The Many-Sided Franklin

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VICTOR HUGO'S DRAWING OF FRANKLIN'S HOUSE. AT PASSY.

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SOCIAL LIFE

"THE busy man," quoth Poor Richard, "has few idle Visitors; to the boiling Pot the Flies come not." But this was only one of his many aphorisms which he himself disproved, for, however manifold his occupations, there never seems to have been the time when he had not friends, and the time to see them. With his first arrival in Philadelphia, he relates that "I began now to have some acquaintance among the young people of the town, that were lovers of reading, with whom I spent my evenings very pleasantly." So in London, during his short sojourn there, he went to the taverns, and made friends of the "ingenious" fre-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Illustrations ix
  • I - Family Relations 1
  • II - Physique: Theories and Appetites 41
  • III - Education 86
  • IV - Religion 131
  • V - Printer and Publisher 177
  • VI - Writer and Journalist 220
  • VII - Relations with the Fair Sex 263
  • VIII - Jack of All Trades 308
  • X - The Humorist 388
  • XI - Politician and Diplomatist 418
  • XII - Social Life 467
  • Index 511
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