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

By Benjamin Franklin

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"that is, of the God of nature himself.")

Rava, Luigi. "La fortuna di Beniamino Franklin in Italia," Prefazione al
volume _Beniamino Franklin_ di Lawrence Shaw Mayo. Firenze: n.d.

Repplier, Emma. "Franklin's Trials as a Benefactor," _Lippincott's
Magazine_, LXXVII, 63-70 (Jan., 1906). (Concerning those who during
the Revolution wrote Franklin for favors and places.)

Riddell, W. R. "Benjamin Franklin and Colonial Money," _Pennsylvania
Magazine of History and Biography_, LIV, 52-64 (Jan., 1930).

Riddell, W. R. "Benjamin Franklin's Mission to Canada and the Causes of
Its Failure," _Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography_,
XLVIII, 111-58 (April, 1924).

*Riley, I. W. _American Philosophy: The Early Schools._ New York: 1907,
pp. 229-65. (Conventional view of Franklin's deism; with C. M. Walsh
[see below], Riley overemphasizes influence of Plato on Franklin's

Riley, I. W. _American Thought from Puritanism to Pragmatism and
Beyond._ New York: 1915, pp. 68-77. (Graphic glimpses of "most
precocious of the American skeptics.")

Rosengarten, J. G. "The American Philosophical Society," reprinted from
_Founders' Week Memorial Volume_. Philadelphia: 1908.

Ross, E. D. "Benjamin Franklin as an Eighteenth-Century Agriculture
Leader," _Journal of Political Economy_, XXXVII, 52-72 (Feb., 1929).
(No "rural sentimentalist," Franklin experimented in agriculture,
particularly during 1747-1755, as a utilitarian idealist. Quotes one
who suggests Franklin was "half physiocratic before the rise of the
physiocratic school." Excellent and well-documented survey.)

Sachse, J. F. _Benjamin Franklin as a Free Mason._ Philadelphia: 1906.
("To write the history of Franklin as a Freemason is virtually to
chronicle the early Masonic history of America." Soundly documented
survey. Includes useful chronological table of Franklin's Masonic

*Sainte-Beuve, C. A. _Portraits of the Eighteenth Century._ Tr. by K.
P. Wormeley, with a critical introduction by E. Scherer. New York:
1905. I, 311-75. (The two essays on Franklin in _Causeries du lundi_
are "here put together," though with no important omissions from
either. Brilliant portrait of the "most gracious, smiling, and
persuasive utilitarian," one who assigned "no part to human

Seipp, Erika. _Benjamin Franklins Religion und Ethik._ Darmstadt: 1932.
(Suggestive, though brief, view of Franklin's deism and
utilitarianism. Attempts to see his thought in reference to various
representative deists. This is not, however, a "source" study.)

Shepherd, W. R. _History of Proprietary Government in Pennsylvania._ New
York: 1896. (Franklin emerges as "a sort of tribune to the

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