header by Emerson Taymor, 2005
9. The Twenties
14. The Sixties
Benjamin Franklin, letter, 1758
A Man of Words, and not of Deeds,
'Tis pity that Good Works among some sorts of people are so little Valued, and Good Words admired in their Stead; I mean seemingly Pious Discourses instead of Humane Benevolent Actions. These they almost put out of countenance, by calling Morality rotten Morality; Righteousness, ragged Rigteousness and even flithy Rags; and when you mention Virtue, they pucker up their Noses as if they smelt a Stink; at the same time that they eagerly snuff up an empty canting Harangue as if it was a Posie of the Choicest Flowers. So they have inverted the good old Verse, and say now
A Man of Deeds and not of Words
I have forgot the Rhime, but remember 'tis something the very Reverse of a Perfume.