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OF THE LATE
DR. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

CONSISTING OF
AIEMOIRS OF HIS EARLY LIFE,

WRITTEN BY HIMSELF;

TOGETHER WITH A COLLECTION OF HIS

ESSA YS,
HUMOROUS, MORAL AND LITERARY.

CHIEFLY IN THE MANNER OF

THE SPECT.17OR.

A new edition revised and enlarged.

EASTON:

PUBLISHED BY HENRY W. GIBBS, -
James St. John....Printer.

1810.

PUBLIC LIBRARY

ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1899.

TITE 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; 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 and rapid developement of mind contin. ually unfolding as page succeeds to page, the variety of adventure, and, finally, the successful issue of his intellectual exertions, unite to render the Life of Franklin, as committed ta paper by his own hand, one of the most interesting pieces of modern Biography. Franklin's greatness was intrinsic was 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 for... tune and without patronage. Nature had. formed him for distinction, and habit for useful- . ners. His youthful mind resembled a luxuriant soil, rich and uncultivated-a glebe as yet cir. cumscribed by no hedge, uncleared and unfurrowed, which needed only the friendly hand. of Industry to display all the useful and ornaments, al variety of a tropical garden; sich was its native fertility.

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