A Companion to Benjamin Franklin by David Waldstreicher

By David Waldstreicher

This significant other offers a entire survey of the lifestyles, paintings and legacy of Benjamin Franklin - the oldest, such a lot specified, and multifaceted of the founders.

  • Includes contributions from throughout various educational disciplines
  • Combines conventional and state of the art scholarship, from complete and rising specialists within the box
  • Pays precise consciousness to the yankee Revolution, the Enlightenment, journalism, colonial American society, and issues of race, type, and gender
  • Places Franklin within the context of contemporary paintings in political thought, American reports, American literature, fabric tradition reviews, pop culture, and foreign relations

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He came to call the Junto “the best School of Philosophy, Morals and Politics that then existed in the Province,” and its members would be some of the most important friendships that would shape the next decades of his life. The original dozen members, Joseph Brientnal, Thomas Godfrey, Nicholas Scull, William Parsons, William Maugridge, Hugh Meredith, Stephen Potts, George Webb, Robert Grace, William Coleman, and John Jones, Jr, met weekly, first in a tavern room owned by Scull, and later in a room in the home of Grace, to discuss what they had read, who they had met, and what they had observed since the previous week’s meeting.

In a colony where not a few ministers’ families had fallen into poverty, he asked “how many Clergymen themselves in the Country are forc’d to labour in their Fields, to keep themselves in a Condition above Want? ” Again in the voice of Silence Dogood, he concluded, “For my own Part, I have nothing left to live on, but Contentment and a few Cows; and tho’ I cannot expect to be reliev’d by this Project, yet it would be no small Satisfaction to me to see it put in Practice for the benefit of others” (Lemay, 1987: 32–33).

This was therefore the first House I was in or slept in, in Philadelphia” (Franklin, 1964: 76). Thus began Franklin’s on-again, off-again relationship with the Society of Friends. ” Over the course of his first four decades in Pennsylvania, Franklin would befriend, mortify, scandalize, satirize, and support Quakers. He counted them among some of his closest friends and staunchest foes. But William Penn’s religious diversity, guaranteed by the Charter of Privileges the founder signed in 1701 before his final departure for the mother country, had created a level of religious diversity by the 1720s unheard of anywhere else in the world.

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