Benjamin Franklin His Autobiography 1706-1757
- The country-seat of Bishop Shipley, the good bishop,
as Dr. Franklin used to style him.--B.
- After the words "agreeable to" the words "some of" were
interlined and afterward effaced.--B.
- Here follow in the margin the words, in brackets, "here
insert it," but the poetry is not given. Mr. Sparks
informs us (Life of Franklin, p. 6) that these volumes
had been preserved, and were in possession of Mrs. Emmons,
of Boston, great-granddaughter of their author.
- I fancy his harsh and tyrannical treatment of me
might be a means of impressing me with that aversion
to arbitrary power that has stuck to me through my
- "A printing-house is always called a chapel by the
workmen, the origin of which appears to have been that
printing was first carried on in England in an ancient
chapel converted into a printing-house, and the title
has been preserved by tradition. The bien venu among
the printers answers to the terms entrance and footing
among mechanics; thus a journeyman, on entering a
printing-house, was accustomed to pay one or more gallons
of beer for the good of the chapel; this custom was
falling into disuse thirty years ago; it is very properly
rejected entirely in the United States."--W. T. F.
- The "Journal" was printed by Sparks, from a copy made
at Reading in 1787. But it does not contain the Plan.
- I got his son once L500.--[Marg. note.]
- Nothing so likely to make a man's fortune as virtue.
- This is a marginal memorandum.--B.
- In the Middle Ages, Franklin, if such a phenomenon as
Franklin were possible in the Middle Ages, would
probably have been the founder of a monastic order.--B.
- See the votes.--[Marg. note.]
- See the votes to have this more correctly.
- See votes.
- My acts in Morris's time, military, etc.--[Marg. note.]
- This dialogue and the militia act are in the
"Gentleman's Magazine" for February and March, 1756.
- The many unanimous resolves of the Assembly--
what date?-- [Marg. note.]
- Here terminates the Autobiography, as published by
Wm. Temple Franklin and his successors. What follows
was written in the last year of Dr. Franklin's life,
and was first printed (in English) in Mr. Bigelow's
edition of 1868.--ED.