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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...of portraits of Franklin and of various places and people connected with his life and work. Dr. Devine prefaced his lecture by saying that his Wilkes-Barre experience was exceptional, inasmuch as it was the only centre he had visited where he had been given the assistance of a fully equipped and well managed public library and where the superintendent and school board had made University Extension a distinct feature. The lecture proper lasted an hour and was a comprehensive view of the life of the distinguished printer, statesman, philosopher. journalist and scientist, who occupied so commanding a place in American history. Regarding the recent strained relations between England and America he thought the former had been slow to recognize what merit the latter and her statesmen possessed. He thought England ought to accord afull measure of greatness to Franklin. Washington and Lincoin as to Pitt, Wellington and Wilberforce. Yet she has a special prejudice against Franklin, who was the first American statesman and citizen to achieve worldwide greatness. There are four great documents in American history--the Declaration of Independence, the alliance with France, the treaty by which England recognized the independence of the colonies and the constitution. And Franklin is the only man whose name was signed to them all. He was the last man to be forgiven by England for his part in the revolt of the colonies. Mention was made of his English ancestry, his birth in 1706 and of the fact that at the age of 10 he had read all the books that were obtainable. How his father noticed his bent for reading and apprenticed him to a printer at the age of 12 and how he ran away on account of cruel treatment by his employer, who was his brother. He founded the...
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