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him with honor, and to communicate the particulars of his researches to his scientific friends, who received them with avidity. It merits observation, however, that notwithstanding the high eminence which Dr. Franklin attained as an experimentalist, he in reality may be said to have only made philosophy the amusement of his leisure hours, in which it afforded him a pleasing recreation after a variety of more laborious occupations.
Though some of the Essays contained under this head have already appeared, by far the greater portion of the contents of this part, (among which are several of the latest and most ingenious of Dr. Franklin's philosophical Writings) are now for the first time printed from his own manuscripts.
In conclusion, the Editor trusts that the Volumes which now close his account with the public, will meet with the same favorable reception as the four that have preceded them; and that the whole will prove a lasting monument commemorative of the virtues and talents of a man who, in every character, whether as an humble individual or a public diplomatist, as a philosophical inquirer or the legislator of an enlightened nation, constantly proved, throughout his long and eventful career, that he estimated his extraordinary talents of no other value than as enabling him to promote, as far as in him lay, the happiness of all mankind.
London, April, 1819.
DR. FRANKLIN's MEMOIRS
Vols. 1 and 2, containing the Life:
Posthumous and other Works. Double Titles are printed, in order that the Parts may either be bound separately, or as a set, in six uniform volumes.