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[The life of Dr. Franklin, as written by hinself, so tar as it has yet been communicated to the world, breaks off in this place. We understand that it was continued by him somewhat farther, and we hope that the remainder will, at some future period, be communicated to the public. We have no hesitation in supposing, that every reader will find himself greatly interested by the frank smplicity, and the phil jsophical discernment by which these pagos are so eminent.y characterized. We have therefore thought proper, in order, as inuch as possible. to relieve his regret, to subjoin the following continuation by one of the Doctor's intiinate friends. It is extracted froin an American periodical publication, and was written by the late Dr. Stuber,* of Philadelphia.
* Dr. Stuber was born in Philadelphia, of Gerinan parents He was sent, at an early age, to the university, where his genius, diligence, arid amiable teniper, sooo acquired him the particular notice and favour of those under whose im mediate direction he was placea After passing through the common course of study, in a much shorter time than usual, he left the university, at the age of sixteen, with great reputation. Not long after, he entered on the study of phy. sic; and the zeal with which he pursued it, and the ad vances he made, gave his friends reason to form the most flattering prospects of his future eminence and usefulness in his profession. As Ds. Stubar's circumstances were very moderate, he did not think this pursuit well calculated to an swer them. He therefore relinquished it, after he had obtained a degree in the profession, and qualified himself to practice with credit and success; and immediately entered on the study of the law. While in pursuit of the last-mentioned object, he was prevented, by a premature death, from reaping the fruit of those talents with which he was endowed, and of a youth spent in the ardent and successful pursuit of useful and elegant literature,
The promotion of literature had been little at. tended to in Pennsylvania. Most of the inhabitants were too much immersed in business to think of sci. entific pursuits; and those few, whose inclinations lea them to study, found it difficult to gratify them, from the want of libraries sufficiently large. In such circumstances, the establishment of a public library was an important event. This was first set on foot by Franklin, about the year 1731. Fifty persons subscribed forty shillings each, and agreed to pay ten shillings annually. The number increased; and in 1742, the company was incorporated by the name of “ The Library Company of Philadelphia.” Several other companies were formed in this city in imitation of it. These were all at length united with the Library Company of Philadelphia, which thus received a considerable accession of books and property. It now contains about eight thousand volumes on all subjects, a philosophica, apparatus, and a well-chosen collection of natural and artificial curiosities. For its support, the Company now possessed landed pro.. perty of considerable value. They have lately built an elegant house in Fiftlı-street, in the front of which will be erected a marble statue of their founder, Benjamin Franklin.
This institution was greatly encouraged by the friends of literature in America and in Great Britain. The Penn family distinguished theinselves by their donations. Amongst the earliest friends of this institution, must be mentioned, the late Peter Collinson, the friend and companion of Dr. Franklin. He not only made considerable presents himself, and obtained others from his frier:ds, but voluntarily undertook to manage the business of the Company in London, recommending Looks, purchasing and shipping them. His extensive knowledge, and zeal for the promotion of science, enabled him to execute this important trust with the greatest advantage. He continued to perform these services for more than thirty years, and
* uniforınly refused to accept of any compensation. During this time, he communicated to the directors every information relative to improvements and discoveries in the arts, agriculture, and philosophy.
The beneficial influence of this institution was soon evident. The terms of subscription to it were so moderate, that it was accessible to every one. Its advantages were not confined to the opulent. The citizens in the middle and lower walks of life were equally partakers of them. Hence a degree of information was extended amongst all classes of people. The example was soon followed. Libraries were established in various places, and they are now become very numerous in the United States, and particularly in Pennsylvania. It is to be hoped that they will be still more widely extended, and that information will be every where increased. This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of wellinformed men, who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them, cannot be cnslaved. It is in the regions of ignorance that tyranny reigns. It flies before the light of science. Let the citizens of America, then, encourage institutions calculated to diffuse knowledge amongst people ; and amongst these, public libraries are not the least inportant.
In 1732, Frankliņ began to publish Poor Richard's Almanac. This was remarkable for the numerous and valuable concise maxims which it contained, all tending to exhort to industry and frugality. It was continued for many years. In the almanac for the last year, all the maxis were collected in an address to the reader, entitled, “The Way to Wealth." This has been translated into various languages, and in. serted in different publications. It has also been printed on a large sheet, and may be seen framed in many houses in this city. This address contains, perhaps, the best practical system of economy that ever has appeared. It is written in a manner intelligible to every one, and which cannot fail of convincing every reader of the justice and propriety of the reinarks and advice which it contains. The demand for this almanac was so great, that ten thousand
have been sold in one year; which must be consi. dered as a very large number, especially when we reflect, that this country was, at that time, but thinly peopled. It cannot be doubted that the salutary maxims contained in these almanacs must have made a favourable impression upon many of the readers of them.
It was not long before Franklin entered upon his political career. In the year 1736, he was appointed clerk to the general assembly of Pennsylvania; and was re-elected by succeeding assemblies for several years, until he was chosen a representative for the city of Philadelphia.
Bradford was possessed of soine advantages over Franklin, by being post-master, thereby having an opportunity of circulating nis paper inore extensively, and thus rendering it a ketter vehicle for advertise. ments, &c. Franklin, in his turn, enjoyed these advantages, by being appointed post-master of Philadelphia, in 1737. Bradford, while in office, had acted ungenerously toward Franklin, preventing, as much as possible, the circulation of his paper. He had now an opportunity of retaliating: but his nobleness of soul prevented him from making use of it.
The police of Philadelphia had early appointed watchmen, whose duty it was to guard the citizens against the midnight robber, and to give an inmediate alarm in case of fire. This duty is, perhaps, one of the most important that can be committed to any set of men. The regulations, however, were not suffi. ciently strict. Franklin saw the dangers arising from this cause, and suggested an alteration, so as to oblige the guardians of the night to be more watchful over the lives and property of the citizens. The propriety of this was immediately perceived, and a reform was effected.
There is nothing more dangerous to growing cities than fires. Other causes operate slowly, and almost imperceptibly; but these, in a moment, render abor. tive the labuurs of ages. On this account there should be, in all cities, ample provisions to prevent fires from spreading. Franklin early saw the necessity of these ; and, about the year 1738, formed the first fire com. pany in this city. This example was soon followed by others; and there are now numerous fire companies in the city and liberties. To these may be attributed, in a great degree, the activity in extinguishing fires. for which the citizens of Philadelphia are distinguished, and the inconsiderable damage which this city has sustained from this cause. Sone time after, Franklin suggested the plan of an association for in. suriug houses from losses by fire, which was adopted, and the association continues to this day. The ad vantages experienced from it have been great.
From the first establishment of Pennsylvania, a spirit of dispute appears to have prevailed amongst its inhabirants. During the life-time of William Penn, the constitution had been three times altered. After this period, the history of Pennsylvania is little else than a recital of the quarrels between the proprietaries, or their governors, and the Assembly. The proprietaries contended for the right of exempting their lands from taxes; to which the Assembly would by no means consent. This subject of dispute interfered in almost every question, and prevented the most salutary laws from being enacted. This, at times, subjected the people to great inconveniences. In the ycar 1744, during a war betweer. France and Great Britain, some French and Indians had made inroads upon the frontier inhabitants of the province, who were unprovided for such an attack. It became necessary that the citizens should arm for their defence. Governor Thomas recommended to the Assembly, who were then sitting, to pass a militia law. To this they would agree, only upon condition that he should · give his assent to certain laws, which appeared to them calculated to promote the interests of the people. As he thought these laws would be injurious to ihe proprietaries, he refused his assent to them; and the Assembly broke up without passing a militia law. The situation of the province was, at this time, truly alarming; exposed to the continual inroad of an enemy, destitute of every means of defence. At this crisis, Franklin stepped forth, and proposed to a meeting of the citizens of Philadelphia, a plan of a voluntary association for the defence of the province.