Apology for Offending

My apology as well, written by Ben Franklin.

“3. That hence arises the peculiar Unhappiness of that Business, which other Callings are no way liable to,they who follow Printing being scarce able to do anything in their way of getting a Living which shall not probably give Offense to some, and perhaps to many; whereas the Smith, the Shoemaker, the Carpenter, or the Man of any other Trade may work indifferently for People of all Persuasions without offending any of them; and the Merchant may buy and sell with Jews, Turks,¬†Heretics, and Infidels of all sorts, and get Money by every one of them, without giving Offense to the most

  1. Printers are educated in the Belief that when Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick; and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter. Hence they cheerfully serve all contending Writers that pay them well, without regarding on which side they are of the Question in Dispute.”


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