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

By Benjamin Franklin

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there is no evidence that Franklin as early as 1728 read such
works (popular in the colonies) as De Ramsay's _The Travels of Cyrus_
and Rowe's translation of _The Golden Sayings of Pythagoras_, the
manner in which oriental lore augmented science and Masonry in
fostering deism is an intriguing problem in eighteenth-century
colonial letters.

[i-448] See I. W. Riley, _op. cit._, 249. Also see C. M. Walsh,
"Franklin and Plato," _Open Court_, XX, 129 ff.

[i-449] See _Writings_, II, 95-6 (1728).

[i-450] John Ray's _The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the
Creation_ (London, 1827; first ed. 1691), 31-2.

[i-451] _The Augustan Age_, 54-5.

[i-452] _Selections from the Writings of Fenelon_, ed. by Mrs. Follen
(Boston, 1861), 51-2.

[i-453] _Ibid._, 59.

[i-454] _Ibid._, 47.

[i-455] In Preface to _The Works of the British Poets_, ed. by R.
Anderson (London, 1795), 592. Since Franklin frequented Batson's in
Cornhill, it is possible that through Dr. Pemberton he might have met
Sir R. Blackmore, who was one of its best patrons.

[i-456] _Ibid._, 611.

[i-457] See Ray, _op. cit._, 143: "I persuade myself, that the
beautiful and gracious Author of man's being and faculties, and all
things else, delights in the beauty of his creation, and is well
pleased with the industry of man, in adorning the earth with beautiful
cities and castles...."

[i-458] _The Relation of John Locke to English Deism_, 133.

[i-459] See P. S. Wood, "Native Elements in English Neo-Classicism,"
_Modern Philology_, XXIV, 201-8 (Nov., 1926).

[i-460] See C. E. Jorgenson's "The Source of Benjamin Franklin's
Dialogues between Philocles and Horatio (1730)," _American
Literature_, VI, 337-9 (Nov., 1934).

[i-461] _Writings_, II, 203.

[i-462] _Ibid._, II, 467.

[i-463] Facsimile reprint by W. Pepper (Philadelphia, 1931), 27 note.

[i-464] See _Almanac_ for 1753.

[i-465] _Writings_, II, 288.

[i-466] _Ibid._, II, 429. See also II, 434-5.

[i-467] See W. J. Campbell, _op. cit._

[i-468] No. 570 (Nov. 15, 1739), No. 565 (Oct. 11, 1739), and No. 628
(Dec. 25, 1740), for example, are loaded with tributes to the
effective preaching and contagious saintliness of this preacher of the
Great Awakening.

[i-469] No. 618 (Oct. 16, 1740). Franklin's _General Magazine and
Historical Chronicle_ contains many Whitefield references.

[i-470] _Writings_, II, 316. In general, emotional Methodism was not
responsive to science as a basis for rationalistic deism, although to
a considerable extent Methodism and deism synchronized in their
endeavor to relieve social suffering. See U. Lee's able study, _The
Historical Backgrounds of Early Methodist Enthusiasm_ (New York,

[i-471] Rev. L. Tyerman, _Life of the Reverend George Whitefield_
(London, 1876), I, 439.

[i-472] _Ibid._, II, 283-4.

[i-473] _Ibid._, II, 540-1.

[i-474] _Ibid._, II, 541.

[i-475] See H. H. Clark's "An Historical Interpretation of Thomas
Paine's Religion," _University of California Chronicle_,

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Signed, GEORGE WASHINGTON, _President of the United States_.