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THE

WORKS

OF THE LATE

Dr. Benjamin Franklin;

CONSISTING OF HIS

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HUMOUROUS, MORAL, AND LITERARY

ESSAYS,

CHIEFLY IN THE MANNER OF THE
SPECTATOR.

Among which are several not inserted in any Ameri-
can edition.

NEW-YORK:
PUBLISHED BY E. DUYCKINCK.

isor.

J. C. Totten, printer.

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preface*

JL HE volume that is here presented to the Public, consists of two parts : the Life of Dr. Franklin; and a Collection of-Miscellaneous. Essays, the work of that Author. '".;** ^ V''

It is already known tt marty.' that Dr. Franklin amused himself, towards the close, of .his-life, with writing memoirs of his W»k*(stbry»'' These memoirs were brought down to the year 1757. Together with some other manuscripts they were left behind him at his death, and were considered as constituting a part of his posthumous property. It is a little extraordinary that, under these circumstances, interesting as they are, from the celebrity of the character of which they treat, and from the critical situation of the present times, they should so long have been with-held from the Public. A translation of them appeared in France near two years ago, coming down to the year 1731. There can be no sufficient reason, that whet bus hzf.t submitted to the perusal of Europe, should not be made accessible to those to whom Dr. Franklin's language is native. The first part of the history of his life is translated from that publication.

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