Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography is considered the most readable book published in America in the 18th century. He wrote it at odd moments during the last twenty years of his life. The first five chapters were in the form of a letter written in 1771 to his son, the then Governor of New Jersey, and were intended to be read only by his family. This selection, transcribed by me in Anniversary Gregg, is from the first part and relates how, when opportunities for formal schooling were very limited, Franklin trained himself in reading and writing. There is a lot of wisdom, common sense, and knowledge of human nature in his words.