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

By Benjamin Franklin

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_Busy-Body_ series.)

Bloore, Stephen. "Samuel Keimer. A Foot-note to the Life of Franklin,"
_Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography_, LIV, 255-87 (July,
1930). (Readers of the _Autobiography_ will appreciate this excellent
study of one who figures prominently in its pages.)

Brett-James, N. G. _The Life of Peter Collinson._ London: [1917]. (Many
notes on Franklin-Collinson friendship. Collinson, it is remembered,
"started Franklin on his career as a researcher in electricity.")

Buckingham, J. T. _Specimens of Newspaper Literature; with Personal
Memoirs, Anecdotes, and Reminiscences._ 2 vols. Boston: 1850. (Vol. I,
49-88, discusses _New England Courant_. Identifies _Dogood Papers_ as

Bullen, H. L. "Benjamin Franklin and What Printing Did for Him,"
_American Collector_, II, 284-91 (May, 1926).

Butler, Ruth L. _Doctor Franklin, Postmaster General._ Garden City, N.
Y.: 1928. (A sturdily documented study illustrating that Franklin
"furnished the most highly efficient administration to the postal
system during the colonial period.")

Canby, H. S. "Benjamin Franklin," in _Classic Americans_. New York:
1931, pp. 34-45. (Spirited estimate partly vitiated by excessive
emphasis on influence of Quakerism; Canby observes that Franklin's
mind represents "Quakerism conventionalized, stylized, and Deicized.")

*Carey, Lewis J. _Franklin's Economic Views._ Garden City, N. Y.: 1928.
(Excellent survey.)

Cestre, Charles. "Franklin, homme representatif," _Revue
Anglo-Americaine_, 409-23, 505-22 (June, August, 1928).

Choate, J. H. "Benjamin Franklin," in _Abraham Lincoln, and Other
Addresses in England_. New York: 1910, pp. 47-94. (Sanely eulogistic
biographical survey.)

Condorcet, Marquis de. _Eloge de M. Franklin, lu a la seance publique de
l'Academie des Sciences, le 13 Nov., 1790...._ Paris: 1791. (Both a
eulogy, and an interpretation of _why_ France, as representative of
the Enlightenment, eulogized the Philadelphia tradesman. By the most
sublime of the _philosophes_.)

Cook, E. C. _Literary Influences in Colonial Newspapers, 1704-1750._ New
York: 1912. (Trenchant analysis of Franklin's indebtedness to Addison
and Steele--especially in the _Dogood Papers_--the character of the
_New England Courant_, advertisements of books in _Pennsylvania
Gazette_, etc. "Benjamin Franklin was the only prominent man of the
period who deliberately attempted to spread the knowledge and love of
literature among his countrymen.")

Crane, V. W. "Certain Writings of Benjamin Franklin on the British
Empire and the American Colonies," _Papers of the Bibliographical
Society_, XXVIII, Pt. 1, 1-27 (1934). (Newly identified Franklin
papers more than double existing canon. He becomes "the chief

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His drinking continued, about which we sometimes quarreled; for, when a little intoxicated, he was very fractious.
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He then let me know that his father had a high opinion of me, and, from some discourse that had passed between them, he was sure would advance money to set us up, if I would enter into partnership with him.
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Some books against Deism[91] fell into my hands; they were said to be the substance of sermons preached at Boyle's Lectures.
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Though purblind man Sees but a part o' the chain, the nearest link: His eyes not carrying to the equal beam That poises all above;"[92] and from the attributes of God, his infinite wisdom, goodness, and power, concluded that nothing could possibly be wrong in the world, and that vice and virtue were empty distinctions, no such things existing, appeared now not so clever a performance as I once thought it; and I doubted whether some error had not insinuated itself unperceived into my argument, so as to infect all that followed, as is common in metaphysical reasonings.
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Returning northward, he preached up this charity, and made large collections, for his eloquence had a wonderful power over the hearts and purses of his hearers, of which I myself was an instance.
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And, after all, of what use is this pride of appearance, for which so much is risked, so much is suffered? It cannot promote health nor ease pain; it makes no increase of merit in the person; it creates envy; it hastens misfortune.