Franklin's Autobiography (Eclectic English Classics)

By Benjamin Franklin

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of a personal God, but denying

[Footnote 92:

"Whatever is, is in its causes just,
Since all things are by fate. But purblind man
Sees but a part o' the chain, the nearest links;
His eyes not carrying to the equal beam
That poises all above."

DRYDEN, _[OE]dipus_, act iii. sc. I.

[Footnote 93: The word means an assembly of persons engaged for a
common purpose. It is from the Spanish _junta_ ("a council").]

[Footnote 94: An instrument used in navigation for measuring the
altitude of the sun.]

[Footnote 95: Putting the types no longer needed for printing into the
proper boxes.]

[Footnote 96: Set up for printing.]

[Footnote 97: Type in a jumbled mass.]

[Footnote 98: "This paper was called The Universal Instructor in all
Arts and Sciences and Pennsylvania Gazette. Keimer printed his last
number--the thirty-ninth--on the twenty-fifth day of September,

[Footnote 99: The governor brought instructions from the king that his
salary should be one thousand pounds. The legislature claimed the
liberty of fixing the sum themselves. Franklin ended his article with
this sentence: "Their happy mother country will perhaps observe with
pleasure that, though her gallant cocks and matchless dogs abate their
natural fire and intrepidity when transported to a foreign clime (as
this nation is), yet her sons in the remotest part of the earth, and
even to the third and fourth descent, still retain that ardent spirit
of liberty, and that undaunted courage, which has in every age so
gloriously distinguished Britons and Englishmen from the rest of

[Footnote 100: FRANKLIN'S NOTE.--I got his son once five hundred

[Footnote 101: This money had not the full value of the pound sterling.]

[Footnote 102: That is, the government of Delaware.]

[Footnote 103: In secret.]

[Footnote 104: Men on horseback who carried the mail.]

[Footnote 105: Miss Read's first marriage.]

[Footnote 106: Mrs. Franklin died Dec. 19, 1774. Franklin celebrated
his wife in a song, of which the following verses are a part:

"Of their Chloes and Phyllises poets may prate,
I sing my plain country Joan,
These twelve years my wife, still the joy of my life,
Blest day that I made her my own.

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