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The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Written by Himself

The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Written by Himself
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - North American History

  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108033442

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  • Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) is best known as an American revolutionary politician, but he also excelled as a printer, journalist and natural philosopher despite having little formal education. As a statesman, he was the only person to sign all three major documents of American statehood: the Declaration of Independence, the peace treaty with Britain, and the United States constitution. This three-volume set, first published in 1874, was compiled from Franklin's autobiography (covering the period up to 1857) and autobiographical passages from correspondence and other writings. Using Franklin's own words, it tells his remarkable story, which is integral to the political history of America. Written as an open letter to his son, Franklin's autobiography remains one of the most popular works in the genre. The letters describe Franklin's later political career and ideals, his diplomatic missions to Europe, his scientific experiments, and his retirement, and Volume 3 also contains his will.

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    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108033442
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 104 mm
    • weight: 2.16kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1. Preface
    Historical sketch of the fortunes and misfortunes of the autograph MS. of Franklin's Memoirs of his Own Life
    Part I. Franklin's Outline of the Topics of his Autobiography: Autobiography of Franklin from his birth to his arrival in England as agent of the Colony of Pennsylvania (1706–57)
    Part II. Continuation of the Autobiography from Franklin's Arrival in England as Agent of the Colony of Pennsylvania, in June 1757, until the Close of his Mission There and Return to Philadelphia, in 1775:
    1. Domestication and protracted illness in London
    2. His reception in America
    3. Jealousy of English manufacturers
    4. Franklin's examination before the House of Commons (1766)
    5. Franklin sends his wife a new dress on the repeal of the Stamp Act
    6. The Walpole Grant again
    Appendix. Volume 2. Part II continued:
    1. The election to the new parliament
    2. No taxation without representation
    3. Silkworms
    4. The dancer pays the piper
    5. Rules for reducing a great empire to a small one
    6. An edict by the King of Prussia
    7. Petition of the Massachusetts Assembly for Hutchinson's recall
    8. An account of the transactions relating to Governor Hutchinson's letters
    9. Ministerial hostility to Franklin
    10. An account of negotiations in London for effecting a reconciliation between Great Britain and the American colonies
    Part III. From the Close of Franklin's Mission to England to the Close of his Mission to France (1775–85):
    11. Franklin chosen delegate to the Second Continental Congress
    12. Negotiations with Lord Howe for a reconciliation with the colonies
    13. Franklin's mission to France
    14. Recall of Silas Deane
    15. New attempts to corrupt the Commissioners
    16. Inception of Irish emigration to America
    17. Never a good war or a bad peace. Volume 3. Part III continued:
    1. Franklin asks to be relieved from the mission to Paris
    2. R. R. Livingston named Minister of Foreign Affairs
    3. Journal of the negotiation for peace with Great Britain, from March 21st to July 1st, 1782
    4. Micawberism of the Ministry
    5. Misunderstanding between Count de Vergennes and Dr. Franklin
    6. The Fishery Calumny
    7. The usefulness of enemies
    8. Red tape
    9. Preparation for leaving France
    Part VI. From the Termination of his Mission to France in 1785 until his Death, April 17th, 1790:
    10. Franklin's reception in America
    11. Freedom of commerce
    12. Re-elected President of Pennsylvania
    13. Retirement from public life
    14. Franklin's last will and testament

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    Benjamin Franklin


    John Bigelow

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