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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To Samuel Huntingdon, President of Congress 160

To the Bishop of St. Asaph 162

To Miss Alexander 163

To Benjamin Vaughan 164

To Mrs. Hewson 166

To David Hartley 167

To Dr. Percival 168

To Sir Joseph Banks 169

To Robert Morris, Esq.

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I have since found that it has been translated into most of the languages of Europe, and suppose it has been more generally read than any other book, except, perhaps, the Bible.
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So, though we had escaped a sunken rock, which we scraped upon in the passage, I thought this escape of rather more importance to me.
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Watson was a pious, sensible young man, of great integrity; the others rather more lax in their principles of religion, particularly Ralph, who, as well as Collins, had been unsettled by me, for which they both made me suffer.
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agreed to take me in at the same rate, three shillings and sixpence per week; cheaper, as she said, from the protection she expected in having a man lodge in the house.
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All these I took this occasion of exhibiting to the company, and was much flattered by their admiration; and Wygate, who was desirous of becoming a master, grew more and more attached to me on that account, as well as from the similarity of our studies.
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But I found no vacancy there, and so remained idle a few days, when Keimer, on a prospect of being employed to print some paper money in New Jersey, which would require cuts and various types that I only could supply, and apprehending Bradford might engage me and get the job from him, sent me a very civil message, that old friends should not part for a few words, the effect of sudden passion, and wishing me to return.
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bowl with a spoon of silver! They had been bought for me without my knowledge by my wife, and had cost her the enormous sum of three-and-twenty shillings, for which she had no other excuse or apology to make but that she thought her husband deserved a silver spoon and china bowl as well as any of his neighbors.
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Indeed I had some cause to believe that the defense of the country was not disagreeable to any of them, provided they were not required to assist in it.
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Now when he made rum he said, 'Let this be for the Indians to get drunk.
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I therefore suggested the composing them of four flat panes, with a long funnel above to draw up the smoke, and crevices admitting air below to facilitate the ascent of the smoke.
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I found at my door in Craven Street[145] one morning, a poor woman sweeping my pavement with a birch broom.
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We were to have six hundred pounds a year between us, if we could make that sum out of the profits of the office.
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The discourse seemed well adapted to their capacities, and was delivered in a pleasing, familiar manner, coaxing them, as it were, to be good.
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Collinson then gave them to Cave[184] for publication in his "Gentleman's Magazine;" but he chose to print them separately in a pamphlet, and Dr.
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The society, on this, resumed the consideration of the letters that had been read to them; and the celebrated Dr.
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Each has his system;.
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" We then went into consideration of our several points of complaint, which I enumerated.
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Leisure is time for doing something useful; this leisure the diligent man will obtain, but the lazy man never; for, A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things.