The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Written by Himself: Volume 2

The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Written by Himself: Volume 2

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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. Franklin's account of self-discipline and motivation remains one of the most popular autobiographies of all time. Volume 2 of Franklin's Life describes his election as President of the American Philosophical Society and his involvement in drafting the Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Alliance with France.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139060317
  • 9781139060318

Table of contents

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.show more