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BY
CARL VAN DOREN, Ph.D., Litt.D., L.H.D.,
Author and Editor, New York.

I am sorry I was unable to be present at the other lectures in this series. But as your Chairman told you, I have not been, even in Honolulu, too far from Franklin. For Hawaii was discovered by James Cook, a friend of Franklin. Before Europe heard of Cook's death on his last voyage, Franklin in Paris issued the famous passport which he sent to all the commanders of American naval vessels, instructing them that if they should happen to overtake Captain Cook on his way they were not to molest him or do damage to his cargo. His voyage was purely for science and it was important that his ship be allowed to return safe.

Among the speakers in this series it was not possible to include George Simpson Eddy. I would like to say a word or two about the regret we must feel that that master of all Franklinists could not be with us. Mr. Eddy for something like thirty years has been devoting many hours a day to Franklin, and has accumulated an immense amount of information about him. Mr. Eddy's writings have been chiefly confined to special topics, but his knowledge is unequalled. For example, he has prepared a whole manuscript volume merely listing the books Franklin is known to have owned. He has found out where Franklin was on every day of his life about which there is any conceivable record or reasonable conjecture. It has always been to me a triumph when now and then--but rarely--I could spring a new Franklin fact on Mr. Eddy. Being modest about his work, he is not so wellknown to the general public as he should be. I should like to pay him the tribute of naming him the most erudite student of Franklin that ever lived. He knows more about Franklin than Franklin knew about himself.

I should like too to speak of the need of a new edition of Franklin's writings. There was an edition by his grandson

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