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

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a similar one I made soon after with a kite
at Philadelphia, as both are to be found in the histories of
electricity. Dr. Wright, an English physician, when at Paris, wrote to a
friend, who was of the Royal Society, an account of the high esteem my
experiments were in among the learned abroad, and of their wonder that
my writings had been so little noticed in England. The society, on this,
resumed the consideration of the letters that had been read to them, and
the celebrated Dr. Watson drew up a summary account of them, and of all
I had afterward sent to England on the subject, which he accompanied
with some praise of the writer. This summary was then printed in their
transactions: and some members of the society in London, particularly
the very ingenious Mr. Canton, having verified the experiment of
procuring lightning from the clouds by a pointed rod, and acquainted
them with the success, they soon made me more than amends for the slight
with which they had before treated me. Without my having made any
application for that honour, they chose me a member; and voted that I
should be excused the customary payments, which would have amounted to
twenty-five guineas; and ever since have given me their transactions
gratis.[12] They also presented me with the gold medal of Sir Godfrey
Copley, for the year 1753, the delivery of which was accompanied by a
very handsome speech of the president, Lord Macclesfield, wherein I was
highly honoured.

Our new governor, Captain Denny, brought over for me the
before-mentioned medal from the Royal Society, which he presented to me
at an entertainment given him by the city. He accompanied it with very
polite expressions of his esteem for me, having, as he said, been long
acquainted with my character. After dinner, when the company, as was
customary at that time, were engaged in drinking, he took me aside into
another room, and acquainted me that he had been advised by his friends
in England to cultivate a friendship with me, as one who was capable of
giving him the best advice, and of contributing most effectually to
render his administration easy. That he therefore desired of all things
to have a good understanding with me, and he begged me to be assured of
his readiness on all occasions to render me any service that might be in
his power. He said much to me also of the proprietors' good disposition
towards the province, and of the advantage it would be to us all, and to
me in particular, if the

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Divine Plan 246 No Preachers on Dancing 12 No Side Structure 59 Not of One Class 295 Not Receiving the Reformation, but Christ 68 Not to Keep Company 419 Observing the Sabbath 333 One Baptism 190 One Idea Ism 56 One Immersion 410 One Religion 235 One Way to God .
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223 The Church of Christ a Proselyting Institution 331 The Converting Power 480 The Fall of Beecher 176 The Genealogy of Christ 206 The Grand Work Before Us 3 The Ground of Union 36 The Kind of Preaching Required 82 The Knowledge Necessary Before Baptism 351 The Love of Christ Constrains 496 The Mission of Infidels 134 The Old and New Testaments 31 The Pardoning Power is Only in God 440 The Secret of Success in Preaching 322 The Shortness of Human Life .
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Is that authority for _Easter_? If it is in the New Testament in one place, rightfully, it is authority as much as if it were in fifty places.
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The fruits of all Paganism show that it is evil, and only evil, continually.
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, showing that it was not continued.
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It is useless for us to be deluded by the vain hope that the men we.
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Never did one, from the days of the apostles to the present time, get round, or by, this great requirement, and come to God.
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“Except ye repent, ye shall perish.
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in a system.
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There is nothing that a man can be more conscious of, than that scepticism never did, and never can, make a man better.
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It is clear that the baptism alluded to is the initiatory rite, for there is no other baptism _into one body_.
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We want no mere excitement about _a man_, nor _after a man_, who, as Simon the Sorcerer, induces the people to think that he is some _great one_.
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They revealed it as complete religion in itself, containing all things necessary to life and godliness—the final the last will of God to man.
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To know the gospel and the teaching of Christ, and be able to preach Christ and teach saints the way to heaven, prepares any man to preach and teach.
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The difficulty in this case is not to be solved in dreams about _different kinds of faith_.
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” The other replied, “Who is he?” “A celebrated Campbellite preacher,” was the answer.
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