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him with honor, and to communicate the particulars of his researches to his scientific friends, who received them with avidity. It merits observation, however, that notwithstanding the high eminence which Dr. Franklin attained as an experimentalist, he in reality may be said to have only made philosophy the amusement of his leisure hours, in which it afforded him a pleasing recreation after a variety of more laborious occupations.

Though some of the Essays contained under this head have already appeared, by far the greater portion of the contents of this part, (among which are several of the latest and most ingenious of Dr. Franklin's philosophical Writings,) are now for the first time printed from his own manuscripts.

In conclusion, the Editor trusts that the Volumes which now close his account with the public, will meet with the same favorable reception as the four that have preceded them; and that the whole will prove a lasting monument commemorative of the virtues and talents of a man who, in every character, whether as an humble individual or a public diplomatist, as a philosophical inquirer or the legislator of an enlightened nation, constantly proved, throughout his long and eventful career, that he estimated his extraordinary talents of no other value than as enabling him to promote, as far as in him lay, the happiness of all mankind.

London, April, 1819.

Dr. Franklin's MEMOIRS

Consist altogether of Six Volumes. They are divided into Three Parts; each Part being published and sold separately;viz.—

Vols. 1 and S, containing the Life:

Vols. 3 and 4, Private Correspondence:

Vols. 5 and 6, Posthumous and other Works.

Double Titles are printed, in order that the Parts may either be bound separately, or as a set, in six uniform volumes.

BAGATELLES. [The Letters, Essays, 8fc. contained in this Section, were

chiefly written by Dr. Franklin for the amusement of

his intimate society in London and Paris; and were by

himself actually collected in a small port-folio, endorsed

as above. Several of the pieces were either originally

written in French, or afterwards translated by him into

that language, by way of exercise.]


The Levee ----- 216

Proposed New Version of the Bible - - 219

Part of the first chapter of Job, modernised - 219

Apologue ------ 220

Poems addressed to Miss Georgiana Shipley, on the Loss

of her American Squirrel ... 222

The Art of procuring Pleasing Dreams - 224

The Ephemera, an emblem of Human Life - 231

The Whistle ----- 234

A Petition to those who have the Superintendence of

Education ----- 237

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