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

By Benjamin Franklin

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for three years). Associate member of Academy of Sciences,
Literature, and Arts of Lyons. Councillor for Philadelphia
until 1788. Member of Philadelphia Society for the Promotion
of Agriculture, and Royal Society of Physics, National History
and Arts of Orleans, and honorary member of Manchester
Literary and Philosophical Society.

1786. Chosen corresponding member of Society of Agriculture of

1787. President of the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of
Slavery (incumbent until death). Pennsylvania delegate to
Constitutional Convention. Chosen honorary member of Medical
Society of London. Aids in establishing the Society for
Political Enquiry; elected its first president.

1788. At Philadelphia works on _Autobiography_, from 1731-1757.

1789. _Observations Relative to the Intentions of the Original
Founders of the Academy in Philadelphia_ and several papers in
behalf of abolition of slavery. At Philadelphia resumes
_Autobiography_, from 1757 to 1759. Chosen member of Imperial
Academy of Sciences of St. Petersburg.

1790. Paper on the slave trade, _To the Editor of the Federal
Gazette_, March 23. Dies, April 17, in Philadelphia.


Starred items are of primary importance.


Only the most useful and historically significant editions are here
listed. The student interested in other editions of Franklin's works,
the publication of his separate pamphlets, his contributions to
newspapers and periodicals, and his editorial activities should consult
P. L. Ford's _Franklin Bibliography_. Many of these items are
conveniently listed in _The Cambridge History of American Literature_,
I, 442 ff.

_Experiments and Observations on Electricity, made at Philadelphia in
America, By Mr. Benjamin Franklin, and Communicated in several
Letters to P. Collinson, of London, F. R. S._ London: 1751. (For
various editions and translations of this and the supplementary
letters added to first edition, consult Ford's _Bibliography_.)

_Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces; ... Written by
Benj. Franklin, LL. D. and F. R. S.... Now first collected, With
Explanatory Plates, Notes_, ... [ed. by Benjamin Vaughan]. London:
1779. ("The work is ably performed, many pieces being for the first
time printed as Franklin's; and

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