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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but, instead of it, made in writing a proposal, that every
member, separately, should endeavour to form a subordinate club, with
the same rules respecting queries, &c., and without informing them of
the connexion with the _Junto_. The advantages proposed were the
improvement of so many more young citizens by the use of our
institutions; our better acquaintance with the general sentiments of the
inhabitants on any occasion, as the junto member might propose what
queries we should desire, and was to report to the _Junto_ what passed
in his separate club: the promotion of our particular interests in
business by more extensive recommendation, and the increase of our
influence in public affairs, and our power of doing good by spreading
through the several clubs the sentiments of the _Junto_. The project was
approved, and every member undertook to form his club: but they did not
all succeed. Five or six only were completed, which were called by
different names, as the _Vine_, the _Union_, the _Band_, &c.; they were
useful to themselves, and afforded us a good deal of amusement,
information, and instruction, besides answering, in some degree, our
views of influencing the public on particular occasions; of which I
shall give some instances in course of time as they happened.

My first promotion was my being chosen, in 1736, clerk of the General
Assembly. The choice was made that year without opposition; but the year
following, when I was again proposed (the choice, like that of the
members, being annual), a new member made a long speech against me, in
order to favour some other candidate. I was, however, chosen, which was
the more agreeable to me, as, besides the pay for the immediate service
of clerk, the place gave me a better opportunity of keeping up an
interest among the members, which secured to me the business of printing
the votes, laws, paper money, and other occasional jobs for the public,
that, on the whole, were very profitable. I therefore did not like the
opposition of this new member, who was a gentleman of fortune and
education, with talents that were likely to give him, in time, great
influence in the house, which, indeed, afterward happened. I did not,
however, aim at gaining his favour by paying any servile respect to him,
but after some time took this other method. Having heard that he had in
his library a certain very scarce and curious book, I wrote a note to
him, expressing my desire of perusing that book, and requesting that he
would do me the favour of lending it to me for

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I do not believe that she will cheat us, and I am not certain that she despises us; but I see clearly that you are endeavouring to cheat us by your conciliatory bills; that you actually despised our understandings, when you flattered yourselves those artifices would succeed; and that not only France, but all Europe, yourselves included, most certainly and for ever would despise us, if we were weak enough to accept your insidious propositions.
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