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A Spark of light against the cloudy dark day, held forth in a letter to the churches. : Shewing that none ought by making hast to presume to set up any other persons over Gods church for elders, then those that the Scripture hath in every particular marked out, but to stay till God hath afforded them such; because Gods law is perfect, and God is a holy God. Shewing also the general defection of all sorts of people through the man of sin; and therefore perswading every one that fears God to forbear ...

A key to the law: or, an introduction to legal knowledge. To which is prefixed a prefatory discourse on the present state of the laws of England: ... by Richard Hemsworth

Epicteti Enchiridion by Epictetus

Les soupirs de l'Europe &c.; or, The groans of Europe at the prospect of the present posture of affairs. In a letter from a gentleman at the Hague to a member of Parliament. Made English from the original French by Jean de Dumont

The sentiments of N.N. (a loyal subject of the Roman Catholick communion) touching the Roman consistorie's designs and practices, by and with their correspondents here, (viz. the Jesuits, monks and friers) to the prejudice of this nation, and the future involving it in misery and trouble, under the (feigned) pretence of advancing Catholick religion : together with some general remedies or expedients for preventing thereof, expresses in certain propositions, and humbly submitted to the censure ...

Behold! Two letters, the one, written by the Pope to the (then) Prince of Wales, now King of England, Scotland, France, Ireland, and defender of the Pope's faith. : The other, an answer to the said letter by the said Prince, now His Majesty of England, and the Pope's faithful servant, in destroying these kingdoms. : Being an extract out of the history of England, Scotland and Ireland by Pope Gregory V

Paradise regain'd. A poem. In four books. To which is added Samson agonistes. And Poems upon several occasions. With a tractate of education by John Milton

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Reviews23 reviews

TagsPolitics and Government (273), Great Britain (238), Parliament (156), United States (147), History (125), Poetry (113), Church of England (88), Sermons (87), Medicine (82), Electricity (76) — see all tags

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About meBenjamin Franklin (17 January 1706 – 17 April 1790), Pennsylvania printer, author, inventor, ambassador, scientist, statesman, abolitionist. Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, a founder of the Library Company of Philadelphia and of the first fire department in Pennsylvania, among many other accomplishments.

About my libraryFranklin's extensive library is documented in Edwin Wolf 2nd and Kevin J. Hayes, The Library of Benjamin Franklin. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society and Library Company of Philadelphia, 2006 (available digitally here and for sale at the APS webpage) and used to create this LT catalog with the permission of the author and the publishers (American Philosophical Society, Library Company of Philadelphia).

A complete introduction to Franklin's library, including information on the travels taken by the books following Franklin's death, is in Wolf and Hayes, pp. 3-56.

Wolf and Hayes have created extensive annotations for the titles in Franklin's library; those are included in the Comments field for each record in Franklin's LT catalog. Elements generally provided include the catalog number, format, binding, signatures and marginalia (including Franklin's own shelfmarks), detailed provenance information, and the current location of Franklin's copy, if known. A list of the institutional abbreviations used in the book is available here. Further abbreviations, usually for sources, are in Wolf and Hayes, pp. 875-880.

Where the present location of Franklin's copy is known, the catalog number (Wolf and Hayes _) will be followed by an asterisk in parentheses. Where the edition or work is unclear, the catalog number will be followed by a question mark in parentheses.

Reviews: Franklin's reviews have been taken from the Wolf and Hayes annotations, and are usually drawn from either Franklin's correspondence or his Autobiography.

Tags: Wolf and Hayes provide subject-based tag information for most titles, which are included here with minor adjustments as necessary. Where no tags were included, similar tags were added.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Please contact Libraries of Early America coordinator Jeremy Dibbell.

GroupsBenjamin Franklin's LT Catalog, Legacy Libraries, Libraries of Early America

Real nameBenjamin Franklin

LocationPhiladelphia, PA

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