Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 1 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

By Benjamin Franklin

Page 114

that the dust would fly into the windows of shops and houses. 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. I asked who employed
her to sweep there; she said, "Nobody; but I am poor and in distress,
and I sweep before gentlefolkses doors, and hopes they will give me
something." I bid her sweep the whole street clean, and I would give her
a shilling; this was at nine o'clock; at noon she came for the shilling.
From the slowness I saw at first in her working, I could scarcely
believe that the work was done so soon, and sent my servant to examine
it, who reported that the whole street was swept perfectly clean, and
all the dust placed in the gutter which was in the middle; and the next
rain washed it quite away, so that the pavement and even the kennel were
perfectly clean. I then judged that if that feeble woman could sweep
such a street in three hours, a strong, active man might have done it in
half the time. And here let me remark the convenience of having but one
gutter in such a narrow street, running down its middle, instead of two,
one on each side, near the footway. For where all the rain that falls on
a street runs from the sides and meets in the middle, it forms there a
current strong enough to wash away all the mud it meets with: but when
divided into two channels, it is often too weak to cleanse either, and
only makes the mud it finds more fluid, so that the wheels of carriages
and feet of horses throw and dash it upon the foot pavement (which is
thereby rendered foul and slippery), and sometimes splash it upon those
who are walking.

Some may think these trifling matters, not worth minding or relating;
but when they consider that though dust blown into the eyes of a single
person or into a single shop in a windy day is but of small importance,
yet the great number of the instances in a populous city, and its
frequent repetition, gives it weight and consequence, perhaps they will
not censure very severely those who bestow some attention to affairs of
this seemingly low nature. Human felicity is produced, not so much by
great pieces of good fortune

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with Benjamin Franklin Representative selections, with introduction, bibliograpy, and notes

Page 15
412 The Lord's Prayer (1779?), 414 The Levee (1779?), 417 Proposed New Version of the Bible (1779?), 419 To Joseph Priestley (February 8, 1780), 420 To George Washington (March 5, 1780), 421 To Miss Georgiana Shipley (October 8, 1780), 422 To Richard Price (October 9, 1780), 423 Dialogue between Franklin and the Gout (1780), 424 The Handsome and Deformed Leg (1780?), 430 To Miss Georgiana Shipley (undated), 432 To David Hartley (December 15, 1781), .
Page 17
John Lathrop (May 31, 1788), .
Page 76
Franklin, barely beyond.
Page 78
Vilifying the authority of the surplice, he apotheosizes the authority of reason.
Page 96
[i-89] _Ibid.
Page 101
_, I, 42-3.
Page 156
(An encyclopedic survey indispensable to all students of the period.
Page 239
Whenever I was solicited to insert any thing of that kind, and the writers pleaded, as they generally did, the liberty of the press, and that a newspaper was like a stage-coach, in which any one who would pay had a right to a place, my answer was, that I would print the piece separately if desired, and the author might have as many copies as he pleased to distribute himself, but that I would not take upon me to spread his detraction; and that, having contracted with my subscribers to furnish them with what might be either useful or entertaining, I could not fill their papers with private altercation, in which they had no concern, without doing them manifest injustice.
Page 431
Acces.
Page 456
_ | | 19 | 29 | _God, Parents,_ | | 20 |[Taurus] 12 | _and Instructors,_| | 21 | 25 | [Moon] with [Mars] _can_ | | 22 |[Gemini] 8 | [Sun] in [Virgo] [Trine] [Sun] [Saturn] | | 23 | 22 | _never be_ | | 24 |[Cancer] 6 | 7 *s.
Page 502
] | [Leo] | [Tau.
Page 515
In _Somerset_, the first tuesdays in _January_, _April_ and _October_, and the 2d tuesdays in _June_.
Page 611
It has been growing dearer and dearer from that day to this.
Page 630
Until this is done our abridgment, it is hoped, will be found to contain what may be most generally proper to be joined in by an assembly of Christian people.
Page 631
Having thus stated very briefly our motives and reasons, and our manner of proceeding in the prosecution of this work, we hope to be believed, when we declare the rectitude of our intentions.
Page 649
SIR, I received your letter, dated at Brussels the 16th past.
Page 685
7.
Page 713
For in Truth, the Turk'y is in comparison.
Page 721
My best wishes however attend my dear country.
Page 779
George III, having sided with Dr.