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

By Benjamin Franklin

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Parton in his _Life and
Times of Benjamin Franklin_, and I. W. Riley in his _American
Philosophy: The Early Schools_ have reprinted it in appendices.)

Franklin, Benjamin. _Poor Richard's Almanack. Being the Almanacks of
1733, 1749, 1756, 1757, 1758, first written under the name of Richard
Saunders._ With a foreword by Phillips Russell. Garden City, N. Y.:
1928. ("First facsimile edition of a group of the Almanacks to be

Franklin, Benjamin. _The Prefaces, Proverbs, and Poems of Benjamin
Franklin Originally Printed in Poor Richard's Almanacs for 1733-1758._
Collected and ed. by P. L. Ford. Brooklyn: 1890. (Best collection of
its kind; in addition contains account of popularity and function of
almanacs in colonial period.)

Franklin, Benjamin. _Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in
Pensilvania._ Facsimile reprint, with an introduction by William
Pepper. Philadelphia: 1931. (Franklin's notes omitted in Smyth.
_Proposals_ also reprinted by the William L. Clements Library, Ann
Arbor, Michigan: 1927; "though not a facsimile reprint," it does
include the notes. Thomas Woody in his _Educational Views of Benjamin
Franklin_ [New York: 1931] reprints it with the notes.)

Franklin, Benjamin. _The Sayings of Poor Richard, 1733-1758._ Condensed
and ed. by T. H. Russell. N.p.: n.d. (Best aphorisms chronologically

Goodman, N. G., ed. _The Ingenious Dr. Franklin; Selected Scientific
Letters of Benjamin Franklin._ Philadelphia: 1931. (Includes several
items not published in Smyth edition.)

_Letters to Benjamin Franklin, from his Family and Friends, 1751-1790._
[Ed. by William Duane.] New York: 1859.

Pepper, William. _The Medical Side of Benjamin Franklin._ Philadelphia:
1911. (Essentially quotations from the A. H. Smyth edition. Franklin
is viewed as "an early and great hygienist.")

Stifler, J. M., ed. "_My Dear Girl._" _The Correspondence of Benjamin
Franklin with Polly Stevenson, Georgiana and Catherine Shipley._ New
York: 1927. (Engaging collection showing Franklin's "capacity for
lively and enduring friendship" [p. vii]. Many of the letters _to_
Franklin "printed now for the first time." Contains several of
Franklin's letters hitherto unpublished.)


Becker, Carl. "Benjamin Franklin," in _Dictionary of American
Biography_. New York: 1931. VI, 585-98. (The most authoritative brief

*Bruce, W. C. _Benjamin Franklin, Self-Revealed._ 2 vols. New York:
1917. (In spite of occasional extravagant statements and a
conservative temperament preventing him from discussing Franklin's
religion with sympathetic and historical insight, Mr. Bruce

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Text Comparison with The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics and Morals of the late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 1 [of 3]

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Franklin, as a philosopher, a politician, and a moralist, is too well known to require illustration, and his writings, from their interesting nature, and the fascinating simplicity of their style, are too highly esteemed, for any apology to be necessary for so large a collection of them, unless it should be deemed necessary by the individual to whom Dr.
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--Leyden bottle analysed.
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whether they were competent to the study.
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One of his friends, whose name was Vernon, having a debt of about thirty-six pounds due to him in Pennsylvania, begged me to receive it for him, and to keep the money till I should hear from him: accordingly he.
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He was greatly regretted, for he was the best of our society.
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I applied very assiduously to my work; but I expended with Ralph almost all that I earned.
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His mental vivacity, and good natural disposition, made him an excellent companion; but he was indolent, thoughtless, and to the last degree imprudent.
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It happened that they produced on me an effect precisely the reverse of what was intended by the writers; for the arguments of the deists, which were cited in order to be refuted, appeared to me much more forcible than the refutation itself.
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About this period Mr.
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For its support the company now possesses landed property of considerable value.
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Some time after, Franklin suggested the plan for an association for insuring houses from losses by fire, which was adopted; and the association continues to this day.
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Franklin for his opinion, gave rise to that correspondence which terminated about a year afterwards, in erecting the college upon the foundation of the academy, and establishing that gentleman at the head of both, where he still continues, after a period of thirty-six years, to preside with distinguished reputation.
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The assessment was made upon the strictest principles of equity; and the proprietary estates.
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A second attack of a similar nature happened some years after this, from which he soon recovered, and did not appear to suffer any inconvenience in his respiration from these diseases.
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And indeed, as that smell so readily leaves the electric matter, and adheres to the knuckle receiving the sparks, and to other things; I suspect that it never was connected with it, but arises instantaneously from something in the air acted upon by it.
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I have read it with much pleasure, and think it one of the best pieces on the subject that I have seen in any language.
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