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The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics and Morals - Volume 1

Benjamin Franklin

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. . .It was at the back of an Italian warehouse. The house was kept by a widow, who had a daughter, a servant, and a shop-boy; but the latter slept out of the house. After sending to the people with whom I lodged in Little Britain, to enquire into my character, she agreed to take me in at the same price, three and sixpence a-week; contenting herself, she said, with so little, because of the security she should derive, as they were all women, from having a man lodger in the house.


She was a woman rather advanced in life, the daughter of a clergyman. She had been educated a Protestant; but her husband, whose memory she highly revered, had converted her to the Catholic religion. She had lived in habits of intimacy with persons of distinction; of whom she knew various anecdotes as far back as the time of Charles II. Being subject to fits of the gout, which often confined her to her room, she was sometimes disposed to see company. Hers was so amusing to. . . Read More

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Fantastic read!

The early newspapers must have been desperate for interesting material.

There is some genuinely witty stuff in here, and I find the concept of a 16-year old boy writing as a middle-aged widow to be amusing, and there are a few good observations of human nature with good suggestions for remedying soci

Time very well spent

I have read Franklin’s autobiography several times through the years. This collection of his writings does justice to this admirable soul.