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Pithy observations by Benjamin Franklin...



Item # 642811

September 4, 1759

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, September 4, 1759

* "Political Aphorisms...", by *Benjamin Franklin (?)

The first and a portion of the second column on page 7 has "Political Aphorisms concerning Population", signed "F", which has recently been attributed to Ben Franklin (see Swann Auctions for more information). Another London Chronicle from 10 days later, which also has the identical signature "F", was attributed by Ford, 605 in a Bonhams' auction in 2009.
Eight pages, 8 by 11 inches, and although a portion of the text is lightly inked, it is in overall good condition (see images).

* While we would be more comfortable with confirming this as a Franklin if we were able to site multiple sources, the text certainly has the flavor of his whit and wisdom.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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