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True to His Home A Tale of the Boyhood of Franklin   By: (1839-1905)

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TRUE TO HIS HOME

A TALE OF THE BOYHOOD OF FRANKLIN

Books by Hezekiah Butterworth.

=Each, 12mo, cloth, $1.50.=

=The Log School House on the Columbia.=

With 13 full page Illustrations by J. CARTER BEARD, E. J. AUSTEN, and Others.

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=In the Boyhood of Lincoln.=

A Story of the Black Hawk War and the Tunker Schoolmaster. With 12 full page Illustrations and colored Frontispiece.

"The author presents facts in a most attractive framework of fiction, and imbues the whole with his peculiar humor. The illustrations are numerous and of more than usual excellence." New Haven Palladium.

=The Boys of Greenway Court.=

A Story of the Early Years of Washington. With 10 full page Illustrations by H. WINTHROP PEIRCE.

"Skillfully combining fact and fiction, he has given us a story historically instructive and at the same time entertaining." Boston Transcript.

=The Patriot Schoolmaster;=

Or, The Adventures of the Two Boston Cannon, the "Adams" and the "Hancock." A Tale of the Minute Men and the Sons of Liberty. With Illustrations by H. WINTHROP PEIRCE.

The true spirit of the leaders in our War for Independence is pictured in this dramatic story. It includes the Boston Tea Party and Bunker Hill; and Adams, Hancock, Revere, and the boys who bearded General Gage, are living characters in this romance of American patriotism.

=The Knight of Liberty.=

A Tale of the Fortunes of Lafayette. With 6 full page Illustrations.

"No better reading for the young man can be imagined than this fascinating narrative of a noble figure on the canvas of time." Boston Traveller.

New York: D. APPLETON & CO., 72 Fifth Avenue.

[Illustration: LITTLE BEN'S ADVENTURE AS A POET.

(See page 113.)]

TRUE TO HIS HOME

A Tale of the Boyhood of Franklin

BY

HEZEKIAH BUTTERWORTH

AUTHOR OF THE WAMPUM BELT, IN THE BOYHOOD OF LINCOLN, ETC.

The noblest question in the world is, What good may I do in it? POOR RICHARD

ILLUSTRATED BY H. WINTHROP PEIRCE

[Illustration]

NEW YORK D. APPLETON AND COMPANY 1897

COPYRIGHT, 1897, BY D. APPLETON AND COMPANY.

PREFACE.

THIS volume is an historical fiction, but the plan of it was suggested by biography, and is made to include the most interesting and picturesque episodes in the home side of the life of Benjamin Franklin, so as to form a connected narrative or picture of his public life.

I have written no book with a deeper sympathy with my subject, for, although fiction, the story very truthfully shows that the good intentions of a life which has seemed to fail do not die, but live in others whom they inspire. Uncle Benjamin Franklin, "the poet," who was something of a philosopher, and whose visions all seemed to end in disappointment, deeply influenced his nephew and godson, Benjamin Franklin, whom he morally educated to become what he himself had failed to be.

The conduct of Josiah Franklin, the father of Benjamin Franklin, in comforting his poor old brother in England by naming his fifteenth child for him, and making him his godfather, is a touching instance of family affection, to the memory of which the statesman was always true.

Uncle Benjamin Franklin had a library of pamphlets that was very dear to him, for in the margins of the leaves he had placed the choicest thoughts of his life amid great political events. He was very poor, and he sold his library in his old age; we may reasonably suppose that he parted with it among other effects to get money to come to America, that he might give his influence to "Little Ben," after his brother had remembered him in his desolation by giving his name to the boy... Continue reading book >>




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