Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and PainIt was in London that Benjamin Franklin printed the first of his many pamphlets, an attack on conservative religion, called "A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain." Though he met some interesting persons in London, he returned to Philadelphia as soon as he was able.
Mechanical IngenuityBenjamin Franklin's mechanical ingenuity first revealed itself during his employment as a printer. He invented a method of casting type and making ink.
Junto SocietyThe ability to make friends was one of Benjamin Franklin's traits, and the number of his acquaintances grew rapidly. "I grew convinced," he wrote, "that truth, sincerity, and integrity in dealings between man and man were of the utmost importance to the felicity of life." Not long after his return from England he founded the Junto Society, a literary group that debated and criticized the writings of the members.
Necessity of a Paper CurrencyThe father of an apprentice at Samuel Keimer's print shop decided to back his son and Benjamin in starting their own print shop. The son soon sold his share, and Benjamin Franklin was left with his own business at the age of twenty-four. He anonymous printed a pamphlet on "The Nature and Necessity of a Paper Currency" calling attention to the need for paper money in Pennsylvania, and succeeded in winning the contract to print the money.
Benjamin Franklin wrote, "A very profitable job, and a great help to me. Small favors were thankfully received. And, I took care not only to be inreality industrious and frugal, but to avoid all appearances to the contrary. I drest plainly; I was seen at no places of idle diversion. And, to show that I was not above my business, I sometimes brought home the paper I purchased at the stores thru the streets on a wheelbarrow."