The Works of the Late Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Consisting of His Life, Written by Himself, Together with Humourous, Moral, and Literary Essays, Chiefly in the Manner of the Spectator, Among Which Are Several Not in Any American Edition (Classic Reprint)
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I am hardly able to tell you how kindly I take the letters with which you favour me. Your last containing an account of the death of our excellent friend, Dr. Franklin, and the circum stances attending it, deserves my particular gra titude. The account which he has left of his life will show, m a striking example, how a man by talents, industry, and integrity, may rise from obscurity to the first eminence and consequence in the world; but it brings his history no lower than the year 1757, and I understand that since he sent over the copy, which I have read, he has been able to make no additions to it. It 18 with a melancholy regret I think of his death but to death we are all bound by the irreversi ble order of nature; and in looking forward to it, there is comfort in being able to reﬂect - t-that we have not lived in vain, and that all the use ful and virtuous shall meet in a better country beyond the grave.
Dr. Franklin, in the last letter I received from him, after mentioning his age and infirmi. Ties, observes, that it has been kindly ordered by the Author of nature, that, as we draw near er the conclusion of life, we are furnished with more helps to wean us from it, among which, one of the strongest is the loss of dear friends. I was delighted with the account you gave in your letter of the honours shewn to his memory at Phi ladelphia, and by Congress and yesterday I received a high additional pleasure, by being informed that the National Assembly of France had determined to go in mourning for him. What a glorious scene is opened there! The annals of the world furnish no parallel to it. One of the honours of our departed friend is, that he has contributed much to it.
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