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No. I.


This liat comprises the titles of Franklin's miscellaneous writings. They are arranged under the years in which they were written or printed. In some instances the dates could not be ascertained with precision. To the titles of such pieces this mark (t) is prefixed. In a few of these instances the nature of the subject, or the matter, points nearly to the time; in others the arrangement is conjectural. Articles not contained in any previous edition of the author's works are denoted by a (*); and to such as have not before been printed this mark (t) is prefixed.


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Journal of a Voyage from London to Philadelphia I. 547


Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion . II. 1

Rules for a Club established for Mutual Improvement II. 9

. 1729. The Busy Body II. 13

• A Modest Inquiry into the Nature and Necessity of

a Paper Currency II. 253


Dialogue Concerning Virtue and Pleasure

Second Dialogue on the same Subject

Public Men .......


tj New Translation of the Lord's Prayer . . I. 77 f * Lecture on the Providence of God in the Government of the World II. 525

• Letter from Anthony Afterwit .. . .II. 532

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* Letter from Celia Single .... .11. 536 *On Scandal 11.539

* A Case of Casuistry ...... II. 545

* Miscellaneous Observations . . . .II. 549

* Proposals and Queries for the Consideration of the

Junto II. 551


Self-denial not the Essence of Virtue . . . II. 63

On the Usefulness of the Mathematics . . . II. 66

On True Happiness . . . . . . II. 70


On Discoveries II. 73

The Waste of Life II. 77

Necessary Hints to those that would be Rich . II. to .(•The Way to make Money Plenty in every Man's

Pocket H. 82

* Address to the Readers of Poor Richard's Almanac II. 85 On Government n. 278

1737. On Freedom of Speech and the Press . . .II. 285 Causes of Earthquakes VI. 1


Rivalship in Almanac-Making . . . . . II. 83 Rules of Health . . . . • . . . II. 86



* Proposal for promoting Useful Knowledge among the

British Plantations in America .... VI. 14


* Organization of a Philosophical Society . . . VI. 28 An Account of the new-invented Pennsylvania Fireplaces VI. 34

1745. X On Perspiration and Absorption, and the Motion of

Blood in the Heart VI. 65

% On the Circulation of the Blood . . . . VI. 70

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% Conjecture as to the Cause why Ships in crossing the Atlantic have longer Passages in sailing westward, than in sailing eastward ..... VI. 74


* Plain Truth; or Serious Considerations on the pres

ent State of the City of Philadelphia and Province

of Pennsylvania ...... III. 1

% Northeast Storms; Origin of Springs in Mountains; petrified Shells in the Appalachian Mountains; Observations on a Tariff .... VI. 79

X Experiments on the Culture of Grass . . . VI. 83

On the Vis Inertiae of Matter VI. 87

f X A Conjecture as to the Cause of the Heat of the Blood in Health, and of the Cold and Hot Fits of

some Fevers VI. 97

First Letter to Peter Collinson on the Subject of Electricity; Wonderful Effect of Points ; Positive and

Negative Electricity V. 181

Observations on the Leyden Bottle, with Experiments V. 189

1748. Advice to a Young Tradesman . . . . II. 87 Further Experiments on Electricity . . . V. 196 Observations and Suppositions towards forming a new Hypothesis for explaining the several Phenomena of Thunder-gusts V. 211


* Proposals relating to the Education of Youth in Penn

sylvania I. 569

Sketch of an English School, for the Consideration of

the Trustees of the Philadelphia Academy . H. 125

Magical Square of Squares VI. 100

Magical Circle VI. 104


Electrical Experiments; Effect of Lightning on the

Needle of Compasses explained . . .V. 223

Opinions and Conjectures concerning the Properties and Effects of the Electrical Matter, and the


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Means of preserving Buildings and Ships from
Lightning . . . . . . . V. 227

Additional Experiments in Electricity . . .V. 253

Account of an Accident while making an Electrical

Experiment .V.

X Reasons why Northeast Storms begin at the South .

Electrical Papers and Experiments ....

X Inquiries respecting the Mode of planting Hedges


Observations concerning the Increase of Mankind, and
the peopling of Countries ....

Unlimited Nature of Electric Force
Queries and Answers on the Properties of Electricity .
% Remarks on Husbandry .....


Observations on Electricity, and the Sources and Properties of Lightning ...... V. 269

Probable Causes of the different Attractions and Repulsions of two Electrified Globes . . .V. 275 Reasons for supposing that a Glass Globe charges positively and a Sulphur Globe negatively . . V. 280 Supposition of a Region of Electric Fire above the

Atmosphere; Theorem concerning Light . . V. 283

Electrical Kite V. 295

Concerning the Smallpox in Philadelphia . . . VI. 120 X Remarks on Mr. Colden's Theory of Light . . VI. 121 Physical and Meteorological Observations, Conjectures,

and Suppositions VI. 127


X On the Mode of Coating Electrical Jars . . .V. 299 An Account of various Electrical Experiments, with

Remarks and Explanations .... On the Motion of the Electrical Fluid in Metals Concerning the Light emitted by Salt Water Water-Spouts and Whirlwinds Compared . . . J Transit of Mercury in 1753 .....

X Properties of Water

Reply to Mr. Todd's Observations on a Meteorological

Paper VI. 174


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Reply to Mr. Colden's Observations . . . VI. 180 J On Smeaton's Air-Pump VI. 188


Papers relating to a Plan of Union of the Colonies,

adopted by Commissioners assembled at Albany III. 22

Three Letters to Governor Shirley .... III. 56

Plan for settling two Western Colonies in North America, with Reasons for the Plan .... III. 69

Additional Proofs of the Positive and Negative State

of Electricity in the Clouds .... V. 340


* An Act for the better Ordering and Regulating such

as are willing and desirous to be united for Military
Purposes in Pennsylvania .... III. 78

* Dialogue respecting the State of Affairs in Pennsyl

vania III. 84

Experiments in Electricity, with Explanations . . V. 341

Turkey killed by Electricity; Effects on the Operator V. 346

Miscellaneous Remarks on Electricity and Lightning . V. 347 Pointed Rods; Effect of Lightning on the Church at

Newbury V. 355

Account of a Whirlwind in Maryland . . . VI. 201


* Plan for saving One Hundred Thousand Pounds . II. 89


The Way to Wealth ; being a Summary of the Maxims and Proverbs in Poor Richard's Almanac .

f Observations on Mayz, or Indian Corn

Report of the Committee of Aggrievances of the Assembly of Pennsylvania .....

On the Effects of Electricity in Paralytic Cases

On Cold produced by Evaporation .... VI. 203


Electrical Apparatus; Description of a Battery . . V. 361 On the different Strata of the Earth . . . .VI. 212 Experiments and Remarks respecting Cold produced

by Evaporation' VI. 218

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