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The report from the committee ... to consider the petition of Richard Thompson of Bristol, clerk; and to examine complaints against him. And the resolutions of the Commons in Parliament upon this report, for his impeachment of high crimes and misdemeanors, Friday, Decemb. 24. 1680 by Great Britain (Parliament)England and Wales (Parliament)

The tryals of Sir George Wakeman Baronet. William Marshall, William Rumley, & James Corker, Benedictine monks For high treason, for conspiring the death of the King, subversion of the government, and Protestant religion. At the Sessions in the Old-Bayley, holden for London and Middlesex on Fryday the 18th. of July 1679 by Sir George Wakeman

Monsieur Sandherr, Stättmeistre de la ville de Colmar en Alsace, a l'honneur d'offrir la plus parfaite qualité de Vin de Praille by M. Sandherr

For sale by the candle, at Garraway's Coffee-House, in Exchange-Alley, Cornhill, on Thursday the 27th of September, 1781 ... The following goods, viz. 1500 bags East-India salt petre. Being part of the cargo of the Marquis de la Fayette, a French prize, taken on her passage to Boston by Panter and Co.

A dissertation on the use of the negative sign in algebra: containing a demonstration of the rules usually given concerning it; and shewing how quadratic and cubic equations may be explained, without the consideration of negative roots. To which is added, as an appendix, Mr. [John] Machin's quadrature of the circle by Francis Maseres

Another letter to Mr. Almon, in matter of libel

A soveraign antidote to prevent, appease, and determine our unnaturall and destructive civill warres and dissentions. Wherein divers serious considerations tending to this purpose are propounded both to the King and subjects, the Parliaments and Sir Iohn Hothams proceedings at Hull and in the militia justified, Sr Iohn Hothams actions proved to be neither treason, felony, nor trespas, by the laws of the land, nor any just ground or cause at all for his Majestie to rayse an army, or a most unnaturall ... by William Prynne

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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.

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