By Charles William Eliot

Vol. 1: FRANKLIN, WOOLMAN, PENN
- His Autobiography, via Benjamin Franklin
- magazine , via John Woolman
- end result of Solitude, by means of William Penn

The Harvard Classics, initially referred to as Dr. Eliot's 5 Foot Shelf, is a 51-volume anthology of vintage works from global literature, compiled and edited through Harvard college president Charles W. Eliot and primary released in 1909.

Eliot had said in speeches that the weather of a liberal schooling should be got via spending quarter-hour an afternoon examining from a suite of books that may healthy on a five-foot shelf. (Originally he had acknowledged a three-foot shelf.) The writer P. F. Collier and Son observed a chance and challenged Eliot to make reliable in this assertion through making a choice on a suitable number of works, and the Harvard Classics was once the result.

Eliot labored for three hundred and sixty five days with William A. Neilson, a professor of English; Eliot made up our minds the works to be integrated and Neilson chosen the explicit variants and wrote introductory notes. every one quantity had 400-450 pages, and the integrated texts are "so a long way as attainable, whole works or entire segments of the world's written legacies." the gathering used to be commonly marketed through Collier and Son, in Collier's journal and in other places, with nice good fortune.

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And conceiving God to be the fountain of knowledge, i assumed it correct and essential to solicit his counsel for acquiring it; to this finish I shaped the subsequent litde prayer, which was once prefix'd to my tables of exam, for day-by-day use. "O robust Goodness! bountiful Father! merciful advisor! bring up in me that knowledge which discovers my truest curiosity. increase my reso- HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY eighty three lutions to accomplish what that knowledge dictates. settle for my kjnd workplaces to thy different kids because the basically go back in my energy for thy continuous favors to me! ' I used additionally occasionally a litde prayer which I took from Thomson's Poems, viz. : "Father of sunshine and lifestyles, thou solid ideally suited! O educate me what's strong; train me Thyself! keep me from folly, vainness, and vice, From each low pursuit; and fill my soul With wisdom, awake peace, and advantage natural; Sacred, large, never-fading bliss! " The principle of Order requiring that each a part of my company must have its disbursed time, one web page in my little e-book contain'd the subsequent scheme of employment for the twenty-four hours of a average day: THE MOHNINC. query. upward thrust, wash, and tackle robust Goodness! Contrive day's company, and take the answer of the day; prosecute the current examine, and breakfast. What strong shall I do"S at the present time? paintings. midday. night. S - -) 1 2 1 learn, or forget my money owed, and ' dine. 2 \ I paintings. four S. ' query. What solid have I performed to-day. ' evening. placed issues of their locations. Supper. tune or diversion, or dialog. exam of the day. Sleep. I enter'd upon the execution of this plan for self-examination, and continu'd it with occasional intermissions for it slow. i used to be surpris'd to discover myself quite a bit fuller of faults than I had imagined; 84 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN yet I had the pride of seeing them scale back. T o stay away from the difficulty of renewing at times my little ebook, which, through scraping out the marks at the paper of outdated faults to make room for brand spanking new ones in a brand new direction, grew to become jam-packed with holes, I transferr'd my tables and precepts to the ivory leaves of a memorandum publication, on which the traces have been drawn with purple ink, that made a sturdy stain, and on these strains I mark'd my faults with a black-lead pencil, which marks i'll simply wipe out with a rainy sponge. After your time I went thro' one path merely in a 12 months, and later on just one in different years, until at size I passed over them completely, being employ'd in voy­ a while and company in a foreign country, with a multiplicity of affairs that inter­ fered; yet I consistently carried my little booklet with me. My scheme of ORDER gave me the main hassle; and that i chanced on that, tho' it'd be potential the place a man's enterprise was once comparable to to depart him the disposition of his time, that of a journeyman printer, for example, it used to be impossible to be precisely saw by means of a grasp, who needs to combine with the realm, and infrequently obtain humans of industrial at their very own hours. Order, too, with reference to locations for issues, papers, and so on. , i discovered extreamly tricky to obtain.

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