Skip to comments.Poor Richard's Almanack complete, unedited, originally sourced
Posted on 02/02/2013 8:04:49 AM PST by ProgressingAmerica
Searching Google Books for Poor Richard's has become somewhat of an exercise in frustration for me. Typically, what you will find are compilations. Authors who have looked at Franklins' works and decided what should be considered "greatest hits" quotations. Consider me uninterested.
So I finally got my hands on a copy from the library which contained the original constructs of Poor Richards' as Franklin wrote them, that way I would know what to search for. Below, you will see where to find all of them online, in their original context.
1733, 1734, 1735, 1736, 1737 ,1738, 1739
1740 ,1741, 1742, 1743, 1744, 1745, 1746
1747, 1748, 1749, 1750, 1751, 1752
1753, 1754, 1755, 1756, 1757, 1758
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“Two Beggars travelling along,
One blind, the other lame,
Pickd up an Oyster on the Way
To which they both laid claim:
The Matter rose so high, that they
Resolvd to go to Law,
As often richer Fools have done,
Who quarrel for a Straw.
A Lawyer took it strait in hand,
Who knew his Business was,
To mind nor one nor tother side,
But make the best o th Cause;
As always in the Laws the Case:
So he his Judgment gave,
And Lawyer-like he thus resolvd
What each of them should have:
Blind Plaintiff, lame Defendant, share
The Friendly Laws impartial Care,
A Shell for him, a Shell for thee,
The Middle is the Lawyers Fee.”
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