Vie de Benjamin Franklin, écrite par lui-même - Tome II suivie de ses œuvres morales, politiques et littéraires

By Benjamin Franklin

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ministre actuel. Il fut
premier lord de la trésorerie. Sa querelle avec Wilkes fit, dans le
temps, beaucoup de bruit. (_Note du Traducteur._)

[54] Le sir William Johnson, qui tint ce discours, joue un très-grand
rôle dans l'histoire de l'Amérique septentrionale. Il connoissoit
parfaitement le caractère des Sauvages; et étoit parvenu à se faire
donner, par eux, un territoire très-considérable. Voici un des
traits qu'on m'a cités de lui, lorsque je voyageois dans les
États-Unis. Les Sauvages prétendent qu'un véritable ami doit, s'il
le peut, réaliser leurs songes. Johnson connoissant ce préjugé, et
voulant tenter l'ambition d'un chef, qui étoit venu le voir, exposa
à sa vue un habit d'écarlate galonné, et un beau sabre. Le Sauvage
n'osa pas demander ces objets: mais le lendemain, il revint chez
Johnson, et lui dit: «Frère, j'ai rêvé, cette nuit, que tu m'avois
donné ton habit rouge et ton beau sabre».--«Tu les auras», répondit
Johnson; et il les lui donna sur-le-champ.--Au bout de quelque
temps, le Sauvage ayant reparu, Johnson lui dit:--«Frère, j'ai rêvé
que tu m'avois donné le pays qui s'étend depuis telle rivière
jusqu'à telle autre».--«Il est à toi, répliqua le Sauvage. Mais mon
frère, ne rêvons plus; car tes songes valent mieux que les miens, et
tu me ruinerois».--(_Note du Traducteur._)

[55] Redstone creek.

[56] Cheat river.

[57] Il porte aujourd'hui le nom de marquis de Lansdown. (_Note du
Traducteur._)

[58] C'est là que les troupes du général Braddock débarquèrent
lorsqu'elles passèrent en Amérique.

[59] La distance étoit alors de soixante-dix milles mais par une route
nouvellement faite, elle n'est que de quarante milles; et l'on
épargne plus de la moitié des 5 s. 9 d.

[60] Le demi-sou anglais vaut un sou tournois. L'aune anglaise n'a
qu'environ 33 pouces. (_Note du Traducteur._)

[61] Premier lord commissaire du bureau du commerce et des colonies.

[62] Franklin a combattu avec beaucoup d'adresse l'opinion du
gouverneur Wright: mais

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