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OF THE LATE
DR. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ;
HIS LIFE, WRITTEN BY HIMSELF,
ESSAYS, HUMOUROUS, MORAL & LITERARY ;
CHIEFLY IN THE MANNER OF
IN TWO VOLUMES.
THE SECOND AMERICAN EDITION.
P R E FACE.
THE volumes that are here presented to the Public, I consist of two parts: the Life of Dr. Franklin : and a Collection of Miscellaneous Effass, the work of that author.
It is already known io nonny, that Dr. Franklin amnia ed himself, towards the clofe of lus life, with writing mer moirs of his own history. These memoirs were brought down to the year 1757. Together with some other manuscripts, they were left behind him at his death, and were considered as constituting a part of his polihumcus property. It is a little extraordinary that, unver these circumstances, interesting as they are, from the celebrity of the character of which they treat, and from the critical situation of the present times, they thould so long have been withheld from the Pillic. A tranflation of therr appeared in France near to years ago, coming down to the year 1731. There can be no fufficient reason, that what has thus been submitted to the perusal of Europe, should not be made accel ble to chose to whom Dr. Franklin's language is native. The first part of the birto. ry of his life is tranilated fron that publication.
The style of these memors is uncommonly pleafing. The story is told with the most unreferred sincerity, and without any false colouring or ornament. We fee, in en very page, that the author examined his subject with the eye of a mester, and related no incidents, the springs and origin of which he did not perfectly understand. It is this that gives such exquisite and uncommon perfpicuity to the detail, and delight in the review. The tranilator has endeavoured, as he went along, to conceive the probable manner in which Dr. Franklin expressed his ideas in his English manuscript, and he hopes to be forgiven if