Ben Franklin sign, Lexington Rd & Shadyside Ave, Concord, MA

Sign in front of farm and farm stand: ""There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors. This is robbery. The second is by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle wrought by the hand of God in his facor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry. BEN FRANKLIN" (From Franklin's Positions to be Examined, April 4, 1769) Franklin, I assume, was being playfully ironic, but the sign presents the lines sincerely.

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