Eclipsing the occult in early America: Benjamin Franklin and his almanacs
August 9, 2017
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(THE CONVERSATION) By the time he was 20 years old, colonial American Benjamin Franklin had already spent two years working as a printer in London. He returned to Philadelphia in 1726. During the voyage home, he kept a journal that included many of his observations of the natural world. Franklin was inquisitive, articulate and interested in mastering the universe.
During one afternoon calm on September 14, Franklin wrote,
“as we sat playing Draughts upon deck, we were surpr...