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

By Benjamin Franklin

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I endeavour to conceal my Uneasiness as much as
possible, and with a grave Look go to Sorting them out. She
cries, 'Don't thee trouble thyself, Neighbour: Let them play
a little; I'll put all to rights myself before I go.' But
Things are never so put to rights, but that I find a great
deal of Work to do after they are gone. Thus, Sir, I have all
the Trouble and Pesterment of Children, without the Pleasure
of--calling them my own; and they are now so us'd to being
here, that they will be content nowhere else. If she would
have been so kind as to have moderated her Visits to ten
times a Day, and stay'd but half an hour at a Time, I should
have been contented, and I believe never have given you this
Trouble. But this very Morning they have so tormented me,
that I could bear no longer; for, while the Mother was asking
me twenty impertinent Questions, the youngest got to my
Nails, and with great Delight rattled them by handfuls all
over the Floor; and the other, at the same Time, made such a
terrible Din upon my Counter with a Hammer, that I grew half
distracted. I was just then about to make myself a new Suit
of Pinners; but in the Fret and Confusion I cut it quite out
of all Manner of Shape, and utterly spoil'd a Piece of the
first Muslin.

"Pray, Sir, tell me what I shall do; and talk a little
against such unreasonable Visiting in your next Paper; tho' I
would not have her affronted with me for a great Deal, for
sincerely I love her and her Children, as well, I think, as a
Neighbour can, and she buys a great many Things in a Year at
my Shop. But I would beg her to consider, that she uses me

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Text Comparison with The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics and Morals of the late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 2 [of 3]

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Franklin, or to contain sentiments nearly allied to his own 411 On the price of corn, and management of the poor 418 On luxury, idleness, and industry 424 On smuggling, and its various species 430 Observations on war 435 Notes copied from Dr.
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Hence the suffocating nature of air impregnated with burnt grease, as from snuffs of candles and the like.
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18.
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'Tis a kind of audacity to call such general opinions in question, and may subject one to censure.
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It seems as if a mutual repulsion between its particles took place as soon as it touched the water, and a repulsion so strong as to act on other bodies swimming on the surface, as straw, leaves, chips, &c.
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I shall only add what I apprehend may have been the reason of our disappointment.
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This machine is since applied to the moving of air-balloons: an instrument similar may be contrived to move a boat by turning under water.
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This invention certainly warms a room very speedily and thoroughly with little fuel: no quantity of cold air comes in at any crevice, because there is no discharge of air which it might supply, there being no passage into the stove from the room.
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That hot iron of itself gives no offensive smell, those know very well who.
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" That warm rooms, and keeping the body warm in winter, are means of preventing such diseases, take the opinion of that learned Italian physician Antonino Parcio, in the preface to his tract _de Militis Sanitate tuenda_, where, speaking of a particular wet and cold winter, remarkable at Venice for its sickliness, he says, "Popularis autem pleuritis quæ Venetiis sæviit mensibus _Dec.
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But take out the tube, stop its bottom with a finger and fill it with olive oil, which is lighter than water, then stopping the top, place it as before, its lower end under water, its top a very little above.
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A second cause of the smoking of chimneys is, _their openings in the room being too large_; that is, too wide, too high, or both.
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So I return again to my chimneys.
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_ The six new letters are marked with an asterisk (*) to distinguish them, and show how few new characters are proposed.
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I have mentioned instances of frugality and industry united with extent and fertility.
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352.
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422.
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effects of, on conductors in Carolina, 361, 362, 364.
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_Woods_, not unhealthy to inhabit, ii.