of the Performance, according to the
Knowledge which they have of the Author's Circumstances, it may not be
amiss to begin with a short Account of my past Life and present
Condition, that the Reader may not be at a Loss to judge whether or no
my Lucubrations are worth his reading.

At the time of my Birth, my Parents were on Ship-board in their Way from
_London_ to _N. England_. My Entrance into this troublesome World was
attended with the Death of my Father, a Misfortune, which tho'

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In the old Bible, the old gospel and the old church, we find it.
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No matter about the cause of it; there is the _opportunity_; and we should be ready and go into the harvest and gather precious souls into the fold of Christ.
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We _know_ it is right to “Let the word of Christ dwell in us richly; and with all wisdom _teach_ and _admonish_ each other by _psalms_ and _hymns_ and _spiritual songs_; _singing_ with gratitude in our hearts to the Lord”—to “be filled with the Spirit; _speaking_ to one another in _psalms_ and _hymns_ and _spiritual songs_; _singing_ and making melody in our hearts to the Lord.
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Mark vi.
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Some men are guided by _reason_, others by _providences_, and others by spiritual _influences_, separate from, or without the word of God.
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” Luke xiii.
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true religion; the religion of Jesus Christ itself; the only true system; Christianity itself; the only revelation from God; that contained in the Bible; the only authority of God; the authority of the Word of God; the only true doctrine; the Gospel of Christ itself; and declare everything else unauthorized—null and void; hindrances to the progress of truth and righteousness; to the edification of saints and the conversion of the world, and meet no opposition? Not rationally.
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He replies, “I know you not whence you are; depart from me all ye workers of iniquity.
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How perfectly disheartening all this is to.
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We find some brethren call a few members of the church who sit together and lead the singing a choir.
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If this is sensuous philosophy, then we are in for it.
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The first acorn, or the first oak, was, unquestionably, a miracle.
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these men all through the land, and convert the country, and then we can easily convert the city.
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not a favorite of fortune.