remember that the Scotch prophet hated Yankees and believed that Franklin
's smooth, plausible, trader type of morality was only a broad way to the everlasting bonfire.
But it is folly to linger over the limitations of the tallow-chandler's son. The catalogue of his beneficent activity is a vast one.
once characterized him as the man who invented the lightning-rod, the hoax, and the republic.
His contributions to science have to do with electricity, earthquakes, geology, meteorology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, mathematics, navigation of air and water, agriculture, medicine, and hygiene.
In some of these fields he did pioneer work of lasting significance.
His teachings of thrift and prudence, as formulated in the maxims of Poor Richard, gave him a world-wide reputation.
He attacked war, like Voltaire
, not so much for its wickedness as for its folly, and cheerfully gave up many years of a long life to the effort to promote a better understanding among the nations of the world.
It is perhaps needless to add what all persons who love good writing know, that Benjamin Franklin
was a most delightful writer.
His letters cover an amusing and extraordinary variety of