The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics and Morals of the late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 2 [of 3]

By Benjamin Franklin

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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.

[71] Chinese.

_Rules for a Club formerly established in Philadelphia[72]._

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

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