Franklin's Autobiography (Eclectic English Classics)

By Benjamin Franklin

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of the high esteem my
experiments[n] were in among the learned abroad, and of their wonder
that my writings had been so little noticed in England. The society,
on this, resumed the consideration of the letters that had been read
to them; and the celebrated Dr. Watson drew up a summary account of
them, and of all I had afterward sent to England on the subject, which
he accompanied with some praise of the writer. This summary was then
printed in their "Transactions;" and some members of the society in
London, particularly the very ingenious Mr. Canton, having verified
the experiment of procuring lightning from the clouds by a pointed
rod,[189] and acquainting them with the success, they soon made me
more than amends for the slight with which they had before treated me.
Without my having made any application for that honor, they chose me a
member, and voted that I should be excused the customary payments,
which would have amounted to twenty-five guineas, and ever since have
given me their "Transactions" gratis. They also presented me with the
gold medal of Sir Godfrey Copley for the year 1753, the delivery of
which was accompanied by a very handsome speech of the president, Lord
Macclesfield, wherein I was highly honored.

Our new governor, Captain Denny, brought over for me the
before-mentioned medal from the Royal Society, which he presented to
me at an entertainment given him by the city. He accompanied it with
very polite expressions of his esteem for me, having, as he said, been
long acquainted with my character. After dinner, when the company, as
was customary at that time, were engaged in drinking, he took me aside
into another room, and acquainted me that he had been advised by his
friends in England to cultivate a friendship with me, as one who was
capable of giving him the best advice, and of contributing most
effectually to the making his administration easy; that he therefore
desired of all things to have a good understanding with me, and he
begged me to be assured of his readiness on all occasions to render me
every service that might be in his power. He said much to me, also, of
the proprietor's good disposition toward the province, and of the
advantage it might be to us all, and to me in particular, if the
opposition that had been so long continued to his measures was
dropped, and harmony restored between him and the people; in effecting
which it was thought no one could be more serviceable than myself, and
I might depend on adequate acknowledgments and recompenses,

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Text Comparison with Vie de Franklin, écrite par lui-même - Tome I Suivie de ses œuvres morales, politiques et littéraires

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Probablement ils y étoient depuis l'époque où chaque famille prit un surnom, et où la nôtre choisit celui de Franklin, qui avoit été auparavant la dénomination d'un certain ordre de personnes[4].
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Plutôt au goût d'autrui soigneux de vous plier, Feignez de rappeler ce qu'on put oublier.
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Nos liaisons ont duré tout le reste de sa vie.
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Read, dont j'ai déjà parlé.
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Après cette aventure, nous vécûmes, lui et moi, dans la plus grande froideur.
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Cependant j'avois autrefois beaucoup aimé le poisson; et quand je vis une morue frite, sortir de la poële, l'odeur.
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Wilcox avoit une immense collection de livres de toute espèce.
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Je quittai donc l'état d'imprimeur, et je crus que c'étoit pour toujours.
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Mais je pensois que,.
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Quelque temps après, mistriss Godfrey me dit qu'ils étoient très-favorablement disposés à mon égard, et qu'ils désiroient de renouer avec moi.
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Franklin lui répondit.
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»Notre école de mathématiques est assez bien pourvue d'instrumens.
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AU MÊME.
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Il survint, dans le mois de décembre 1762, un évènement qui répandit l'alarme dans la province.
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Cependant, l'adresse au roi n'eut aucun effet; le gouvernement propriétaire continua.
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En 1787, on forma une convention pour reviser, corriger les articles de la confédération, et donner plus d'énergie au gouvernement des États-Unis.
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Je désire d'être enterré, avec le moins de dépense et de cérémonie qu'il sera possible.
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Aussi, sont-ils, sans cesse mécontens, et par leurs tristes remarques, troublent les plaisirs de la société, offensent beaucoup de personnes et deviennent à charge par-tout où ils vont.
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Suis donc les règles que je viens de te prescrire, et sois heureux.
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En outre, l'immense quantité de bougie et de suif qu'on ne consumera pas pendant l'été, rendra la bougie et la chandelle moins chères l'hiver suivant; et le prix en diminuera progressivement aussi long-temps qu'on maintiendra la réforme que je propose.