Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 2 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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in doing good which in the last war have been spent in
doing mischief; in bringing misery into thousands of families, and
destroying the lives of so many thousands of working people, who might
have performed the useful labour!

"I am pleased with the late astronomical discoveries made by our
society. Furnished as all Europe now is with academies of science, with
nice instruments and the spirit of experiment, the progress of human
knowledge will be rapid, and discoveries made of which we have at
present no conception. I begin to be almost sorry I was born so soon,
since I cannot have the happiness of knowing what will be known one
hundred years hence.

"I wish continued success to the labours of the Royal Society, and that
you may long adorn their chair; being, with the highest esteem, dear
sir, &c.


"Dr. Blagden will acquaint you with the experiment of a vast globe sent
up into the air, much talked of here, and which, if prosecuted, may
furnish means of new knowledge."

* * * * *

"_Robert Morris, Esq._

(Superintendent of Finances, United States.)

"Passy, Dec. 25, 1783.

"The remissness of our people in paying taxes is highly blameable, the
unwillingness to pay them is still more so. I see in some resolutions of
town meetings a remonstrance against giving Congress a power to take, as
they call it, _the people's money_ out of their pockets, though only to
pay the interest and principal of debts duly contracted. They seem to
mistake the point. Money justly due from the people is their creditor's
money, and no longer the money of the people, who, if they withhold it,
should be compelled to pay by some law. All property, indeed, except the
savages' temporary cabin, his bow, his matchuat, and other little
acquisitions absolutely necessary for his subsistence, seems

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On the Labouring Poor (1768), 336 To Dupont de Nemours (July 28, 1768), 340 To John Alleyne (August 9, 1768), 341 To the Printer of the _London Chronicle_ (August 18, 1768), 343 Positions to be Examined, Concerning National Wealth (1769), 345 To Miss Mary Stevenson (September 2, 1769), 347 To Joseph Priestley (September 19, 1772), 348 To Miss Georgiana Shipley (September 26, 1772), 349 To Peter Franklin (undated), 351 On the Price of Corn, and Management of the Poor (undated), 355 An Edict by the King of Prussia (1773), 358 Rules by Which a Great Empire May Be Reduced to a Small One (1773), .
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One may deduce a pattern of educational principles not undeservedly called Franklin's _theories_ of education, theories which he successfully institutionalized, from an examination of his Junto ("the best school of philosophy, morality, and politics that then existed in the province"[i-76]), his Philadelphia Library Company (his "first project of a public nature"[i-77]), his _Proposal for Promoting Useful Knowledge among the British Plantations in America_, calling for a scientific society of ingenious men or virtuosi, his _Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pensilvania_ and _Idea of the English School_, which eventually fathered the University of Pennsylvania, and from his fragmentary notes in his correspondence.
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Dewey, "it is not strange that projects for converting credit into wealth should have sprung up in the colonies.
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An Account of the Life and Manners of His Age.
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There my Grandfather died and lies buried.
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They introduc'd me to some Gentlemen from the Country who went to Chelsea by Water to see the College and Don Saltero's Curiosities.
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, are carried on and affected by parties.
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Associates in this scheme were presently found, amounting to thirty.
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and that they were very much reserv'd, and seldom or never unvail'd their Faces here, and then to few or none, tho' most of those who have in this Place acquir'd so much Learning as to distinguish them from _English_, pretended to an intimate Acquaintance with them.
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mind no Consequences, nor regarding what's to come.
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_preaches, if you_ | | 7 | 17 | [Sextile] [Saturn] [Mercury] _won't_ | | 8 |[Taurus] 0 | [Moon] w.
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18 | [Quartile] [Sun] [Jupiter] _used.
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| [Trine] [Mars] [Mercury] _know_ | | 7 |[Sagittarius] 5 | 7 *s rise 10 55 | | 8 | 17 | _thyself.
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Our Relations have escap'd I believe generally; but some of my particular Friends must have suffer'd greatly.
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If this should happen to increase her _strength_, by their growing numbers, ready to join in her wars; her _commerce_, by their growing demand for her manufactures; or her _naval power_, by greater employment for her ships and seamen, they may probably suppose some merit in this, and that it entitles them to some favour; you are therefore to _forget it all_, _or resent it_, as if they had done you injury.
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I consider this War against us, therefore, as both unjust and unwise; and I am persuaded, that cool, dispassionate Posterity will condemn to Infamy those who advised it; and that even Success will not save from some Degree of Dishonor those, who voluntarily engaged to Conduct it.
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He accus'd Moses of having, by various Artifices, fraudulently obtain'd the Government, and depriv'd the People of their Liberties; and of _conspiring_ with Aaron to perpetuate the Tyranny in their Family.
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However, I call'd first upon Hans, and asked him what he would give for Beaver.
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At the time when the letter was written, all conversations at Paris were filled with disputes about the music of Gluck and Picini, a German and Italian musician, who divided the town into violent parties.