Every sort of natural phenomenon enlisted

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Unformatted text preview: Every sort of natural phenomenon enlisted [Franklin's] interest and called forth some ingenious idea. . . . It has been said that Franklin was not entrusted with the task of writing the Declaration of Independence for fear he might conceal a joke in the middle of it. The myth holds a profound symbolic truth. In all of Franklin's dealings with men and affairs, genuine, sincere, loyal as he surely was, one feels that he is nevertheless not wholly committed; some thought remains uncommunicated; some penetrating observation is held in reserve. Carl L. Becker, "Benjamin Franklin," Dictionary of American Biography (New York: Chas. Scribner's Sons, 1931). What has puzzled men most about Franklin is that he turned so often and so easily from one career to another, seemingly from no inner compulsion; and that he refused to be completely serious, even...
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