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Old Mistresses Apologue

My dear Friend, June 25. 1745 I know of no Medicine fit to diminish the violent natural Inclinations you mention; and if I did, I think I should not communicate it to you. Marriage is the proper Remedy. It is the most natural State of Man, and therefore the State in which you are most…

Apology for the Young Man in Goal

An Apology for the young Man in Goal, and in Shackles, for ravishing an old Woman of 85 at Whitemarsh, who had only one Eye, and that a red one. Unhappy Youth, that could not longer stay, Till by old Age thy Choice had dy’d away; A few Days more had given to thy Arms,…

A Proposal for Promoting Useful Knowledge Among the British Plantations in America

The English are possess’d of a long Tract of Continent, from Nova Scotia to Georgia, extending North and South thro’ different Climates, having different Soils, producing different Plants, Mines and Minerals, and capable of different Improvements, Manufactures, &c. The first Drudgery of Settling new Colonies, which confines the Attention of People to mere Necessaries, is…

I Sing My Plain Country Joan

Poor RICHARD’s Description of his Country WIFE JOAN. A SONG — TUNE, The Hounds are all out 1. Of their Chloes and Phyllises Poets may prate, I will sing my plain COUNTRY JOAN; Twice twelve Years my Wife, still the Joy of my Life: Bless’d Day that I made her my own, My dear Friends.…

Letter from Theophilus, Relating to the Divine Prescience

To the Author of the GENERAL MAGAZINE. SIR, There is a Question in the Schools, and I think generally resolved in the Affirmative; Whether God concurs with all human Actions or not? That is, Whether he be the principal efficient Cause of every Action we produce? This Question, I say, is generally resolved in the…