Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin Vocabulary List

aetat

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J. F. born 1655, died 1744, AEtat 89.

apparitor

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One of the children stood at the door to give notice if he saw the apparitor coming, who was an officer of the spiritual court.

associators

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Meanwhile, Colonel Lawrence, William Allen, Abram Taylor, Esqr., and myself were sent to New York by the associators, commission'd to borrow some cannon of Governor Clinton.

barbadoes

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He went to Barbadoes, and there lived some years in very poor circumstances.

becalm

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I believe I have omitted mentioning that, in my first voyage from Boston, being becalm'd off Block Island, our people set about catching cod, and hauled up a great many.

bohea

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good bohea do.

britain

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We took lodgings together in Little Britain[36] at three shillings and sixpence a week--as much as we could then afford.

briton

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[116] A celebrated prehistoric ruin, probably of a temple built by the early Britons, near Salisbury, England.

bunyan

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The homelier prose of Bunyan and Defoe gradually gave place to the more elegant and artificial language of Samuel Johnson, who set the standard for prose writing from 1745 onward.

caxton

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[44] A printing house is called a chapel because Caxton, the first English printer, did his printing in a chapel connected with Westminster Abbey.

cervantes

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[93] The "round, selfish, and self-important" squire of Don Quixote in Cervantes' romance of that name.

charing

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[92] A short street near Charing Cross, London.

correctest

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I had in it blanks of all sorts, the correctest that ever appear'd among us, being assisted in that by my friend Breintnal.

doggrel

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He had some letters, and was ingenious, but much of an unbeliever, and wickedly undertook, some years after, to travesty the Bible in doggrel verse, as Cotton had done Virgil.

donator

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[110] An English baronet (died in 1709), donator of a fund of PS100, "in trust for the Royal Society of London for improving natural knowledge."

drury

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[38] A popular comedian, manager of Drury Lane Theater.

dunciad

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[35] "In one of the later editions of the Dunciad occur the following lines: 'Silence, ye wolves!

eimer

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Bradford left me with Keimer, who was greatly surpris'd when I told him who the old man was.

frolicks

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I spent no time in taverns, games, or frolicks of any kind; and my industry in my business continu'd as indefatigable as it was necessary.

galatian

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See Galatians, chapter V, for the Christian plan of moral perfection.

germanized

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Many of them use a Germanized English.

hampshire

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Franklin began the story of his life while on a visit to his friend, Bishop Shipley, at Twyford, in Hampshire, southern England, in 1771.

hutted

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There was a saw-mill near, round which were left several piles of boards, with which we soon hutted ourselves; an operation the more necessary at that inclement season, as we had no tents.

indraught

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This indraught was probably the cause of what happened to us.

induc

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To which I have besides some other inducements.

irishman

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John----, a wild Irishman, brought up to no business, whose service, for four years, Keimer had purchased from the captain of a ship; he, too, was to be made a pressman.

lades

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One man builds the hull, another rigs her, a third lades and sails her.

libeling

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[75] In the conduct of my newspaper, I carefully excluded all libeling and personal abuse, which is of late years become so disgraceful to our country.

matronlike

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At Newport we took in a number of passengers for New York, among which were two young women, companions, and a grave, sensible, matronlike Quaker woman, with her attendants.

merlon

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It filled expeditiously, and the battery was soon erected, the merlons being fram'd of logs and fill'd with earth.

methodism

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[79] George Whitefield, pronounced Hwit'field (1714-1770), a celebrated English clergyman and pulpit orator, one of the founders of Methodism.

moravian

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The Moravian happen'd not to please his colleagues, and on his death they resolved to have no other of that sect.

muscovado

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good Muscovado do.

outbreaking

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He grew by degrees less civil, put on more of the master, frequently found fault, was captious, and seem'd ready for an outbreaking.

philippian

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[66] Compare Philippians iv, 8.

plutarch

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Plutarch's Lives there was in which I read abundantly, and I still think that time spent to great advantage.

prussia

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An Edict of The King of Prussia.

pythagoras

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Conceiving then, that, agreeably to the advice of Pythagoras[67] in his Golden Verses, daily examination would be necessary, I contrived the following method for conducting that examination.

quixote

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[93] The "round, selfish, and self-important" squire of Don Quixote in Cervantes' romance of that name.

riggite

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This, and my being esteem'd a pretty good riggite, that is, a jocular verbal satirist, supported my consequence in the society.

romish

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My lodging in Little Britain being too remote, I found another in Duke-street, opposite to the Romish Chapel.

sawney

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To this the poet adds the following note: 'James Ralph, a name inserted after the first editions, not known till he writ a swearing-piece called Sawney, very abusive of Dr.

scotland

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In 1746, being at Boston, I met there with a Dr. Spence, who was lately arrived from Scotland, and show'd me some electric experiments.

smyth

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[75] June 23 and July 7, 1730.--Smyth.

sophister

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I, who stood by and heard all, saw immediately that one of them was a crafty old sophister, and the other a mere novice.

sotting

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Those who continued sotting with beer all day, were often, by not paying, out of credit at the alehouse, and us'd to make interest with me to get beer; their light, as they phrased it, being out.

suppos

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"Had he died on the same day," you said, "one might have supposed a transmigration."

tatler

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Periodical literature reached its perfection early in the century in The Tatler and The Spectator of Addison and Steele.

thames

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[40] Law schools and lawyers' residences situated southwest of St. Paul's, between Fleet Street and the Thames.

unfinish

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It was clumsily and carelessly translated, and was imperfect and unfinished.