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I contrived to disguise my hand, and, writing an anonymous2 paper, I put it in at night under the door of the printing-house. It was found in the morning, and communicated to his writing friends when they called in as usual. They read it, commented on it in my hearing, and I had the exquisite pleasure of finding it met with their approbation, and that, in their differ

guesses at the author, none were named but men of some character4 among us for learning and ingenuity. I suppose now that I was rather lucky in my judges, and that perhaps they were not really so very good ones as I then esteemed them.

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2.- THE CHAPTER OF ABRAHAM AND THE STRANGER.

[This beautifully impressive lesson in favor of toleration was composed by Franklin, on the model of a similar narrative by the English divine Jeremy Taylor, who states that he drew it from the “Jew's Books” (the Talmud). It is, however, of Persian origin. It will be noted that the style and phraseology are scriptural; and Franklin used often to amuse himself by asking people in which part of the Bible it was found. Franklin says, “I used to take a good deal of amusement in reading it by heart out of my Bible, and obtaining the remarks of the Scripturians upon it, which were sometimes very diverting.")

1. And it came to pass after these things, that Abraham sat in the door of his tent about the going down of the sun.

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my hand.

What is the figure without the real name of the auof speech? (See Def. 8.)

thor. 2 anonymous: from Greek an, 3 different. See Glossary. without, and onuma, a name; hence, 4 character, reputation.

2. And behold, a man, bowed with age, came from the way of the wilderness, leaning on a staff.

3. And Abraham arose and met him, and said unto him, "Turn in, I pray thee, and wash thy feet, and tarry all night, and thou shalt arise early on the morrow, and go on thy way.”

4. But the man said, “Nay, for I will abide under this tree.”

5. And Abraham pressed him greatly; so he turned, and they went into the tent, and Abraham baked unleavened 1 bread, and they did eat.

6. And when Abraham saw that the man blessed not God, he said unto him, “Wherefore dost thou not worship the most high God, Creator of heaven and earth?”

7. And the man answered and said, “I do not worship the God thou speakest of, neither do I call upon his name; for I have made to myself a god, which abideth alway2 in mine house, and provideth me with all things.

8. And Abraham's zeal 3 was kindled against the man, and he arose and fell upon him, and drove him forth with blows into the wilderness.

9. And at midnight God called unto Abraham, saying, “ Abraham, where is the stranger?”

10. And Abraham answered and said, “Lord, he would not worship thee, neither would he call upon thy name; therefore have I driven him out from before my face, into the wilderness.”

11. And God said, “Have I borne with him these

unleavened not fermented, |

made without yeast.

2 alway, old form of always. 3 zeal, religious ardor.

hundred ninety and eight years, and nourished him, and clothed him, notwithstanding his rebellion against me; and couldst not thou, that art thyself a sinner, bear with him one night?.”

12. And Abraham said, “Let not the anger of the Lord wax1 hot against his servant; lo, I have sinned; lo, I have sinned; forgive me, I pray thee."

13. And Abraham arose, and went forth into the wilderness, and sought diligently for the man, and found him, and returned with him to the tent; and when he had entreated a him kindly he sent him away. on the morrow with gifts.

3.- AN AMUSING BURLESQUE.

[The following clever jeu d'esprit is from a communication by Franklin to a London newspaper in 1765. It was designed to cast ridicule on the absurd stories, then current in the British press, as to the danger to English industry arising from the feeble attempts at manufacturing then made by the American colonists. No one knew better than Franklin how to handle the powerful weapon of irony.]

SIR, I beg leave to say that all the articles of news that seem improbable are not mere inventions. Some of them, I can assure you on the faith of a traveler, are serious truths. Give me leave to instance the various accounts the news-writers have given us, with so much honest zeal for the welfare of Poor Old England,

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3 inventions, fabrications; false 2 entreated, treated, dealt with. I things invented.

wax, grow.

2. And behold, a man, bowed with age, came from the way of the wilderness, leaning on a staff.

3. And Abraham arose and met him, and said unto him, “Turn in, I pray thee, and wash thy feet, and tarry all night, and thou shalt arise early on the morrow, and go on thy way.”

4. But the man said, “Nay, for I will abide under this tree.”

5. And Abraham pressed him greatly; so he turned, and they went into the tent, and Abraham baked unleavened 1 bread, and they did eat.

6. And when Abraham saw that the man blessed not God, he said unto him, “Wherefore dost thou not worship the most high God, Creator of heaven and earth ?”

7. And the man answered and said, “I do not worship the God thou speakest of, neither do I call upon his name; for I have made to myself a god, which abideth alway2 in mine house, and provideth me with all things."

8. And Abraham's zeal 3 was kindled against the man, and he arose and fell upon him, and drove him forth with blows into the wilderness.

9. And at midnight God called unto Abraham, saying, “ Abraham, where is the stranger?”

10. And Abraham answered and said, “Lord, he would not worship thee, neither would he call upon thy name; therefore have I driven him out from before my face, into the wilderness.”

11. And God said, “Have I borne with him these

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hundred ninety and eight years, and nourished him, and clothed him, notwithstanding his rebellion against me; and couldst not thou, that art thyself a sinner, bear with him one night?”

12. And Abraham said, “Let not the anger of the Lord wax 1 hot against his servant; lo, I have sinned; lo, I have sinned; forgive me, I pray thee.”

13. And Abraham arose, and went forth into the wilderness, and sought diligently for the man, and found him, and returned with him to the tent; and when he had entreated 2 him kindly he sent him away on the morrow with gifts.

3.- AN AMUSING BURLESQUE.

[The following clever jeu d'esprit is from a communication by Franklin to a London newspaper in 1765. It was designed to cast ridicule on the absurd stories, then current in the British press, as to the danger to English industry arising from the feeble attempts at manufacturing then made by the American colonists. No one knew better than Franklin how to handle the powerful weapon of irony.]

SIR, I beg leave to say that all the articles of news that seem improbable are not mere inventions. Some of them, I can assure you on the faith of a traveler, are serious truths. Give me leave to instance the various accounts the news-writers have given us, with so much honest zeal for the welfare of Poor Old England,

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3 inventions, fabrications; false ? entreated, treated, dealt with. I things invented.

wax, grow.

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