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

By Benjamin Franklin

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long speeches;
for I have not the presumption to expect that you may, by any
means, be prevailed on to deviate in your Sentence from the
law, in my favour. All I humbly hope is, that your honours
would charitably move the governor's goodness on my behalf,
that my fine may be remitted. This is the fifth time,
gentlemen, that I have been dragg'd before your court on the
same account; twice I have paid heavy fines, and twice have
been brought to publick punishment, for want of money to pay
those fines. This may have been agreeable to the laws, and I
don't dispute it; but since laws are sometimes unreasonable
in themselves, and therefore repealed; and others bear too
hard on the subject in particular circumstances, and
therefore there is left a power somewhere to dispense with
the execution of them; I take the liberty to say, that I
think this law, by which I am punished, both unreasonable in
itself, and particularly severe with regard to me, who have
always lived an inoffensive life in the neighbourhood where I
was born, and defy my enemies (if I have any) to say I ever
wrong'd any man, woman, or child. Abstracted from the law, I
cannot conceive (may it please your honours) what the nature
of my offense is. I have brought five fine children into the
world, at the risque of my life; I have maintain'd them well
by my own industry, without burthening the township, and
would have done it better, if it had not been for the heavy
charges and fines I have paid. Can it be a crime (in the
nature of things, I mean) to add to the king's subjects, in a
new country, that really wants people? I own it, I should
think it rather a praiseworthy than a punishable action. I
have debauched no

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