Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading writer, printer, political philosopher, politician, Freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He founded many civic organizations, including the Library Company, Philadelphia's first fire department and the University of Pennsylvania.
Found in 24 Collections and/or Records:
Benjamin Franklin in Passy, France supplies scientific drawings to illustrate his "Opuscule".
Letter from Benjamin Franklin from Woodbridge, New Jersey to Mary Stevenson in which he discussed personal matters and inquires for friend. Typed transcript laid in.
Letter from Benjamin Franklin in London, to Benjamin Rush in Edinburgh, granting permission to dedicate his medical dissertation to him. Franklin's free-franked wrapper accompanies letter. Includes Brown's bibliographical note and typed transcript.
Letter from Benjamin Franklin of Phildaelphia, Pennsylvania to David Hartley, commenting on the unanimity of feeling in the colonies, introduces Captain Nathaniel Falconer.
Four-page letter from Benjamin Franklin in Passy, France, to Jonathan Williams, discussing problems relating to fulfillment of contracts for supplies negotiated by Arthur Lee with Montieu and by Silas Deane with Beaumarchais.
Letter from Benjamin Franklin of Passy, near Paris, to whom it may concern, certifying that M. Rolandeau of the 5th South Carolina Regiment had come to France on business, and now wishes to return to duty.
Letter from Benjamin Franklin to Lord Dartmouth to give Lord Dartmouth more information about the sentiments of the American people he is forwarding a letter from Mr. Cushing. Hopes to receive an answer. Includes portrait of B. Franklin.
Letter from Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia to M. Mazzei, informing him that he heard frorm Mr. Jefferson that he was in America and that he suspects Martinelli rather than Walpole. Speaks of foreign relations.
Poem "Belinda", 3 stanzas, with metrical scansion of first stanza. On verso of letter from John James Doerner, probably written in December 1777, requesting letters of introduction to dignitaries in America, prepatory to launching a mercantile house in Charlestown.
Typed transcribed of first stanza of poem laid in.
Two letters from Francois Alexandre Frederic duc de Rochefoucauld-Liancourt in Paris to Mr. Franklyn [i.e. Franklin], extending an invitation from Madame Samera to dine with her.
Letter from John Paul Jones abord l'Orient to Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, American plenipotetiaries at the Court of France, reporting news of American naval forces, including the intelligence that Comte Destaing had sailed on a secret mission.
Passport for M. Bradford signed by Benjamin Franklin in Passy, France.
Letter from Patrick in Williamsburgh, Virginia to Benjamin Franklin, recommending George Mason Jr. to Franklin's attention.
Draft of a letter to Franklin explaining the delay in the delivery of a package. Copy of a letter from Partick Henry detailing Mazzei's mission to Europe, Letter from "Citizen of Virginia" responding to criticism. Draft of a letter from Jefferson and from Mazzei.
Letter from Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais in Paris, France to Benjamin Franklin telling him that he regrets that the machinations of Mr. Lee has caused him to diminish the performance of his duties and assures Franklin of his esteem; offers to send parcels to America on ships about to leave for Virginia.