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W O R K S

OF THE LATE

DR. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ;

CONSISTING OF

HIS LIFE, WRITTEN BY HIMSELF,

TOGETHER WITH

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.

THE NEW Y PIBIAN 158347

ASTRY AND TILDE TINDATIONS.

1839.

PRE FACE.

THE
HE volumes that are here presented to the Polic,

consist of two parts: the Life of Dr. Franklin : and a Collection of Miscellaneous Ffrays, the work of that author,

It is already known to many, that Dr. Franklin amula ed himfelf, towards the close of his life, with writing memoirs of his own history. 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 polihumcus Property It is a little extraordinary thai, 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 hould so long have been withheld from the Public. A trapilation of tien appeared in France near to years ago, coming down to the year 1731

There can be no fufficient reason, that what has thus been submitted to the perusal of Europe, kould not be made accesible to those to whom Dr. Franklin's language is native. The first part of the histo. ry of his life is tranflated fron that publication.

The ftyle of these memors is uncommonly pleasing. The story is told with the most unreferred sincerity, and without any false colouring or ornament.

We fee, in en very page, that the author examined his fubject with the eye of a mester, and related no incidents, the springs and origin of which he did not perfectly understand. It is this that gives such exquisite and uncommon perfpicuity to the detail, and delight in the reviewThe tranilator has endeavoured, as he went along, to conceive tile probable manner in which Dr. Franklin expreised his ideas in his English manuscript, and he hopes to be forgiven if

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