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OF THE LATE

DR. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN*

CONSISTING OF

MEMOIRS OF HIS EARLY LIFE,
WRITTEN BY HIMSELF;

TOGETHER WITH A COLLECTION OF HIS

ESSAYS,
•HUMOROUS, MORAL AND LITERARY.

«HIEFLY IN THE MANNER OF

THE SPECTATOR.

A new edition revised and enlarged.

EASTON:

PUBLISHED BY HENRY W. GIBBS.

James St. John....Printer.

1810.

PUBLIC LIBRARY

156941

J»TOR, LENOX AND

TJLCSH FOUNDATIONS.

1899.

TllE repeated calls of the "Public for the. republication of the " Life of Franklin" evince at once a correct judgment of literary merit, and a veneration for the illustrious ^character, the subject and author of these memoirs. The history of Franklin is replete with interesting incidents j and as they are detailed in the follow^ ing sheets, they become doubly engaging. The simplicity, purity and admirable perspicuity of the style, the minuteness and fidelity of the detail, the persevering firmness of character, the constant andrapiddevelopement of mind continually unfolding as page succeeds to page, the vafiety of adventure, and, finally, the successful issue of his intellectual exertions, unite to render the Life of Franklin, as committed to, paper by his own hand, one of the most interesting pieces of modern Biography. Franklin's greatness was intrinsicwas intellectual. From the humble occupation of an inferior Printer, he rose to an honorable rank among the first Philosophers and Statesmen of his day, without fortune and without patronage. Nature had formed him for distinction, and habit far usefulnegs.. His youthful mind resembled a luxuriant soil, rich and uncultivated—a glebe as yet cir. cumscribed by no hedge, uncleared and nnfurrowed, which needed, only the friendly hand of Industry to display all the useful and ornamental variety of a tropical garden; such was it? native fertility.

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