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THE LIFE i į
INCLUDING A SKETCH OF
THE RISE AND PROGRESS OF THE WAR
THE VARIOUS NEGOCIATIONS AT PARIS FOR PEACE;
WITH THE HISTORY OP
HIS POLITICAL AND OTHER WRITINGS.
PRINTED FOR HUNT AND CLARKE,
Importance of his life and character. ---Family history.-Early destination
and apprenticeship-Absconds, and arrives at Philadelphia. THE lives of great and useful men have been compared to the course of rivers. They often rise in the most obscure and desolate regions; a child might leap over their sources; and thorns and briars alone appear destined to obey their unregarded progress :
Bat silently that slighted thing
Shall demonstrate its living spring. The stream widens and deepens ; it becomes the pride of the meadows, and the fertilizer of extensive districts.; it arrives within the sweep of tides and the bustle of commerce; conveys prosperity to towns and cities; bears on its bosom the hopes and fortunes of millions, and at length reaches the ocean, the health and hope of a country.
The life of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, which extends through nearly the whole of the eighteenth century, realized this ancient metaphor in a most remarkable degree. He was at once the humble mechanic, the yet humbler son of a tallow-chandler whose business he hated, and the artificer of his country's independence. ' He was an oppressed apprentice in the obscure and dingy press-room of a provincial town, and one of the most formidable opponents of