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

By Benjamin Franklin

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1856). (Praises disinterestedness of Franklin
as a scientist, as "one whom Bacon would have hailed as a disciple,"
although he "is not adapted to beguile us 'along the line of infinite

Tudury, M. "Poor Richard," _Bookman_, LXIV, 581-4 (Jan., 1927). (Popular
glance at "cynical patriarch of American letters.")

_Typothetae Bulletin_, XXII, No. 15 (Jan. 11, 1926). (Issue devoted to
the printer Franklin.)

Vicq d'Azyr, Felix. _Eloge de Franklin._ N.p.: 1791.

Victory, Beatrice M. _Benjamin Franklin and Germany._ Americana
Germanica series, No. 21. Press of the University of Pennsylvania:
1915. (Sources reflecting Franklin's reputation in Germany of
particular interest.)

Walsh, C. M. "Franklin and Plato," _Open Court_, XX, 129-33 (March,
1906). (An attempt to interpret his _Articles of Belief_, 1728, in
terms of the _Timaeus_, _Protagoras_, _Republic_, and _Euthyphro_.)

Webster, Noah. _Dissertations on the English Language: With Notes,
Historical and Critical. To which is added, By Way of Appendix, an
Essay on a Reformed Mode of Spelling, with Dr. Franklins Arguments on
that Subject._ Boston: 1789. (Notable remarks on Franklin's
perspicuous and correct style which is "plain and elegantly neat": he
"writes for the child as well as the philosopher.")

Wendell, Barrett. _A Literary History of America._ New York: 1900.
(Franklin estimate, pp. 92-103.)

Wetzel, W. A. _Benjamin Franklin as an Economist._ Johns Hopkins
University Studies in Historical and Political Science, Thirteenth
Series, IX, 421-76. Baltimore: 1895. (Useful summary, but superseded
by Carey's _Franklin's Economic Views_.)

Wharton, A. H. "The American Philosophical Society," _Atlantic Monthly_,
LXI, 611-24 (May, 1888).

Bibliographical suggestions relating to Franklin's American friends and
contemporaries will be found following the brief but scholarly studies
in the _Dictionary of American Biography_. Of these see especially John
Adams (also G. Chinard, _Honest John Adams_, Boston, 1933); Samuel
Adams; Ethan Allen; Nathaniel Ames; Joel Barlow (also V. C. Miller,
_Joel Barlow: Revolutionist, London, 1791-92_, Hamburg, 1932, and T. A.
Zunder, _Early Days of Joel Barlow_, New Haven, 1934); John Bartram;
William Bartram (also N. Fagin, _William Bartram_, Baltimore, 1933);
Hugh H. Brackenridge (also C. Newlin, _Brackenridge_, Princeton, 1933);
Cadwallader Colden; John Dickinson; Philip Freneau; Francis Hopkinson;
T. Jefferson; Cotton Mather; Jonathan Mayhew; Thomas Paine; David
Rittenhouse; Dr. Benjamin Rush (also N. Goodman, _Rush_, Philadelphia,
1934); Rev. William Smith; Ezra Stiles; John Trumbull; Noah Webster.


Adams, J. T. _Provincial Society, 1690-1763._ (Volume III of _A History
of American Life_, ed. Fox and Schlesinger.) New York: 1927.
(Contains useful

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