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<PARA=”1″>Courteous Reader, I have heard that nothing gives an Author so great Pleasure, as to find his Works respectfully quoted by other learned Authors. This Pleasure I have seldom enjoyed; for tho’ I have been, if I may say it without Vanity, an eminent Author of Almanacks annually now a full Quarter of a Century, my Brother Authors in the same Way, for what Reason I know not, have ever been very sparing in their Applauses; and no other Author has taken the least Notice of me, so that did not my Writings produce me some solid Pudding, the great Deficiency of Praise would have quite discouraged me.<PARA=”2″>BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Preface, Poor Richard Improved: Being an Almanack and Ephemeris … for the Year of Our Lord, 1758, in The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Leonard W. Labaree, vol. 7, p. 340 (1963).