Franklin's Way to Wealth; or, "Poor Richard Improved"

By Benjamin Franklin

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THE

_WAY TO WEALTH._




FRONTISPIECE.


[Illustration: 'If you would have my advice, I will give it you in
short; "for a word to the wise is enough."

Published by W. Darton, Junr. Octr. 1, 1805.]




_FRANKLIN'S_ WAY TO WEALTH;

OR,

"Poor Richard Improved."

[Illustration: Published by W. Darton, Junr. Octr. 1, 1805.]

LONDON:

PRINTED BY AND FOR W. AND T. DARTON,
No. 58, Holborn-Hill.

1810.


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INTRODUCTION.


_Dr. Franklin, wishing to collect into one piece all the sayings
upon the following subjects, which he had dropped in the course of
publishing the Almanacks called "Poor Richard," introduces Father
Abraham for this purpose. Hence it is, that Poor Richard is so often
quoted, and that, in the present title, he is said to be improved.
Notwithstanding the stroke of humour in the concluding paragraph of
this address, Poor Richard (Saunders) and Father Abraham have proved,
in America, that they are no common preachers. And shall we, brother
Englishmen, refuse good sense and saving knowledge, because it comes
from the other side of the water?_




_The following may be had of the

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Thompson .
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Asaph 181 To Mrs.
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From hence also is deduced that admirable art of drawing sundials on any place, howsoever situate, and for any part of the world, to point out the exact time of the day, the sun's declination, altitude, amplitude, azimuth, and other astronomical matters.
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One or two observations more will conclude this little piece.
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He has for several ages advanced along the sky with vast heat and unparalleled brightness; but now, by his declination and a sensible decay, more especially of late, in his vigour, I foresee that all nature must fall in a little time, and that the creation will lie buried in darkness in less than a century of minutes.
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must finish their course.
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in money: that, to be sure, is scarce enough.
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_Here_ may be seen the lumber of the kitchen, forming a dark and confused mass: for the foreground of the picture, grid irons and frying-pans, rusty shovels and broken tongs, spits and pots, joint-stools, and the fractured remains of rush-bottomed chairs.
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They are both addressed to the judges, but written, as you will see, in a very different spirit.
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" With unchangeable esteem and affection, I am, my dear friend, Ever yours.
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I wish, therefore, you would consider it.
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That what he proposes be practicable.
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"I am, as you suppose in the above-mentioned old letter, much pleased to hear that my young friend Ray is 'smart in the farming way,' and makes such substantial fences.
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_ "Philadelphia, April 8, 1790.
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obstruction in the pores or passages through which it used to ascend to the surface, becomes, by such means, preternaturally assembled in a greater quantity than usual into one place, and therefore causeth a great rarefaction and intumescence of the water of the abyss, putting it into great commotions and disorders, and at the same time making the like effort on the earth, which, being expanded upon the face of the abyss, occasions that agitation and concussion we call an earthquake.
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But where it can be had, a hammock or swinging bed, suspended by silk cords equally distant from the walls on every side, and from the ceiling and floor above and below, affords the safest situation a person can have in any room whatever; and what, indeed, may be deemed quite free from danger of any stroke by lightning.
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The greatest pressure inward must be at the lower end, the greatest weight of the surrounding atmosphere being there.
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Hence, though all metals, even gold, may be united with air and rendered volatile, salt remains fixed in the fire, and no heat can force it up to any considerable height, or oblige the air to hold it.
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The strong, thriving state of your mint, in putrid air, seems to show that the air is mended by taking something from it, and not by adding to it.