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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put us back. But so determined I was to continue doing a sheet a
day of the folio, that one night, when, having imposed my forms, I
thought my day's work over, one of them by accident was broken, and two
pages reduced to _pi_, I immediately distributed and composed it over
again before I went to bed; and this industry, visible to our
neighbours, began to give us character and credit; particularly, I was
told, that mention being made of the new printing-office at the
merchants' every-night club, the general opinion was that it must fail,
there being already two printers in the place, Keimer and Bradford; but
Dr. Baird (whom you and I saw many years after at his native place, St.
Andrew's in Scotland), gave a contrary opinion: "For the industry of
that Franklin," said he, "is superior to anything I ever saw of the
kind; I see him still at work when I go home from the club, and he is at
work again before his neighbours are out of bed." This struck the rest,
and we soon after had offers from one of them to supply us with
stationary; but, as yet, we did not choose to engage in shop business.

I mention this industry the more particularly and the more freely,
though it seems to be talking in my own praise, that those of my
posterity who shall read it may know the use of that virtue, when they
see its effects in my favour throughout this relation.

George Webb, who had found a female friend that lent him wherewith to
purchase his time of Keimer, now came to offer himself as a journeyman
to us. We could not then employ him; but I foolishly let him know, as a
secret, that I soon intended to begin a newspaper, and might then have
work for him. My hopes of success, as I told him, were founded on this,
that the then only newspaper printed by Bradford, was a paltry thing,
wretchedly managed, no way entertaining, and yet was profitable to him;
I therefore freely thought a good paper would scarcely fail of good
encouragement. I requested Webb not to mention it, but he told it to
Keimer, who immediately, to be beforehand with me, published proposals
for one himself, on which Webb was to be employed. I was vexed at this,
and to counteract them, not being able to commence our paper, I wrote
several amusing pieces for Bradford's paper, under the title of the
BUSYBODY, which Brientnal continued some months. By this means the
attention of 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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VIE DE B.
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J'ai ouï dire que le père de ma mère avoit composé diverses petites pièces: mais l'on n'en a imprimé qu'une, que j'ai vue il y a plusieurs années.
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Je montrai en même-temps à.
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William Bradford ayant peu d'ouvrage et autant d'ouvriers qu'il lui en falloit, ne put pas m'employer.
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Charmé de la description que je lui fis du pays que j'habitois, il désira d'y aller; et tandis que j'attendois la résolution de mon père, il prit, par terre, la route de Rhode-Island, laissant ses livres, qui formoient une asses belle collection d'ouvrages de physique et de mathématiques, pour être envoyés avec les miens à New-York, où il se proposoit de m'attendre.
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C'étoit alors un garçon très-rangé et très-industrieux.
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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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Cependant, comme sa fortune étoit très-bornée, il cessa bientôt de croire que l'état de médecin pût lui convenir; et après avoir pris un grade et s'être rendu capable de cultiver avec succès l'art de guérir, il y renonça pour se livrer à l'étude de la jurisprudence.
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On ne peut pas douter que les salutaires leçons, contenues dans cet almanach, n'aient fait une impression favorable sur plusieurs de ses lecteurs.
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En 1749, il songea à expliquer les phénomènes de la foudre et des aurores boréales, d'après les principes de l'électricité.
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Il acquit beaucoup d'influence dans l'assemblée: mais il ne dut point cette influence à une éloquence extraordinaire.
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SMITH, à Long-Island.
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En pareil cas, la plus noble victoire est celle qu'on obtient en brillant davantage, et en dédaignant l'envie.
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Mais en Pensylvanie, le crédit des quakers empêcha qu'on adoptât aucun systême de défense, qui pourroit forcer les citoyens à prendre les armes.
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D'autres compagnies savantes désirèrent également d'inscrire son nom parmi ceux qui les illustroient.
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Franklin transmit ces lettres à l'assemblée générale de Massachusett, qui les publia.
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Franklin, Adams, Jay et Laurens, au nom des États-Unis d'Amérique.
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Ce ne fut que le troisième ou quatrième jour qu'il se.
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RÉVÉREND DOCTEUR, J'ai reçu votre lettre amicale, et votre excellent avis aux habitans des États-Unis.
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Que la probité soit comme le souffle de ton ame.