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

By Benjamin Franklin

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"Critical Essay on Authorities" consulted, pp.
324-56, which serves as a guide for further study of many phases of
the social history of the period.)

Adams, R. G. _Political Ideas of the American Revolution._ Durham, N.
C.: 1922.

Andrews, C. M. _The Colonial Background of the American Revolution._ New
Haven: 1924. (Stresses economic factors and the need of viewing the
subject from the European angle; profitably used as companion study to
Beer's _British Colonial Policy_.)

Baldwin, Alice M. _The New England Clergy and the American Revolution._
Durham, N. C.: 1928. (Prior to 1763 the clergy popularized "doctrines
of natural right, the social contract, and the right of resistance"
and principles of American constitutional law.)

Beard, C. A. _The Economic Origins of Jeffersonian Democracy._ New York:
1915. (Suggestive, if _other_ factors are not neglected. See C. H.
Hull's review in _American Historical Review_, XXII, 401-3.)

Becker, Carl. _The Declaration of Independence; A Study in the History
of Political Ideas._ New York: 1922. (Excellent survey of natural
rights, and the extent to which this concept was influenced by

Becker, Carl. _The Heavenly City of the Eighteenth-Century
Philosophers._ New Haven: 1932. (R. S. Crane observes, after calling
attention to certain obscurities and confusions: "The description of
the general temper of the 'philosophers,' the characterization of the
principal eighteenth-century historians, much at least of the final
chapter on the idea of progress--these can be read with general
approval for their content and with a satisfaction in Becker's prose
style that is unalloyed by considerations of exegesis or terminology"
[_Philological Quarterly_, XIII, 104-6].)

Beer, George L. _British Colonial Policy, 1754-1765._ New York: 1933

Bemis, S. F. _The Diplomacy of the American Revolution._ New York; 1935.
(Brilliant exposition of French, Spanish, Austrian, and other
diplomacy relative to the Revolution. Should be supplemented by Frank
Monaghan's _John Jay_.)

Bloch, Leon. _La philosophie de Newton._ Paris: 1908. (A comprehensive,
standard exposition.)

Bosker, Aisso. _Literary Criticism in the Age of Johnson._ Groningen:
1930. (Reviewed by N. Foerster in _Philological Quarterly_, XI,

Brasch, F. E. "The Royal Society of London and Its Influence upon
Scientific Thought in the American Colonies," _Scientific Monthly_,
XXXIII, 336-55, 448-69 (1931). (Useful survey.)

Brinton, Crane. _A Decade of Revolutions, 1789-1799._ New York: 1934.
(Useful on the pattern of ideas associated with the

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They lived lovingly together in wedlock fifty-five years.
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I think, less properly: "For want of modesty is want of sense.
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The breaking into this money of Vernon's was one of the first great errata of my life; and this affair showed that my father was not much out in his judgment when he supposed me too young to manage business of importance.
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" It was agreed, and I immediately transcribed it that it might appear in my own hand.
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there was not the least probability that he had written any letters for me; that no one who knew him had the smallest dependence on him; and he laughed at the notion of the governor's giving me a letter of credit, having, as he said, no credit to give.
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Then he proposed to Roberts, a publisher in Paternoster Row, to write for him a weekly paper like the "Spectator," on certain conditions which Roberts did not approve.
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taken ill.
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John, the Irishman, soon ran away; with the rest I began to live very agreeably, for they all respected me the more as they found Keimer incapable of instructing them, and that from me they learned something daily.
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But so determined I was to continue doing a sheet a day of the folio that one night, when, having imposed[96] my forms, I thought my day's work over, one of them by accident was broken, and two pages reduced to pi,[97] I immediately distributed and composed it over again before I went to bed; and this industry, visible to our neighbors, began to give us character and credit; particularly, I was told, that mention being made of the new printing office at the merchants' Every-Night Club, the general opinion was that it must fail, there being already two printers in the place, Keimer and Bradford; but Dr.
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We ventured, however, over all these difficulties, and I took her to wife Sept.
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Though I seldom attended any public worship, I had still an opinion of its propriety and of its utility when rightly conducted, and I regularly paid my annual subscription for the support of the only Presbyterian minister or meeting we had in Philadelphia.
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The Moravian happened not to please his colleagues, and on his death they resolved to have no other of that sect.
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When I disengaged myself as above mentioned from private business, I flattered myself that, by the sufficient though moderate fortune I had acquired, I had secured leisure during the rest of my life for philosophical studies and amusements.
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How that was brought about I will show hereafter.
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By this act I was appointed one of the commissioners for disposing of the money,--sixty thousand pounds.
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The above fact I give for the sake of the following observation.
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I said, "Certainly.
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Bigelow's Life of Franklin reproduces the philosopher's exact spelling.