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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On the theory of the earth 117

New and curious theory of light and heat 122

Queries and conjectures relating to magnetism and the theory of
the earth 125

On the nature of sea coal 125

Effect of vegetation on noxious air 129

On the inflammability of the surface of certain rivers in America 130

On the different quantities of rain which fall at different
heights over the same ground 133

Slowly sensible hygrometer proposed, for certain purposes 135

Curious instance of the effect of oil on water 142

Letters on the stilling of waves by means of oil

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to avoid the censure of the Assembly that might fall on him as still printing it by his apprentice, the contrivance was that my old indenture should be returned to me, with a full discharge on the back of it, to be shown on occasion; but to secure to him the benefit of my service I was to sign new indentures for the remainder of the term, which were to be kept private.
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I waited upon the stationer, who came first in my way, delivering the letter as from Governor Keith.
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there was not the least probability that he had written any letters for me; that no one who knew him had the smallest dependence on him; and he laughed at the notion of the governor's giving me a letter of credit, having, as he said, no credit to give.
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He interested himself for me strongly in that instance, as he did in many others afterward, continuing his patronage till his death.
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[n] I drew up the proposals, got them put into form by our great scrivener, Brockden, and, by the help of my friends in the Junto, procured fifty subscribers of forty shillings each to begin with, and ten shillings a year for fifty years, the term our company was to continue.
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She assisted me cheerfully in my business, folding and stitching pamphlets, tending shop, purchasing old linen rags for the paper makers, etc.
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4} 5} EVENING.
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Our club, the Junto, was found so useful, and afforded such satisfaction to the members, that several were desirous of introducing their friends, which could not well be done without exceeding what we had settled as a convenient number, namely, twelve.
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I harangued them a little on the subject, read the paper and explained it, and then distributed the copies, which were eagerly signed, not the least objection being made.
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Now we are not sure that we are arrived at the end of this progression and at the perfection of spiritual or theological knowledge, and we fear that if we should once print our confession of faith we should feel ourselves as if bound and confined by it, and perhaps be unwilling to receive further improvement, and our successors still more so, as conceiving what we, their elders and founders, had done to be something sacred, never to be departed from.
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I have sometimes wondered that the Londoners.
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In 1754, war with France being again apprehended, a congress of commissioners from the different colonies was, by an order of the Lords of Trade,[152] to be assembled at Albany, there to confer with the chiefs of the Six Nations[153] concerning the means of defending both their country and ours.
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I apprehended that the progress of British soldiers through these counties on such an occasion, especially considering the temper they are in, and their resentment against us, would be attended with many and great inconveniences to the inhabitants, and therefore more willingly took the trouble of trying first what might be done by fair and equitable means.
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Wright, an English physician, when at Paris, wrote to a friend who was of the Royal Society, an account.
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Watson drew up a summary account of them, and of all I had afterward sent to England on the subject, which he accompanied with some praise of the writer.
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This is the purport of what I remember as urged by both sides, except that we insisted strongly on the mischievous consequences that must attend a repeal, for that the money, one hundred thousand pounds, being printed and given to the king's use, expended in his service, and now spread among the people, the repeal would strike it dead in their hands to the ruin of many, and the total discouragement of future grants; and the selfishness of the proprietors in soliciting such a general catastrophe, merely from a groundless fear of their estate being taxed too highly, was insisted on in the strongest terms.
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If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be, as Poor Richard says, the greatest prodigality; since, as he elsewhere tells us, Lost time is never found again, and what we call time enough always proves little enough.
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Poor Dick further advises and says: Fond pride of dress is sure a very curse; Ere fancy you consult, consult your purse.
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I am, as ever, thine to serve thee, RICHARD SAUNDERS.