Familiar Letters and Miscellaneous Papers of Benjamin Franklin

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Página 33 - Mrs. Franklin was very proud that a young lady should have so much regard for her old husband as to send him such a present. We talk of you every time it comes to table. She is sure you are a sensible girl, and a notable housewife, and talks of bequeathing me to you as a legacy; but I ought to wish you a better, and hope she will live these hundred years ; for we are grown old together, and if she has any faults, I am so used to them that I don't perceive them...
Página 24 - They maintained a large family comfortably, and brought up thirteen children and seven grandchildren reputably. From this instance, reader, Be encouraged to diligence in thy calling, And distrust not Providence. He was a pious and prudent man; She, a discreet and virtuous woman.
Página 75 - Of all the enviable things England has, I envy it most its people. Why should that petty Island, which, compared to America, is but like a stepping-stone in a brook, scarce enough of it above water to keep one's shoes dry ; why, I say, should that little Island enjoy, in almost every neighbourhood, more sensible, virtuous, and elegant minds, than we can collect in ranging a hundred leagues of our vast forests ? But it is said the Arts delight to travel westward.
Página 208 - You need not be concerned, in writing to me, about your bad spelling; for, in my opinion, as our alphabet now stands, the bad spelling, or what is called so, is generally the best, as conforming to the sound of the letters and of the words. To give you an instance : A gentleman received a letter in which were these words: "Not finding Brown at horn, I delivered your meseg to his yf.
Página 66 - I would advise you to read with a pen in your hand, and enter in a little book short hints of what you find that is curious, or that may be useful ; for this will be the best method of imprinting such particulars...
Página 103 - There is no gradual diminution of the color, from the full bloom in the middle of the cheek to the faint tint near the sides, nor does it show itself differently in different faces. I have not had the...
Página 204 - Considering our wellfurnished, plentiful market as the best of gardens, I am turning mine, in the midst of which my house stands, into grass plots and gravel walks, with trees and flowering shrubs.
Página 39 - But it is the will of God and nature that these mortal bodies be laid aside, when the soul is to enter into real life.
Página 110 - That distinction is already destroyed in pronouncing them ; and we rely on the sense alone of the sentence to ascertain, which of the several words, similar in sound, we intend. If this is sufficient in the rapidity of discourse, it will be much more so in written sentences, which may be read leisurely, and attended to more particularly in case of difficulty, than we can attend to a past sentence, while the speaker is hurrying us along with new ones. Your third inconvenience is, that " all the books...
Página 19 - I read a great deal, ride a little, do a little business for myself — now and then for others — retire when I can, and go into company when I please ; so the years roll round, and the last will come, when I would rather have it said, He lived usefully, than He died rich. Cousins Josiah and Sally are well, and I believe will do well, for they are an industrious, loving young couple ; but they want a little more stock to go on smoothly with their business.

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