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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