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

By Benjamin Franklin

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Richard says.'

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Thus the old gentleman ended his harangue. The people heard it, and
approved the doctrine, and immediately practised the contrary, just as
if it had been a common sermon; for the auction opened, and they began
to buy extravagantly.--I found the good man had thoroughly studied my
Almanacks, and digested all I had dropt on those topics during the
course of twenty-five years. The frequent mention he made of me must
have tired any one else; but my vanity was wonderfully delighted with
it, though I was conscious that not a tenth part of the wisdom was my
own, which he ascribed to me; but rather the gleanings that I had made
of the sense of all ages and nations. However, I resolved to be the
better for the echo of it; and, though I had at first determined to buy
stuff for a new coat, I went away, resolved to wear my old one a little
longer. Reader, if thou wilt do the same, thy profit will be as great
as mine.--I am, as ever, thine to serve thee,


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W. and T. Darton, Printers, Holborn-Hill, London.

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Transcriber's Notes:

Only the most obvious and clear punctuation errors repaired. The
opening single quotes end pages later.

Page 9, "grevious" changed to "grievous" (much more grievous)

Page 11, "waisting" changed to "wasting" (wasting time must be)

Page 12, "mak" changed to "make" (We may make)

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With that view I took some of the papers, and, making short hints of the sentiments in each sentence, laid them by a few days, and then, without looking at the book, tried to complete the papers again, by expressing each hinted sentiment at length and as fully as it had been expressed before in any suitable words that should occur to me.
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But my brother was passionate, and had often beaten me, which I took extremely amiss; and thinking my apprenticeship very tedious, I was continually wishing for some opportunity of shortening it, which at length offered in a manner unexpected.
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in my own hand.
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In this distress two true friends, whose kindness I have never forgotten, nor ever shall forget while I can remember anything, came to me separately, unknown to each other, and without any application from me, offered each of them to advance me all the money that should be necessary to enable me to take the whole business upon myself, if that should be practicable; but they did not like my continuing the partnership with Meredith, who, as they said, was often seen drunk in the street, playing at low games in alehouses much to our discredit; these two friends were _William Coleman_ and _Robert Grace_.
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Grace's set apart for that purpose, a proposition was made by me, that, since our books were often referred to in our disquisitions upon the queries, it might be convenient to us to have them all together when we met, that, upon occasion, they might be consulted; and by thus clubbing our books to a common library, we should, while we liked to keep them together, have each of us the advantage of using the books of all the other members, which would be nearly as beneficial as if each owned the whole.
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Not that I think the work would have no other merit and use in the world; far from it: but the first is of such vast importance, that I know nothing that can equal it.
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We kept no idle servants; our table was plain and simple, our furniture of the cheapest.
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clear of spots, I supposed the habit of that virtue so much strengthened, and its opposite weakened, that I might venture extending my attention to include the next, and for the following week.
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"That the soul is immortal.
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Being now a member of both boards of trustees, that for the building and that for the academy, I had a.
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An accidental occurrence had instructed me how much sweeping might be done in a little time; I found at my door in Craven-street one morning a poor woman sweeping my pavement with a birch broom; she appeared very pale and feeble, as just come out of a fit of sickness.
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"While attending this affair, I had an opportunity of looking over the old council books and journals of the society; and having a curiosity to see how I came in (of which I had never been informed), I looked back for the minutes relating to it.
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Kinnersley was right; and that the _vitreous_ and _resinous_ electricity of Du Faye were nothing more than the _positive_ and _negative_ states which he had before observed; and that the glass globe charged _positively_, or increased the quantity of electricity on the prime conductor, while the globe of sulphur diminishes its natural quantity, or charged _negatively_.
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Franklin left nothing untried to prevail upon the ministry to consent to a change of measures.
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But they showed rather a reluctance to the measure, which, by Dr.
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as herein directed with respect to that of the inhabitants of Boston and the government of Massachusetts.
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_ How, then, can they think they have a right to levy money for the crown, or for any other than local purposes? _A.
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See, in the mangled corpses of the last remains of the tribe, how effectually we have afforded it to them.
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you will, your consciences will go with you.