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Dr. Franklin to the Rev. Dr. Cooper, May 15, 1781. New
I n constitution of Massachusetts :- Maintenance
in for the clergy-Scripture phrases, &c. ;j - 85
sto Messrs. D. Wendorp and Thomas Hope Heygher,
June 8, 1781. Injustice of the English-New
Wir law of nations . , -
to W. Carmichael, esq. Aug. 24, 1781. Dr. F's
... resignation refused by Congress-Various mat-
jo ter . . . - . . . . . .
... to the Rev. W. Nixon, Sept. 5, 1781. Means of
• doing much good with little money .. . -
... to the Hon. Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, Sept.
. 13, 1781. - . -
... to Richard Bache, esq. Sept. 13, 1781. Mr. Whar-
i t on's pamphlet on the Indiana claims-Loss of
, Dr. Fi's papers. .. ... .,
to F. Hopkinson, esq. Sept. 13, 1781. Dr. F.'s
... friends and enemies .. ... .
niin to Edmund Burke, esq. M.P. Oct. 15, 1781. Re-
lative to Gen. Burgoyne and Mr. Laurens .
to Messrs. Korpman, Nov. 21, 1781. Relative to
- ; a claim of relationship with Dr. Franklin .
to Gov. Pownall, Nov. 23, 1781. Relative to Mrs.
- Barry—The war--Authority to treat of peace
Mr. Hobart .. .
- to Mrs. C. Edes, Dec. 13, 1781. Relative to Henry
. Laurens, esq.-Mr. Burke General Burgoyne
to Miss Laurens, Dec. 29, 1781. Relative to her
i to * * * * * * Jan. 4, 1782. Containing advice
.. to certain manufacturers intending to emigrate
to America -
to His Excellency Gen. Washington, April 2, 1782.
Capitulation of Lord Cornwallis — Introduc-
tion of Count de Segur, &c. .. . , - 102
to the Chevalier de Chastelleux, April 6, 1782.
Change of ministry in England - Peace--Cam-
paign in America- Count de Segur
to Gen. Washington, April 8, 1782. Introduc-
tion of the Prince de Broglie
to the Rev. Dr. Priestley, June 7, 1782, Reflec-
'c tions on the conduct of mankind to each other
. Apologue---Experiments of Lavoisier
to Dr. Shipley, Bishop of St. Asaph, June 10, 1782 108
to Dr. Ingenhausz, June 21, 1782. Reflections on
misunderstandings between friends---M. Lavoi!
sier's experiments-American affairs ." - 110
Dr. Franklin to Miss Alexander, June 24, 1782 * - 112
- to Mr. Hutton, July 7,1782. Relative to the mur-
los der of some Moravian Indians ... ! - 113
to the Secretary for foreign affairs of the United
States, Sept. 3, 1782. The birth of the Dauphin
-Biz --Capt. Asgill - M. Tousard - Allowance to
2 - Mr.T. Franklin-Contingent expenses-Enclo-
. ... . .. ?!- 115
fi*- to Sir Joseph Banks, Sept. 9, 1782 -.. - 118
. to F. Hopkinson, esq.' Dec. 24, 1782. On the
• planting trees in Philadelphia - Newspaper
3 to * * * , Jan. 11, 1783. Thanking him for his
• works Criminal laws-On his project of remov-
i.ing to America : -
' - 121
to David Barclay, esq. Jan. 8, 1783 . - 123
- to * **, March 9, 1783 · - ..
... to Mrs. Hewson, Jan. 27, 1783. On the death of
in her mother----Invitation to come to Passy ! - 125
* to the Right Hon. the Earl of Buchan, March 17,
a' 1783. On the acquisition of lands, and form-
ing settlements in America : - - " . - 127
- to William Jones, esq. March 17, 1783-... - 128
to the Bishop of St. Asaph, (Dr. Shipley) March
»; 17, 1783. On the peace with America - - 130
* to Sir Joseph Banks, July 27, 1783. On the return
to Bravd Hollis, esq. Oct. 5, 1783. Eulogium of
in Thomas Hollis
- i . . . . 134
Pa to His Excellency John Jay, esq. Jan. 6,1784 - 136
to Mrs. Bache, Jan. 26, 1784. On the proposed
Se order of Cincinnati-Hereditary nobility and
Ore descending honors
- to His Excellency Henry Laurens, esq. Feb. 12,
31 1784. Remarks on the British government - 145
9!. to William Strahan, esq. Feb. 16, 1784. Sugges-
Pin tions as to the deplorable situation of the Bri-
*to Henry Laurens, esq. March 12, 1784
-- to Mr. Walter, (Printer, London) April 17, 1784.
5 On the logographical mode of printing
i to Mr. Benjamin Webb, April 22, 1784. A new
tio method of repaying money lent
for hereby are unfolded the motives of individuals, and the influence of parties; from whose pertinacity and intrigues proceed conflicts, projects, and establishments which the agitators never contemplated, and which the most sagacious observers of human nature could not have anticipated.
Among the changes that have taken place in the condition of political society, the separation of the American colonies from the parent country has been by far the most prolific and extensive in its effects of any in the history of modern ages.
It is presumed, therefore, that little need be said on the value of the correspondence of Dr. FRANKLIN, whose extraordinary abilities as a statesman were felt and acknowledged in both countries, and by persons of opposite sentiments. But what renders his letters on the public concerns in which he was engaged peculiarly interesting, is the spirit of candor that runs through the whole of them, and the style of simplicity by which they are recommended as models of epistolary composition, and stamped beyond all question as authorities of the first character; though certainly not written with a
view to publication. Here will be seen to equal advantage, the philosopher and the man of business, the moralist' and negotiator, the profound legislator, and the familiar friend, who opens his mind and delivers his sentiments with the same ingenuousness on matters of science and policy, the conduct of private life, and the interests of nations. The correspondence contained in this collection, is indeed a store of the soundest lessons of practical wisdom upon subjects of universal moment, and it is also a repository of information which will afford the best instruction to politicians, and will prove a sure guide to the future historian, who shall undertake the task of recording the several stages that have led to the establishment of American Independence, with the consequences of that event upon the states of Europe. The MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE, and the PRIVATE CORRESPONDENCE of Dr. FRANKLIN, will show much more clearly the great chain on which the fate of nations depends, than the debates of senates, the cabals of cabinets, or the details of battles: and to an Englishman, the Letters, now for the first time
published, will be curious and important in a very high degree, as throwing a strong light upon the early part of the present reign, and upon the characters of those persons who had a principal share in the counsels which produced the dismemberment of the British empire, and the creation of a power, which, from being a dependent state, has become its most formidable rival.
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