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

By Benjamin Franklin

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French Revolution;
has a full and up-to-date "Bibliographical Essay," pp. 293-322, with
critical commentary.)

Bullock, C. J. _Essays on the Monetary History of the United States._
New York: 1900. (Useful bibliography, pp. 275-88.)

Burnett, E. C., ed. _Letters of Members of the Continental Congress._
Washington, D. C.: 1921. (Seven volumes now published include letters
to 1784. Contain a mass of new material of first importance, edited
with notes, cross-references, and introductions.)

Burtt, E. A. _The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Science; A
Historical and Critical Essay._ New York: 1925.

Bury, J. B. _The Idea of Progress._ New York: 1932 (new edition).
(Standard English work on the topic. See also Jules Delvaille, _Essai
sur l'histoire de l'idee de progres_ [Paris, 1910], a more
encyclopedic book.)

Channing, Edward. _A History of the United States._ New York: 1912.
(Volumes II-III.)

Clark, H. H. "Factors to be Investigated in American Literary History
from 1787 to 1800," _English Journal_, XXIII, 481-7 (June, 1934).
(Suggests the genetic interrelations of classical ideas;
neoclassicism; the scientific spirit, rationalism, and deism;
primitivism and the idea of progress; physical America and the
frontier spirit; agrarianism and laissez faire; Federalism versus
Democracy, whether Jeffersonian or French; sentimentalism and
humanitarianism; Gothicism; and conflicting currents of aesthetic
theory.)

Clark, H. H., ed. _Poems of Freneau._ New York: 1929. (F. L. Pattee says
of the Introduction, "No one has ever traced out better the
ramifications of French Revolution deism in America and the effects of
its clash with Puritanism" [_American Literature_, II, 316-7]. Also
see Clark's "Thomas Paine's Theories of Rhetoric," _Transactions of
the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters_, XXVIII, 307-39
[1933], which discusses relationships between deism and literary
theory.)

Clark, J. M., Viner, J., and others. _Adam Smith, 1776-1926._ Chicago:
1928. (Brilliant essays on various aspects of Smith's thought and
influence. See especially Jacob Viner's "Adam Smith and
Laissez-Faire," pp. 116-55, which shows the relations in Smith's mind
between economics and religion, between laissez faire and "the
harmonious order of nature" posited by the scientific deists.)

Crane, R. S. "Anglican Apologetics and the Idea of Progress, 1699-1745,"
_Modern Philology_, XXXI, 273-306 (Feb., 1934), 349-82 (May, 1934).
(Demonstrates in masterly fashion how the idea of progress grew out of
orthodox defenses of revealed religion, current in Franklin's

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