Unformatted text preview: A preacher named Hemphill arrived in Philadelphia in 1734 and delivered many excellent sermons which Franklin admired. When orthodox Presbyterians began attacking him, Franklin led his defense. But someone discovered that Hemphill was memorizing and preaching other people's sermons. While Franklin found this idea sound, feeling it better to deliver a good sermon of another's than a bad sermon of one's own, Hemphill was forced to leave town. About this time Franklin acquired a reading knowledge of French and began studying Italian. He agreed with a chess partner who was also studying Italian that whoever won a game would give the other a grammar assignment. &quot;We thus beat one another into that Language,&quot; Franklin later recalled. After learning to read Spanish too, Franklin found that Latin was easy. He thus concluded that the order in which languages were taught should be reversed; Latin was easy to learn after French, and...
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- Fall '09