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

By Benjamin Franklin

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agent of
the American propaganda in England, especially between 1765 and 1770."
New canon promises to "illuminate the development of Franklin's
political ideas." Very significant.)

Cumston, C. G. "Benjamin Franklin from the Medical Viewpoint," _New York
Medical Journal_, LXXXIX, 3-12 (Jan. 2, 1909). (Useful survey.)

Cutler, W. P., and Cutler, J. P. _Life, Journals and Correspondence of
Rev. Manasseh Cutler._ 2 vols. Cincinnati: 1888. (Portrait of
patriarchal Franklin at age of eighty-four.)

Dickinson, A. D. "Benjamin Franklin, Bookman," _Bookman_, LIII, 197-205
(May, 1921). (Brief account of Franklin imprints.)

_Discours du Comte de Mirabeau. Dans la seance du 11 Juin, sur la mort
de Benjamin Francklin_ [_sic_]. Imprime par ordre de l'Assemblee
National. Paris: 1790.

Draper, J. W. "Franklin's Place in the Science of the Last Century,"
_Harper's Magazine_, LXI, 265-75 (July, 1880). (Franklin's discoveries
"were only embellishments of his life." Superficial.)

Duniway, C. A. _The Development of Freedom of the Press in
Massachusetts._ Cambridge, Mass.: 1906. (Chapter VI includes account
of James Franklin and the _New England Courant_.)

Eddy, G. S. "Dr. Benjamin Franklin's Library," _Proceedings of the
American Antiquarian Society_, N. S. XXXIV, 206-26 (Oct., 1924). (This
indefatigable scholar has ascertained the titles of 1350 volumes in
Franklin's library. This survey article does not list the titles.)

*Eiselen, M. R. _Franklin's Political Theories._ Garden City, N. Y.:
1928. (Thoughtful survey.)

Eiselen, M. R. _The Rise of Pennsylvania Protectionism._ Philadelphia:
1932. (University of Pennsylvania dissertation. Chapter I describes
Franklin's holding to laissez faire in a state dominantly

Eliot, T. D. "The Relations Between Adam Smith and Benjamin Franklin
before 1776," _Political Science Quarterly_, XXXIX, 67-96 (March,
1924). (Exhaustive documentary data which fails to establish specific
and incontrovertible Franklin influence on Smith.)

"Excerpts from the Papers of Dr. Benjamin Rush," _Pennsylvania Magazine
of History and Biography_, XXIX, 15-30 (Jan., 1905). (Includes
"Conversations with Franklin," pp. 23-8: Franklin terms Latin and
Greek the "quackery of literature"; is alleged to have reprobated the
Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776, in that it placed "the Supreme
power of the State in the hands of a Single legislature." Other
interesting sidelights.)

Farrand, Max, ed. _The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787._ 3
vols. New Haven: 1911. (Records show Franklin as a sober moderator:
when rival factions tended to render the convention impotent, he
said, "When

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There may be whirlwinds of both kinds, but from the commonly observed effects, I suspect the rising one to be the most common: when the upper air descends, it is, perhaps, in a greater body, extending wider, as in our thunder-gusts, and without much whirling; and, when air descends in a spout, or whirlwind, I should rather expect it would.
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It seems, by an expression of Pere Boschovich's, as if the wind blew from all sides towards the whirlwind; for, having carefully observed its effects, he concludes of all whirlwinds, "that their motion is circular, and their action attractive.
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As to the rock-salt found in mines, I conceive, that instead of communicating its saltness to the sea, it is itself drawn from the sea, and that of course the sea is now fresher than it was originally.
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In the mean time, believe me to be, with the highest esteem and regard, your sincerely affectionate friend, B.
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In such cases, the salt water comes up the river, and meets the fresh in that part where, if there were a wall or bank of earth across from side to side, the river would form a lake, fuller indeed at some times than at others, according to the seasons, but whose evaporation would, one time with another, be equal to its supply.
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But if there be a mutual repulsion between the particles of oil, and no attraction between oil and water, oil dropped on water will not be held together by adhesion to the spot whereon it falls; it will not be imbibed by the water; it will be at.
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In the day time they are easily avoided, unless in a very thick fog.
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With regard to make-shifts in cases of necessity, seamen are generally very ingenious themselves.
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and striking out the hands and feet that is necessary to produce progressive motion.
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Secondly, opening the door of the room about half an inch, and holding your hand against the opening, near the top of the door, you feel the cold air coming in against your hand, but weakly, if the plate be in.
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since the memory is capable of retaining for some moments a perfect idea of the pitch of a past sound, so as to compare with it the pitch of a succeeding sound, and judge truly of their agreement or disagreement, there may and does arise from thence a sense of harmony between the present and past sounds, equally pleasing with that between two present sounds.
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Quand on songe que, de tous les peuples de la terre, qui tous ont une musique & un chant, les Européens sont les seuls qui aient une harmonie des accords, & qui trouvent ce mélange agréable; quand on songe que le monde a duré tant de siècles, sans que, de toutes les nations qui ont cultivé les beaux arts, aucune ait connu cette harmonie; qu'aucun animal, qu'aucun oiseau, qu'aucan être dans la nature ne produit d'autre accord que l'unisson, ni d'autre musique que la mélodie; que les langues orientales, si sonores, si musicales; que les oreilles Grecques, si délicates, si sensibles, exercées avec tant d'art, n'ont jamais guidé ces peuples voluptueax & passionnés vers notre harmonie; que, sans elle, leur musique avoits des effets si prodigieux: qu'avec elle la nôtre en a de si foibles: qu'entin il étoit réservé à des peuples du Nord, dont les organes durs & grossiers sont plus touchés de l'éclat & du bruit des voix, que de la douceur des accens, & de la mélodie des inflexions, de faire cette grande découverte, & de la donner pour principe à toutes les régles de l'art; quand, dis-je, on fait attention à tout cela, il est bien difficile de ne pas soupçonner que toute notre harmonie n'est qu'une invention gothique & barbare, dont nous ne nous fussions jamais avisés, si nous fussions été plus sensibles aux.
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folks seem to think they ought never to be easy till England becomes another Lubberland, where it is fancied the streets are paved with penny-rolls, the houses tiled with pancakes, and chickens, ready roasted, cry, Come eat me.
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--Under the merchant he goes in an unarmed vessel, not obliged to fight, but to transport merchandise.
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