The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

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Secures from the Privy Council, by a compromise, a decision
obliging the Proprietary estates to contribute to the public

1762 Receives the degree of LL.D. from Oxford and Edinburgh; returns
to America.

1763 Makes a five months' tour of the northern colonies for the
Purpose of inspecting the post-offices.

1764 Defeated by the Penn faction for reelection to the Assembly;
sent to England as agent for Pennsylvania.

1765 Endeavors to prevent the passage of the Stamp Act.

1766 Examined before the House of Commons relative to the
passage of the Stamp Act; appointed agent of Massachusetts,
New Jersey, and Georgia; visits Gottingen University.

1767 Travels in France and is presented at court.

1769 Procures a telescope for Harvard College.

1772 Elected Associe Etranger of the French Academy.

1774 Dismissed from the office of Postmaster-General; influences
Thomas Paine to emigrate to America.

1775 Returns to America; chosen a delegate to the Second Continental
Congress; placed on the committee of secret correspondence;
appointed one of the commissioners to secure the cooperation
of Canada.

1776 Placed on the committee to draft a Declaration of Independence;
chosen president of the Constitutional Committee of Pennsylvania;
sent to France as agent of the colonies.

1778 Concludes treaties of defensive alliance, and of amity and
commerce; is received at court.

1779 Appointed Minister Plenipotentiary to France.

1780 Appoints Paul Jones commander of the "Alliance."

1782 Signs the preliminary articles of peace.

1783 Signs the definite treaty of peace.

1785 Returns to America; is chosen President of Pennsylvania;
reelected 1786.

1787 Reelected President; sent

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Text Comparison with A Book of Gems Choice selections from the writings of Benjamin Franklin

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422 Reason, Providence, and the Spirit of God, Teach us to Obey God 150 Receiving Sinners without Baptism 175 Reckless Twaddle 78 Recognition of, by Sects 301 Reflections for Dancers 112 Reformation a Success 96 Reign of a Thousand Years 263 Religion and Politics 336 Resurrection—Adamic Sin 325 Resurrection of Lazarus 89 Revelation of the Mystery 372 Riches of Faith .
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223 The Church of Christ a Proselyting Institution 331 The Converting Power 480 The Fall of Beecher 176 The Genealogy of Christ 206 The Grand Work Before Us 3 The Ground of Union 36 The Kind of Preaching Required 82 The Knowledge Necessary Before Baptism 351 The Love of Christ Constrains 496 The Mission of Infidels 134 The Old and New Testaments 31 The Pardoning Power is Only in God 440 The Secret of Success in Preaching 322 The Shortness of Human Life .
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The entire lottery scheme is gambling.
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And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen epod.
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21: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in times past, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
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It is not necessary that the imagination should be wrought up, but merely that the people be made conscious of the reality, to move those in the reach of reason and argument.
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Even the literature of the country has almost entirely been left to the believers in the Bible.
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care nothing about them, and do not even trouble those who believe in them; the reason is, we are well and fully satisfied, that there is nothing in them.
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of the blood of the everlasting covenant, by the glories of heaven, or the terrors of hell, to turn to the Lord and follow him who loved us and gave himself for us? Is the public mind so distracted, and are the people so confused and lost to all that God has said and done, that they can not be induced to love Christ better than all human theories, regard him and feel the force of all his love to our lost and ruined world? Are the people so set upon gnawing the bone of contention, keeping up sectarian feuds; disputing upon the lifeless, soulless and profitless controversies thrust upon them, that they will neither hear the Lord nor be interested in the word of his grace? Must the public mind be wholly occupied with the useless distinctions between the views of men, the useless comparisons of doctrines and commandments of men, the comparative merits of different human systems, and an eternal train of customs unknown to the primitive church, thus bewildering the people and blinding their minds that they may neither see the Lord nor regard his authority? Is it impossible to bring the authority of the Almighty again to bear upon the world, to lift up the Lord before the people, that he may draw all men unto him, convert them to the Lord and place them under him? Is it impossible to rescue the people from the blinding influences of these times—from being merely followers of men, and believing human theories, which have no power to save, in the place of believing the great truth, that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures—that he was buried, and that he rose from the dead? Is it impossible to interest the public mind with the things of God—with the revelation from God to man, with the religion of Christ itself? Is the love of God gone from the world? Has the Holy Spirit of God abandoned the church? Is the human race mad, insane and ruined, so that all pleadings and entreaties to turn to God must fail? Must the holy religion of Christ be set aside for the silly disputes of these times? Shall that holy religion that saved such vast multitudes in the days of the apostles, fired the hearts of the missionaries of the cross and supported the holy martyrs in passing through all the cruel scourgings, tortures and privations for the name of the Lord, be contemned, despised and rejected by the people of our day? O, that God would enable us to _arouse_ the people of this.
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Civil governments can never be perfected.
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John says, “I saw them coming from every nation, kindred, tongue, tribe and people, who had washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, and they shouted, blessing and glory, and honor, and might, and dominion unto him who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb, for ever and ever!” And again they shouted, Hallelujah to the Lamb! The Lord God Omnipotent reigns! John looks again, and says, “I John, saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
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It holds out no rewards, no inducements of any kind for the good, in time or eternity! Scepticism has no punishments for the bad, here nor hereafter.
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That one book is the Bible.
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The effort we have made, and are now making, at reformation, can never prove a failure upon any ground, unless it be that we have not moral courage enough, as the disciples of Christ—have not sufficient integrity to the great principles of the gospel, to which we have pledged ourselves, to maintain them against the mighty torrent of opposition from the various ranks of bigotry, prejudice, and partyism, together with the combined influence of unbelief and sin.
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We should do the same.
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It is now our duty to make it known among all mankind; or, as Paul expresses it, “to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which, from the beginning of the world, hath.
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_ Then it is _the rule_, and there is not a reason in this world for not taking it and _going by it_.
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We want no man who stands in doubt.
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The immersion in Spirit is not commanded; and the command, if it existed, to be immersed in Spirit could not _be obeyed_.
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” That is, he has given assurance to all men, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, that he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he has ordained.