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

By Benjamin Franklin

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other woman's husband, nor enticed any
other youth; these things I never was charg'd with; nor has
any one the least cause of complaint against me, unless,
perhaps, the ministers of justice, because I have had
children without being married, by which they have missed a
wedding fee. But can this be a fault of mine? I appeal to
your honours. You are pleased to allow I don't want sense;
but I must be stupified to the last degree, not to prefer
the honourable state of wedlock to the condition I have lived
in. I always was, and still am willing to enter into it; and
doubt not my behaving well in it, having all the industry,
frugality, fertility, and skill in economy appertaining to a
good wife's character. I defy any one to say I ever refused
an offer of that sort: on the contrary, I readily consented
to the only proposal of marriage that ever was made me, which
was when I was a virgin, but too easily confiding in the
person's sincerity that made it, I unhappily lost my honour
by trusting to his; for he got me with child, and then
forsook me.

"That very person, you all know, he is now become a
magistrate of this country; and I had hopes he would have
appeared this day on the bench, and have endeavoured to
moderate the Court in my favour; then I should have scorn'd
to have mentioned it; but I must now complain of it, as
unjust and unequal, that my betrayer and undoer, the first
cause of all my faults and miscarriages (if they must be
deemed such), should be advanced to honour and power in this
government that punishes my misfortunes with stripes and
infamy. I should be told, 'tis like, that were there no act
of Assembly in the case, the precepts of religion

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