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" By comparing my work afterwards with the original, I discovered many faults and amended them ; but I sometimes had the pleasure of fancying that, in certain particulars of small import, I had been lucky enough to improve the method or the language, and... "
Speech and Scrap Book for Speakers - Page 267
1924 - 304 pages
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin - 2007 - 160 pages
...By comparing my work afterwards with the original, I discovered many faults and amended them; but 1 sometimes had the pleasure of fancying that, in certain...come to be a tolerable English writer, of which I was extreamly ambitious. My time for these exercises and for reading was at night, after work or before...
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Franklin: The Autobiography and Other Writings on Politics, Economics, and ...

Benjamin Franklin - 2004 - 381 pages
...By comparing my work afterwards with the original, I discover'd many faults and amended them; hut l sometimes had the Pleasure of Fancying that in certain Particulars of small Import, I had heen lucky enough to improve the Method or the Language and this encourag'd me to think I might possihly...
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Intimacy In America: Dreams Of Affiliation In Antebellum Literature

Peter Coviello - 2005 - 229 pages
...Method in the Arrangement of Thoughts. By comparing my work afterwards with the original, I discover'd many faults and amended them; but I sometimes had...enough to improve the Method or the Language and this encourag'd me to think I might possibly in time come to be a tolerable English Writer, of which I was...
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Rediscovering America

Brian W. Fairbanks - 2005 - 92 pages
...Spectator, Britain's leading literary magazine. "By comparing my work afterwards with the original...I sometimes had the pleasure of fancying that in certain...import, I had been lucky enough to improve the method of the language..." he writes, displaying arrogance (the improvements made to the professional writer's...
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Brian W. Fairbanks - Writings

Brian W. Fairbanks - 2005 - 704 pages
...Spectator, Britain's leading literary magazine. "By comparing my work afterwards with the original...I sometimes had the pleasure of fancying that in certain...import, I had been lucky enough to improve the method of the language..." he writes, displaying arrogance (the improvements made to the professional writer's...
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A Passion for Learning: The Education of Seven Eminent Americans

Philip A. Cusick - 2005 - 183 pages
...improve the method or the language [of The Spectator's story] and this encouraged me to think that I might possibly in time come to be a tolerable English writer, of which I was extremely ambitious" (p. 13). Franklin also followed the practice of copying into a commonplace book passages from what...
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Franklin on Franklin

Paul M. Zall - 2005 - 315 pages
...me Method in the Arrangement of Thoughts. By comparing afterwards with the original, I discover 'd many faults and amended them; but I sometimes had the Pleasure of Fancying that in certain places I had been lucky enough to 22 improve the Method or the Language and this encourag'd me to think...
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Including Poor Richard's Almanac ...

Benjamin Franklin - 2005 - 320 pages
...sometimes had the pleasure to fancy that in certain particulars of small consequence I had been fortunate enough to improve the method or the language, and this encouraged me to think that I might in time come to be a tolerable English writer, of which I was extremely ambitious. The...
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Ben Franklin's Philadelphia: A Guide

Tom Huntington - 2006 - 88 pages
...into prose. "Then I compar'd my Spectator with the Original," he wrote years later. "I discover 'd many faults and amended them; but I sometimes had...enough to improve the Method or the Language and this encourag'd me to think I might possibly in time come to be a tolerable English Writer, of which I was...
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The Library of Benjamin Franklin

Edwin Wolf, Kevin J. Hayes - 2006 - 966 pages
...Method in the Arrangement of Thoughts. By comparing my Work afterwards with the Original, I discover'd many faults and amended them; but I sometimes had...Import, I had been lucky enough to improve the Method of the Language and this encourag'd me to think I might possibly in time come to be a tolerable English...
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