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Atlantic Ship Crossings and the Motion of the Earth

To Cadwallader Colden Sir I receiv’d yours with others enclos’d for Mr. Bertram and Mr. Armit, to which I suppose the enclos’d are Answers. The Person who brought yours said he would call for Answers, but did not; or, if he did, I did not see him. I understand Parker has begun upon your Piece.…

More Dependence on Works Than on Faith

To John Franklin Philadelphia, 1745. — Our people are extremely impatient to hear of your success at Cape Breton. My shop is filled with thirty inquiries at the coming in of every post. Some wonder the place is not yet taken. I tell them I shall be glad to hear that news three months hence.…

Reading Jonathan Edwards

To Jane Mecom Dearest Sister Jenny Philada. July 28. 1743 I took your Admonition very kindly, and was far from being offended at you for it. If I say any thing about it to you, ’tis only to rectify some wrong Opinions you seem to have entertain’d of me, and that I do only because…

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…