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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1909. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1706-1757 Twyford, at the Bishop of St. Asaptis* 1771. DEAR SON: I have ever had pleasure in obtaining any little anecdotes of my ancestors. Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1909. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1706-1757 Twyford, at the Bishop of St. Asaptis* 1771. DEAR SON: I have ever had pleasure in obtaining any little anecdotes of my ancestors. You may remember the inquiries I made among the remains of my relations when you were with me in England, and the journey I undertook for that purpose. Imagining it may he equally agreeable to' you to know the circumstances of my life, many of which you are yet unacquainted with, and expecting the enjoyment of a week's uninterrupted leisure in my present country retirement, I sit down to write them for you. To which I have besides some other inducements. Having emerged from the poverty and obscurity in which I was born and bred, to a state of affluence and some degree of reputation in the world, and having gone so far through life with a considerable share of felicity, the conducing means I made use of, which with the blessing of God so well succeeded, my posterity may like to know, as they may find some of them suitable to their own situations, and therefore fit to be imitated. That felicity, when I reflected on it, has induced me sometimes to say, that were it offered to my choice, I should have no objection to a repetition of the same life from its beginning, only asking the advantages authors have in a second edition to correct some faults of the first. So I might; besides correcting the faults, change some sinister accidents and events of it for others more favorable. But though this were denied, I should still accept the offer. Since such a repetition is not to be expected, the next thing most like living one's life over again seems to be a recollection of that life, and to make that recollection as durable as possible by putting it down in writing. The country-seat of Bishop Shi...


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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1909. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1706-1757 Twyford, at the Bishop of St. Asaptis* 1771. DEAR SON: I have ever had pleasure in obtaining any little anecdotes of my ancestors. Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1909. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1706-1757 Twyford, at the Bishop of St. Asaptis* 1771. DEAR SON: I have ever had pleasure in obtaining any little anecdotes of my ancestors. You may remember the inquiries I made among the remains of my relations when you were with me in England, and the journey I undertook for that purpose. Imagining it may he equally agreeable to' you to know the circumstances of my life, many of which you are yet unacquainted with, and expecting the enjoyment of a week's uninterrupted leisure in my present country retirement, I sit down to write them for you. To which I have besides some other inducements. Having emerged from the poverty and obscurity in which I was born and bred, to a state of affluence and some degree of reputation in the world, and having gone so far through life with a considerable share of felicity, the conducing means I made use of, which with the blessing of God so well succeeded, my posterity may like to know, as they may find some of them suitable to their own situations, and therefore fit to be imitated. That felicity, when I reflected on it, has induced me sometimes to say, that were it offered to my choice, I should have no objection to a repetition of the same life from its beginning, only asking the advantages authors have in a second edition to correct some faults of the first. So I might; besides correcting the faults, change some sinister accidents and events of it for others more favorable. But though this were denied, I should still accept the offer. Since such a repetition is not to be expected, the next thing most like living one's life over again seems to be a recollection of that life, and to make that recollection as durable as possible by putting it down in writing. The country-seat of Bishop Shi...

5 review for The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, the Journal of John Woolman, Fruits of Solitude

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennilynn

    I only read the Benjamin Franklin autobiography, but am intrigued by the other 2 parts in this collection. I was disappointed that the autobiography didn't touch on any of Franklin's involvement in the Continental Congress and only very briefly talked about his time in France. In fairness, the account was written when Franklin was in his 70s, and memories fade. Still, very interesting and much detail about his early personal and professional life. I only read the Benjamin Franklin autobiography, but am intrigued by the other 2 parts in this collection. I was disappointed that the autobiography didn't touch on any of Franklin's involvement in the Continental Congress and only very briefly talked about his time in France. In fairness, the account was written when Franklin was in his 70s, and memories fade. Still, very interesting and much detail about his early personal and professional life.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

  4. 4 out of 5

    M.K. Aneal

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael Williams

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