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Mrs. F. W. Kelsey 3-20-30

21.

PREFACE

TO

THE FIRST EDITION

OF THE

PRIVATE CORRESPONDENCE.

FAMILIAR letters have been usually considered as exhibiting a portraiture of the human mind; and though perhaps they are not always to be so regarded, especially in the intercourse of public men upon subjects involving particular interests and questions of national policy; yet even from these documents the most valuable materials of history are drawn, and the secret springs of great events are disclosed. Hence it is, that a deserved importance has ever been attached to the correspondence of persons who have figured with distinction in political revolutions, and the foundation of new states:

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Aéripatt (Torregpondentt

OF

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN,

LL.D. F.R.S. &c. MINrster. PLENIPOTENTIARY FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AT THE court of FRANCE, AND For THE TREATY OF PEACE AND INDEPENDENCE with GREAT BRITAIN, &c. &c. COMPRISING A SERIES OF LETTERS ON

MISCELLANEOUS, LITERARY, AND POLITICAL SUBJECTS : wRITTEN BETweeN THE YEARs 1153 AND 1190;

ILLUSTRATING THE

99emoirs of big 19tublic and 19tinate Life,
AND DEVELOPING
THE SECRET HISTORY
OF HIS
POLITICAL TRANSACTIONS AND NEGO CIATION S.
PUBLISHED FROM THE ORIGINALS,
BY HIS GRANDSON

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FAMILIAR letters have been usually considered as exhibiting a portraiture of the human mind; and though perhaps they are not always to be so regarded, especially in the intercourse of public men upon subjects involving particular interests and questions of national policy; yet even from these documents the most valuable materials of history are drawn, and the secret springs of great events are disclosed. Hence it is, that a deserved importance has ever been attached to the correspondence of persons who have figured with distinction in political revolutions, and the foundation of new states:

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