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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busy just now that he cannot write
you an answer, but will do the best he can. Now with hearty love
to, and prayer for you all, I rest your affectionate father,


[4] Sherburne, in the island of Nantucket.

[5] The number in 1817 exceeds 400

"Silence, ye wolves, while _Ralph_ to Cynthia howls,
And makes night hideous: answer him, ye owls!"

POPE'S _Dunciad_, b. iii., v. 165.

[7] F. R. S., author of "A View of Sir Isaac Newton's Philosophy," and
"A Treatise on Chymistry;" died in 1771.

[8] A printing-house is always called a _chapel_ by the workmen, because
printing was first carried on in England in an ancient chapel, and the
title has been preserved by tradition. The _bien venu_ among the
printers, answers to the terms _entrance_ and _footing_ among mechanics;
thus a journeyman, on entering a printing-house, was accustomed to pay
one or more gallons of beer _for the good of the chapel_; this custom
was falling into disuse thirty years ago; it is very properly rejected
entirely in the United States.

[9] I afterward obtained for his son _five hundred pounds_.


_From Mr. Abel James (received in Paris)._


"I have often been desirous of writing to thee, but could not be
reconciled to the thought that the letter might fall into the hands
of the British, lest some printer or busybody should publish some
part of the contents, and give our friend pain and myself censure.

"Some time since there fell into my hands, to my great joy, about
twenty-three sheets in thy own handwriting, containing an account
of the parentage and life of thyself, directed to thy son, ending
in the year 1730, with which

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Smyth states that he printed one letter from my copy, and he noted how the other copies differed from the drafts in the University of Pennsylvania.
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[2] Complete Works of Benjamin Franklin, compiled and edited by John Bigelow, Volume VIII, New York, 1888.
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Among the Pleasanteries Conversation produces on this Subject, some suppose Flying to be now invented, and that since Men may be supported in the Air, nothing is wanted but some light handy Instruments to give and direct Motion.
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I waited for it to send it to you, expecting it would be more satisfactory than anything I could write; but it does not appear.
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Most is expected from the new one undertaken upon subscription by Messieurs Charles and Robert, who are Men of Science and mechanic Dexterity.
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but there was at the same time a good deal of Anxiety for their Safety.
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There is room in this Car for a little Table to be placed between them, on which they can write and keep their Journal, that is take Notes of every thing they observe, the State of their Thermometer, Barometer, Hygrometer, &c which they will have more Leisure to do than the others, having no fire to take Care of.
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