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FAC SIMILE OF THE HAND WRITING OF DE FRANKLIN.

Mr.Strahan,

Phelad. July 5. 1775

You are a Member of Parliament,

doomed

and one of that Majority which has my Country to Destruction __ You have begun to burn our Towns, and murder our People.

Your

People. — Look

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are stained with the

Blood of Relations! — You and I were

Your Hands . — They

long Friends: - You

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OF THE

LIFE AND WRITINGS

OF

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN,

LL.D. F.R.S. &c.

MINISTER PLENIPOTENTIARY FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
AT THE COURT OF FRANCE, AND FOR THE TREATY OF PEACE
AND INDEPENDENCE with GREAT BRITAIN, &c. &c.

WRITTEN BY HIMSELF TO A LATE PERIOD,

AND CONTINUED TO THE TIME OF HIS DEATH

BY HIS GRANDSON,

WILLIAM TEMPLE FRANKLIN.

COMPRISING THE

PRIVATE CORRESPONDENCE

And Public Negociations of Dr. Franklin ;

AND HIS SELECT

POLITICAL, PHILOSOPHICAL, AND MISCELLANEOUS WORKS,
PUBLISHED from thE ORIGINAL MSS.

NEW EDITION.

IN SIX VOLUMES.

VOL. III.

CORRESPONDENCE.

LONDON:

PUBLISHED FOR HENRY COLBURN,

BY R. BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET.

1833.

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PRINTED BY A. J. VALPY, RED LION COURT, FLEET STREET.

PREFACE

ΤΟ

THE FIRST EDITION

OF THE

PRIVATE CORRESPONDENCE.

FAMILIAR letters have been usually considered as exhibiting a portraiture of the human mind; and though perhaps they are not always to be so regarded, especially in the intercourse of public men upon subjects involving particular interests and questions of national policy; yet even from these documents the most valuable materials of history are drawn, and the secret springs of great events are disclosed. Hence it is, that a deserved importance has ever been attached to the correspondence of persons who have figured with distinction in political revolutions, and the foundation of new states:

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