Convention of Pennsylvania. Appointed one of committee to
frame Declaration of Independence. In September appointed one
of three commissioners from Congress to the French court.
Leaves Philadelphia October 27; reaches Paris December 21.
1777. Elected member of Loge des Neuf Soeurs. Chosen associate
member of Royal Medical Society of Paris.
1778. Assists at initiation of Voltaire in Loge des Neuf Soeurs.
Officiates at Masonic funeral service of Voltaire. Signs
commercial treaty and alliance for mutual defense with France.
_The Ephemera._ Altercation with Arthur Lee.
1779. Minister plenipotentiary to French court. _The Whistle._
_Morals of Chess._ B. Vaughan edits Franklin's _Political,
Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces_.
1780. _Dialogue between Franklin and the Gout._
1781. Chosen Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences:
elected foreign member of Academy of Sciences, Letters, and
Arts of Padua, for work in natural philosophy and politics.
Appointed one of the peace commissioners to negotiate treaty
of peace between England and United States.
1782. Elected Venerable of Loge des Neuf Soeurs.
1783. Signs treaty with Sweden. Prints _Constitutions of the United
States_. Elected Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of
Edinburgh. Interest in balloons. Signs the Treaty of Paris
with John Jay and John Adams.
1784. With Le Roy, Bailly, Guillotin, Lavoisier, and others,
investigates Mesmer's animal magnetism (results in numerous
pamphlet reports). _Remarks Concerning the Savages of North
America. Advice to Such as Would Remove to America._ Chosen
member of Royal Academy of History, Madrid. At Passy resumes
work on _Autobiography_, beyond 1731.
1785. _Maritime Observations._ _On the Causes and Cure of Smoky
Chimneys._ Signs treaty of amity and commerce with Prussia.
Resigns as minister to French Court, and returns to
Philadelphia. President of Council of Pennsylvania (incumbent
Accordingly, I was employed in cutting the wick for the candles, filling the moulds for cast candles, attending the shop, going of errands, &c.Page 10
And without an estate, or any gainful employment, By constant labour and honest industry, maintained a large family comfortably, and brought up thirteen children and seven grandchildren respectably.Page 11
---- 1667, ---- 1752, ---- 85.Page 39
He thanked me cordially, the information being of importance to him; and from that time he became my friend, greatly to my advantage afterward on many occasions.Page 40
He had an immense collection of second-hand books.Page 45
For the incidents of the voyage I refer you to my journal, where you will find them all minutely related.Page 47
I found in his house these hands: Hugh Meredith, a Welsh Pennsylvanian, thirty years of age, bred to country work; he was honest, sensible, a man of experience, and fond of reading, but addicted to drinking.Page 51
It happened that they wrought an effect on me quite contrary to what was intended by them; for the arguments of the Deists, which were quoted to be refuted, appeared to me much stronger than the refutation; in short, I soon became a thorough Deist.Page 54
It was a folio, _pro patria_ size, in pica, with long-primer notes.Page 61
as would pay off my remaining debt for the printing-house; which I believe was not then above a hundred pounds.Page 62
The number was not so great as we expected; and though they had been of great use, yet some inconveniences occurring for want of due care of them, the collection, after about a year, was separated, and each took his books home again.Page 95
This I accordingly performed, sending him a few years to school before I took him into the office.Page 123
The general, too, was highly satisfied with my conduct in.Page 134
No such honour had been paid him when in the province, nor to any of his governors; and he said it was only proper to princes of the blood royal, which may be true for aught I know, who was and still am ignorant of the etiquette in such cases.Page 171
Nations ought only to mourn for their benefactors; the representatives of free men ought never to recommend any other than the heroes of humanity to their homage.Page 172
Though he neither loved political debate nor excelled in it, he still preserved much influence in public.Page 174
The residue and remainder of all my books, manuscripts, and papers, I do give to my grandson William Temple Franklin.Page 192
_ Is the American stamp-act an equal tax on the country? _A.Page 201
He is said to have been an exceeding good man, considering his education, being naturally of a most kind, benevolent temper.Page 211
You are safer here than if you were at home.