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The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin; The Journal of John Woolman;… (1909)

by Charles William Eliot (Editor), Charles William Eliot, Benjamin Franklin, William Penn, John Woolman

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Excellent source of how 3 of our founding fathers thought inspite of and free from modern bias. ( )
  verncox | Feb 12, 2016 |
I got this for the John Woolman Journal. It is a wonderful story of his spiritual journey in the 18th century. It is amazingly relevant for today, and I see myself experiencing the very same conflicts and resolutions of those struggles. He lived from 1720 to 1772 in the colonies, was of the Quaker persuasion and after becoming aware of the evils of slavery, led in the fight to end it among Quakers and, thereby, elsewhere. Really good writing.
  BeardedPapa | May 20, 2013 |
Born in the colony of New Jersey in 1720, and from his youth, a zealous member of the Society of Friends (Quakers). He labored as a tailor and married a "well-inclined damsel, Sarah Ellis". His Journal was published posthumously in 1774, and it recounts his surprisingly extended travels in the colony and in England. He marks a distinction among those who work, and those who own slaves:

"I saw in these southern provinces so many vices and corruptions, increased by this trade and this way of life [slave-holding], that it appeared to me as a dark gloominess hanging over the land". [183]

His extreme humility veils the importance of his role in eliminating the practice of slavery. He often waited patiently for long months for his Lord to speak to his heart. There is no pretense to any actual miracle or un-natural event, even where the subjects of great tragedy -- disease caused by small pox vaccinations -- are raised.

He meditates upon the alterations in the circumstances of the native people since the coming in of the English. [261] {Everyone knew what was happening and that it was evil.}

Repeatedly and innocently refers to Samuel Eastborne as "my beloved companion" [179] and "true yokemate" [249] with whom he traveled, and slept [cf others too 263].

His words are written with ardor, with clear spiritual insight, and kindness. This, a true follower of Christ, an extinct species, now entirely forgotten.
  keylawk | Nov 7, 2007 |
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Eliot, Charles WilliamEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eliot, Charles Williammain authorall editionsconfirmed
Franklin, Benjaminmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Penn, Williammain authorall editionsconfirmed
Woolman, Johnmain authorall editionsconfirmed
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This is volume 1 of the Harvard Classics series containing the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, the Journal of John Woolman and Fruits of Solitude by William Penn. Do not combine with individual editions, esp. Franklin's autobiography.
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Contents: Benjamin Franklin His Autobiography. Journal of John Woolman; Death of John Woolman. Some Fruits of Solitude, in Reflections and Maxims Parts 1 and 2 by William Penn.

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