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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had he been sober. The
governor received me with great civility, showed me his library, which
was a considerable one, and we had a good deal of conversation relative
to books and authors. This was the second governor who had done me the
honour to take notice of me; and, for a poor boy like me, was very
pleasing. We proceeded to Philadelphia. I received on the way Vernon's
money, without which we could hardly have finished our journey. Collins
wished to be employed in some counting-house; but whether they
discovered his dram-drinking by his breath or by his behaviour, though
he had some recommendations, he met with no success in any application,
and continued lodging and boarding at the same house with me and at my
expense. Knowing that I had that money of Vernon's, he was continually
borrowing of me, still promising repayment as soon as he should be in
business. At length he had got so much of it that I was distressed to
think what I should do in case of being called on to remit it. His
drinking continued, about which we sometimes quarrelled; for, when a
little intoxicated, he was very irritable. Once, in a boat on the
Delaware, with some other young men, he refused to row in his turn: "I
will be rowed home," said he. "We will not row you," said I. "You must,"
said he, "or stay all night on the water, just as you please." The
others said, "Let us row, what signifies it?" But my mind being soured
with his other conduct, I continued to refuse. So he swore he would make
me row, or throw me overboard; and coming along, stepping on the thwarts
towards me, when he came up and struck at me, I clapped my hand under
his thighs, and rising, pitched him head foremost into the river. I knew
he was a good swimmer, and so was under little concern about him; but,
before he could get round to lay hold of the boat, we had, with a few
strokes, pulled her out of his reach; and whenever he drew near the
boat, we asked him if he would row, striking a few strokes to slide her
away from him. He was ready to stifle with vexation, and obstinately
would not promise to row. Finding him at last beginning to tire, we drew
him into the boat, and brought him home dripping wet. We hardly
exchanged a civil word after this adventure. At length a West India
captain, who had a commission to procure a preceptor for

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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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C'est mon oncle Benjamin qui m'a raconté cette anecdote.
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Ainsi, je les embarrassois dans des difficultés y dont elles ne pouvoient pas se dégager, et je remportois des victoires, que ne méritoient ni ma cause, ni mes raisons.
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Je m'en apperçus aux questions qu'on me fesoit, et je sentis que je courois risque d'être à tout moment arrêté comme tel.
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Nous les entendîmes à la porte.
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Mais me rappelant, enfin, que quand on avoit ouvert la morue, on avoit tiré de son estomac plusieurs petits poissons, je dis aussitôt en moi-même:--Si vous vous mangez les uns les autres, je ne vois pas pourquoi nous ne vous mangerions point.
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Elle changea de logement, et il la suivit.
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Je la trouvai polie, gaie et d'une conversation agréable.
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--«Non, répondit-il, mon père a réellement été trompé dans ses espérances.
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Je vendois aussi du papier, du parchemin, du carton, des livres, et divers autres articles.
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.
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que M.
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En 1745, Franklin publia un mémoire sur les cheminées, qu'il avoit nouvellement inventées en Pensylvanie.
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L'on a déjà vu qu'il fut le fondateur d'une bibliothèque publique, qui contribua beaucoup à augmenter les connoissances des habitans de Philadelphie.
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Il dit expressément, dans le.
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L'année suivante[50], il se rendit en France, où il ne fut pas accueilli d'une manière moins distinguée,.
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--Je lègue à mon petit-fils, William Temple Franklin, le reste de mes livres, mes manuscrits et mes papiers.
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ses ancêtres, est, en quelque sorte, obligé de le transmettre à ses descendans.
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Je vais indiquer la manière certaine d'y remédier.
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Les voici: N'oubliez pas que le _temps_ est de l'argent.
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Pétition de la Main Gauche, à ceux qui sont chargés d'élever des Enfans.