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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donc sûr
que les cochons et les moutons sont les animaux qu'il est plus
convenable d'embarquer, parce que la viande de mouton est en général
très-bonne à la mer, et celle de cochon, excellente.

Il peut arriver qu'une partie des provisions, que je recommande de
prendre, devienne inutile, par les soins qu'aura eus le capitaine, d'en
mettre à bord une suffisante quantité. Mais, dans ce cas, vous pouvez en
faire présent aux pauvres passagers, qui, payant moins pour leur
passage, sont logés dans l'entre-pont avec l'équipage, et n'ont droit
qu'à la ration des matelots.

Ces passagers sont quelquefois malades, tristes, abattus: on voit
souvent, parmi eux, des femmes, des enfans, qui n'ont pas eu le moyen de
se procurer les choses dont je viens de faire mention, et qui leur sont
de la plus grande nécessité. En leur distribuant une partie de votre
superflu, vous pouvez leur être du plus grand secours; vous pouvez leur
donner la santé, leur sauver la vie, enfin les rendre heureux; avantage
qui procure toujours les sensations les plus douces à une ame

La chose la plus désagréable en mer, est la manière dont on y apprête à
manger; car, à proprement parler, il n'y a jamais à bord de bon
cuisinier[15]. Le plus mauvais matelot est ordinairement choisi pour cet
emploi, et il est presque toujours fort mal-propre. C'est de là que
vient ce dicton des marins anglais:--«Dieu nous envoie la viande et le
diable les cuisiniers».--Cependant ceux qui ont meilleure opinion de la
providence, pensent autrement. Sachant que l'air de la mer, et le
mouvement que procure le roulis du vaisseau, ont un étonnant effet pour
aiguiser l'appétit, il disent que Dieu a donné aux marins de mauvais
cuisiniers, pour les empêcher de trop manger, ou bien que prévoyant
qu'ils auroient de mauvais cuisiniers, il leur a donné un bon appétit,
pour les empêcher de mourir de faim.

Mais si vous n'avez pas confiance dans ces secours de la providence,
vous pouvez vous pourvoir d'une lampe à l'esprit-de-vin et d'une
bouilloire, et vous apprêter vous-même quelques alimens, comme de la
soupe, des viandes hachées, etc. Un petit fourneau de tôle est aussi
très-commode à bord; et votre domestique peut vous y faire rôtir des
morceaux de mouton ou de cochon.

Si vous avez envie de manger du boeuf salé, qui est souvent très-bon,
vous trouverez que le cidre est la meilleure liqueur pour étancher la
soif qu'occasionnent et cette viande et le poisson salé.

Le biscuit ordinaire est trop dur pour les dents de quelques personnes;
on peut le ramollir en le fesant tremper: mais le pain cuit deux fois
est encore meilleur;

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