Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Richard Price, 22 October 1767

To Richard Price

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Cravenstreet Oct. 22. 67

Reverend and dear Sir,

Supposing that the foreign literary Journals do not fall in your Way, I send you the following Account of your late Work,4 as given in the Bibliotheque des Sciences et des beaux Arts,5 for January February and March. 1767. After reciting the Title, the Authors say, “On devoit déjà a Mr. Price un excellent Traité sur les principales Questions de la Morale.6 L’Ouvrage dont on vient de voir le Titre, mettra le sceau à la Réputation de l’Auteur, et ne manquera sans doute pas d’être traduit en diverses Langues. On y trouve tout ce qu’une Méditation profonde, une parfaite connoissance de la Religion, un Esprit vraîment philosophique, une pieté tendre et éclairée, peuvent dicter de meilleur sur les sujets annoncés.” With sincere Esteem, I am, Dear Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

Endorsed: 1767. Octor? Dr. Franklen, [remainder illegible.]

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Price’s Four Dissertations: I. On Providence. II. On Prayer. III. On the Reasons for expecting virtuous Men shall meet after Death in a State of Happiness. IV. On the Importance of Christianity, the Nature of Historical Evidence, and Miracles. (London, 1767).

5A journal, published in The Hague, of which 50 volumes appeared between 1754 and 1780. BF probably acquired it on his trip to France.

6Price’s A Review of the Principle Questions and Difficulties in Morals (London, 1758).

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