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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attacked your reputation lately? and what can the
Junto do towards securing it?

17. Is their any man whose friendship you want, and which the Junto,
or any of them, can procure for you?

18. Have you lately heard any member's character attacked, and how
have you defended it?

19. Hath any man injured you, from whom it is in the power of the
Junto to procure redress?

20. In what manner can the Junto, or any of them, assist you in any
of your honourable designs?

21. Have you any weighty affair in hand, in which you think the
advice of the Junto may be of service[73]?

22. What benefits have you lately received from any man not present?

23. Is there any difficulty in matters of opinion, of justice, and
injustice, which you would gladly have discussed at this time?

24. Do you see any thing amiss in the present customs or proceedings
of the Junto, which might be amended?

Any person to be qualified, to stand up, and lay his hand on his
breast, and be asked these questions; viz.

1. Have you any particular disrespect to any present
members?--_Answer._ I have not.

2. Do you sincerely declare, that you love mankind in general; of
what profession or religion soever? _Ans._ I do.

3. Do you think any person ought to be harmed in his body, name
or goods, for mere speculative opinions, or his external way of
worship?--_Ans._ No.

4. Do you love truth for truth's sake, and will you endeavour
impartially to find and receive it yourself and communicate it to
others?--_Ans._ Yes.


[72] This was an early performance, and carries along with it an
air of singularity, accompanied with such operative good sense and
philanthropy, as characterizes it for Dr. Franklin's. The club, for
which it was written, was held at Philadelphia; and, if I am well
informed, was composed of men considerable for their influence and
discretion; for though the chief measures of Pensylvania usually
received their first formation in this club, it existed for thirty
years without the nature of its institution being publicly known. B.

[73] Queries No. 7 and 8 follow here, in the original. B. V.

_Questions discussed by the Junto forming the preceding Club[74]._

Is _sound_ an entity or body?

How may the phenomena of vapours be explained?

Is self-interest the rudder that steers mankind, the universal
monarch to whom all are tributaries?

Which is the best form of government, and what was that form which
first prevailed among mankind?

Can any one particular form of government suit all mankind?

What is the reason that the tides rise higher in the Bay

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