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

By Benjamin Franklin

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multiplication donne pour nombre total d'heures 1,281

Ces 1,281 heures multipliées par le nombre de
100,000 qui est celui des familles, donnent 128,100,000

Ces cent vingt-huit millions et cent mille
heures, passées à Paris, à la clarté de la
bougie ou de la chandelle, font, à
demi-livre par heure 64,050,000 liv. pes.

Soixante-quatre millions cinquante mille
livres pesant, estimées l'une dans l'autre
à trente sols la livre, font la somme de
quatre-vingt-seize millions soixante-quinze
mille livres tournois 96,075,000 liv. tour.

Somme immense, que la ville de Paris pourroit épargner tous les ans, en
se servant de la lumière du soleil, au lieu de bougie et de chandelle.

Si l'on prétend que le peuple, étant opiniâtrement attaché à ses
vieilles coutumes, il seroit difficile de l'engager à se lever avant
midi, et que conséquemment ma découverte ne peut être que fort peu
utile, je répondrai: _nil desperandum_. Je crois que tous ceux qui ont
le sens commun, et qui apprendront par cet écrit, qu'il fait jour dès
que le soleil se lève, essaieront de se lever avec lui. Pour y obliger
les autres, voici les règlemens que je proposerai.

1º. Qu'on mette un impôt de vingt-quatre livres tournois par chaque
fenêtre, où il y a des volets, qui font que les rayons du soleil
n'éclairent pas les appartemens.

2º. Que pour empêcher de brûler de la bougie et de la chandelle, la
police emploie le salutaire moyen, qui, l'hiver dernier, nous a rendus
plus économes, dans la consommation du bois; c'est-à-dire, qu'on mette
des sentinelles, à la porte des épiciers, et qu'il ne soit permis à
personne d'acheter plus d'une livre de bougie ou de chandelle par
semaine.

3º. Qu'on ordonne aux gardes de la ville d'arrêter toutes les voitures
qui passeront dans les rues après soleil couché, excepté celles des
médecins, des chirurgiens et des sage-femmes.

4º. Que chaque jour, au lever du soleil, on fasse

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