Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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P. 11. Plutarch, born 40 A.D., died 120 A.D.; one of the most widely read Greek philosophers, moralists, and historians ; the author of many works on historical and philosophical subjects; his " Lives of Celebrated Greeks and Romans " is one of the best‐ known works of classical literature.

P. 11. Defoe, a famous English journalist and novelist; born 1661, died 1731 ; his most famous story was " Robinson Crusoe."

P. 11. Cotton Mather, son of Increase Mather, a prominent Puritan minister of Boston, born in that city in 1663 ; graduated from Harvard College ; became his father's colleague in the pulpit; was a voluminous writer and an advocate of the supremacy of the ministry and churches in civil affairs; took a leading part in the suppression of witchcraft by the courts; author of " Memorable Providences Relating to Witchcraft," of a very curious and once famous book entitled " Magnolia Christi Americana," and of many other works ; died in Boston 1728.

P. 12. Occasional ballads, or narrative poems describing striking events ; widely circulated before the days of newspapers and carried by pedlers into all parts of the country.

P. 14. The Spectator, a journal of small size published in London in 1711 and 1712, written chiefly by Addison with the aid of Steele; attained great popularity and has become an English classic by reason of its style.

P. 16. John Locke, one of the most famous English philosophers ; born 1632 ; educated in London and Oxford; his greatest

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Introduction v
  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 21
  • Chapter III 41
  • Chapter IV 53
  • Chapter V 62
  • Chapter IV 74
  • Chapter VII 90
  • Chapter VIII 103
  • Chapter IX 117
  • Chapter X 131
  • Chapter XI 146
  • Chapter XII 159
  • Poor Richard's Almanac and Other Papers *
  • Poor Richard's Almanac 175
  • Plan for Saving One Hundred Thousand Pounds 185
  • Necessary Hints to Those That Would Be Rich 187
  • Advice to a Young Tradesman 188
  • Digging for Hidden Treasure 190
  • Remarks concerning the Savages of North America 195
  • A Petition of the Left Hand 202
  • The Whistle 203
  • Dialogue between Franklin and the Gout 205
  • The Art of Procuring Pleasant Dreams 212
  • The Ephemera: An Emblem of Human Life 217
  • To Miss Georgiana Shipley 219
  • Familiar Letters 221
  • Notes 245
  • Macmillan's - Pocket Series of English Classics *
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