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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Wit's club there, and had written some pieces in prose
and verse, which were printed in the Gloucester newspapers; thence was
sent to Oxford; there he continued about a year, but not well satisfied,
wishing of all things to see London and become a player. At length,
receiving his quarterly allowance of fifteen guineas instead of
discharging his debts he went out of town, hid his gown in a furz bush,
and walked to London, where, having no friend to advise him, he fell
into bad company, soon spent his guineas, found no means of being
introduced among the players, grew necessitous, pawned his clothes, and
wanted bread. Walking the street, very hungry, and not knowing what to
do with himself, a crimp's bill was put into his hand, offering
immediate entertainment and encouragement to such as would bind
themselves to serve in America; he went directly, signed the indentures,
was put into the ship, and came over, never writing a line to his
friends to acquaint them what was become of him. He was lively, witty,
good-natured, and a pleasant companion; but idle, thoughtless, and
imprudent to the last degree.

John, the Irishman, soon ran away; with the rest I began to live very
agreeably, for they all respected me the more, as they found Keimer
incapable of instructing them, and that from me they learned something
daily. My acquaintance with ingenious people in the town increased. We
never worked on Saturday, that being Keimer's Sabbath, so that I had two
days for reading. Keimer himself treated me with great civility and
apparent regard, and nothing now made me uneasy but my debt to Vernon,
which I was yet unable to pay, being hitherto but a poor economist; he,
however, kindly made no demand of it.

Our printing-house often wanted sorts, and there was no letter foundry
in America. I had seen types cast at James's in London, but without much
attention to the manner; however, I now contrived a mould, and made use
of the letters we had as puncheons, struck the matrices in lead, and
thus supplied, in a pretty tolerable way, all deficiencies. I also
engraved several things on occasion; made the ink; I was warehouse-man,
and, in short, quite a _factotum_.

But, however serviceable I might be, I found that my services became
every day of less importance, as the other hands improved in their
business; and when Keimer paid me a second quarter's wages, he let me
know that he felt them too heavy, and thought I should make an
abatement. He grew by degrees less civil, put on more the

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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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ART.
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» Agréez mon respect, RICHARD PRICE.
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Je ne connoissois point encore cet ouvrage.
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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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écrivains que je l'imaginois alors.
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Je vendis une partie de mes livres pour me procurer une petite somme d'argent, et je me rendis secrètement à bord de la corvette.
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--«Vous le ferez, répliqua-t-il, ou vous resterez toute la nuit sur l'eau».
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Je fournis une liste des objets qu'il étoit nécessaire de faire venir de Londres.
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Il y a dans tous les pays, des esprits chagrins, qui aiment à prophétiser le malheur.
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Mes amis étoient affligés de me voir lié avec lui: mais je fesois en sorte d'en tirer le meilleur parti possible.
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Je n'allois ni à la pêche ni à la chasse.
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» Ces statuts étant signés et rendus publics, avec les noms des personnes qui se proposoient pour fondateurs et curateurs, le dessein en fut si bien approuvé par les généreux citoyens de Philadelphie, qu'au bout de peu de semaines, il y eut une souscription de huit cents livres sterlings par an, pour l'espace de cinq années.
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Il me prie de vous présenter ses complimens, et de vous assurer qu'il vous accueillera avec grand plaisir.
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Le montant de tous les billets sera payable en piastres espagnoles cordonnées, ou en monnoie d'or courante; et les administrateurs tiendront un livre, ou des livres, où seront inscrits les noms de ceux qui profiteront de l'avantage de cette institution, ainsi que les noms de ceux qui leur serviront.
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CONVERSATION D'UN ESSAIM D'ÉPHÉMÈRES, ET SOLILOQUE D'UN VIEILLARD.
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Mais on a auparavant des indices du danger dont elle peut être.
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Celui qui prodigue sottement pour cinq schellings de son temps, perd cinq schellings, avec autant d'imprudence que s'il les jetoit dans la mer.
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--Celui qui paie argent comptant, y échappe ou peut au moins y échapper.
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Si l'on prétend que le peuple, étant opiniâtrement attaché à ses vieilles coutumes, il seroit difficile de l'engager à se lever avant midi, et que conséquemment ma découverte ne peut être que fort peu utile, je répondrai: _nil desperandum_.
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Quelque grand que soit l'avantage de la découverte que je communique si loyalement au public, je ne demande ni place, ni pension, ni privilége exclusif, ni aucune autre espèce de récompense.