The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, Volume 4


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Pagina 154 - I am very sorry, that you intend soon to leave our hemisphere. America has sent us many good things, gold, silver, sugar, tobacco, indigo, &c. ; but you are the first philosopher, and indeed the first great man of letters for whom we are beholden to her. It is our own fault, that we have not kept him ; whence it appears, that we do not agree with Solomon, that wisdom is above gold ; for we take care never to send back an ounce of the latter, which we once lay our fingers upon.
Pagina 264 - Neither will you, upon any account, at any time whatsoever, disclose or discover the vote or opinion of any particular member of the court-martial, unless required to give evidence thereof, as a witness, by a court of justice, in a due course of law. So help you God.
Pagina 424 - ... wills, unless we pay such and such sums; and thus it is intended to extort our money from us, or ruin us by the consequences of refusing to pay it.
Pagina 300 - And oh, ye gods! with all your blessings grace (He thus broke forth) this friend of human race !' The swain replied : ' It never was our guise To slight the poor, or aught humane despise; For Jove unfolds our hospitable door, 'Tis Jove that sends the stranger and the poor.
Pagina 266 - ... shall suffer death, or such other punishment as shall, according to the nature of his offence, be inflicted upon him by the sentence of a courtmartial.
Pagina 412 - The resolutions of the committee were reported by the chairman, Mr. Fuller; their seventh and last resolution setting forth, that it was their opinion that the House be moved, that leave be given to bring in a bill to repeal the Stamp Act.
Pagina 446 - They never have hitherto. Many arguments have been lately used here to show them, that there is no difference, and that, if you have no right to tax them internally, you have none to tax them externally, or make any other law to bind them. At present they do not reason so; but in time they may possibly be convinced by these arguments.
Pagina 369 - Ignorant people may object that the upper Lakes are fresh, and that cod and whales are salt water fish, but let them know, Sir, that cod, like other fish, when attacked by their enemies, fly into any water where they can be safest ; that whales, when they have a mind to eat cod, pursue them wherever they fly, and that the grand leap of the whale in the chase up the Falls of Niagara is esteemed by all who have seen it as one of the finest spectacles in nature.
Pagina 49 - But no man, who can have a piece of land of his own, sufficient by his labour to subsist his family in plenty, is poor enough to be a manufacturer, and work for a master. Hence, while there is land enough in America for our people, there can never be manufactures to any amount or value.
Pagina 325 - That the located uncultivated lands belonging to the proprietaries shall not be assessed higher than the lowest rate at which any located uncultivated lands belonging to the inhabitants shall be assessed.

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