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[Public Men, 10 September 1730]

[Public Men]

Printed in The Pennsylvania Gazette, September 10, 1730.

Although the paragraph in the Gazette introducing this essay may be BF’s, its entire text is taken, with unimportant excisions, from Edward Bysshe’s translation of Xenophon’s The Memorable Things of Socrates (London, 1712), pp. 107–14. Duane printed it in his edition of BF’s writings (Works, IV, 401–5), as did Sparks and Bigelow; for its present exclusion see above, p. 170.

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