"In December of the year 1732," says Bigelow's "Life of Franklin," "Franklic comineuced the publication of what he styled 'Poor Ricbard's Almanack,' price fivepenco. It attained au aslonishing popuiarity, and at once. Three editions were sold within the mouth of its appearance. The average sale for 25 years was 10,000 a year. He was sometirnes obliged to put it to press in October to get a supply of copies to the remóte colonies by the beginning of the year. It has beou trauslated intoiiearly, ; if not quite every, written language, ; aud several different translations of it have been made into the Freuch and the Gerruan. It contains some of the besl fun, as well as the wisest counsel, that ever eruanated f rom his pen. ' '