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21 - Dubourg, concerning the Dissentions

LIFE

22 veen England and America Lison of the Conduct of the Ancient Jews, of tbe Antifederalists in the United

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DR. FRANKLIN. s to be examined ary Address to the Pennsylvania Alack, entitled "Poor Richard's Alma-, for the year 1758" ernal State of America; being a true Fription of the Interest and Policy of

I Have amused myself with collecting some little Past Continent

anecdotes of my family. You may remember the on to those who would romove to A

inquiries I made, when you were with me in Enga on Commercial Subjects

land, among such of my relations as were then liv

ing; and the journey I undertook for that purpose. White-washing

To be acquainted with the particulars of my parent, the Above

age and lífe, many of which are unknown to you, ch of Dr. Franklin in the late Federal

flatter myself' will afford the same pleasure to you as ntion

to me. I shall relate them upon paper: it will be an of Bows and Arrows in War to Fire

agreeable employment of a week's uninterrupted eory of the Earth

leisure, which I promise myself during my present

retirement in the country. There are also other moauglits on an Universal Fluid

tives which induce me to the undertaking. From the bosom of poverty and obscurity, in which I drew my first breath, and spent my earliest years, I have reised myself to a state of opulence, and to some degree of celebrity in the world. A constant good fortuns has attended me through every period of life to my present advanced age; and my descendants may be der sirous of learning what were the means of which I. made use, and which, thanks to the assisting band of Providence, have proved so eminently successful.. They may also, should they ever be placed in a similar situation, derive some advantage from my nar

When I reflect, as I frequently do, upon the felicity I have enjoyed. I sometimes say to myself, that were the offer made true, I would engage to run again,

beginning to end, the same career of life. All I would ask, should be the privilege of an author, to correct, in a second edition, certain errors of the first. I could wish, likewise, if it were in my power, to change some trivial incidents and events for others more favourable. Were this, however, denied me, still would I not decline the offer. But since a repetition of life cannot take place, there is nothing which, in my opinion, so nearly resembles it, as to call tó mind all iis circumstances, and, to render their resemblance more durable, commit them to writing.. By thus employing myself, I shall yield to the inclination, so natural in old men, to talk of themselves and their exploits, and may freely follow my hent, without being tiresome to those who, from respect to my age, might think themselves obliged to listen to me : as they will be at liberty to rend me or not as they please. In fine, and I may as well avow it, since nobody would bolieve me were I to deny itI shall, perhaps, by this employment, gratify my vanity. Scarcely, indeed, have I ever heard or read the introductory phrase, I may say without vanity,but some striking and characteristic instance of vanity has immediately followed. The generality of men hate vanity in oilers, however strongly they may be tinctured with it themselves : for myself, I pay obeisance to it wherever I meet with it. persuaded that it is advantageous, as well to the individual whom it governs, as to those who are within the sphere of its influence. Of consequence, it would, in many cases, not be wholly absurd, that a man should count his vanity among the other sweets of life and give thanks to Providence for the blessing.

And here let me with all humility acknowledge that to Divine Providence I am indebted for the felicity I have hitherto enjoyed. It is that power alone which bas furnished me with the means I have employed, and that has crowned them with success. My faith, in this respect, leads me to hope, though I cannot count upon it, that the Divine goodness will still be exercised towards me, either by prolonging the dura. iion of my happiness to the close of life, or by gir. ng me fortitude to support any melancholy reverse

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