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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opposition that had been so long continued to
his measures was dropped, and harmony restored between him and the
people, in effecting which it was thought no one could be more
serviceable than myself; and I might depend on adequate acknowledgments
and recompenses, &c. The drinkers, finding we did not return immediately
to the table, sent us a decanter of Madeira, which the governor made
liberal use of, and, in proportion, became more profuse of his
solicitations and promises. My answers were to this purpose; that my
circumstances, thanks to God, were such as to make proprietary favours
unnecessary to me; and that, being a member of the Assembly, I could not
possibly accept of any; that, however, I had no personal enmity to the
proprietary, and that, whenever the public measures he proposed should
appear to be for the good of the people, no one would espouse and
forward them more zealously than myself; my past opposition had been
founded on this, that the measures which had been urged were evidently
intended to serve the proprietary interest with great prejudice to that
of the people. That I was much obliged to him (the governor) for his
profession of regard to me, and that he might rely on everything in my
power to render his administration as easy as possible, hoping, at the
same time, that he had not brought the same unfortunate instructions his
predecessors had been hampered with. On this he did not then explain
himself; but when he afterward came to do business with the Assembly,
they appeared again; the disputes were renewed, and I was as active as
ever in the opposition, being the penman, first of the request to have a
communication of the instructions, and then of the remarks upon them,
which may be found in the Votes of the Times, and in the HISTORICAL
REVIEW I afterward published: but between us personally no enmity arose;
we were often together; he was a man of letters, and had seen much of
the world, and was entertaining and pleasing in conversation. He gave
me information that my old friend Ralph was still alive, that he was
esteemed one of the best political writers in England; had been employed
in the dispute between Prince Frederic and the king, and had obtained a
pension of three hundred pounds a year; that his reputation was indeed
small as a poet, but his prose was thought as good as any man's.

The Assembly finally finding the proprietary obstinately persisted in
shackling the deputies with instructions, inconsistent not only with the
privileges of the people, but

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

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It is certainly better calculated to convey a general idea of the subject, than any attempt of the kind which has yet fallen under our observation.
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coloured 1 6 Portraits of Curious Characters in London, &c.
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COURTEOUS READER, I HAVE heard that nothing gives an author so great pleasure, as to find his works respectfully quoted by others.
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" Work while it is called to-day, for you know not how much you may be hindered to-morrow.
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'But with our industry we must likewise be steady, settled, and careful, and oversee our own affairs with our own eyes, and not trust too much to others: for, as Poor Richard says, "I never saw an oft-removed tree, Nor yet an oft-removed family, That throve so well as those that settled be.
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A man may if he knows not how to save as he gets, "keep his nose all his life to the grindstone, and die not worth a groat at last.
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Poor Dick farther advises, and says, "Fond pride of dress is sure a very curse, Ere fancy you.
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" And, after all, of what use is this pride of appearance, for which so much is risked, so much is suffered? It cannot promote health, nor ease pain; it makes no increase of merit in the person, it creates envy, it hastens misfortune.
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" However, remember this, "They that will not be counselled cannot be helped;" and farther, that "If you will not hear Reason, she will surely rap your knuckles," as Poor.
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