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ters and other papers of his revered relative; and where these documents failed, in giving adequate information, by supply. ing the deficiencies from STUBER'S CONTINUATION OF THE LIFE OF DR. FRANKLIN, and other sources, upon the fidelity of which any dependence could be placed for the accuracy of what they imparted. In executing this part of his trust, the Editor is sensible how much reason he has to solicit the indulgence of the reader; but though fully conscious that no talent short of DR. FRANKLIN's own could render his private and public history equally instructive and entertaining with what he drew up himself; yet he may justly claim the merit of hav. ing scrupulously adhered to the verity of what he has related, and of endeavoring to keep as closely as possible in that track of simplicity which was the distinguished characteristic of this truly moral and political Philosopher.
Academy, Franklin proposes one at Philadelphia, 124.
Act of the British parliament to prohibit and restrain American trade, 360.
Adams, Rutledge, and Franklin meet lord Howe, 361.
Albany, appointed commissioner to the Indians there, in 1754, 137--Plan
of union of the colonies prepared and presented there, 137.
Alexander, William, esq., Franklin's letter to, on the origin of the stamp
America asserts her right of exclusively taxing herself, 222.
Americans abused in the house of lords, their courage, religion, and un-
derstanding depreciated and treated with contempt, 345.
said to be of a different species, 346.
Anecdotes of Bradford, 22,-26-of Ralph, 37—of governor Clinton, 117–
of Beatty, 157—of governor Denny, 166.
Arguments against the right of the British parliament to tax America, 268.
Arnold, general, his treacherous conduct, 404_Verses on, 406_How
rewarded by the British government, 407,-408.
Arrest, the ministry design to arrest Franklin, 274,-347.
Articles of belief and acts of religion, 88.
Art of virtue, 89.
Assembly, Franklin chosen clerk of, 107–Elected a member of, 126.
Barclay, David, interview betwixt Franklin and, 280--Letters to Frank
lin, 281-294-Conference with, 325–Further conference, 335.
Beatty, Mr., anecdote of him and Franklin, 157..
Bernard, governor, dispute with lieutenant-governor Hutchinson and, 225.
Bollan, Franklin, and Lee's memorial to the king, 331.
Bond, Dr. Thomas, proposes an hospital in Philadelphia, 128.
Boston, resolutions of the town of, 221–Tumult with the people and the
soldiers, 225Bill considered, 270.
Bradford, Andrew, anecdotes of, 22,-26,-27.
Braddock, general, arrives in America, 142-Service rendered to his ar:
my, 144-His character, 146--His defeat, 149,-50.-
Brown, doctor, turns the bible into doggrel verse, 24.
Burgoyne, general, surrenders with his whole army to the Americans, 382.
Burnet, son of Dr. Burnet, notices Franklin, 33.
Busy-body, Franklin writes several pieces under that title, 65.
Calumnious speeches in house of lords, against America, 346.
Cambridge, N. England, university confer degree of M. A., 136.
Camden, lord, has interviews with him, 308—-Supports America, 317–
Speaks admirably on American affairs, 345.
Canada, Franklin decides the policy of Chatham concerning, 194...His
pamphlet thereon, 195.
Card, with an emblem used by him, 270.
Caricature occasioned by the stamp act, 208.
Carlisle, Eden, and Johnstone, 383.
Causes of the American discontents, a pamphlet, 220.
Chancery, Franklin sued in, 242.
Charleston, sends a printer thither, 103.
Charter, the first royal, granted to Pennsylvania, in 1681, 188.
Chatham, lord, consults Franklin, 194-.-Desires to see him, 277... bis mo-
tion relative to America, 317---Visits Franklin, 319---His plan for set.
tling the disputes with the colonies 322 --Rejection of the same, 327.
Clapham, colonel, 157 ---His eulogium on Franklin, 323.
Clarkson's life of Penn, refutation of censures on Franklin in, 190.
Clerk of assembly, Franklin chosen, 107--Rechosen, 118---His maxim as
to office, 118.
Clifton, John, first proposes the lighting of the streets of Philadelphia,
C'linton, governor, anecdote of, 117.
Coleman, William, character of, 63-.Liberality to Franklin, 68.
Colonies, plan for their union, 137.
Collins, John, some account of, 21,-23,-33,-35.
Collinson, publishes Franklin's “ New Experiments in Electricity," 162.
Commissioners in Europe, grant letters of marque, 380.
Common Sense, a political publication, 359.
Conductors, blunt opposed to pointed, 394---Epigram on, 395.
Congress, assembly of, 272.--Their declaration of rights: their petition
to the king, 273,-296---Send their proceedings to lord Chatham, and
Present a second petition, 352---Declare the independence of the co-
lonies, 360.-- Appoint a deputation to meet lord Howe and hear his pro-
positions of peace, 361---Resolution respecting general Sullivan, 363
---Report of the committee appointed to confer with lord Howe, 365..
Assemble at Philadelphia, 367.
Copely, sir Godfrey, his gold medal presented to Franklin, 165.
Creed, Franklin's early religious, 100.
Croghan, George, Indian interpreter, 148.
Cool Thoughts, a pamphlet by Franklin, 202.
Cushing, Thomas, letters to, 271.
Dartmouth, lord, made secretary of state for America, 223---Friendly to
Franklin, 224---Letter to, 382---His good wishes towards the colonies,
Daschkof", the princess, letter to Franklin, 501.
Delor introduces Franklin's electrical experiments into France, 146,-216.
Denham, Mr., an early friend of Franklin, 41-...His death : trait in bis
Denny, governor, anecdote of, 141---Succeeds Morris, 161 -.-Presents a
medal to Franklin, 166---Anecdotes of, 166---Refuses assent to an ap-
De Romas, invention of the electrical kite, falsely attributed to, 217.
D'Estaing arrives in America with six sail of frigates, 396..-Causes of
his want of success, 396.
Dickenson, John, engaged in public affairs, 201.
Dubourg, mons., translates Franklin's philosophical papers into French,
Dunkers of America, some account of the, 212.
Ecton, in Northamptonshire, birth-place of the ancestor of Franklin, 2.
Eden, Carlisle, and Johnstone, 383.
Education of females, how important, 103---Publishes a pamphlet on, 124,
Electrical discoveries, general account of Franklin's, 162.
Electricity, his first experiments in, 126---Renewed, 161..-Applied to va.
rious purposes by Franklin, 1 3,-164.
Epigram on conductors, 395.
Experiments on canals, and water, by Franklin, 209.
on the Gulph Stream, 348.
Payette, a letter to, 407.
Fire Companies, first established by Franklin, 110.
Fire-place invented, an iron one, 123.
Fires, Indian method of concealing,
Folgers, ancestors of Franklin, 7.
Franklin, early history of the family of, 1.--The name formerly an order
of rank, Note 3... Thomas born, 4-.-Original letter from Josiah to his
son Ben. Franklin, Note. 4.-Benjamin Franklin born, 7..-Placed at the
Grammar School, 8...Placed with a tallow chandler, 9...-Youthful an.
ecdote of, 10.-General character of bis father, 11...-Erects a monas
ment to his father and mother, 11-.--Dislikes the business of a tallow
chandler, which he quits, 12 ----Passion for letters, the cause of his be-
coming a printer, 14—Is apprenticed to his brother, 13-Displays a
turn for writing poetry, 14-Method of teaching himself English com-
position, 15--Effect produced by his reading Tyron on vegetable diet,
16_Course of reading pursued by him, 17--Writes for the New Eng.
land Courant, 18—Differs with his brother, the printer, to whom he is
apprenticed, 19--Courant published in his name, 20--Leaves his brother
and proceeds to New York, 21-Quits New York for Philadelphia, 22-
Becomes acquainted with Dr. Browne, 24--Account of his landing at Phi-
ladelphia, 25—-Is employed by Keimer the printer, 27--Resides at Mr.
Read's, his future wife's father, 28—Returns to Boston, 30-Second
visit to Philadelphia, 32--Is introduced to Burnet the governor of New
York, 33—Is deceived by sir William Keith, 35--Relinquishes vegeta-
ble diet, 36-Proposal made him for establishing a new religious sect,
36~-Resumes his vegetable diet, 37--Pays his addresses to Miss Read,
37—Forms new acquaintance, 38—Embarks for London, 40_Contracts
an intimacy with Mr. Denham during the voyage, 41--Arrives in Lon:
don, 41--Becomes acquainted with Mr. Hamilton, 42-Obtains employ-
ment as a printer, 43--Writes a dissertation on Liberty and Necessity,
with remarks on Wollastone's Religion of Nature, 44—Becomes ac-
quainted with Mr. Lyons, Dr. Mandeville, Dr. Pemberton, and sir Hans
Sloane, 44—Is employed by Watts, 47—Prowess as a swimmer, 51–
Engages as clerk with Mr. Denham, 52-Is introduced to sir William
Wyndham, 52–Quits England, 53-Lands at Philadelphia, 53—Mode
of Life, 54-Employs himself again as a printer, 55–Quarrels with
Keimer, and quits his employ, 57—Makes paper money for New Jersey,
58—-Enters into partnership with Meredith, 58-His moral and reli-
gious principles, 60—Commences business with his partner, 61–
Founds a literary Junto, 64-Industry in his profession, 64—Projects
a newspaper; is forestalled in his intentions, 64-Writes under the sig-
nature of Busy-body, 65—Purchases the paper started in opposition to
his proposed plan, 65-Separates from Meredith and commences on
his own account, 68—-Writes on the necessity of paper money, 69-
Opens shop as a stationer, 71–Declines an offer of marriage proposed
by Mrs. Godfrey, 72--Renews his intimacy with Miss Read, 73-His
marriage to Miss Read, 74_Projects the first subscription library in
Philadelphia, 83--Luxury first introduced into Franklin's family, 85–
His religious opinions, 87--Composes articles of belief and acts of reli.
gion for bis own use, 88–Projects for attaining moral perfection, 88-
Art of virtue, 90-Extensive project, 98-Observations on reading his.
tory, 99--United party for virtue, 99_Religious Creed, 100.--Publishes
Poor Richard's Almanac, 101--Mode of conducting his newspaper, 102
Sends a printer to South Carolina, 103-Recommends a knowlege of
accounts as a part of female education, 103--Begins the study of langua.