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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judgments in the officers who
commanded the successive watches, the wind being the same. One would
have the sails trimmed sharper than another, so that they seemed to have
no certain rule to govern by. Yet I think a set of experiments might be
instituted, first, to determine the most proper form of the hull for
swift sailing; next, the best dimensions and most proper place for the
masts; then the form and quantity of sails, and their position as the
winds may be; and, lastly, the disposition of the lading. This is an age
of experiments, and I think a set accurately made and combined would be
of great use.

We were several times chased in our passage, but outsailed everything;
and in thirty days had soundings. We had a good observation, and the
captain judged himself so near our port (Falmouth), that if we made a
good run in the night, we might be off the mouth of that harbour in the
morning; and, by running in the night, might escape the notice of the
enemy's privateers, who often cruised near the entrance of the channel.
Accordingly all sail was set that we could possibly carry, and the wind
being very fresh and fair, we stood right before it, and made great way.
The captain, after his observation, shaped his course, as he thought, so
as to pass wide of the Scilly rocks; but it seems there is sometimes a
strong current setting up St. George's Channel, which formerly caused
the loss of Sir Cloudesley Shovel's Squadron (in 1707): this was
probably also the cause of what happened to us. We had a watchman placed
in the bow, to whom they often called, "_Look well out before there_;"
and he as often answered, "_Ay, ay_;" but perhaps had his eyes shut, and
was half asleep at the time; they sometimes answering, as is said,
mechanically: for he did not see a light just before us, which had been
hid by the studding sails from the man at the helm and from the rest of
the watch, but by an accidental yaw of the ship was discovered, and
occasioned a great alarm, we being very near it; the light appearing to
me as large as a cart wheel. It was midnight, and our captain fast
asleep; but Captain Kennedy, jumping upon deck and seeing the danger,
ordered the ship to wear round, all sails standing; an operation
dangerous to the masts, but it carried us clear, and we avoided
shipwreck, for we were running fast on the rocks on which the light was
erected.

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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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_ Paris, ce 5 Prairial, l'an 6e de la République Française.
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CASTÉRA.
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Tant que mon père m'avoit eu dans sa maison, il avoit exigé que j'allasse régulièrement à l'église.
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il ne fesoit point de vent, nous nous servîmes de nos avirons.
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Je savois qu'il nageoit très-bien, et par conséquent je ne craignois point pour sa vie.
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Osborne se joignit à moi, et dit que Ralph ne s'entendoit pas plus à critiquer des vers qu'à en faire.
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Il me mit tout de suite au fait du caractère de Keith, me dit qu'il n'étoit nullement probable qu'il eût écrit une seule lettre en ma faveur; et que tous ceux qui le connoissoient, n'avoient aucune confiance en lui.
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Lorsque Keimer me paya le second quartier de mes gages, il me donna à entendre qu'il les trouvoit trop considérables, et qu'il croyoit que je devois lui faire une diminution.
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Je gravai divers ornemens et vignettes.
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Franklin fit une nouvelle tentative.
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On traça aussitôt le plan d'une expédition, à la tête de laquelle fut mis le général Wolfe.
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Grenville, et le duel eut lieu entre William Whately, frère du premier, et John Temple, américain.
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En 1787, il se forma, à Philadelphie, deux autres sociétés, fondées sur les principes de l'humanité la plus noble et la plus généreuse.
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la manière suivante.
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Quoiqu'en servant cet état, et en lui transmettant les lettres du gouverneur Hutchinson, j'aie perdu plus qu'il ne m'a jamais donné, je ne pense pas lui devoir moins de reconnoissance.
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[60] La crique de Wissahickon.
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_» Lorsque je trouvois quelqu'homme de plaisir, sacrifiant la culture de son esprit et l'amélioration de sa fortune à des jouissances purement sensuelles:--«Homme trompé, disois-je, vous vous procurez des peines, non de vrais plaisirs: _Vous payez trop cher votre sifflet.
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Mais, avec un peu d'attention, tout le monde peut observer les signes de cette fâcheuse disposition à chercher des défauts, et on peut prendre la résolution de fuir la connoissance de ceux qui ont le malheur de l'avoir.
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5º.
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On doit faire attention aux moindres choses qui peuvent altérer le crédit d'un homme.