The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - Wikipedia

In a brief autobiography, I must adopt some principle of selection, so I will choose out, from the throng of things remembered, the influences which led me to write my books, the only part of my activities and opinions which concern the public. Except for this purpose I make no attempt to describe the many interesting people whom I have known; I am writing not Memoirs but an Autobiography, an egotistic affair, but confined to those aspects of my life which were directly or indirectly connected with my work as an historian.

I have been not an original but a traditional kind of historian. The best that can be said of me is that I tried to keep up to date a family tradition as to the relation of history to literature, in a period when the current was running strongly in the other direction towards history exclusively 'scientific,' a period therefore when my old-fashioned ideas and practice have had, perhaps, a certain value as counterpoise. When one of my first books was reviewed (as all my twenty books have been) in most friendly . .

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In a brief autobiography, I must adopt some principle of selection, so I will choose out, from the throng of things remembered, the influences which led me to write my books, the only part of my activities and opinions which concern the public. Except for this purpose I make no attempt to describe the many interesting people whom I have known; I am writing not Memoirs but an Autobiography, an egotistic affair, but confined to those aspects of my life which were directly or indirectly connected with my work as an historian.

I have been not an original but a traditional kind of historian. The best that can be said of me is that I tried to keep up to date a family tradition as to the relation of history to literature, in a period when the current was running strongly in the other direction towards history exclusively 'scientific,' a period therefore when my old-fashioned ideas and practice have had, perhaps, a certain value as counterpoise. When one of my first books was reviewed (as all my twenty books have been) in most friendly . .

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