CHAPTER III.
1729-1748.

THE pamphlet on paper money finished, Franklin wrote nothing for six months. By that time Keimer had fallen deeply in debt, had been dragged to jail for the ninth time, had compounded with his creditors, had been liberated, had failed again, and had sold his newspaper to Franklin & Meredith for a trifle. Ninety subscribers then took the "Instructor" each week, and thirty-nine weekly numbers had been issued. With the fortieth, which bears date October 2, 1729, a new era opened. The silly name was out down to "The Pennsylvania Gazette." The Quaker nomenclature was dropped, "The Religious Courtship" ceased to be published. Except at long intervals, no extracts from Chambers's Dictionary appeared; and, for the first time in the history of our country, a newspaper was issued twice a week. In this Franklin was far, indeed too far, in advance of the age, and, when the bad weather came and the postrider made his trips northward

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  • Title Page v
  • Contents vii
  • General Introduction xi
  • Introduction to the Chelsea House Edition xiii
  • Author's Note to the 1887 Edition xxv
  • Chapter I - 1706-1723 1
  • Chapter II - 1723-1729 36
  • Chapter III - 1729-1748 65
  • Chapter IV - 1732-1748 96
  • Chapter V - 1743-1756 136
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