Benjamin Franklin Representative selections, with introduction, bibliograpy, and notes

By Benjamin Franklin

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Transcriber's Notes:

1. Passages in italics are surrounded by _underscores_

Words with gesperrt (wide) letter spacing are surrounded with =equals=

2. The editor of the original book marked some mispelled words with
[_sic_], and these have been retained as written, uncorrected.

Additional words found to be mispelled have been corrected and are
listed under "Spelling Corrections" at the end of this e-text.

Additionally this work contains a large number of word spelling
variations found to be valid in Webster's English Dictionary as well
as several unverified spellings that appear multiple times and
inconsistant word capitalization and hyphenation, all of which have
been retained as printed. The interested reader will find an
alphabetic "Word Variations" list at the end of this e-text.

3. Numbered footnotes in Sections I-VII of the Introduction have been
relocated to the end of the Introduction and marked with an "i-".
Lettered footnotes in the "Selections" have been relocated directly
under the paragraph they pertain to.

4. Additional Transcriber's Notes are located at the "Poor Richards
Almanack" facsimile reproduction beginning on page 225, and at the
end of this e-text.

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_General Editor_



_Volumes of representative selections, prepared by American scholars
under the general editorship of Harry Hayden Clark, University of

_Volumes now ready are starred._

AMERICAN TRANSCENDENTALISTS, _Raymond Adams, University of North

*WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT, _Tremaine McDowell, University of Minnesota_

*JAMES FENIMORE COOPER, _Robert E. Spiller, Swarthmore College_

*JONATHAN EDWARDS, _Clarence H. Faust, University of Chicago, and Thomas
H. Johnson, Hackley School_

*RALPH WALDO EMERSON, _Frederic I. Carpenter, Harvard University_

*BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, _Frank Luther Mott and Chester E. Jorgenson,
University of Iowa_

Cornell University_


*NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, _Austin Warren, Boston University_

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, _Robert Shafer, University of Cincinnati_


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