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

By Benjamin Franklin

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Institute_, CLXI, Nos. 4-5, 241-383 (April-May, 1906).

Hulbert, C. _Biographical Sketches of Dr. Benjamin Franklin, General
Washington, and Thomas Paine; with an Essay on Atheism and
Infidelity._ London: 1820. (Franklin and Washington made almost
saintly to contrast with Paine, "a notorious Unbeliever." Quotes one
who sees Franklin as "the patriot of the world, the playmate of the
lightning, the philosopher of liberty.")

Jackson, M. K. _Outlines of the Literary History of Colonial
Pennsylvania._ Lancaster, Pa.: 1906. (Especially chapter III, which
surveys Franklin as man of letters.)

Jernegan, M. W. "Benjamin Franklin's 'Electrical Kite' and Lightning
Rod," _New England Quarterly_, I, 180-96 (April, 1928). ("The question
still remains however whether Franklin flew his kite _before_ he heard
of the French experiments, and thus discovered the identity of
lightning and electricity independently." Summarizes and supersedes:
McAdie, A., "The Date of Franklin's Kite Experiment," _Proceedings of
the American Antiquarian Society_, N. S. XXXIV, 188-205; Rotch, A. L.,
"Did Benjamin Franklin Fly His Electrical Kite before He Invented the
Lightning Rod?" _Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society_, N.
S. XVIII, 115-23.)

Jordan, J. W. "Franklin as a Genealogist," _Pennsylvania Magazine of
History and Biography_, XXIII, 1-22 (April, 1899).

Jorgenson, C. E. "A Brand Flung at Colonial Orthodoxy. Samuel Keimer's
'Universal Instructor in All Arts and Sciences,'" _Journalism
Quarterly_, XII, 272-7 (Sept., 1935). (Shows deistic tendencies.)

Jorgenson, C. E. "The New Science in the Almanacs of Ames and Franklin,"
_New England Quarterly_, VIII, 555-61 (Dec., 1935). (Newtonianism and
scientific deism diffused through these popular almanacs.)

Jorgenson, C. E. "Sidelights on Benjamin Franklin's Principles of
Rhetoric," _Revue Anglo-Americaine_, 208-22 (Feb., 1934). (Franklin's
principles in general are consonant with the eighteenth-century
neoclassic ideals.)

Jorgenson, C. E. "The Source of Benjamin Franklin's Dialogues between
Philocles and Horatio (1730)," _American Literature_, VI, 337-9 (Nov.,
1934). (The source is Shaftesbury's "The Moralists," in the

*Jusserand, J. J. "Franklin in France," in _Essays Offered to Herbert
Putnam...._ Ed. by W. W. Bishop and A. Keogh. New Haven: 1929, pp.
226-47. (Delightful summary.)

Kane, Hope F. "James Franklin Senior, Printer of Boston and Newport,"
_American Collector_, III, 17-26 (Oct., 1926). (A study of his _New
England Courant_ and his place in the development of freedom of the

King, M. R. "One Link in the First Newspaper Chain, _The South

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Imagining it may be equally agreeable to you to learn the circumstances of _my_ life, many of which you are unacquainted with, and expecting the enjoyment of a few weeks' uninterrupted leisure, I sit down to write them.
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Persons of good sense, I have since observed, seldom fall into it, except lawyers, university men, and, generally, men of all sorts who have been bred at Edinburgh.
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Baird, came out to me and said the governor was extremely busy in writing, but would be down at Newcastle before the ship, and then the letters would be delivered to me.
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I had brought over a few curiosities, among which the principal was a purse made of the _asbestos_, which purifies by fire.
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Denham's distemper was; it held him a long time, and at length carried him off.
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"When we see how cruel statesmen and warriors can be to the human race, and how absurd distinguished men can be to their acquaintance, it will be instructive to observe the instances multiply of pacific, acquiescing manners; and to find how compatible it is to be great and _domestic_; enviable and yet _good-humoured_.
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Unwilling to make myself disagreeable to my fellow-citizens by too frequently soliciting their contributions, I absolutely refused.
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" I was conscious of an impropriety in my disputing with a military man in matters of his profession, and said no more.
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I undertook this military business, though I did not conceive myself well qualified for it.
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Loudon, instead of defending the colonies with his great army, left them totally exposed, while he paraded idly at Halifax, by which means Fort George was lost; besides, he deranged all our mercantile operations, and distressed our trade by a long embargo on the exportation of provisions, on pretence of keeping supplies from being obtained by the enemy, but in reality for beating down their price in favour of the contractors, in whose profits, it was said (perhaps from suspicion only), he had a share; and when at length the embargo was taken off, neglected to send notice of it to Charleston, where the Carolina fleet was detained near three months, and whereby their bottoms were so much damaged by the worm that a great part of them foundered in their passage home.
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"And you," said he, "when in England, have only to exhibit your accounts to the treasury, and you will be paid immediately.
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"While attending this affair, I had an opportunity of looking over the old council books and journals of the society; and having a curiosity to see how I came in (of which I had never been informed), I looked back for the minutes relating to it.
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He himself acknowledges that Franklin first entertained the bold thought of bringing lightning from the heavens, by means of pointed rods fixed in the air.
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Franklin had enjoyed an almost uninterrupted state of good health, and this he entirely attributed to his exemplary temperance.
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"Nor were his political attainments less conspicuous than his philosophical.
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_ You say the colonies have always submitted to external taxes, and object to the right of Parliament only, in laying internal taxes; now, can you show that there is any kind of _difference between the.
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But shall we compare Saracens to Christians? They would have been safer among the Moors in Spain, though they had been murderers of sons, if faith had once been pledged to them, and a promise of protection given.
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Franklin's last return from England to America that the accounts in this transaction were passed at the British treasury.