Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 2 of 2] With his Most Interesting Essays, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings; Familiar, Moral, Political, Economical, and Philosophical, Selected with Care from All His Published Productions, and Comprising Whatever Is Most Entertaining and Valuable to the General Reader

By Benjamin Franklin

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the Great), who
only affected the philosophy that Franklin possessed, and employed his
talents for civil and military affairs in extinguishing that
independence which Franklin's life was consecrated to establish, the
contrast is marvellous indeed between the monarch and the printer."

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Transcriber's note:

The transcriber made these changes to the text to correct obvious

1. p. 29 howsover --> howsoever
2. p. 98 impaartial --> impartial
3. p. 123 soilders --> soldiers
4. p. 129 Phladelphia -->Philadelphia
5. p. 146 virtuons --> virtuous
6. p. 179 sentment --> sentiment
7. p. 179 passons --> (left as published)
8. p. 183 vents --> events
9. p. 287 papar --> paper

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