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poffeffor, that several leaves of it were torn out; but the remainder gave me such a turn of thinking, as to have an influence on my conduct through life: for I have always set a greater value on the character of a doer of good, ihan any other kind of reputation; and if I have been, as you seem to think, a useful citizen, the public owes the advantage of it to that book.

You mention your being in your feventy-eighth year, I am in my seventy-ninth. We are grown old toge. ther. It is now more than fixty years fince I left Boston; but I remember well both your father and grandfather, having heard them both in the pulpit, and feen them in their houses. The last time I saw your 'father was in the beginning of 1724, when I'visited hiin after my first trip to Pennsylvania. He received me in his library; and on my raking leave, shered me a shorter way

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out of the house, through a narrow passage, which was crossed by a beam overhead. We were still talking as I withdrew, he accompanying me behind, and I turning partly towards him, when he said hastily, “ Stoop, Stoop!”

“ I did not understand him till I felt my head hit against the beam. He was a man who never missed any occasion of giving instruction; and upon this he said to me : “ You are young, and have the " world before you: stoop as you go “ through it, and you will miss many “ hard thumps.” This advice, thus beat into my heart, has frequently been of use to me; and I often think of it, when I see pride mortified, and misfortunes brought upon people by their carrying their heads too high.

I long much to see again my native place; and once hoped to lay my bones there. I left it in 1723. I visited it in 1733, 1743, 1753, and 1763 ; and in

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1773 I was in England. In 1775 I had a sight of it, but could not enter, it being in possession of the enemy. I did hope to have been there in 1783, but could not obtain my disiniffion from this employment here; and now I fear I Mall never have that happiness. My best wishes however attend

my
dear

country, efto perpetua.” It is now blessed with an excellent constitution: may it last for ever!

This powerful monarchy continues its friendship for the United States. It is a friendship of the utmost importance to our security, and should be carefully cultivated. Britain has not yet 'well digested the loss of its dominion over uś; and has Nill at times some flattering hopes of recovering it. Accidents may increase those hopes, and encourage dana gerous attempts. A breach between us and France would infallibly bring the English again upon our backs: and yet

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we have some wild beasts among our countrymen, who are endeavouring to weaken that connection.

Let us preserve our reputation, by performing our engagements; our credit, by fulfilling our contracts; and our friends, by gratitude and kindness : for we know not how soon we may again have occasion for all of them. With great and sincere esteem, I have the honour to be, Reverend Sir, Your most obedient and

moft humble servant,

Passy, May 12,}

B. FRANKLIN.

THE THE WHISTLE:

A TRUE STORY.

WRITTEN TO HIS NEPHEW.

WHEN I was a child, at seven years old, m. friends, on a holiday, filled my pocket with coppers. I went directly 10 a shop where they sold toys for children ; and being charmed with the sound of a whistle, that I met by the way in the hands of another boy, I voluntarily offered him all my money for one. I then came home, and went whistling all over the house, much pleased with my whistle, but disturbing all the family. My brothers, and fisiers, and cousins, understanding the bargain I had made, told me I had given sour times as mucli for it as it was worth. This put me in mind what good things I might have

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