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

By Benjamin Franklin

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Printers and Printing_ (London, 1839),
714 note.

[i-168] R. A. Austen Leigh, "William Strahan and His Ledgers," in
_Transactions of the Bibliographical Society_, N. S. III, 286. For
Strahan see also Spottiswoode & Co.'s _The Story of a Printing House,
Being a Short Account of the Strahans and Spottiswoodes_ (London,
1911); and Timperley, _op. cit._, 754-6.

[i-169] See G. S. Eddy, "Correspondence Between Dr. Benjamin Franklin
and John Walter, Regarding the Logographic Process of Printing,"
_Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society_, N. S. XXXVIII,
349-69 (Oct., 1928).

[i-170] _Writings_, II, 175.

[i-171] See W. P. and J. P. Cutler, _Life, Journals and Correspondence
of Rev. Manasseh Cutler_, I, 269, letter of July 13, 1787; also G. S.
Eddy, _op. cit._

[i-172] See Thomas, _loc. cit._

[i-173] A notable exception was the type of "letter to the editor"
which Franklin used as a means of suggesting reforms, such as those
affecting the city watch, the fire companies, and the cleaning and
lighting of the streets. See J. B. McMaster, _Benjamin Franklin as a
Man of Letters_, 82-5.

[i-174] A correspondent of Franklin's paper commended Zenger's stand
(see _Pennsylvania Gazette_, May 11-18, 1738; reprinted in W. G.
Bleyer, _Main Currents in the History of American Journalism_, 66-7),
but Franklin shrewdly kept his own paper free of factional politics.
See Livingston Rutherford, _John Peter Zenger_ (New York, 1904).

[i-175] See Clarence S. Brigham, "American Newspapers to 1820,"
_Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society_, N. S. XXXII, 157-9
(April, 1922), for detailed bibliography of the _Gazette_.

[i-176] A. H. Smyth, _Philadelphia Magazines and Their Contributors_,

[i-177] _Writings_, I, 360.

[i-178] For a list of the printers with whom Franklin had such
connections, see M. R. King, "One Link in the First Newspaper Chain,
the _South Carolina Gazette," Journalism Quarterly_, IX, 257 (Sept.,

[i-179] For sketches of both magazines, see L. N. Richardson, _A
History of Early American Magazines_, 17-35, and F. L. Mott, _A
History of American Magazines_, 1741-1850, 71-7. See also Philip
Biddison, "The Magazine Franklin Failed to Remember," _American
Literature_, IV, 177 (June, 1932); the writer thinks certain
accusations in the Bradford-Franklin controversy over the magazines
discreditable to Franklin, so that the latter's lapse of memory saved
him "embarrassment."

[i-180] See letter to John Wright, Nov. 4, 1789 (_Writings_, X, 60-3).
For European backgrounds of Franklin's economic views see Gide and
Rist, in Bibliography. On American backgrounds the standard work is E.
A. J. Johnson's _American Economic Thought in the Seventeenth Century_
(London, 1932), which shows the intimate relation between economic and
religious theories.

[i-181] Lewis J. Carey, _Franklin's Economic Views_ (Garden City, N.
Y., 1928), 72.

[i-182] Cited in Carey, 73. He had used in this article facts lent by
Benezet concerning

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He had printed an address of the house to the governor in a coarse, blundering manner; we reprinted it elegantly and correctly, and sent one to every member.
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--Avoid extremes: forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
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In the evening, hearing a great noise among them, the commissioners walked to see what was the matter; we found they had made a great bonfire in the middle of the square: they were all drunk, men and women, quarrelling and fighting.
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It was the beginning of January when we set out upon this business of building forts; I sent one detachment towards the Minisink, with instructions to erect one for the security of that upper part of the country, and another to the lower part with similar instructions; and I concluded to go myself with the rest of my force to Gnadenhutten,.
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He engaged in a course of electrical experiments with all the ardour and thirst for discovery which characterized the philosophers of that day.
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assemblies, and discovered an aptitude in his remarks on all occasions.
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"All the directions herein given respecting the disposition and management of the donation to the inhabitants of Boston, I would have observed respecting that to the inhabitants of Philadelphia; only, as Philadelphia is incorporated, I request the corporation of that city to undertake the management agreeably to the said directions, and I do hereby vest them with full and ample powers for that purpose.
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of Liberty, I give to my friend and the friend of mankind, General Washington.
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_ Certainly, many, and very heavy taxes.
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_ No, they will never submit to it.
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_ Are not ferrymen in America obliged, by act of Parliament, to carry over the posts without pay? _A.
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" Now I am about to mention something of Indians, I beg that I may not be understood as framing apologies for _all_ Indians.
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Fly where.
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We indeed seem to _feel_ our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running all about in search of it.
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As the colonies could not choose "_another_ tax" while they disclaimed _every_ tax, the Parliament passed the stamp-act.