Franklin wrote the essay in 1751. In the following spring he sent a copy to Peter Collinson and Richard Jackson, who were “greatly entertained” by it;9 and Jackson eventually sent Franklin a full criticism of it.1 Collinson hoped it would be published: “I don’t find anyone has hit it off so well”;2 and Dr. John Perkins of Boston, who also received a copy, judged it such an.
Paul L. Ford first identified Franklin’s essay in the Gazette as the probable original of this anecdote.4. To the Printers of the Gazette. By a Passage in one of your late Papers,5 I understand that the Government at home will not suffer our mistaken Assemblies to make any Law for preventing or discouraging the Importation of Convicts from Great Britain, for this kind Reason, “ That such.
Benjamin Franklin’s Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind (1751) is a landmark in the history of modern demography, accurately predicting the relative and absolute rates of growth for Great Britain and North America into the middle of the nineteenth century. It is also a milestone in the history of immigration. Lamenting the “swarm” of German immigrants who threatened to make.Ben Franklin’s next most important invention was the bifocals. And he got the idea when he was starting to get old and was having trouble seeing up close and far away. He grew tired of having to switch between lenses so he decided to conveniently fit both types of lenses into one frame by putting the distance lens on the top and the up close lens on the bottom. Glasses like these are still.Benjamin Franklin is one of the best writers that America has ever produced. Benjamin Franklin essays have been the benchmark for essay writers. The supple, satirical and witty style adapted in the essays written by Benjamin Franklin entertains readers to their hearts’ content. Benjamin Franklin essays are a perfect blend of wit along with wisdom that throws light on the then- prevalent.
Introduction to Ben Franklin by Edmund S. Morgan. You can read a wonderful introduction to Ben Franklin, written especially for our website by one of America's most distinguished historians. This essay contains many links to the writings of Benjamin Franklin, and you can read Franklin's papers on the right side of your screen while you read Professor Morgan's essay on the left. (Read essay.Read More
In 1751, the Academy of Philadelphia opened in the “New Building,” a large hall on Fourth Street near Arch which had been built in 1740 for the revivalist preacher George Whitefield. Franklin and the Trustees continued to grow their institution, opening a free charity school for younger students months later (the New Building had originally been constructed to serve as a charity school.Read More
Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, etc. Benjamin Franklin 1. Tables of the Proportion of Marriages to Births, of Deaths to Births, of Marriages to the Numbers of Inhabitants, etc. form'd on Observations made upon the Bills of Mortality, Christnings, etc. of populous Cities, will not suit Countries; nor will Tables form'd on Observations made on full settled.Read More
Who was Ben Franklin? About us; Letter from Benjamin Franklin to Peter Collison dated June 29, 1751. Philadelphia June 29: 1751. Sir. In Capt. Waddels Account of the Effects of Lightning on his Ship, I could not but take Notice of the large Comazants (as he Calls them,) that settled on the Spintles at the Topmast-Heads, and burnt like very large Torches before the Stroke. According to my.Read More
Luis Rumbaut adds some valuable perspective to the immigration debate by citing some of Ben Franklin's thoughts on the horrors of the US being overrun by German immigrants: (W)hy should the.Read More
Benjamin Franklin's use of the rattlesnake to represent America actually began in 1751 when he published a satirical article condemning Great Britain for sending condemned convicts to the American colonies. Franklin suggested the colonists should send a bunch of snakes back to England as thanks. In 1754, Franklin published the first political cartoon ever made in the colonies.Read More
A history of American anti-immigrant bias, starting with Benjamin Franklin’s hatred of the Germans. February 12, 2017. By Annalisa Merelli. Geopolitics reporter. In the 1750s, the United States.Read More
Benjamin Franklin letter about Electricity to Peter Collinson. Philadelphia June 29: 1751. Sir. In Capt. Waddels Account of the Effects of Lightning on his Ship, I could not but take Notice of the large Comazants (as he Calls them,) that settled on the Spintles at the Topmast-Heads, and burnt like very large Torches before the Stroke.Read More
Franklin’s Vision. Then in 1749, Benjamin Franklin—printer, inventor and future founding father of the United States—published his famous essay, Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth, circulated it among Philadelphia’s leading citizens, and organized 24 trustees to form an institution of higher education based on his proposals. The group purchased Whitefield’s “New Building.Read More
Ben Franklin English, is one of the six styles Franklin stocked in his inventory until 1742. New Version of the Psalms of David. Nicholas Brady and Nahum Tate. Philadelphia: Printed and Sold by B. Franklin. 1733. 12vo. This edition of the Psalms, an imperfect copy, is the only Franklin imprint in which the cloverleaf watermark of the Rittenhouse Mill appears. The paper apparently was supplied.Read More