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FOR APRIL, 1814.
We shall never envy the honors, which wit and learning obtain in any other cause, if we can be numbered among the writers who have given andor to virtue and confidence to Gath.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, LL. D.
See on yon dark’ning height bold Franklin tread,
clouds the billowy skies deform,
Ip our biography this month have not the charm of novelty to recommend it, it may at least aspire to the praise of having for its subject one of the brightest luminaries in that constellation of sages which guided our nation through the perils of revolution. We glory in the contemplation of one, who, bred to a mechanic art, has imparted a kind of borrowed lustre to all its succeeding professors-one, to use the language of our lamented Paine,
Whose Promethean line
Nottinghamshire, England, finding himself subjected to va-
In the account which Dr. Franklin gives of his father, he
Young Franklin, having been early designed for the ministry, was, at the age of eight years, sent to the grammarschool of Boston, from which, notwithstanding his uncommon progress in the Latin language, he was removed at the end of one year to a school for writing and arithmetic; his father considering, that, with his large family, he could ill afford the expenses of a liberal education, and that persons so educated were often but poorly provided for.
At the age of ten, Franklin was taken from school, and, for some time, employed by his father, to assist him in his business. The trade of a tallow chandler was, however, the