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

By Benjamin Franklin

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The ephemera an emblem of human life 508


Letter to Sir Hans Sloane 513

Letter to Michael Collinson, Esq. 514

Letter respecting captain Cook 515

An address to the public, from the Pensylvania society for promoting
the abolition of slavery, and the relief of free negroes, unlawfully
held in bondage 517

Plan for improving the condition of the free blacks 519

Paper: a poem 523

Plain truth; or, serious considerations on the present state of the
city of Philadelphia, and province of Pensylvania 524

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Text Comparison with Franklin's Autobiography (Eclectic English Classics)

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After the repeal of the act, Franklin wrote to his wife: "I am willing you should have a new gown, which you may suppose I did not send sooner as I knew you would not like to be finer than your neighbors unless in a gown of your own spinning.
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And, lastly, (I may as well confess it, since my denial of it will be believed by nobody,) perhaps I shall a good deal gratify my own vanity.
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He instantly agreed to it, and I presently found that I could save half what he paid me.
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It was not fair in me to take this advantage, and this I therefore reckon one of the first errata[37] of my life; but the unfairness of it weighed little with me when under the impressions of resentment for the blows his passion too often urged him to bestow upon me, though he was otherwise not an ill-natured man.
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But he never fulfilled his promise.
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He continued to write frequently, sending me large specimens of an epic poem which he was then composing, and desiring my remarks and corrections.
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He drank on, however, and had four or five shillings to pay out of his wages every Saturday night for that muddling liquor--an expense I was free from.
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" I watched the pay table on Saturday night, and collected what I stood engaged for them, having to pay sometimes near thirty shillings a week on their accounts.
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I must record one trait of this good man's character.
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have these raw, cheap hands formed through me; and, as soon as I had instructed them, then they being all articled[84] to him, he should be able to do without me.
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We ventured, however, over all these difficulties, and I took her to wife Sept.
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{12} Read, or overlook my accounts, { 1} and dine.
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You will see it, perhaps, often in this history; for, even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.
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I afterward, with a little painstaking, acquired as much of the Spanish as to read their books also.
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, and to draw on the treasury of Great Britain for the expense, which was afterward to be refunded by an act of Parliament laying a tax on America.
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What those terms were will appear in the advertisement I published as soon as I arrived at Lancaster, which being, from the great and sudden effect it produced, a piece of some curiosity, I shall insert it at length as follows: ADVERTISEMENT.
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and the same vessel, laden by the judgment and orders of one captain, shall sail better or worse than when by the orders of another.
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Nor will the bailiff or the constable enter; for Industry pays debts, while Despair increaseth them.
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But a man's own care is profitable; for, If you would have a faithful servant and one that you like, serve yourself.
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Silks and satins, scarlet and velvets, put out the kitchen fire, as Poor Richard says.