The Life of Benjamin Franklin: Including a Sketch of the Rise and Progress of the War of Independence, and of the Various Negociations at Paris for Peace; With the History of His Political and Other Writings (Classic Reprint)
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British cabinet measures, and of the whole strength of Britain wielded for indefensible purposes. He had few advantages of education, yet mmgled, finally, with the most learned and most polite society in Europe. Inheriting no patrimony but that of a perse cuted and honest name, he left to his posterity a hand some fortune realized by his own industry, and claims upon his country's gratitude never fully to be repaid.
Whether considered as a successful tradesmen, an experimental philosopher, or a distinguished states man, his history is full of interesting and important points: we possess, happily, ample details of it, some of the most interesting of them furnished by him self. Let the humblest reader of these pages there fore enter upon them with the assurance of their be ing calculated to give hope to poverty; to brace the sinews of all industrious men with new energy and perseverance; and to shed the light of contentment and the blessings of temperance, frugality, and peace, on the most humble human lot.
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