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LIFE AND WRITINGS
LL.D. F.R.S. &c.
MINISTER PLENIPOTENTIARY FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
AND INDEPENDENCE WITH GREAT BRITAIN, &c. &c.
With the present Volumes the Editor conceives that he has completely redeemed his pledge to the Public, and faithfully discharged his trust as the conservator of Dr. Franklin's literary remains.
It is a common complaint that the reputation of men of eminence in the world of letters suffers by their posthumous works ; nothing however of that kind is to be apprehended in regard to the present collection, for many
of the fugitive Essays here assembled, and the