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

By Benjamin Franklin

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could play the
_Newton_ or the _Chesterfield_, and charm alike the lightnings and the
ladies." Contains some imaginative, though intuitive, remarks on
Franklin's religion.)


Abbe, C. "Benjamin Franklin as Meteorologist," _Proceedings of the
American Philosophical Society_, XLV, 117-28 (1906). ("Worthy
co-laborer" with Newton, Huygens, Descartes, Boyle, and Gay-Lussac.
He is "the first meteorologist of America," "pioneer of the rational
long-range forecasters.")

Abbot, G. M. _A Short History of the Library Company of Philadelphia:
Compiled from the Minutes, together with some personal reminiscences._
Philadelphia: 1913.

Amiable, L. _Une loge maconnique d'avant 1789. La R... L... Les Neuf
Soeurs._ Paris: 1897. (Fullest account of Franklin's activities in
French Freemasonry.)

_Analectic Magazine_, XI, 449-84 (June, 1818). (Review of W. T.
Franklin's edition of Franklin's works. Complexion of this eulogy
suggested by: "His name is now exalted in Europe above any others of
the eighteenth century.")

Angoff, Charles. _A Literary History of the American People._ New York:
1931. II, 295-310. (It would be difficult to match the debonair
ignorance of this violently hostile essay.)

"A Poem on the Death of Franklin," _Proceedings of the New Jersey
Historical Society_, XV, 109 (Jan., 1930). (A typical elegy based on
theme suggested by Turgot's epigram on Franklin.)

Bache, R. M. "Smoky Torches in Franklin's Honor," _Critic_, XLVIII,
561-6 (June, 1906). (Charming in its caustic though just view that
"articles on Franklin have verged on superfluity.")

Bache, R. M. "The So-Called 'Franklin Prayer-Book,'" _Pennsylvania
Magazine of History and Biography_, XXI, 225-34 (1897). (See Rev. John
Wright's account of the same in _Early Prayer Books of America_ [St.
Paul: 1896], pp. 386-99.)

Biddison, P. "The Magazine Franklin Failed to Remember," _American
Literature_, IV, 177-80 (May, 1932). (Survey of the Franklin-Webbe
altercation concerning the inauguration of Franklin's _General
Magazine, and Historical Chronicle ..._, 1741.)

Bigelow, John. "Franklin as the Man," _Independent_, LX, 69-72 (Jan. 11,
1906). (Stresses his tolerance, common sense, and "constitutional
unwillingness to dogmatize.")

Bleyer, W. G. _Main Currents in the History of American Journalism._
Boston: 1927. (Chapters I-II contain excellent survey of the _New
England Courant_, and the _Pennsylvania Gazette_ during its formative
years. Bibliography, pp. 431-41.)

Bloore, Stephen. "Joseph Breintnall, First Secretary of the Library
Company," _Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography_, LIX, 42-56
(Jan., 1935). (Valuable notes on Franklin's collaborator

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Under these circumstances, the two sorts of people above mentioned fix their attention, those who are disposed to be happy on the conveniences of things, the pleasant parts of conversation, the well-dressed dishes, the goodness of the wines, the fine weather, &c.
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If so--but to say no more than I have said before, _when you are sure that you have a good principle, go through with it_.
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_There_ a closet has disgorged its bowels, cracked tumblers, broken wineglasses, vials of forgotten physic, papers of unknown powders, seeds, and dried herbs, handfuls of old corks, tops of teapots, and stoppers of departed decanters; from the raghole in the garret to the rathole in the cellar, no place escapes unrummaged.
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Once more adieu, my dear sister.
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Ireland once wished it, but now rejects it.
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The temper and habits of the young are not yet become so stiff and uncomplying as when more advanced in life; they form more easily to each other, and hence many occasions of disgust are removed.
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" * * * * * "_To Mr.
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I do not believe that she will cheat us, and I am not certain that she despises us: but I see clearly that you are endeavouring to cheat us by your conciliatory bills; that you actually despised our understandings when you flattered yourselves those artifices would succeed; and that not only.
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"I write this letter to you, notwithstanding (which I think I can convey in a less mysterious manner; and guess it may come to your hands); I write it because I would let you know our sense of your procedure, which appears as insidious as that of your conciliatory bills.
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They are unhappy that they cannot make everybody hate me as much as they do; and I should be so if my friends did not love me much more than those gentlemen can possibly love one another.
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"At my request, however, the accounts were left open for the consideration of Congress, and not finally settled, there being some articles on which I desired their judgment, and having some equitable demands, as I thought them, for extra services, which he had not conceived himself empowered to allow, and therefore I did not put them in my account.
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By the argument it contains against a particular Providence, though you allow a general Providence, you strike at the foundations of all religion.
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"I have the honour to be, with the greatest esteem and respect, sir, your most obedient and most humble servant, "B.
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You see I have given a loose to imagination; but I approve much more your method of philosophizing, which proceeds upon actual observation, makes a collection of facts, and concludes no farther than those facts will warrant.
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, with staples of iron.
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I had not read Stuart's account, in the _Transactions_, for many years before the receipt of your letter, and had quite forgot it; but now, on viewing his draughts and considering his descriptions, I think they seem to favour _my hypothesis_; for he describes and draws columns of water of various heights, terminating abruptly at the top, exactly as water would do when forced up by the pressure of the atmosphere into an exhausted tube.
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Whirlwinds generally arise after calms and great heats: the same is observed of water-spouts, which are, therefore, most frequent in the warm latitudes.
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The same may happen at sea, in case the whirl is not violent enough to make a high vacuum, and raise the column, &c.
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" And Dr.
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On the other hand, if too much of this fluid be communicated.