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Writings of Benjamin Franklin

Autobiography
Poor Richard's Almanac
Speeches at the Constitutional Convention
Writings on Economic Topics
Writings on Science & Invention
Philosophical & Religious Writings
Political Writings
Writings on Education
Will
Miscellaneous Letters
Other Writings
Collected Writings



Autobiography (1793)

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin from Amazon.com
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (World Wide School Library)
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (ushistory.org)
Benjamin Franklin: His Autobiography (Hypertext on American History)
Autobiography of Ben Franklin (Bartleby.com)
Autobiography, Letters, and Other Writings (Bibliomania)
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Project Gutenberg)
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Free Mp3 Audio Book (ejunto)
How I Became a Printer in Philadelphia -- from the Autobiography (Hypertext on American History)
How I Became a Printer in Philadelphia -- from the Autobiography

Poor Richard's Almanac

Poor Richard's Almanac on Amazon.com
Poor Richard's Almanack
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1733
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1734
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1735
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1736
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1737
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1738
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1739
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1740
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1741
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1742
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1743
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1744
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1745
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1746
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1747
Poor Richard's Improved Almanack, 1748
Poor Richard's Improved Almanack, 1752
Poor Richard's Improved Almanack, 1753 (Scanned Page Images)
Poor Richard's Improved Almanack, 1759 (Scanned Page Images)

Speeches at the Constitutional Convention

Dangers of a Salaried Bureaucracy, 1787 (Bartleby)
Dangers of a Salaried Bureaucracy, 1787 (Humanities Web)
Constitutional Convention Address on Prayer (American Rhetoric)
Benjamin Franklin Requests Prayer at the Constitutional Convention, 28 June 1787 (Constitution Society)
Speech to the Federal Convention, 17 September 1787 (Online Library of Liberty)
Benjamin Franklin to the Federal Convention, 17 September 1787 (The Founder's Constitution)
On the Constitution (1787) (American Rhetoric)
Remarks at the Closing of the Federal Convention (Online Library of Liberty)

Writings on Economic Topics

A Modest Enquiry into the Nature and Necessity of a Paper-Currency, 1729 (Hypertext on American History)
A Modest Enquiry into the Nature and Necessity of a Paper-Currency, 1729
Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, etc., 1751
The Way to Wealth
On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, 27-29 November 1766 (Founders Library)
Information to Those Who Would Remove to America, September 1782 (The Founder's Constitution)
Information To Those Who Would Remove To America (on the Virtue of Industriousness), 1794(?) (Founders Library)
Letter to Robert Morris , 25 December 1783 (The Founder's Constitution)

Writings on Science & Invention


Farther Experiments and Observations in Electricty
Observations and Suppositions Towards Forming a New Hypothesis for Explaining the Several Phenomena of Thunder Gusts, 1749 (Constitution Society)
Franklin's Correspondence About the Glass Armonica
Experiments with Balloons, 1 December 1783, letters
METEOROLOGICAL IMAGINATIONS and CONJECTURES, 22 December I784

Philosophical & Religious Writings

A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, 1725 -- excerpt (Constitution Society)
Letter to the London Packet, 3 June 1772 (The Founder's Constitution)
Letter to Richard Price, 9 Oct. 1780 (The Founder's Constitution)
Letter to Ezra Stiles, 9 March 1790, on Franklin's religious views (Constitution Society)
A Lecture: On the Providence of God in the Governance of the World (MOA: Southern Literary Messenger)

Political Writings

Dialogue Between Britain, France, Spain, Holland, Saxony, and America (LexRex)
A Plan for Colonial Union, 1754 -- 3 letters (Constitution Society)
The Albany Plan of Union, 1754 (Hypertext on American History)
Reasons and Motives for the Albany Plan of Union, July 1754 (The Founder's Constitution)
from The Gazeteer and New Daily Advertiser, 2 May 1765 (The Founder's Constitution)
An Address to the Public (Concerning Slavery), 9 November 1789 (Founders Library)
Queries and Remarks respecting Alterations in the Constitution of Pennsylvania, 1789 (The Founder's Constitution)

Writings on Education

Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pensilvania, 1749 (University of Pennsylvania)
Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pensilvania, 1749 (University of Pennsylvania)
letter to Dr. Samuel Johnson of King's College, 1750 (University of Pennsylvania)
Observations relative to the intentions of the original founders of the Academy in Philadelphia, 1789 [published 1840] (University of Pennsylvania)

Will

Last Will and Testament, 28 April 1757 (Founders Online)
The Last Will and Testament of Benjamin Franklin (Constitution Society)

Miscellaneous Letters

"Unpublished Letters of Franklin to Strahan," The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 61, Iss. 363, January 1888, pp. 21-36
"Unpublished Letters of Benjamin Franklin," The Century, Vol./ 32, Iss. 2, June 1886, pp. 260-273
"Franklin's Familiar Letters," The North American review, Vol. 37, Iss. 80, July 1833, pp. 249-272
letter, July 25, 1745, advice to a friend regarding mistresses (Constitution Society)
Letter to John Waring, 17 Dec. 1763 (The Founder's Constitution)
Letter to Sarah Bache, 26 Jan. 1784 (The Founder's Constitution)

Other Writings

Items in the New England Courant, 1721-22 -- as Silence Dogood (ushistory.org)
Edward E. Hale, "Ben Franklin's Ballads," The New England Magazine, Vol. 24, Iss. 4, June 1898, pp. 505-508
Journal of Occurences in My Voyage to Philadelphia on Board the Berkshire . . . (Hypertext on American History)
Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America, 1784
An Account of the Supremest Court of Judicature in Pennsylvania, viz., The Court of the Press, 12 Sept. 1789 (The Founder's Constitution)
An Account of the Supremest Court of Judicature in Pennsylvania, viz., The Court of the Press, 12 Sept. 1789 (Online Library of Liberty)

Collected Writings

Document Library (TeachingAmericanHistory.org)
Collected Writings: Boston and London, 1722-1726 [alternate site]
Collected Writings: Philadelphia, 1726-1757 [alternate site]
Collected Writings: London, 1757-1775 [alternate site]
Collected Writings: Paris, 1776-1785
Collected Writings: Philadelphia, 1785-1790



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