The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 3

Volume 3, January 1, 1745 through June 30, 1750

Benjamin Franklin; Edited by Leonard W. Labaree

View Inside Price: $125.00


September 10, 1961
539 pages, 5 3/4 x 8 5/8
ISBN: 9780300006520
Cloth

This latest volume in the continuing edition of one of America's most versatile citizens shows Franklin's interests, already diversified, beginning to broaden still more, until in 1748 he turns over the active operation of his printing office and newspaper to a partner in order to participate with more freedom in public affairs and scientific investigations.
When in the autumn of 1747 Philadelphia appears threatened by incursions of French and Spanish privateers and the Quaker-controlled Assembly of Pennsylvania does nothing to defend the city, Franklin initiates and leads a movement to create a volunteer militia—the "Association/" The citizens build a battery and borrow canon, and Franklin organizes two lotteries to raise the necessary funds.
In 1749 Franklin sets on foot a scheme for establishing the Academy of Philadelphia, which ultimately becomes the University of Pennsylvania. His pamphlet, "Proposals relation to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania," here reprinted, is an important statement of his educational views.
On the scientific side, in 1747 Franklin begins a series of letters describing the electrical experiments he and his friends are conducting. The English scientist Peter Collinson reads the letters to the Royal Society, and in 1751 they are printed in London as a pamphlet. In this excursion into basic scientific investigation, Franklin is the first to use the terms "positive" and "negative," "plus" and "minus" as applied to an electrical charge. here, also for the first time, an electric "battery" (Franklin's term) is described.
This volume, containing exactly four times as many documents as that of the Smyth edition for the same period, will appeal to many different kinds of readers.
The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 1
Volume 1: January 6, 1706 through December 31, 1734

Benjamin Franklin; Edited by Leonard W. Labaree

View details
The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 2
Volume 2: January 1, 1735 through December 31, 1744

Benjamin Franklin; Edited by Leonard W. Labaree

View details
The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 4
Volume 4: July 1, 1750 through June 30, 1753

Benjamin Franklin; Edited by Leonard W. Labaree

View details
The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 6
Volume 6: April 1, 1755 through September 24, 1756

Benjamin Franklin; Edited by Leonard W. Labaree

View details
The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 7
Volume 7: October 1, 1756 through March 31, 1758

Benjamin Franklin; Edited by Leonard W. Labaree

View details
The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 8
Volume 8: April 1, 1758 through December 31, 1759

Benjamin Franklin; Edited by Leonard W. Labaree

View details
The Papers of Benjamin Franklin
The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 28
Volume 28: November 1, 1778, through February 28, 1779

Benjamin Franklin; Edited by Barbara B. Oberg

View details
The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 25
Volume 25: October 1, 1777, through February 28, 1778

Benjamin Franklin; Edited by William B. Willcox

View details
The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 27
Volume 27: July 1 through October 31, 1778

Benjamin Franklin; Edited by Claude A. Lopez

View details
The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 26
Volume 26: March 1 through June 30, 1778

Benjamin Franklin; Edited by William B. Willcox

View details
The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 23
Volume 23: October 27, 1776, through April 30, 1777

Benjamin Franklin; Edited by William B. Willcox

View details
The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 24
Volume 24: May 1, 1777, through September 30, 1777

Benjamin Franklin; Edited by William B. Willcox

View details