Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 1 of 2] With His Most Interesting Essays, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings; Familiar, Moral, Political, Economical, and Philosophical, Selected with Care from All His Published Productions, and Comprising Whatever Is Most Entertaining and Valuable to the General Reader

By Benjamin Franklin

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in one day, I give
leave, otherwise not; for you must certainly sail the day after
to-morrow." So he never obtained leave, though detained afterward from
day to day during full three months. I saw also in London one of
Bonell's passengers, who was so enraged against his lordship for
deceiving and detaining him so long at New-York, and then carrying him
to Halifax and back again, that he swore he would sue him for damages.
Whether he did or not I never heard; but, as he represented it, the
injury to his affairs was very considerable. On the whole, I wondered
much how such a man came to be intrusted with so important a business as
the conduct of a great army: but having since seen more of the great
world, and the means of obtaining, and motives for giving places and
employments, my wonder is diminished. General Shirley, on whom the
command of the army devolved upon the death of Braddock, would, in my
opinion, if continued in place, have made a much better campaign than
that of Loudon in 1756, which was frivolous, expensive, and disgraceful
to our nation beyond conception. For though Shirley was not bred a
soldier, he was sensible and sagacious in himself, and attentive to good
advice from others, capable of forming judicious plans, and quick and
active in carrying them into execution. Loudon, instead of defending the
colonies with his great army, left them totally exposed, while he
paraded idly at Halifax, by which means Fort George was lost; besides,
he deranged all our mercantile operations, and distressed our trade by a
long embargo on the exportation of provisions, on pretence of keeping
supplies from being obtained by the enemy, but in reality for beating
down their price in favour of the contractors, in whose profits, it was
said (perhaps from suspicion only), he had a share; and when at length
the embargo was taken off, neglected to send notice of it to
Charleston, where the Carolina fleet was detained near three months, and
whereby their bottoms were so much damaged by the worm that a great part
of them foundered in their passage home. Shirley was, I believe,
sincerely glad of being relieved from so burdensome a charge as the
conduct of an army must be to a man unacquainted with military business.
I was at the entertainment given by the city of New-York to Lord Loudon,
on his taking upon him the command. Shirley, though thereby superseded,
was present also. There was a great company of officers, citizens, and
strangers; and some chairs having been borrowed

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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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Londres une collection qu'il avoit faite, de tous les principaux pamphlets relatifs aux affaires publiques, depuis l'année 1641 jusqu'en 1717.
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On porta des plaintes.
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Mon frère exécuta son projet.
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Cependant il fut aussitôt mis à exécution; et la feuille continua, pendant quelques mois, à paroître sous mon nom.
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Holmes dit tout ce qu'il put en faveur du projet: mais mon père soutint constamment qu'il étoit absurde, et refusa d'y concourir.
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Enfin, il me tira une si grande partie de cet argent, que je fus vivement inquiet sur ce que je deviendrois s'il manquoit de le remplacer.
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Nous y lisions ensemble, et ensuite nous dissertions sur ce que nous avions lu.
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Ils m'invitèrent à occuper dans la chambre, avec mon ami Ralph, la place que MM.
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Mon camarade de presse buvoit tous les matins, avant le déjeûner, une pinte de bière, une pinte en déjeûnant avec du pain et du fromage, une entre le déjeûner et le dîner, une à dîner, une vers les six heures du soir, et encore une lorsqu'il avoit fini son ouvrage.
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Je leur proposai quelques changemens dans les loix de la chapelle, et ils les acceptèrent sans difficulté.
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La vivacité de son esprit et son bon naturel, en fesoient un excellent compagnon: mais il étoit indolent, étourdi et excessivement imprudent.
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Il me fit enfin, un si long détail des infortunes qui existoient déjà, et de celles qui devoient bientôt avoir lieu, qu'il me jeta dans une sorte de découragement.
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Harry avoient manqué, et que vraisemblablement je ferois comme eux.
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Elle fut pour moi une bonne et fidèle compagne, et contribua essentiellement au succès de mon magasin.
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«Comme je vous ai écrit, mon cher Monsieur, une très-longue lettre, par la voie de Bristol, je n'ai maintenant que peu de choses à vous dire.
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Mais.
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Le seul nom d'Anglais portoit dans l'ame des Américains, l'idée d'un être grand et bon.
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B.
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Ils s'accoutument plus aisément l'un à l'autre, et par-là, ils préviennent beaucoup de contradictions et de dégoûts.
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Des évènemens peuvent accroître cette espérance, et occasionner des tentatives dangereuses.