The Essays, Humourous, Moral and Literary; of the Late Benjamin Franklin

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1811 edition. Excerpt: ... The essays, humourous, moral and literary Benjamin Franklin nOSTOJV: PUBLISHED BY JOHN WEST AND CO. No 75, CORNHILL. 1811. E. G, House, printer. ESSAYS, HUMOUROUS, MORAL AND LITERARY. ON EARLT MARRIAGES, TO JOHN ALLEYNB, ESQ. DEAR JACK, Y*OU desire, you say, my impartial thoughts on the subject of an early marriage, by way of answer to the numberless objections that have been made by numerous persons to your own. You may remember, when you consulted me on the occasion, that I thought youth on both sides to be no objection. Indeed, from the marriages that have fallen under my observation, I am rather inclined to think, that early ones stand the best chance of. happiness. The temper and habits of the young are -not yet become so stiff and uncomplying, as when more - DEGREESadvanced in life; they form more easily to each I other, and hence many occasions of disgust are > removed. And if youth has less of that pru DEGREES dence which is necessary to manage a family, yet the parents and elder friends of young married persons are generally at hand to offer their advice, which amply supplies that defect; and by early marriage, youth is sooner formed to regular and useful life; and possibly some oP those accidents or connections, that might have injured the constitution, or reputation, or both, are thereby happily prevented. Particular circumstances of particular persons, may possibly sometimes make it prudent to delay entering into that state; but in general, when nature has rendered our bodies fit for it, the presumption is in nature's-favour, that she has not judged amiss in making us desire it. Late marriages are often attended, too, with this further inconvenience, that there is not the same chance that the p

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