General Benjamin Franklin: The Military Career of a Philosopher

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VIII
THE COLONEL OF THE PHILADELPHIA REGIMENT

Our friend Benjamin Franklin has been a great while in the back parts of our country building forts. Since his return home he is so much engaged in public business that we had no convenient opportunity for sending a letter until now,1

WROTE John Bartram, the Philadelphia gardener, to his friend the Reverend Jared Elliot, of the class of 1706, Yale College.

The Franklins, father and son, dismounted at the house on High Street late in the night of Thursday February 5, just fifty days since the frosty morning when they had left for the frontier. No clanking escort accompanied the Postmaster on his return journey; only the faithful William Edmonds, who like Franklin was a member of the Assembly, rode down for the session. The reasons which induced

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Darlington Memorial of Bartram, page 373.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • I - The Imperiled Frontier 1
  • II - The Journey to Bethlehem 16
  • III - Christmas at Easton 28
  • IV- New Year at Reading 40
  • V - The Return to Bethlehem 58
  • VI - The March to the Frontier 67
  • VII - The Building of the Forts 74
  • VIII - The Colonel of The Philadelphia Regiment 86
  • Bibliography 99
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