chapter  12
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Benjamin Franklin: International Statesman

Tomorrow is the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the birth at Boston, Massachusetts, of Benjamin Franklin.1 It has been decided that the celebration of this event should in part take the form of lectures on the various aspects of Franklin’s career, to be given under the auspices of each of the many institutions with which he came to be connected. In 1785, Franklin was elected a corresponding member of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, though the destruction of the society’s records during the war has made it impossible to trace many particulars as to the circumstances.