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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years without having made any
great proficiency and what they have learned becomes almost useless, so
that their time has been lost--it would not have been better to have
begun with the French, proceeding to the Italian and Latin. For though,
after spending the same time, they should quit the study of languages
and never arrive at the Latin, they would, however, have acquired
another tongue or two, that, being in modern use, might be serviceable
to them in common life.

After ten years' absence from Boston, and having become easy in my
circumstances, I made a journey thither to visit my relations, which I
could not sooner afford. In returning, I called at Newport to see my
brother James, then settled there with his printing-house: our former
differences were forgotten, and our meeting was very cordial and
affectionate: he was fast declining in health, and requested of me that,
in case of his death, which he apprehended not far distant, I would take
home his son, then but ten years of age, and bring him up to the
printing business. This I accordingly performed, sending him a few years
to school before I took him into the office. His mother carried on the
business till he was grown up, when I assisted him with an assortment of
new types, those of his father being in a manner worn out. Thus it was
that I made my brother ample amends for the service I had deprived him
of by leaving him so early.

In 1736 I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the
smallpox, taken in the common way. I long regretted him bitterly, and
still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation. This I
mention for the sake of parents who omit that operation, on the
supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died
under it; my example showing that the regret may be the same either way,
and, therefore, that the safer should be chosen.

Our club, the _Junto_, was found so useful, and afforded such
satisfaction to the members, that some were desirous of introducing
their friends, which could not well be done without exceeding what we
had settled as a convenient number, viz., twelve. We had, from the
beginning, made it a rule to keep our institution a secret, which was
pretty well observed; the intention was to avoid applications of
improper persons for admittance, some of whom, perhaps, we might find it
difficult to refuse. I was one of those who were against any addition to
our number;

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