• O powerful goodness! Bountiful Father! Merciful Guide! Increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interest. Strengthen my resolution to perform what that wisdom dictates. Accept my kind offices to thy other children as the only return in my power for thy continual favours to me.

    Benjamin Franklin, William Temple Franklin (1850). “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: Published Verbatim from the Original Manuscript, by His Grandson, William Temple Franklin”, p.79
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