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WORKS

OF THE LATE

Dr. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN;

CONSISTING OF

HIS LIFE, WRITTEN BY HIMSELF,

TOGETHER WITH

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ESSAYS, HUMOUROUS, MORAL & LITERARY;

CHIEFLY IN THE MANNER OF

THE SPECTATOR.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

THE SECOND AMERICAN EDITION.

PRINTED BY

SAMUEL CAMPBELL, Bookseller,

No. 124, Pearl Street, New-york.

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PREFACE.

THE volumes that are here presented to the Public, consist of two parts: the Life of Dr. Franklin: and a Collection of Miscellaneous Essays, the work of that author.

It is already known to nmny, that Dr. Franklin amused himself, towards the dost' of his life, with writing memoirs of his own history. These memoirs were brought down to the year 175;/. 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 h a little extraordinary that, urnier these circumstances, interesting as thty are, from the celebrity of the character of which they treat, and from tiie critical situation of the present timrs, they mould so long have been withheld from the Public. A translation of them; appeared in France near t*tp years ago, coming down to the year 175 r. There ctn be no iuilioient reason, that what has thus been submitted to the perufal of Europe, should not be made accessible to those to whom Dr. Franklin's language is native. The sirst part cf the history of his lise is translated from that publication.

The style of these memefrs is uncommonly pleasinp. The story is Told with the most unreserved sincerity, and without anv false colouring or ornament. We see, in every page, that the author examined his sublect with the eye of a muster, and related no incidents, the springs and origin. of which he did not persectly understand. It is this that gives such exquisite and uncommon perspicuity to the detail, and delight in the review. The tranflator has endeavoured, as he went along, to conceive the pro» babie manner in which Dr. Franklin expressed his ideas in his English manuscript, and he hopes to be forgiven i£.

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