Reading Code

An excellent application by James Coppel of M.I.T. applying Franklin’s reading approach to software code: I would clarify to make a note of the general “drift” of the code, and later, from that synopsis, start filling in the details. The Benjamin Franklin Method of Reading Programming Books Thanks, Ben!

Ralph Archbold

We’ve lost a grand fellow, Ralph Archbold of Philadelphia. I have it on good authority that he’s having a beer with Dr. Franklin right around now.   There’s a nice article at and a a nice set of pictures with the article at

Mile Marker 43 Moving

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts is moving to preserve one of Franklin’s mile markers from the postal system of 1767:   Article Site Shrewsbury – Last November, Shrewsbury’s Board of Selectmen approved a proposal to move one of two Benjamin Franklin Mile Markers (Milestone Marker #43) from its current location near the on-ramp to I-290 East on Main …

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Portrait of Benjamin Lay

This article discusses a portrait owned by Benjamin Franklin of Benjamin Lay. Some excerpts: “Stories about our discovery appeared first in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and in January 1979 The Magazine Antiques published a story by Karen M. Jones about the discovery of a rare William Williams painting.” The story quoted a letter from Ben Franklin …

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Franklin as a British Subject

Two recent books about Dr. Franklin and the British Empire are reviewed in the [London] Times Literary Supplement. Carla J. Mulford BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND THE ENDS OF EMPIRE 426pp. Oxford University Press. £41.99 (US $65). 978 0 19 938419 8 and George Goodwin BENJAMIN FRANKLIN IN LONDON The British life of America’s Founding Father 365pp. …

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Temple’s Grave, Women and Children

This page concerns William Temple Franklin, the son of William Franklin, and grandson of Benjamin Franklin. I follow the custom of calling him “Temple” to distinguish him from his father. Temple died in Paris on May 25, 1823. In 2014, guided by this excellent webpage by L. David Roper, I visited Temple’s grave and took …

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