Poor Richard's Almanack

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Poor Richard's Almanack
Benjamin Franklin

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Poor Richard's Almanack 1733
Poor Richard 1734
Poor Richard 1735
Poor Richard 1736
Poor Richard 1737
Poor Richard 1738
Poor Richard 1739
Poor Richard 1740
Poor Richard 1741
Poor Richard 1742
Poor Richard 1743
Poor Richard 1744
Poor Richard 1745
Poor Richard 1746
Poor Richard 1747
Poor Richard Improved 1748
Poor Richard Improved 1749

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Poor Richard Improved 1750
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Poor Richard Improved 1758

Poor Richard's Almanack
1733
Courteous Reader,
I might in this place at tempt to gain thy Favour, by declaring that I write Almanacks with no other View than that of the publick Good; but in this I should not be sincere; and Men are now a-days too wise to be deceiv'd by Pretences how specious soever. The plain Truth of the Matter is, I am excessive poor, and my Wife, good Woman, is, I tell her, excessive proud; she cannot bear, she says, to sit spinning in her Shift of Tow, while I do nothing but gaze at the Stars; and has threatned more than once to burn all my Books and Rattling-Traps (as she calls my Instruments) if I do not make some profitable Use of them for the good of my Family. The Printer has offer'd me some considerable share of the Profits, and I have thus begun to comply with my Dame's desire.

Indeed this Motive would have had Force enough to have made me publish an Almanack many Years since, had it not been overpower'd by my Regard for my good Friend and Fellow-Student, Mr. Titan Leeds, whose Interest I was extreamly unwilling to hurt: But this Obstacle (I am far from speaking it with Pleasure) is soon to be removed, since inexorable Death, who was never known to respect Merit, has already prepared the mortal Dart, the fatal Sister has already extended her destroying Shears, and that ingenious Man must soon be taken from us. He dies, by my Calculation made at his Request, on Oct. 17. 1733. 3 ho. 29 m. P.M. at the very instant of the xxx of xxx and xxx: By his own Calculation he will survive till the 26th of the same Month. This small difference between us we have disputed whenever we have met these 9 Years past; but at length he is inclinable to agree with my Judgment; Which of us is most exact, a little Time will now determine. As therefore these Provinces may not longer expect to see any of his Performances after this Year, I think my self free to take up the Task, and request a share of the publick Encouragement; which I am the more apt to hope for on this Account, that the Buyer of my Almanack may consider himself, not only as purchasing an useful Utensil, but as performing an Act of Charity, to his poor Friend and Servant

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R. SAUNDERS.

Never spare the Parson's wine, nor the Baker's pudding.
Visits should be short, like a winters day,
Lest you're too troublesom hasten away.
A house without woman & Fire-light, is like a body without soul or sprite. Kings & Bears often worry their keepers.
Light purse, heavy heart.
He's a Fool that makes his Doctor his Heir.
Ne'er take a wife till thou hast a house (& a fire) to put her in. He's gone, and forgot nothing but to say Farewel—to his creditors. Love well, whip well.
Let my respected friend J. G.
Accept this humble verse of me. viz.
Ingenious, learned, envy'd Youth,
Go on as thou'st began;
Even thy enemies take pride
That thou'rt their countryman.
Hunger never saw bad bread.
Beware of meat twice boil'd, & an old foe reconcil'd.
Great Talkers, little Doers.
A rich rogue, is like a fat hog, who never does good til as dead as a log. Relation without friendship, friendship without power, power without will, will witho. effect, effect without profit, & profit without vertue, are not worth a farto.

Eat to live, and not live...
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