Hugh Meredith Franklin's first partner, who decided after about a year that he was unfit for printing and sold Franklin his share of their business. Samuel Mickle An old man of Philadelphia whom Franklin labeled a croaker" because he was always forecasting disaster for every person and enterprise. He warned Franklin that any printing venture was doomed because Philadelphia was about to die. Franklin's wryly ironic portrait of Mickle has been cited as a good example of his skill at portraying character. Governor Morris One of Franklin's English friends whose love of argument soon led him into trouble with the Pennsylvania Assembly and to a very turbulent administration. Abbe Nollet French author of a theory on electricity whose ideas Franklin disproved and who attacked Franklin in print. Ferdinando Paris
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