Vie de Franklin, écrite par lui-même - Tome I Suivie de ses œuvres morales, politiques et littéraires

By Benjamin Franklin

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la manière
suivante.

Je lègue à la société philosophique de Philadelphie, dont j'ai l'honneur
d'être président, l'_Histoire de l'académie des sciences_, en soixante
ou soixante-dix volumes _in-4º_.--Je donne à la société philosophique
américaine qui est établie à la Nouvelle-Angleterre, et dont je suis
membre, la collection _in-folio_ des _Arts et Métiers_. L'édition
_in-4º_. du même ouvrage sera remise de ma part à la compagnie de la
bibliothèque de Philadelphie.--Je donne à mon petit-fils Benjamin
Franklin Bache, tous ceux de mes livres, à côté desquels j'ai mis son
nom dans le catalogue ci-dessus mentionné; et à mon petit-fils William
Bache, tous ceux auxquels son nom sera également ajouté. Ceux qui seront
désignés avec le nom de mon cousin Jonatham Williams, seront donnés à ce
parent.--Je lègue à mon petit-fils, William Temple Franklin, le reste de
mes livres, mes manuscrits et mes papiers.--Je donne à mon petit-fils,
Benjamin Franklin Bache, mes droits dans la compagnie de la bibliothèque
de Philadelphie, ne doutant pas qu'il ne permette à ses frères et à ses
soeurs d'en jouir comme lui.

Je suis né à Boston, dans la Nouvelle-Angleterre, et je dois mes
premières connoissances en littérature aux libres écoles de grammaire
qui y sont établies. C'est pourquoi je laisse à mes exécuteurs
testamentaires, cent livres sterlings, pour qu'elles soient remises, par
eux, ou par ceux qui les remplaceront, aux directeurs des libres écoles
de ma ville natale. J'entends que les directeurs, ou les personnes qui
auront la surintendance des libres écoles, placent cette somme à intérêt
perpétuel, afin de l'employer tous les ans à faire frapper des médailles
d'argent, qui seront distribuées aux élèves pour leur servir de
récompense et d'encouragement; et cela de la manière que les notables de
la ville de Boston jugeront convenable.

Je charge mes exécuteurs testamentaires, ou leurs successeurs, de
prélever sur les honoraires qui me sont redus, comme président de l'état
de Pensylvanie, deux mille livres sterlings, et de les compter aux
personnes, qu'un acte de la législature nommera pour les recevoir en
dépôt, afin qu'elles soient employées à rendre le Skuylkil navigable.

Tandis que j'ai été marchand de papier, imprimeur et directeur de la
poste, j'ai fait crédit à beaucoup de personnes, pour des livres, des
insertions d'avis, des ports de lettres et d'autres objets pareils.
L'assemblée de Pensylvanie m'ayant fait partir en 1757 pour aller être
son agent en Angleterre, où j'ai rempli ce poste jusqu'en 1775, et à mon
retour, étant immédiatement occupé des affaires du congrès, et envoyé en
France en 1776, où j'ai séjourné neuf ans, je n'ai pu réclamer les
sommes ci-dessus que depuis mon retour en 1785, et ce sont, en quelque
sorte, des

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