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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of _a wise man_; and the wisest man will receive lights
and improve his progress by seeing detailed the conduct of another
wise man. And why are weaker men to be deprived of such helps, when
we see our race has been blundering on in the dark, almost without
a guide in this particular, from the farthest trace of time? Show
then, sir, how much is to be done, _both to sons and fathers_; and
invite all wise men to become like yourself, and other men to
become wise.

"When we see how cruel statesmen and warriors can be to the human
race, and how absurd distinguished men can be to their
acquaintance, it will be instructive to observe the instances
multiply of pacific, acquiescing manners; and to find how
compatible it is to be great and _domestic_; enviable and yet

"The little private incidents which you will also have to relate,
will have considerable use, as we want, above all things, _rules of
prudence in ordinary affairs_; and it will be curious to see how
you have acted in these. It will be so far a sort of key to life,
and explain many things that all men ought to have once explained
to them, to give them a chance of becoming wise by foresight.

"The nearest thing to having experience of one's own, is to have
other people's affairs brought before us in a shape that is
interesting; this is sure to happen from your pen. Your affairs and
management will have an air of simplicity or importance that will
not fail to strike; and I am convinced you have conducted them with
as much originality as if you had been conducting discussions in
politics or philosophy; and what more worthy of experiments

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16 The Waste of Life 22 Self-denial not the Essence of Virtue 25 On the Usefulness of the Mathematics 27 The Art of procuring Pleasant Dreams 31 Advice to a young Tradesman 37 Rules of Health 39 The Ephemera; an Emblem of Human Life.
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' "'Indeed, they say the place is very unhealthy, and that may excuse you.
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This will be a blessing whose influence will descend not only on the other citizens, but on your best friends and yourself.
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Had this _life of a day_ been represented as employed in the exercise of virtue, it would have an equal dignity with a life of any limited duration, and, according to the exalted sentiments of Tully, would have been preferable to an immortality filled with all the pleasures of sense, if void of those of a higher kind: but.
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The old men sit in the foremost ranks, the warriors in the next, and the women and children in the hindmost.
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The author is a gentleman well known to every man of letters in Europe, and perhaps there is none in this age to whom mankind in general are more indebted.
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But if it had, the only thanks I should desire is, that you would always be equally ready to serve any other person that may need your assistance, and so let good offices go round; for mankind are all of a family.
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I am glad to hear that Peter is at a place where he has full employ.
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honest whigs at * *.
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What he desires, should be in itself reasonable.
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In 1773 I was in England; in 1775 I had a sight of it, but could not enter, it being in possession of the enemy.
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the happy state they are about to enter.
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starting game for philosophers, let me try if I can start a little for you.
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There may be whirlwinds of both kinds, but from the commonly observed effects I suspect the rising one to be the most common: when the upper air descends, it is, perhaps, in a greater body, extending wider, as in our thunder-gusts, and without much whirling; and, when air descends in a spout or whirlwind, I should rather expect it would press the roof of a house _inward_, or force _in_ the tiles, shingles, or thatch, force a boat down into the water, or a piece of timber into the earth, than that it would lift them up and carry them away.
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I think I did not get it lower than five or six degrees from where it naturally stood, which was at that time sixty.
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colder to the touch, and lowers the mercury in the thermometer more than either ingredient would do separately.
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were possible, from this instance, to invent a method of embalming drowned persons, in such a manner that they may be recalled to life at any period, however distant; for, having a very ardent desire to see and observe the state of America a hundred years hence, I should prefer to any ordinary death the being immersed in a cask of Madeira wine, with a few friends, till that time, to be then recalled to life by the solar warmth of my dear country! But since, in all probability, we live in an age too early and too near the infancy of science to hope to see such an art brought in our time to its perfection, I must, for the present, content myself with the treat which you are so kind as to promise me, of the resuscitation of a fowl or a turkey-cock.