1. What did Franklin explain to his son, William, in his opening?
In the opening letter to his son William, Franklin advised the his autobiography memoir was a genealogy. The record took him considerable time and effort to compile. He noted it may also be useful as he had become famous. He was also different in that he was able to be honest regarding his achievements without being either falsely humble or arrogant.
2. What did Franklin confess he would have done regarding the details of his story but lacked the talent to accomplish?
Franklin told his son that he would like to change some of the details of his story but lacked the writing skills to do so. He did not see anything wrong with a little boasting. Franklin found this especially true if he first gave thanks to God for his vanity.
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