Franklin's Autobiography (Eclectic English Classics)

By Benjamin Franklin

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=141.= Find out definitely what system of street cleaning prevails in
your home town. Write a feature article on that system, as if for a
magazine. Some member of the class who has a camera will secure
illustrations for you. Also write an editorial for a newspaper, an
editorial inspired by the disclosures of the feature article.

=175.= Will several of you take up the subject of "Franklin's
Electrical Experiments" and make reports to the class?

=185.= Notice Franklin's alertness in suggesting the application of
scientific methods to practical affairs. Do you think that Emerson's
definition of "genius" as given in the first paragraph of his essay on
"Self-Reliance" can be justly applied to Franklin?

You will be interested in following Franklin's experiments in
determining the value of oil in stilling the waves, and also his
investigations of the Gulf Stream and of the nature of storms. He
asked, "What signifies philosophy that does not apply to some use?"
Yet he had a wonderful imagination back of his practical nature.

Emerson says that the chief use of a book is to inspire. On this basis
how do you rank the _Autobiography_ in usefulness?


=Addison's= Sir Roger de Coverley Papers (Underwood)

=Arnold's= Sohrab and Rustum (Tanner)

=Bunyan's= Pilgrim's Progress (Jones and Arnold)

=Burke's= Conciliation with America (Clark)
Speeches at Bristol (Bergin)

=Burns's= Poems--Selections (Venable)

=Byron's= Childe Harold (Canto IV), Prisoner of Chillon, Mazeppa,
and other Selections (Venable)

=Carlyle's= Essay on Burns (Miller)

=Chaucer's= Prologue and Knighte's Tale (Van Dyke)

=Coleridge's= Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Garrigues)

=Cooper's= Pilot (Watrous)
The Spy (Barnes)

=Defoe's= History of the Plague in London (Syle)
Robinson Crusoe (Stephens)

=De Quincey's= Revolt of the Tartars

=Dickens's= Christmas Carol and Cricket on the Hearth (Wannamaker)
Tale of Two Cities (Pearce)

=Dryden's= Palamon and Arcite (Bates)

=Eliot's= Silas Marner (McKitrick)

=Emerson's= American Scholar, Self-Reliance, Compensation

=Franklin's= Autobiography (Reid)

=Goldsmith's= Vicar of Wakefield (Hansen)
Deserted Village (See Gray's Elegy)

=Gray's= Elegy in a Country Churchyard, and =Goldsmith's= Deserted
Village (Van Dyke)

=Hughes's= Tom Brown's School Days (Gosling).

=Irving's= Sketch Book--Selections (St. John)
Tales of a Traveler (Rutland)

=Lincoln's= Addresses and Letters (Moores)

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Text Comparison with Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 2 of 2] With his Most Interesting Essays, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings; Familiar, Moral, Political, Economical, and Philosophical, Selected with Care from All His Published Productions, and Comprising Whatever Is Most Entertaining and Valuable to the General Reader

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Everything he says will seem wonderful to their short lived generation.
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When any letter, not written by them or on their business, is franked by any of them, it is a hurt to the revenue, an injury which they must now take the pains to conceal by writing the whole superscription themselves.
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In this tempest the words of Lear naturally present themselves, and might, with some alteration, be made strictly applicable: "Let the great gods, That keep this dreadful pother o'er our heads, Find out their enemies now.
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The Frenchman is for proportioning punishments to offences.
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No less than seven hundred privateers were, it is said, commissioned in the last war! These were fitted out by merchants, to prey upon other merchants who had never done them any injury.
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Dentie's, and told you when he would go, and that he lodged at Honey's, next door to you, and yet you did not write; so let Goody Smith give one more just judgment, and say what should be done to you; I think I won't tell you that we are well, nor that we expect to return about the middle of the week, nor will I send you a word of news; that's poz.
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The truth is, they were planted at the expense of private adventurers, who went over there to settle, with leave of the king, given by charter.
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Thence the swift progress of population among us, unparalleled in Europe.
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From these _data_ his mathematical head will easily calculate the time and expense necessary to kill us all and conquer our whole territory.
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"In my way to Canada last spring, I saw dear Mrs.
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" * * * * * "_Dr.
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Death is that way.
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I did not find coal mines under the calcareous rocks in Derbyshire.
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All metals and water are good conductors.
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Hence the support of fogs, mists, clouds.
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Seas, lakes, and great bodies of water, agitated by the winds, continually change surfaces; the cold surface in winter is turned under by the rolling of the waves, and a warmer turned up; in summer the warm is turned under, and colder turned up.
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