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Deep-Rooted: Benjamin Franklin’s Values and Ours

Deep-Rooted: Benjamin Franklin’s Values and Ours

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An exercise experimenting with personal interpretation and opinion, taken from the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

I chose a passage that had meaning to me; described and quoted it.

I then chose 5 words from the paragraph, whose meaning or usage has changed since that time; defined them separately.

I then paraphrased the original quote; described and explained it.

I then rewrote it creatively, choosing to do so in a poem; described and explained it.

Finally, I gave a bit more insight into the chosen passage; but truthfully, I can no longer remember the original question(s) steering that particular insight.
An exercise experimenting with personal interpretation and opinion, taken from the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

I chose a passage that had meaning to me; described and quoted it.

I then chose 5 words from the paragraph, whose meaning or usage has changed since that time; defined them separately.

I then paraphrased the original quote; described and explained it.

I then rewrote it creatively, choosing to do so in a poem; described and explained it.

Finally, I gave a bit more insight into the chosen passage; but truthfully, I can no longer remember the original question(s) steering that particular insight.

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History 102-03Second Short Paper:Franklin’s Values and OursDEEP-ROOTEDByMelinda S. WrocklageUniversity of LouisvilleMarch 23, 2004
 
DEEP-ROOTED
Out of Franklin’s autobiography, I chose a single sentence from theparagraph in which he explained about setting up a Journeyman into hisown Printing-House, paying 1/3
rd
of the expense and due to receive 1/3
rd
of the profits for a set amount of time. This particular Journeyman wasnot an accomplished bookkeeper; he seldom paid Franklin his due of theprofits, nor did he provide a clear statement of the partnership or evenkeep an up-to-date ledger. In the sentence I chose, Franklin explainsthat the man’s widow very competently continued the business,rectifying her late-husband’s short-comings. He went on to explain thathe brought this up in his autobiography to advocate that American women should also learn bookkeeping as a part of their education, whichhas a potentially greater usefulness to them than “Music and Dancing”.(The entire paragraph can be found on page 108.)“On his Decease, the Business was continued by his Widow, who being born & bred in Holland, where as I have beeninform’d the Knowledge of Accompts makes a Part of FemaleEducation, she not only sent me as clear a State as shecould find of the Transactions past, but continu’d to account with the greatest Regularity & Exactitude every Quarterafterwards; and manag’d the Business with such Successthat she not only brought up reputably a Family of Children,but at the Expiration of the Term was able to purchase of methe Printinghouse and establish her Son in it.” (Franklin, The Autobiography, Penguin Books, p. 108)For me to choose “Accompts” and “State” was rather simplistic, sincethey were most obviously archaic forms of more modern words; but I alsochose “Exactitude” and “Regularity” because I do not usually see themused in everyday spoken, or even formally written, English; lastly, I chose“Reputably”, suspecting that the importance on reputation may havediminished since Franklin’s time, which would effect the word’s useand/or meaning.Accompts (verb) archaic form of ACCOUNT; still occasionally written for the substantive in the sense of money reckoning.(vol. 1, p. 81)Accompts (accounting) (noun) - reckoning of money received andpaid
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a reckoning as to money, a statement of moneysreceived and expended, with calculation of the balance; adetailed statement of money due (vol. 1, p. 85)
Melinda S. WrocklagePage 2 of 67/23/2009
 
1727 Bless me, what immense sums are at the bottom of theaccompt! (Arbuthnot, Hist. John Bull)1852 Besides writing my lord’s letters, and arranging hisaccompts for him (Thackery, Estmond)State (statement) (noun) - a detailed enumeration or report of particulars or items; especially a statement of items of costor outlay, of actual or estimated expenses (vol. 16, p. 555)1701 I laid before the Speaker the State of what had benreceiv’d and paid towards the building of Greenwich Hospital(Evenlyn, Diary)1727 A state of the national debt as it stood Dec. 27, 1716(W. Pultney, title)Exactitude - the quality of being exact; attention to minutiæ,accuracy of detail, precision (vol. 5, p. 482)1734 There is..in virtue, an exactitude and steadiness orrather a kind of stiffness (Rollin’s Anc. Hist.)1859 Performing the initial duties to her dead with the aweand exactitude that belong to religious rites (Geo. Eliot,A. Bede)Regularity - the state or character of being regular (vol. 13,p. 523-524)1728 He must..have had no knowledge of the Regularity of that Life she led in Rome (Eliza Heywood, Mme. De Gomez’sBelle A.)1856 [He was] present at the services in chapel two or threetimes a day with unfailing regularity (Froude, Hist. Eng.)Reputably (adverb) - in a reputable or respectable manner (vol. 13,p. 678)1748 Hers is a protection I could more reputably fly to, thanto that of any other person (Richardson, Clarissa)
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