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

By Benjamin Franklin

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but a poet.")

_Memoires de l'Abbe Morellet, de l'Academie Francaise, sur le
dixhuitieme siecle et sur la Revolution._ 2 vols. Paris: 1821.
(Especially II, 286-311. Franklin viewed as very emblem of Liberty.)

Montgomery, T. H. _A History of the University of Pennsylvania from Its
Foundation to A. D. 1770._ Philadelphia: 1900.

_Monthly Review; or Literary Journal: By Several Hands._ London: 1770.
XLII, 199-210, 298-308. ("The experiments and observations of Dr.
Franklin constitute the _principia_ of electricity, and form the basis
of a system equally simple and profound.")

*More, P. E. "Benjamin Franklin," in _Shelburne Essays_, Fourth Series.
New York: 1906, pp. 129-55. (Provocative appraisal: stresses
Franklin's "contemporaneity," his tendency to be oblivious to the
past--a suggestive, if a moot point.)

Morgan, W. _Memoirs of the Life of Rev. Richard Price._ London: 1815.
(Notes on Franklin's relations with Price during early 1760's;
meetings at Royal Society and London Coffee-house.)

Mottay, F. _Benjamin Franklin et la philosophie pratique._ Paris: 1886.
(Good model for citizens of a free nation and "le veritable catechisme
de l'homme vertueux." Also several just remarks on his style which
possesses "les mots epiques d'un Corneille et les elegantes
periphrases d'un Racine.")

Moulton, C. W., ed. _Library of Literary Criticism of English and
American Authors_. Buffalo, N. Y.: 1901. IV, 79-106. (Stimulating
assembly of extracts which aids student in discovering the history of
Franklin's reputation.)

Mustard, W. P. "Poor Richard's Poetry," _Nation_, LXXXII, 239, 279
(March 22, April 5, 1906). (Indicates Franklin's borrowings from
Dryden, Pope, Prior, Gay, Swift, and others.)

Nichols, E. L. "Franklin as a Man of Science," _Independent_, LX, 79-84
(Jan. 11, 1906). (Franklin's mind "turned ever by preference to the
utilitarian and away from the theoretical and speculative aspects of

"Notice sur Benjamin Franklin," in _OEuvres posthumes de Cabanis_.
Paris: 1825, pp. 219-74. (Representative in its rapturous eulogy.)

Oberholtzer, E. P. _The Literary History of Philadelphia._ Philadelphia:
1906. (Chap. II, "The Age of Franklin," written with conservative
bias, belabors Franklin who as a statesman "was almost as wrong as
Paine and Mirabeau." What Voltaire was to France, Franklin was to his
native city and state.)

Oswald, J. C. _Benjamin Franklin in Oil and Bronze._ New York: 1926.
("Probably the features and form of no man who ever lived were
delineated so frequently and in such a

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The dewy dampness, that settles on the insides of our walls and wainscots, seems more certainly to denote an air overloaded with moisture; and yet this is no sure sign: for, after a long continued cold season, if the air grows suddenly warm, the walls, &c.
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be the same, whether suspended by the middle or by the corner.
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And I suppose a dead body would have acquired the temperature of the air, though a living one, by continual sweating, and by the evaporation of that sweat, was kept cold.
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water, since it will quit a solid to unite with that fluid, and go off with it in vapour, leaving the solid cold to the touch, and the degree measurable by the thermometer? The vapour rises attached to this fluid, but at a certain height they separate, and the vapour descends in rain, retaining but little of it, in snow or hail less.
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But the practice being clamoured against by the episcopalians as persecution, the legislature of the province of Massachusets Bay, near thirty years since, passed an act for their relief, requiring, indeed, the tax to be paid as usual, but directing that the several sums, levied from members of the church of England, should be paid over to the minister of that church with whom such members usually attended divine worship; which minister had power given him to receive, and, on occasion, _to recover the same by law_.
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Those who remain at home have not that happiness.
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observance of, in America, iii.
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the manufacture of, in New England, in 1760, iii.
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_Poor_, remarks on the management of, ii.