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<Text id=FraPoor> <Author>Franklin, Benjamin</Author> <Title>Poor Richard's Almanac, 1733-1758</Title> <Edition>[Selections. 1987] Writings. Library of America. J.A. Leo Lemay, ed. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, 1987</Edition> <Date>1733-1758</Date> <body> <div0> <loc><locdoc>FraPoor185</locdoc> <milestone n=1185><p><i>Poor Richard, 1733</i> <p><i>Courteous Reader</i>, <p>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 m . . .
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