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The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics and Morals - Volume 3

Benjamin Franklin

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. . .ned, he inclines us to pity their condition; by an enumeration of their virtues he endeavours to remove the idea, which many have entertained, of their unimportance, and, abstracted from their consideration in a political light, they claim our regard by reason of their own personal merits." Interesting however as the controversy between the governors and the assembly of Pensylvania may have been at the time, it is too little so now to justify the insertion of so voluminous an account of it in the present collection, and we shall content ourselves therefore with extracting the dedication, preface, and contents. It is singular, that neither the editor of Dr. Franklin's works, whom we have designated by the letters B. V.; nor Dr. Stuber, the continuator of his life, should have mentioned this publication. The work is indeed anonymous, but it is so well known to have been Dr. Franklin's, that in the common library catalogue of the British Museum it is ranked under his name. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The early newspapers must have been desperate for interesting material.

There is some genuinely witty stuff in here, and I find the concept of a 16-year old boy writing as a middle-aged widow to be amusing, and there are a few good observations of human nature with good suggestions for remedying soci

Time very well spent

I have read Franklin’s autobiography several times through the years. This collection of his writings does justice to this admirable soul.