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" I escaped being a poet, most probably a very bad one; but as prose writing has been of great use to me in the course of my life, and was a principal means of my advancement, I shall tell you how, in such a situation, 1 acquired what little ability I have... "
Poor Richard's Almanac for 1850-52 - Page 60
de Benjamin Franklin - 1849
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Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin, Volume 1

Benjamin Franklin - 1834 - 682 pages
...my vanity, but my father discouraged me, by criticising my performances, and telling me verse makers were generally beggars. Thus I escaped being a poet,...advancement, I shall tell you how in such a situation, I accquired what little ability I may be supposed to have in that way. There was another bookish lad...
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The Life of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin - 1850 - 666 pages
...my vanity ; but my father discouraged me by criticizing my performances, and telling me verse-makers were generally beggars. Thus I escaped being a poet,...probably a very bad one ; but, as prose writing has been tof great use to me in the course of my life, and was a principal means of my advancement, I shall...
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The Life of Benjamin Franklin: Written by Himself ; to which is Added His ...

Benjamin Franklin - 1855 - 402 pages
...my vanity ; but my father discouraged me by criticising my performances, and telling me versemakers were generally beggars. Thus I escaped being a poet,...to me in the course of my life, and was a principal ireana of my advancement, I shall tell you how, in such a situation, I acquired what little ability...
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Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin, Volume 1

Benjamin Franklin - 1859 - 680 pages
...generally beggar?. Thus I escaped being a ]>oct, and probably a very bad one : but as prow veiling has been of great use to me in the course of my life,...advancement, I shall tell you how in such a situation, I accquired what little ability I may be supposed to have in that way. There was another bookish lad...
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Annals of industry and genius

Cecilia Lucy Brightwell - 1863 - 332 pages
...flattered my vanity ; but my father discouraged me, by criticizing my pieces, and telling me verse-makers were generally beggars. Thus I escaped being a poet, and, probably, a very bad one." He next turned his attention to the composition of prose, of which he afterwards became a consummate...
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The Select Works of Benjamin Franklin: Including His Autobiography, with ...

Benjamin Franklin, Epes Sargent - 1866 - 270 pages
...my vanity ; but my father discouraged me by criticizing my performances, and telling me verse-makers were generally beggars. Thus I escaped being a poet,...course of my life, and was a principal means of my adf ancement, I shall tell you how in such a situation I acquired what little ability I may be supposed...
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Selections from American Authors: A Reading Book for School and Home ...

Samuel Eliot - 1879 - 424 pages
...my vanity : but my father discouraged me by criticising my performances, and telling me verse-makers were generally beggars. Thus I escaped being a poet,...great use to me in the course of my life, and was n principal means of my advancement, I shall tell you how, in such a situation, I acquired what little...
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The Works of Benjamin Franklin: Autobiography. pt. 2. Continuation, by Jared ...

Benjamin Franklin, Jared Sparks - 1882 - 680 pages
...criticizing my performances, and telling me •erse-makers were generally beggars. Thus I escaped t>eing a poet, and probably a very bad one ; but, as prose...writing has been of great use to me in the course jf my life, and was a principal means of my advancement, I shall tell you how in such a situation I...
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History of Philadelphia, 1609-1884, Volume 2

John Thomas Scharf, Thompson Westcott - 1884 - 1004 pages
...my performances, and telling me verse-makers were generally beggars. So I escaped being a poet, most probably a very bad one, but as prose writing has...advancement, I shall tell you how, in such a situation, I Required what little ability I had in that way." Thus the parental argument, though this time without...
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From Boyhood to Manhood, Life of Benjamin Franklin

William M. Thayer - 1889 - 510 pages
...vanity ; but my father discouraged me by criticising my perfomances and telling me that versemakers were generally beggars. Thus I escaped being a poet, and probably a very bad one." From the time that Mr. Franklin criticised his son's argument with John Collins on female education,...
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