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Ben Franklin on religion... Death of Tobias Lear...



Item # 656661

October 26, 1816

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 26, 1816  Nearly 2 pages are taken up with: "A visit To Flanders - Or, the Field of Waterloo", with reflection upon the historic battle of Waterloo from the year prior where Napoleon was defeated. It begins: "There is a sort of madness in the British about the battle of Waterloo, as they call it, where they got the glory that the Prussians won, which justifies a laugh at their absurdities...".
Inside has over half a page on: "Original Letter From Dr. Franklin" from 1753 signed in type: B. Franklin, in which he spouses his thoughts on religion. One bit notes: "...but content myself in submitting to the will & disposal of that God who made, who has hitherto preserved and blessed me, and in whose fatherly goodness I may well confide, that he will never make me miserable...".
The bkpg. has a brief item: "Died...also suddenly, at Washington City, Tobias Lear, Esq. accountant of the navy of the United States." He was more famous as George Washington's personal secretary.
Sixteen pages, 6 by 9 1/2 inches, even toning, otherwise in very good condition.

As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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