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

By Benjamin Franklin

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Scribler_, _a Fool_, _and
a Lyar_. Mr. _Leeds_ was too well bred to use any Man so indecently and
so scurrilously, and moreover his Esteem and Affection for me was
extraordinary: So that it is to be feared that Pamphlet may be only a
Contrivance of somebody or other, who hopes perhaps to sell two or three
Year's Almanacks still, by the sole Force and Virtue of Mr. _Leeds's_
Name; but certainly, to put Words into the Mouth of a Gentleman and a
Man of Letters, against his Friend, which the meanest and most
scandalous of the People might be asham'd to utter even in a drunken
Quarrel, is an unpardonable Injury to his Memory, and an Imposition upon
the Publick.

Mr. _Leeds_ was not only profoundly skilful in the useful Science he
profess'd, but he was a Man of _exemplary Sobriety_, a most _sincere
Friend_, and an _exact Performer of his Word_. These valuable
Qualifications, with many others so much endear'd him to me, that
although it should be so, that, contrary to all Probability, contrary to
my Prediction and his own, he might possibly be yet alive, yet my Loss
of Honour as a Prognosticator, cannot afford me so much Mortification,
as his Life, Health and Safety would give me Joy and Satisfaction.

I am, _Courteous and Kind Reader

Your poor Friend and Servant,_
Octob. 30. 1733. R. SAUNDERS.



PREFACE TO POOR RICHARD, 1735

COURTEOUS READER,

This is the third Time of my appearing in print, hitherto very much to
my own Satisfaction, and, I have reason to hope, to the Satisfaction of
the Publick also; for the Publick is generous, and has been very
charitable and good to me. I should be ungrateful then, if I did not
take every Opportunity of expressing my Gratitude; for _ingratum si
dixeris, omnia dixeris_: I therefore return the Publick my most humble
and hearty Thanks.

Whatever may be the Musick of the Spheres, how great soever the Harmony
of the Stars, 'tis certain there is no Harmony among the Stargazers; but
they are perpetually growling and snarling at one another like strange
Curs, or like some Men at their Wives: I had resolved to keep the Peace
on my own part, and affront none of them;

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About this time I met with an odd volume of the Spectator.
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Perhaps, too, she thought my expectations not so well founded as I imagined them to be.
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Thus we went on till the ship (whose departure, too, had been several times postponed) was on the point of sailing.
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sociable company in the cabin, and lived uncommonly well, having the addition of all Mr.
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We landed at Philadelphia the 11th of October, where I found sundry alterations.
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These friends were afterward of great use to me, as I occasionally was to some of them.
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He went to Barbadoes, and there lived some years in very poor circumstances.
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None of the inconveniences happened that we had apprehended; she proved a good and faithful helpmate, assisted me much by attending to the shop; we throve together, and ever mutually endeavoured to make each other happy.
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However, our circumstances have been such as that it hath hardly been worth while to concern ourselves much about these things, any farther than to tickle the fancy a little.
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but have missed of being informed.
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To _sincerity_ and _justice_, the confidence of his country, and the honourable employs it conferred upon him: and to the joint influence of the whole mass of the virtues, even in the imperfect state he was able to acquire them, all that evenness of temper and that cheerfulness in conversation which makes his company still sought for, and agreeable even to his young acquaintance: I hope, therefore, that some of my descendants may follow the example and reap the benefit.
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Now, many of our printers make no scruple of gratifying the malice of individuals by false accusations of the fairest characters among ourselves, augmenting animosity even to the producing of duels; and are, moreover, so indiscreet as to print scurrilous reflections on the government of neighbouring states, and even on the conduct of our best national allies, which may be attended with the most pernicious consequences.
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We found the general at Fredericktown, waiting impatiently for the return of those whom we had sent through the back parts of Maryland and Virginia to collect wagons.
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The armed brethren, too, kept watch, and relieved each other on guard as methodically as in any garrison town.
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We had not marched many miles before it began to rain, and it continued raining all day; there were no habitations on the road to shelter us till we arrived near night at the house of a German, where, and in his barn, we were all huddled together as wet as water could make us.
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To divide a little this encumbrance among my friends, I caused a number of similar tubes to be blown in our glasshouse, with which they furnished themselves, so that we had at length several performers.
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We were, passengers included, about forty persons; while we stood there, the ship mended her pace, and soon left her neighbour far behind, which proved clearly what our captain suspected, that she was loaded too much by the head.
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Some time in September of the same year Dr.
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you will, your consciences will go with you.
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It is the same with actions.