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Opinions Should Be Judged of by Their Influences

To Josiah and Abiah Franklin Honour’d Father and Mother April 13. 1738 I have your Favour of the 21st of March in which you both seem concern’d lest I have imbib’d some erroneous Opinions. Doubtless I have my Share, and when the natural Weakness and Imperfection of Human Understanding is considered, with the unavoidable Influences…

Too Severe Upon Hobbes

To James Logan Having read the Chapter on Moral Good or Virtue, with all the Attention I am Capable of, amidst the many little Cares that Continually infest me, I shall, as the Author Condescends to desire, give my Opinion of it, and that with all Sincerity and Freedom, neither apprehending the Imputation of Flattery…

I Concluded to Send You a Spinning Wheel

To Jane Franklin DEAR SISTER, Philadelphia, January 6, 1726-7. I am highly pleased with the account captain Freeman gives me of you. I always judged by your behaviour when a child that you would make a good, agreeable woman, and you know you were ever my peculiar favourite. I have been thinking what would be…