The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
In Twyford, England, at the age of sixty-five, Benjamin Franklin began to set down reminiscences of his early days, which he addressed to his “Dear Son.” For years he had been collecting information about his ancestors, who had lived in Ecton, Northamptonshire, as far back as 1555, the oldest date of the town records; and he thought that his son William Franklin (1731-1813) would someday be interested in the “circumstances” of his father’s life, just as Franklin had delighted in anecdotes relating to his ancestors.
The work was composed in installments. The first section, dealing with Franklin’s first twenty-four years, was the product of a week of leisure in England in 1771. Then, because of his political...
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