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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in the neighbourhood,
there was one among them very low, which fell to the lot of Mr. Shirley.
I sat by him, and perceiving it, I said, they have given you a very low
seat. "No matter, Mr. Franklin," said he, "I find a _low seat_ the

While I was, as before mentioned, detained at New-York, I received all
the accounts of the provisions, &c., that I had furnished to Braddock,
some of which accounts could not sooner be obtained from the different
persons I had employed to assist in the business; I presented them to
Lord Loudon, desiring to be paid the balance. He caused them to be
examined by the proper officer, who, after comparing every article with
its voucher, certified them to be right; and his lordship promised to
give me an order on the paymaster for the balance due to me. This was,
however, put off from time to time; and though I called often for it by
appointment, I did not get it. At length, just before my departure, he
told me he had, on better consideration, concluded not to mix his
accounts with those of his predecessors. "And you," said he, "when in
England, have only to exhibit your accounts to the treasury, and you
will be paid immediately." I mentioned, but without effect, a great and
unexpected expense I had been put to by being detained so long at
New-York, as a reason for my desiring to be presently paid; and on my
observing that it was not right I should be put to any farther trouble
or delay in obtaining the money I had advanced, as I charged no
commission for my service, "Oh," said he, "you must not think of
persuading us that you are no gainer: we understand better those
matters, and know that every one concerned in supplying the army, finds
means, in the doing it, to fill his own pockets." I assured him that was
not my case, and that I had not pocketed a farthing; but he appeared
clearly not to believe me; and, indeed, I afterward learned, that
immense fortunes are often made in such employments: as to my balance, I
am not paid it to this day, of which more hereafter.

Our captain of the packet boasted much before we sailed of the swiftness
of his ship; unfortunately, when we came to sea, she proved the dullest
of ninety-six sail, to his no small mortification. After many
conjectures respecting the cause, when we were near another ship, almost
as dull as ours, which, however, gained upon us, the captain

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

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DARTON_, And of most Booksellers in the United Kingdom.
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However, let us hearken to good advice, and something may be done for us; "God helps them that help themselves," as Poor Richard says.
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"Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy; and he that riseth late, must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night; while laziness travels so slowly, that poverty soon overtakes him.
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Darton, Junr.
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A fat kitchen makes a lean will;" and, "Many estates are spent in the getting, Since women for tea forsook spinning and knitting, And men for punch forsook hewing and splitting.
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You call them goods; but, if you do not take care, they will prove evils to some of you.
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consult, consult your purse.
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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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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.