Franklin believed that good writing was smooth

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Franklin believed that good writing was smooth, clear, and short. It is an amusing commentary on the  lesser talents of his critics that they have needed so many words — "simple," "clear," "terse,"  "limpid," "economical," "plain," etc. — to say that Franklin's prose met his personal criteria. The  simplicity of the style is so dominant a characteristic, in fact, that the major efforts of some critics are  spent pointing out exceptions to the rule. Some versions of the  Autobiography  do contain complex,  unclear sentences, for example: Having emerged from the poverty and obscurity in which I was born and bred to a state of affluence  and some degree of reputation in the world, and having gone so far through life with a considerable  share of felicity, the conducing means I made use of, which, with the blessing of God, so well 
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