The Autobiography and Other Writings
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Through the words of the elder statesman himself, The Autobiography and Other Writings presents a remarkable insight into the man and his accomplishments and additional writings from Benjamin Franklin’s wife and son provide a more intimate portrait of the husband and father who found himself a legend in his own time.
risen gradually from the middle of the class of that year to be the head of it, and further was removed into the next class above it, in order to go with that into the third at the end of the year. But my father, in the meantime, from a view of the expense of a college education, which having so large a family he could not well afford, and the mean living many so educated were afterward able to obtain—reasons that he gave to his friends in my hearing—altered his first intention, took me from the
advice to the minister and shows in several of his writings the bad policy of the administration, which is angry with him. It mistreats him, takes away his place as postmaster-general in America, stops the payment of his fees as colony agent, and harasses him with a suit in Chancery. He returns in 1775 to America. Encourages the colonies to defend themselves. The day after his return to Philadelphia the Assembly chooses him its delegate to Congress. He is at the same time chairman of the
his legs is higher than a gentleman on his knees,’ as Poor Richard says. Perhaps they have had a small estate left them, which they knew not the getting of; they think ’tis day and will never be night, that a little to be spent out of so much is not worth minding. ‘A child and a fool,’ as Poor Richard says, ‘imagine twenty shillings and twenty years can never be spent’ but ‘Always taking out of the meal tub, and never putting in, soon comes to the bottom’ then as Poor Dick says, ‘When the well’s
just separated from the fuel and then moves only as it is carried by the stream of rarefied air. And without a continual accession and recession of air to carry off the smoky fumes, they would remain crowded about the fire and stifle it. 2. Heat may be separated from the smoke as well as from the light by means of a plate of iron, which will suffer heat to pass through it without the others. 3. Fire sends out its rays of heat, as well as rays of light, equally every way. But the greatest
her merchants out of foreign markets; foreign manufactures will thereby be encouraged and increased, and consequently foreign nations, perhaps her rivals in power, grow more populous and more powerful; while her own colonies, kept too low, are unable to assist her, or add to her strength. 12. It is an ill-grounded opinion that, by the labor of slaves, America may possibly vie in cheapness of manufactures with Britain. The labor of slaves can never be so cheap here as the labor of workingmen is