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

By Benjamin Franklin

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has been
enabled to get a Pot of her own, and is no longer oblig'd to borrow one
from a Neighbour; nor have we ever since been without something of our
own to put in it. She has also got a pair of Shoes, two new Shifts, and
a new warm Petticoat; and for my part, I have bought a second-hand Coat,
so good, that I am now not asham'd to go to Town or be seen there. These
Things have render'd her Temper so much more pacifick than it us'd to
be, that I may say, I have slept more, and more quietly within this last
Year, than in the three foregoing Years put together. Accept my hearty
Thanks therefor, and my sincere Wishes for your Health and Prosperity.

In the Preface to my last Almanack, I foretold the Death of my dear old
Friend and Fellow-Student, the learned and ingenious Mr. _Titan Leeds_,
which was to be on the 17th of _October_, 1733, 3 h. 29 m. P. M. at the
very Instant of the [Conjunction] of [Sun] and [Mercury]. By his own
Calculation he was to survive till the 26th of the same Month, and
expire in the Time of the Eclipse, near 11 o'clock A. M. At which of
these Times he died, or whether he be really yet dead, I cannot at this
present Writing positively assure my Readers; forasmuch as a Disorder in
my own Family demanded my Presence, and would not permit me as I had
intended, to be with him in his last Moments, to receive his last
Embrace, to close his Eyes, and do the Duty of a Friend in performing
the last Offices to the Departed. Therefore it is that I cannot
positively affirm whether he be dead or not; for the Stars only show to
the Skilful, what will happen in the natural and universal Chain of
Causes and Effects; but 'tis well known, that the Events which would
otherwise certainly happen at certain Times in the Course of Nature are
sometimes set aside or postpon'd for wise and good Reasons by the
immediate particular Dispositions of Providence; which particular
Dispositions the Stars can by no Means discover or foreshow. There is
however (and I cannot speak it without Sorrow) there is the strongest
Probability that my dear Friend is _no more_; for there appears in his
Name, as I am assured, an Almanack for the Year 1734, in which I am
treated in a very gross and unhandsome Manner; in which I am called _a
false Predicter_, _an Ignorant_, _a conceited

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born 1655, died 1744, AEtat 89.
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I thought the writing excellent, and wished, if possible, to imitate it.
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It rained very hard all the day; I was thoroughly soak'd, and by noon a good deal tired; so I stopt at a.
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" He ask'd me a few questions, put a composing stick in my hand to see how I work'd, and then said he would employ me soon, though he had just then nothing for me to do; and, taking old Bradford, whom he had never seen before, to be one of the town's people that had a good will for him, enter'd into a conversation on his present undertaking and projects; while Bradford, not discovering that he was the other printer's father, on Keimer's saying he expected soon to get the greatest part of the business into his own hands, drew him on by artful questions, and starting little doubts, to explain all his views, what interests he reli'd on, and in what manner he intended to proceed.
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I believe I have omitted mentioning that, in my first voyage from Boston, being becalm'd off Block Island, our people set about catching cod, and hauled up a great many.
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He said all were put into the bag together and he could not then come at them; but, before we landed in England, I should have an opportunity of picking them out; so I was satisfied for the present, and we proceeded on our voyage.
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Pemberton, at Batson's Coffee-house, who promis'd to give me an opportunity, some time or other, of seeing Sir Isaac Newton, of which I was extreamely desirous; but this never happened.
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He at length proposed to me travelling all over Europe together, supporting ourselves everywhere by working at our business.
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Thus I spent about eighteen months in London; most part of the time I work'd hard at my business, and spent but little upon myself except in seeing plays and in books.
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We kept no idle servants, our table was plain and simple, our furniture of the cheapest.
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I cross'd these columns with thirteen red lines, marking the beginning of each line with the first letter of one of the virtues, on which line, and in its proper column, I might mark, by a little black spot, every fault I found upon examination to have been committed respecting that virtue upon that day.
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The suppos'd enemy prov'd a friend, so there was no fighting; but when the secretary went down to communicate the intelligence, William Penn rebuk'd him severely for staying upon deck, and undertaking to assist in defending the vessel, contrary to the principles of Friends, especially as it had not been required by the captain.
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On taking my seat in the House, my son was appointed their clerk.
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Fothergill, who was among the best men I have known, and a great promoter of useful projects.
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Before we had the news of this defeat, the two Doctors Bond came to me with a subscription paper for raising money to defray the expense of a grand firework, which it was intended to exhibit at a rejoicing on receipt of the news of our taking Fort Duquesne.
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The Indians had burned Gnadenhut, a village settled by the Moravians, and massacred the inhabitants; but the place was thought a good situation for one of the forts.
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have sometimes since thought that his little or no resentment against me, for the answers it was known I drew up to his messages, might be the effect of professional habit, and that, being bred a lawyer, he might consider us both as merely advocates for contending clients in a suit, he for the proprietaries and I for the Assembly.
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Appointed joint Postmaster-General.