He ranges from balloons to summer hats, and from the advantages of deep ploughing to bifocal glasses, which, by the way, he invented.
He argues for sharp razors and cold baths, and for fresh air in the sleeping-room.
He discusses the morals of the game of chess, the art of swimming, the evils of smoky chimneys, the need of reformed spelling.
Indeed, his passion for improvement led him not only to try his hand upon an abridgment of the Book
of Common Prayer, but to go even so far as to propose seriously a new rendering of the Lord
His famous proposal for a new version of the Bible
, however, which Matthew Arnold
solemnly held up to reprobation, was only a joke which Matthew Arnold
did not see — the new version of Job being, in fact, a clever bit of political satire against party leadership in England
Even more brilliant examples of his skill in political satire are his imaginary Edict of the King of Prussia against England
, and his famous Rules for Reducing a great Empire to a Small one
But I must not try to call the roll of all the good things in Franklin
's ten volumes.
I will simply say that those who know Franklin
only in his Autobiography
, charming as that classic production is, have made but an imperfect acquaintance with