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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, LL. D„ F. R. S. Dr. Franklin was unquestionably a very remarkable man; one who, La any age or country, would, by the mere force of his native talents, have made a respectable figure in life. It is probable, however, that had his lot thrown him in an older or more refined community than America was in his youth, he would not have been contemplated as the sun of the system. He, like many other distinguished characters, was much indebted to circumstances. It must be admitted, too, that he had many conceits, or fancies; that lie was by no means without Iiis foibles; and (hat, in his own phrase, he committed some great errors in the early part of his career. This is not said with any view of detracting from the eminent merit of Dr. Franklin, but as his own and the candid opinion of posterity; when he looked back upon his errors, he freely confessed them, pointing out to others the rocks and quicksands on which he struck, or into which his passions or his inclinations

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Benjamin Franklin James Monroe Joseph Warren Henry Knox John Brooks David Rittenhouse Edward Preble David Wooster Daniel Boone John Barry Philip Schuyler Noah Webster James Kent Robert Y Hayne James A Bayard Levi Wood3ury CASP/ir Wistar Pe Witt Clinton David Humphreys; David Hosacic John Dickinson Daniel Morgan Fisher Amrs John Paul Jones David Ramsay Arthur St Claik Francis Marion Andrew Pickens Henry Lee W H Crawford Jonathan Williams Timothy Pickering Josiaii S> Johnston HufiH L White Jacob Brown Alexander Ma com u

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