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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I met him again in the
same place. "So you are soon returned, Innis!" "Returned; no, I am not
gone yet." "How so?" "I have called here this and every morning these
two weeks past for his lordship's letters, and they are not yet ready."
"Is it possible, when he is so great a writer; for I see him constantly
at his escritoir." "Yes," said Innis, "but he is like St. George on the
signs; _always on horseback but never rides on_." This observation of
the messenger was, it seems, well founded; for, when in England, I
understood that Mr. Pitt (afterward Lord Chatham) gave it as one reason
for removing this general and sending Generals Amherst and Wolf, _that
the minister never heard from him, and could not know what he was

This daily expectation of sailing, and all the three packets going down
to Sandy Hook to join the fleet there, the passengers thought it best to
be on board, lest, by a sudden order, the ships should sail and they be
left behind. There, if I remember, we were about six weeks, consuming
our sea stores and obliged to procure more. At length the fleet sailed,
the general and all his army on board bound to Louisburg, with intent to
besiege and take that fortress; all the packet-boats in company ordered
to attend the general's ship, ready to receive his despatches when they
should be ready. We were out five days before we got a letter with leave
to part, and then our ship quitted the fleet and steered for England.
The other two packets he still detained, carried them with him to
Halifax, where he stayed some time to exercise his men in sham attacks
upon sham forts; then altered his mind as to besieging Louisburg, and
returned to New-York with all his troops, together with the two packets
above mentioned, and all their passengers! During his absence the French
and savages had taken Fort George, on the frontier of that province, and
the Indians had massacred many of the garrison after capitulation. I saw
afterward in London Captain Bound, who commanded one of those packets;
he told me that when he had been detained a month, he acquainted his
lordship that his ship was grown foul to a degree that must necessarily
hinder her fast sailing (a point of consequence for a packet-boat), and
requested an allowance of time to heave her down and clean her bottom.
His lordship asked how long a time that would require. He answered,
Three days. The general replied, "If you can do it

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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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At a time when the.
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The Indian men, when young, are hunters and warriors; when old, counsellors; for all their government is by the council or advice of the sages.
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Notwithstanding she rarely punished invectives, though the malice of the papists was indefatigable in blackening the brightest characters with the most impudent falsehoods, she was often heard to applaud that rescript of _Theodosius_.
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That Englishmen of all ranks might be effectually intimidated from publishing their thoughts on any subject, except on the side of the court, his majesty's ministers caused an information, for several libels, to be exhibited in the Star Chamber against Messrs.
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This operates, then, as a tax for the maintenance of the poor.
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An able arithmetician has made an accurate calculation, founded on long experience, and has discovered that the losses and destructions incident to two whitewashings are equal to one removal, and three removals equal to one fire.
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our tenderest and most compassionate feelings, and, at the same time, raise our highest indignation against the instruments of it.
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I write by this post to cousin William, to continue his care which I doubt not he will do.
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We suspected before that you would not be bound by your conciliatory acts longer than till they had served their purpose of inducing us to disband our forces; but we were not certain that you were knaves by principle, and that we ought not to have the least confidence in your offers, promises, or treaties, though confirmed by Parliament.
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The excellence of his character may be appreciated from the fact, that, on quitting Switzerland, he voluntarily gave to his sister the principal part of his patrimony, reserving but little for himself, and relying for a maintenance upon the exercise of his talents.
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I remember her a most promising and beautiful child, and therefore do not wonder that she is grown, as he says, a fine woman.
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To shorten the work, as well as for other reasons, I omit all facts and transactions that may not have a tendency to benefit the young reader, by showing him from my example, and my success in emerging from poverty, and acquiring some degree of wealth, power, and reputation, the advantages of certain modes of conduct which I observed, and of avoiding the errors which were prejudicial to me.
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For without the belief of a Providence that takes cognizance of, guards and guides, and may favour particular persons, there is no motive to worship a Deity, to fear its displeasure, or to pray for its protection.
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Gore, Hilliard, and Lee, with whose conversation I was much pleased, and wished for more of it; but their stay with us was too short.
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In such case, the upper part A B C D only will be visible, and the bush, perhaps, below.
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instantly a separation made; the particles of water adhere to the air, and the particles of salt fall down again, as if repelled and forced off from the water by some power in the air; or, as some metals, dissolved in a proper _menstruum_, will quit the solvent when other matter approaches, and adhere to that, so the water quits the salt and embraces the air; but air will not embrace the salt and quit the water, otherwise our rains would indeed be salt, and every tree and plant on the face of the earth be destroyed, with all the animals that depend on them for subsistence.
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"In this truly great man everything seemed to concur that goes towards the constitution of exalted merit.