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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his printing-house to satisfy his
creditors. He went to Barbadoes, and there lived some years in very poor

His apprentice, David Harry, whom I had instructed while I worked with
him, set up in his place at Philadelphia, having bought his materials. I
was at first apprehensive of a powerful rival in Harry, as his friends
were very able, and had a good deal of interest: I therefore proposed a
partnership to him, which he, fortunately for me, rejected with scorn.
He was very proud, dressed like a gentleman, lived expensively, took
much diversion and pleasure abroad, ran in debt, and neglected his
business; upon which, all business left him; and, finding nothing to do,
he followed Keimer to Barbadoes, taking the printing-house with him.
There this apprentice employed his former master as a journeyman; they
quarrelled often, and Harry went continually behindhand, and at length
was obliged to sell his types and return to country-work in
Pennsylvania. The person who bought them employed Keimer to use them,
but a few years after he died.

There remained now no other printer in Philadelphia but the old
Bradford; but he was rich and easy, did a little in the business by
straggling hands, but was not anxious about it: however, as he held the
postoffice, it was imagined he had better opportunities of obtaining
news, his paper was thought a better distributor of advertisements than
mine, and therefore had many more; which was a profitable thing to him,
and a disadvantage to me. For though I did indeed receive and send
papers by the post, yet the public opinion was otherwise; for what I did
send was by bribing the riders, who took them privately; Bradford being
unkind enough to forbid it, which occasioned some resentment on my part,
and I thought so meanly of the practice, that, when I afterward came
into his situation, I took care never to imitate it.

I had hitherto continued to board with Godfrey, who lived in part of my
house with his wife and children, and had one side of the shop for his
glazier's business, though he worked little, being always absorbed in
his mathematics. Mrs. Godfrey projected a match for me with a relation's
daughter, took opportunities of bringing us often together, till a
serious courtship on my part ensued, the girl being in herself very
deserving. The old folks encouraged me by continual invitations to
supper, and by leaving us together, till at length it was time to
explain. Mrs. Godfrey managed our little treaty. I let her know that I
expected as much money with their daughter

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Text Comparison with Expériences et observations sur l'électricité faites à Philadelphie en Amérique

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On en trouvera des preuves incontestables dans plusieurs endroits cet ouvrage.
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Mai 1755.
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nous rallumons une chandelle qui vient d'être éteinte, en tirant une étincelle dans la fumée entre le fil-d'archal & les mouchettes.
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Elle continuëra ce mouvement une heure & plus dans un tems sec.
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Après avoir remédié à ce défaut en cirant bien éxactement les cordons de soye, je répétai l'électrisation; mais je ne fus pas plus heureux.
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»Cette expérience étant attaquée dans le même endroit & de la même manière que la précédente, trouve aussi la même défense.
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De là nous voyons l'impossibilité du succès dans les expériences proposées, de tirer les _effluves_ salutaires d'un corps non-électrique, de la canelle par exemple, & de les mêler avec le fluide électrique pour les faire passer avec lui dans le corps, en l'enfermant dans le tube, & le soumettant au frottement, &c.
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Le métal nous a paru avoir été non-seulement fondu, mais même vitrifié ou autrement, si enfoncé dans les pores du verre qu'ils paroissent le défendre contre l'action de la plus puissante eau forte & eau régale.
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Ce qui a causé la difficulté, ce qui a retardé jusqu'à présent l'explication de ce phénomène, c'est qu'on ne lui voyoit point de rapport à aucune chose connuë, & ce n'est que par l'enchaînement des rapports que l'on peut arriver d'une connoissance à une autre; il étoit impossible de rapporter le tonnerre à son vrai principe, puisque le principe même étoit inconnu.
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Je ne doute même point, & je crois que personne n'en doutera, que si l'orage duroit quelque.
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Franklin, où j'en trouvai la réussite avant de l'avoir tentée moi-même.
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J'examinai alors s'il n'étoit pas.
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Pour rendre raison du peu de matière électrique qui se trouve dans la bouteille, l'Abbé dit qu'elle suit plutôt le métal que le verre & qu'elle est chassée de la doublure de la bouteille dans l'air.
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