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 22

to
be some runaway indentured servant, and in danger of being taken up on
that suspicion. However, I proceeded next day, and got in the evening to
an inn within eight or ten miles of Burlington, kept by one Dr. Brown.
He entered into conversation with me while I took some refreshment, and,
finding I had read a little, became very obliging and friendly. Our
acquaintance continued all the rest of his life. He had been, I imagine,
an ambulatory quack doctor, for there was no town in England, or any
country in Europe, of which he could not give a very particular account.
He had some letters, and was ingenious; but he was an infidel, and
wickedly undertook, some years after, to turn the Bible into doggerel
verse, as Cotton had formerly done with Virgil. By this means he set
many facts in a ridiculous light, and might have done mischief with weak
minds if his work had been published; but it never was. At his house I
lay that night, and arrived the next morning at Burlington, but had the
mortification to find that the regular boats had gone a little before,
and no other expected to go before Tuesday, this being Saturday.
Wherefore I returned to an old woman in the town, of whom I had bought
some gingerbread to eat on the water, and asked her advice; she proposed
to lodge me till a passage by some other boat occurred. I accepted her
offer, being much fatigued by travelling on foot. Understanding I was a
printer, she would have had me remain in that town and follow my
business, being ignorant what stock was necessary to begin with. She was
very hospitable, gave me a dinner of ox-cheek with a great good-will,
accepting only of a pot of ale in return; and I thought myself fixed
till Tuesday should come. However, walking in the evening by the side of
the river, a boat came by which I found was going towards Philadelphia,
with several people in her. They took me in, and as there was no wind,
we rowed all the way; and about midnight, not having yet seen the city,
some of the company were confident we must have passed it, and would row
no farther: the others knew not where we were, so we put towards the
shore, got into a creek, landed near an old fence, with the rails of
which we made a fire, the night being cold, in October, and there we
remained till daylight. Then one of the company knew the place to

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with A Book of Gems Choice selections from the writings of Benjamin Franklin

Page 10
it Possible to Arouse the People 138 Jesus Revealed as the Savior 379 Judgment the Ground of Repentance 202 Keep Politics out of the Church 160 Kind of Preachers and Preaching Needed 211 Knowing and not Doing 435 Laying the Corner Stone of a Catholic Cathedral 271 Lifted Above Sects and Parties 69 Light Within 61 Little Matters 53 Lord’s Day Meetings 270 Lotteries 11 Maintain a Pure Faith and Worship 289 Making the Bible Support Human Systems 71 Man’s Accountability .
Page 88
We want to do what is written, and enjoin it on others, to do it.
Page 97
Their object is much more to show how the parties adopting.
Page 116
The first item in the commission is Faith, and he that sets aside that item will be condemned, let him think and act as he may in regard to all other items.
Page 132
It comes not from persecutors without, nor from enemies or envious preachers within, but.
Page 140
What is it that makes the denomination? It is that which is peculiar to it.
Page 167
This any man knows who has read and reflected at all.
Page 192
They render no hasty judgment and make no uncertain decisions.
Page 199
When we say the body, we do not mean any sort of body, or any kind of body, but _the body of Christ_; _the one body_ into which all were immersed in the time of the apostles.
Page 200
They are styled in Scripture a “falling away,” the _apostasy_.
Page 202
I saw her immersed, and have seen her commune; she is no better than I am, and I know I am no Christian.
Page 230
It is a very suitable thing to catch a.
Page 237
If the parties, passing sentences, were wicked, and opposing the will of God, then are almost all wicked and sinful—for all the older and more popular, have passed such sentences.
Page 249
Unto you, this day, in the city of David, a Savior is born, which is Christ the Lord.
Page 256
Great trials are upon those who intend to maintain truth and righteousness.
Page 260
In precisely the same way, in nature, there are certain things that we must know, or we can not enjoy the blessings God has in nature for us.
Page 263
There is no being on earth who has a right to say _my church_.
Page 278
The laws of nature create nothing, give us no new species or kind, but simply propagate and perpetuate that which was given by miracle at first.
Page 287
The Lord will do precisely what he has promised, and no man in the world can produce one particle of evidence that he will do anything else, to save any man.
Page 312
These will go where another class of men will not go, and do a work that another class of men will not do, and yet a work every way as important to the conversion of the world.