구텐베르크 프로젝트는 저작권이 만료된 고전 소설, 시, 드라마 등의 문학 작품을 eBook으로 제작하여 무료로 배포하는 프로젝트이다. 『The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin』 은 미국 건국의 아버지 중 한명인 Benjamin Franklin이 저술한 자서전 이다.
I. Ancestry and Early Life in Boston
II. Beginning Life as a Printer
III. Arrival in Philadelphia
IV. First Visit to Boston
V. Early Friends in Philadelphia
VI. First Visit to London
VII. Beginning Business in Philadelphia
VIII. Business Success and First Public Service
IX. Plan for Attaining Moral Perfection
X. _Poor Richard's Almanac_ and Other Activities
XI. Interest in Public Affairs
XII. Defense of the Province
XIII. Public Services and Duties
XIV. Albany Plan of Union
XV. Quarrels with the Proprietary Governors
XVI. Braddock's Expedition...
ANCESTRY AND EARLY YOUTH IN BOSTON
Twyford, _at the Bishop of St. Asaph's_, 1771.
Dear son: I have ever had pleasure in obtaining any little anecdotes
of my ancestors. You may remember the inquiries I made among the
remains of my relations when you were with me in England, and the
journey I undertook for that purpose. Imagining it may be equally
agreeable to you to know the circumstances of my life, many of which
you are yet unacquainted with, and expecting the enjoyment of a week's
uninterrupted leisure in my present country retirement, I sit down to
write them for you. To which I have besides some other inducements.
Having emerged from the poverty and obscurity in which I was born and
bred, to a state of affluence and some degree of reputation in the
world, and having gone so far through life with a considerable share
of felicity, the conducing means I made use of, which with the
blessing of God so well succeeded, my posterity may like to know, as