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By David Waldstreicher

This better half presents a entire survey of the lifestyles, paintings and legacy of Benjamin Franklin - the oldest, such a lot unique, and multifaceted of the founders.

  • Includes contributions from throughout quite a number educational disciplines
  • Combines conventional and state-of-the-art scholarship, from comprehensive and rising specialists within the box
  • Pays certain consciousness to the yank Revolution, the Enlightenment, journalism, colonial American society, and issues of race, classification, and gender
  • Places Franklin within the context of contemporary paintings in political idea, American reviews, American literature, fabric tradition reports, pop culture, and overseas relations

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Denham’s news wasn’t good: “there was not the least Probability that he had written any Letters for me, that no one who knew him had the smallest Dependance on him, and he laught at the Notion of the Governor’s giving me a Letter of Credit, having as he said no Credit to give” (1964: 94). Franklin’s autobiography related a story of friendship and betrayal, a tale that revealed only part of what was going in the story of Sir William Keith. Keith had been appointed to his position by Hannah Callowhill Penn, William Penn’s widow.

Accompanied by his friend Ralph, Franklin soaked in the cultural highlights that the Empire’s capital had to offer, “going to Plays and other Places of Amusement” and spending the money he had saved for his planned business. In addition to those enjoyments, Franklin began to experience the people and ideas that London had to offer. He went to club meetings in taverns, borrowed books for a small rental fee from his neighbor John Wilcox the bookseller, and entered the emerging coffee house culture of the British capital, meeting Sir Hans Sloane and selling him curiosities for his cabinet, but missing a proposed introduction to the man at the center of the Enlightenment intellectual movement then transforming Britain: Sir Isaac Newton (1964: 96–98).

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. In Philadelphia, Quakers, Anglicans, Presbyterians, Moravians, Baptists, Catholics, Jews, German Dunkards, and Lutherans passed one another daily on the streets and met in public meetings and business dealings. One lapsed Calvinist runaway printer barely stood out among the colony’s diverse, divergent population (Tolles, 1948; Bonomi, 1986; Schwartz, 1987; Moss, 2004).

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