The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

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my mind, as to be undertaken hereafter, when
my circumstances should afford me the necessary leisure, I put down
from time to time, on pieces of paper, such thoughts as occurr'd to me
respecting it. Most of these are lost; but I find one purporting to be
the substance of an intended creed, containing, as I thought, the
essentials of every known religion, and being free of every thing that
might shock the professors of any religion. It is express'd in these
words, viz.:

"That there is one God, who made all things.

"That he governs the world by his providence.

"That he ought to be worshiped by adoration, prayer, and thanksgiving.

"But that the most acceptable service of God is doing good to man.

"That the soul is immortal.

"And that God will certainly reward virtue and punish vice either here
or hereafter."[9]

[9] In the Middle Ages, Franklin, if such a phenomenon as
Franklin were possible in the Middle Ages, would
probably have been the founder of a monastic order.--B.

My ideas at that time were, that the sect should be begun and spread at
first among young and single men only; that each person to be initiated
should not only declare his assent to such creed, but should have
exercised himself with the thirteen weeks' examination and practice of
the virtues, as in the before-mention'd model; that the existence of
such a society should be kept a secret, till it was become
considerable, to prevent solicitations for the admission of improper
persons, but that the members should each of them search among his
acquaintance for ingenuous, well-disposed youths, to whom, with prudent
caution, the scheme should be gradually communicated; that the members
should engage to afford their advice, assistance, and support to each
other in promoting one another's interests, business, and advancement
in life; that, for distinction, we should be call'd The Society of the
Free and Easy: free, as being, by the general practice and habit of
the virtues, free from the dominion of vice; and particularly by the
practice of industry and frugality, free from debt, which exposes a man
to confinement, and a species of slavery to his creditors.

This is as much as I can now recollect of the project, except that I
communicated it in part to two young men, who adopted it with some
enthusiasm; but my then narrow circumstances, and the necessity I was
under of sticking close to my business, occasion'd

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Alors il se retira à Banbury, dans l'Oxford-Shire, où résidoit son fils John, qui exerçoit le métier de teinturier, et chez qui mon père étoit en apprentissage.
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On le consultoit aussi sur des affaires particulières; et il étoit souvent pris pour arbitre entre les personnes qui avoient quelque différend.
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Elles te sont étrangères.
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Il conservoit en partie son premier enthousiasme.
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Il se flattoit de devenir supérieur dans cet art, et de lui devoir un jour sa fortune.
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Le navire mouilla à Newcastle.
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la presse, et d'empêcher qu'on n'imprimât plus de billets que la loi ne l'ordonnoit.
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Mais nous ne voulions pas encore nous charger de tenir une boutique.
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Mais je m'apperçus bientôt que la profession d'imprimeur étant généralement regardée comme un pauvre métier, je ne devois pas m'attendre à trouver de l'argent avec une femme, à moins que je ne désirasse en elle aucun autre charme.
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Ce fut à cette époque que j'eus la première idée d'établir, par souscription, une bibliothèque publique.
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La province étoit alors dans une situation très-alarmante.
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Il dit expressément, dans le.
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Ce qui concerne notre collége, est toujours dans le même état.
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Franklin n'hésita point à le promettre.
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Comme ces prêts sont destinés à faciliter l'établissement des jeunes ouvriers qui se marieront, il faut que les administrateurs ne prêtent à une même personne ni plus de soixante livres sterlings, ni moins de quinze.
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--Je la quittai, pour la première fois, en 1723.
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--Ou:--«Vous jouez trop vîte».
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Vous désirez que je trace ici les maximes qui m'ont été utiles, et qui, si vous les suivez, peuvent l'être aussi pour vous.
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