Franklin: The autobiography and other writings on politics, by Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin is without doubt one of the most sensible identified and least understood figures within the background of eighteenth-century political notion. Alan Houston clarifies our figuring out of his inspiration through making to be had a consultant number of his most crucial political writings. the whole textual content of the Autobiography is incorporated along letters, essays, pamphlets, and manuscript notes that hide political economic climate, ethical psychology, and spiritual trust and perform, between different subject matters.

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He received me in his library, and on my taking leave showed me a shorter way out of the house through a narrow passage, which was crossed by a beam over head. ” I did not understand him, till I felt my head hit against the beam.   Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Smith,  August , and Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Jefferson Randolph,  November , in The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul Leicester Ford (New York, –), :–, :–; John Adams to James Warren,  April , in Warren–Adams Letters (Boston, –), :, ; John Adams, Diary and Autobiography,  May , ed.

Silence Dogood” essays published in New England Courant. Runs away to Philadelphia, arriving  October. Sails for London. Works as printer; meets Mandeville; publishes A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity. Returns to Philadelphia. Nearly dies of pleurisy; rejoins Keimer’s print shop; forms Junto. Opens own print shop with Hugh Meredith. Buys Pennsylvania Gazette from Samuel Keimer; birth of son, William. Common-law marriage to Deborah Read,  September. Joins Freemasons; founds Library Company of Philadelphia.

Second president of the United States.     ,        (–). Philadelphia merchant and chief justice of Pennsylvania. Early ally of Franklin; broke during fight over proprietary privileges. Loyalist in the Revolution.    ,     (“    ”)        (–). Franklin’s daughter.        ,     (–). Commander of British forces in North America in ; fatally wounded in battle with French and Indians.       ,      (–). Philadelphia printer and competitor of Franklin’s.

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