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From 'True Stories from History and Biography'
Excerpt: llow ochre and a
piece of indigo, and with brushes made of the black cat's fur.
"Verily," said Mr. Pennington, "the boy hath a wonderful faculty. Some
of our friends might look upon these matters as vanity; but little
Benjamin appears to have been born a painter; and Providence is wiser
than we are."
The good merchant patted Benjamin on the head, and evidently considered
him a wonderful boy. When his parents saw how much their son's
performances were admired, they, no doubt, remembered the prophecy of
the old Quaker preacher respecting Ben's future eminence. Yet they
could not understand how he was ever to bccome a very great and useful
man merely by making pictures.
One evening, shortly after Mr. Pennington's return to Philadelphia, a
package arrived at Springfield, directed to our little friend Ben.
"What can it possibly be?" thought Ben, when it was put into his hands.
"Who can have sent me such a great square package as this?"
On taking off the thick brown paper which enveloped it, beho