Franklin's Autobiography (Eclectic English Classics)

By Benjamin Franklin

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were growing in
demand.[n] To promote that demand I wrote and published a pamphlet
entitled, "An Account of the new-invented Pennsylvania Fireplaces;
wherein their Construction and Manner of Operation is particularly
explained; their Advantages above every other Method of warming Rooms
demonstrated; and all Objections that have been raised against the Use
of them answered and obviated," etc. This pamphlet had a good effect.
Governor Thomas was so pleased with the construction of this stove, as
described in it, that he offered to give me a patent for the sole
vending of them for a term of years; but I declined it from a
principle which has ever weighed with me on such occasions; namely,
that as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we
should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of
ours; and this we should do freely and generously.

An ironmonger in London, however, assuming a good deal of my pamphlet,
and working it up into his own, and making some small changes in the
machine, which rather hurt its operation, got a patent for it there,
and made, as I was told, a little fortune by it. And this is not the
only instance of patents taken out for my inventions by
others,--though not always with the same success,--which I never
contested, as having no desire of profiting by patents myself, and
hating disputes. The use of these fireplaces in very many houses, both
of this and the neighboring colonies, has been and is a great saving
of wood to the inhabitants.

[Footnote 125: George Whitefield, one of the founders of Methodism,
who was born in Gloucester, England, in 1714, and died in Newburyport,
Mass., in 1770.[n]]

[Footnote 126: In London.]

[Footnote 127: General Oglethorpe founded an English colony in Georgia
in 1732. He wished to make an asylum to which debtors, whose liberty
the laws of England put into the hands of the creditor, (see Way to
Wealth, p. 204,) might escape, and where those fleeing from religious
persecution might be safe from their pursuers.]

[Footnote 128: This institution was established in Savannah, and
called Bethesda.]

[Footnote 129: Written words endure.]

[Footnote 130: This society continues. The plan of it was discussed by
the Junto, from which came six of the nine original members. Its
investigations were to be in botany, medicine, mineralogy and mining,
mathematics, chemistry, mechanics, arts, trades and manufactures,
geography, topography, agriculture, and "all philosophical experiments
that let light into the nature of things, tend to increase the power
of man over matter, and multiply the conveniences and pleasures of
life." "Benjamin Franklin, the writer of this proposal,

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Fastidious, occurred in a social company, in a parlor, and, thinking it might be profitable to some brethren, and even churches, we have concluded to publish it entire, without recommending or condemning it; therefore, we let it speak for itself: DR.