of certain words, which occurred
very frequently in our English writings, and which of course every
American very well understood as to their meaning. B. V.
_Rules for a Club formerly established in Philadelphia._
Previous question, to be answered at every meeting.
Have you read over these queries this morning, in order to consider
what you might have to offer the Junto [touching] any one of them?
1. Have you met with any thing, in the author you last read,
remarkable, or suitable to be communicated to the Junto? particularly
in history, morality, poetry, physic, travels, mechanic arts, or
other parts of knowledge.
2. What new story have you lately heard agreeable for telling in
3. Hath any citizen in your knowledge failed in his business lately,
and what have you heard of the cause?
4. Have you lately heard of any citizen's thriving well, and by what
5. Have you lately heard how any present rich man, here or elsewhere,
got his estate?
6. Do you know of any fellow citizen, who has lately done a worthy
action, deserving praise and imitation? or who has lately committed
an error, proper for us to be warned against and avoid?
[7. What unhappy effects of intemperance have you lately observed or
heard? of imprudence? of passion? or of any other vice or folly?
8. What happy effects of temperance? of prudence? of moderation? or
of any other virtue?]
9. Have you or any of your acquaintance been lately sick or wounded?
If so, what remedies were used, and what were their effects?
10. Who do you know that are shortly going voyages or journies, if
one should have occasion to send by them?
11. Do you think of any thing at present, in which the Junto may be
serviceable to _mankind_? to their country, to their friends, or to
12. Hath any deserving stranger arrived in town since last meeting,
that you heard of? and what have you heard or observed of his
character or merits? and whether think you, it lies in the power of
the Junto to oblige him, or encourage him as he deserves?
13. Do you know of any deserving young beginner lately set up, whom
it lies in the power of the Junto any way to encourage?
14. Have you lately observed any defect in the laws of your
_country_, [of] which it would be proper to move the legislature for
an amendment? or do you know of any beneficial law that is wanting?
15. Have you lately observed any encroachment on the just liberties
of the people?
16. Hath any body
By comparing my work afterwards with the original, I discovered many faults and amended them; but I sometimes had the pleasure of fancying that, in certain particulars of small import, I had been lucky enough to improve.Page 36
Bradford had not been bred to it, and was very illiterate; and Keimer, tho' something of a scholar, was a mere compositor, knowing nothing of presswork.Page 38
In the meantime the intention was to be kept a secret, and I went on working with Keimer as usual, the governor sending for me now and then to dine with him, a very great honour I thought it, and conversing with me in the most affable, familiar, and friendly manner imaginable.Page 42
I received on the way Vernon's money, without which we could hardly have finish'd our journey.Page 46
Osborne dissuaded him, assur'd him he had no genius for poetry, and advis'd him to think of nothing beyond the business he was bred to; that, in the mercantile way, tho' he had no stock, he might, by his diligence and punctuality, recommend himself to employment as a factor, and in time acquire wherewith to trade on his own account.Page 49
Andrew Hamilton, a famous lawyer of Philadelphia, had taken passage in the same ship for himself and son, and with Mr.Page 51
Paul's Cathedral, called "Little Britain" because the Dukes of Brittany used to live there.Page 68
But he knew little out of his way, and was not a pleasing companion; as, like most great mathematicians I have met with, he expected universal precision in everything said, or was forever denying or distinguishing upon trifles, to the disturbance of all conversation.Page 81
I never doubted, for instance, the existence of the Deity; that he made the world, and govern'd it by his Providence; that the most acceptable service of God was the doing good to man; that our souls are immortal; and that all crime will be punished, and virtue rewarded, either here or hereafter.Page 91
What redeems.Page 95
"I at present think that whoever attempts this aright, and is well qualified, cannot fail of pleasing God, and of meeting with success.Page 103
He was a man of learning, and honest but ignorant in matters of account; and, tho' he sometimes made me remittances, I could get no account from him, nor any satisfactory state of our partnership while he lived.Page 106
as an act of mine, but of some _publick-spirited gentlemen_, avoiding as much as I could, according to my usual rule, the presenting myself to the publick as the author of any scheme for their benefit.Page 145
This was enough to put us out of conceit of such defenders, if we had really wanted any.Page 150
Seeing the trees fall so fast, I had the curiosity to look at my watch when two men began to cut at a pine; in six minutes they had it upon the ground, and I found it of fourteen inches diameter.Page 152
When they enlisted, they were promised, besides pay and provisions, a gill of rum a day, which was punctually serv'd out to them, half in the morning, and the other half in the evening; and I observed they were as punctual in attending to receive it; upon which I said to Mr.Page 168
  A celebrated prehistoric ruin, probably of a temple built by the early Britons, near Salisbury, England.Page 170
Grenville here made clear that the Americans were to have no voice in making or amending their laws.Page 185
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