Benjamin Franklin, or From Printing Office to the Court of St. James

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Fb&c Limited, 12. jun. 2015 - 414 strani
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The life of Benjamin Franklin is stranger than fiction. Its realities surpass the idealities of novelists. Imagination would scarcely venture to portray such victories over poverty, obscurity, difficulties, and hardships. The tact, application, perseverance, and industry, that he brought to his life-work, made him an example for all time. He met with defeats; but they inspired him to manlier efforts. His successes increased his desire for something higher and nobler. He was satisfied only with going up still higher. He believed that " one to-day is worth two to-morrows;M and he acted accordingly, with the candle-shop and printing office for his schoolroom, and Observation for his teacher. His career furnishes one of the noblest examples of success for the young of both sexes to study. We offer his life as one of the brightest and best in American history to inspire young hearts with lofty aims.

The first and principal source of material for this book was Franklin's "Autobiography." No other authority, or treasure of material, can take the place of that. Biographies by Sparks, Sargent, Abbott, and Parton, have been freely consulted, together with "Franklin in France," and various eulogies and essays upon his life and character.

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