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How Benjamin Franklin Established the Public Library in Philadelphia

Benjamin Franklin landed in Philadelphia on the 11th of October year 1725, where he found Keith, whom he expected to be the governor, being a common citizen. On the other hand, Keimer who had previously employed him in his prior stay in Philadelphia, had improved his conditions, and had obtained a better house, a well-stocked shop with stationery, plenty of varieties, and several workers. The workers were, however, not good and, therefore, unfit to business.

Soon, Mr. Denham and Benjamin Franklin opened a business, which challenged Benjamin Franklin to study accounting to enhance his input into the business. However, in the February 1726, both Mr. Denham and Franklin became sick, which left Mr. Denham death, leaving Franklin a small legacy.

Franklin’s brother-in-law Holmes who was then in Philadelphia advised him to return to the business, which he had already quit. Franklin was again employed by Keimer for a higher pay, but after lacking a better place to go. After working for some while for Keimer, they, however, broke a part, and Franklin planned of returning to his homeland, but was stopped by his colleague Meredith. They entered into an agreement of partnering with Meredith’s father to open up a printing house parallel to that of Keimer.  However, before the arrival of merchandise, Franklin was again employed by Keimer, who had a deal of printing some paper money in New Jersey. The deal gave Franklin an opportunity to network with  the personnel involved in controlling the printing of money, because he  was well learned and informed out of his  culture of reading.

Franklin was a free thinker having been brought up in Christian doctrines, but become a Deist due to his critical thinking influenced by books.  Even, though,   he was in a sort of controversial position, he leaped a sense of principles that boosted his human relations. He highly regarded truth, sincerity, and integrity while dealing with people.  These traits, he attributed to have been beneficial in his later appearance in public for business. Eventually, the Merchandise arrived at a time when Franklin had decisively left Keimer. Franklin continued being assistive and open to the industrious and beneficial people to the new-found printing house, while he overlooked the croakers.

A time later, Meredith’s father was unable to pay for the printing house, and the business faced a closer after a bail and a short period of time before the possibility of judgment being passed, which would have led to the press and letter being sold at half price. There entered two friends of Franklin, who offered to solve the situation only after he had consented on terminating his partnership with Meredith. As luck would have had it, Meredith proposed of his quitting the partnership in the business and so Franklin set to business solely.

Upon gaining solidarity in his business, Franklin debated in his country for the need of paper money, and even though this faced opposition from the rich; the minority in the society had their way. This was because, unlike the rich who had no scholars to print their case; the poor had Franklin, and they rewarded him by the contract to print the paper money. This boosted his library even the more.

Franklin's quest for moral perfection

Franklin had a quest for moral perfection, which he sought, as a bold and arduous project. He wished to live a faultless life and hoped to conquer all the natural inclination, company and customs imposed flaws. Franklin, however, found out his weakness in pursuing moral perfection, but he was so determined that he devised a method of its attainment. As his determination and oddity dictated Franklin wrote down the virtues of temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, and sincerity among others plus what they meant to him. He used the process of taking one virtue at a time, practicing it to perfection and then assuming the other until he was through with all the thirteen virtues. The order was of attainment of the virtues was also specifically planned for ultimate results.

However, Franklin failed to achieve perfection at the step of order, which proved hard to maintain. He finally eluded his final situation of wanting to settle for less, to that of an axe buyer who wanted it ground, but was unable to keep the blacksmiths mill rotating. He finally settled for a speckled axe claiming that it was the best.  Therefore, by stating that, "a speckled ax is best', meant that his settling without making further efforts towards moral perfection was best settled at a point of not obtaining the order.

Was Franklin a religious man?

Finally, Franklin can be considered to have been a religious man. This is because he inferred to the bible in most of the reasoning and endeavors. For instance, he inferred from the proverbs of Solomon, “length of days is in her right hand…” He also made efforts to emulate the character of Jesus as is expected to many Christians. He conceived God to be the fountain of wisdom and prayed thus, “O powerful Goodness! Bountiful father! Merciful Guide! Increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interests. Strengthen my resolutions to perform what that wisdom dictates.”

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