Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Cliffs Notes) by Merrill Maguire Skaggs

By Merrill Maguire Skaggs

One among America's optimal minds -- and wits -- writing within the 18th century was once Benjamin Franklin. He helped write the united states structure, he used to be an inventor, statesman, and scientist. He was once as invaluable to society as one guy can be. right here he tells his personal tale.

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Many Quakers advocated defensive wars. Franklin learned a lesson in Quaker politics when his fire company met to vote on using club money for lottery tickets to support the new battery. Of the company's thirty members, twenty-two were Quakers, but only one Quaker arrived to vote. As the nine present waited, Franklin was secretly informed that eight Quakers were gathered nearby, ready to appear and vote for purchasing the tickets if necessary. But Franklin never had to call them in, since no others arrived.

It also argued against the idea of an afterlife. Wollaston's work, on the other hand, asserted that nature itself provided the logical support for most traditional and orthodox beliefs. Franklin dedicated the hundred copies of his tract, entitled A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain, to James Ralph, but burned most of them after distributing a few copies. He decided that writing and printing the pamphlet was an erratum because of its possible bad effect on others. Question What evidence suggests that Franklin might have prospered equally had he remained in England?

He also made a schedule for his day, alloting seven hours for sleep, eight for work, and nine for planning, reviewing, reflecting, eating, relaxing, and reading. " He was never good at order or humility; the latter, in fact, had been added somewhat later than the others because a friend convinced him that he was justly suspected of being proud. He later learned that "there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue" as pride; he even wondered, had he conquered pride, whether he wouldn't have been proud of his humility.

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