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

By Benjamin Franklin

Page 30

prompt départ de Boston avoit occasionné à
mes parens, et de l'affection qu'ils conservoient encore pour moi. Il
m'assura que si je voulois m'en retourner, tout s'arrangeroit à ma
satisfaction; et il m'y exhorta d'une manière très-pressante. Je lui
répondis, le remerciai de son avis, et lui expliquai avec tant de force
et de clarté les raisons qui m'avoient déterminé à m'éloigner de Boston,
qu'il resta convaincu que j'étois bien moins répréhensible qu'il ne
l'avoit imaginé.

Sir William Keith, gouverneur de Pensylvanie, étoit alors à Newcastle.
Au moment où le capitaine Holmes reçut ma lettre il se trouvoit par
hasard auprès de lui; et il profita de l'occasion pour la lui montrer et
lui parler de moi. Le gouverneur lut la lettre, et parut étonné quand on
lui apprit l'âge que j'avois. Il dit qu'il me regardoit comme un jeune
homme dont les talens promettoient beaucoup, et qu'à ce titre je
méritois d'être encouragé; que les imprimeurs de Philadelphie n'étoient
que des ignorans; que si je m'y établissois il ne doutoit pas de mes
succès; que pour sa part, il me feroit imprimer tout ce qui avoit
rapport au gouvernement, et qu'il me rendroit tous les services qui
dépendroient de lui.

Je ne sus alors rien de tout cela: mais mon beau-frère me le raconta
dans la suite à Boston. Un jour que nous travaillions ensemble, Keimer
et moi, auprès d'une fenêtre, nous apperçûmes le gouverneur avec le
colonel Finch de Newcastle, tous deux très-bien parés, traversant la rue
et venant droit à notre maison. Nous les entendîmes à la porte. Keimer
croyant que c'étoit une visite pour lui, descendit à l'instant. Mais le
gouverneur me demanda, monta; et avec une politesse et une affabilité,
auxquelles je n'étois nullement accoutumé, il me fit beaucoup de
complimens, et me témoigna le désir de faire connoissance avec moi. Il
me reprocha obligeamment de ne m'être pas présenté chez lui à mon
arrivée dans la ville; et m'invita à l'accompagner à la taverne, où il
alloit avec le colonel Finch boire d'excellent vin de Madère.

Je fus, je le confesse, un peu surpris, et Keimer parut abasourdi.
J'allai, cependant, avec le gouverneur et le colonel dans une taverne,
au coin de Third-Street; et là, tout en buvant le Madère, sir William
Keith me proposa d'établir une imprimerie. Il me présenta les
probabilités du succès; et lui et le colonel Finch m'assurèrent que je
pouvois compter sur leur protection et leur crédit, pour me procurer
l'impression des papiers que publieroient les deux gouvernemens. Comme
je paroissois craindre que mon père ne voulût pas m'aider à m'établir,
sir William me dit qu'il lui écriroit

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Page 0
J.
Page 9
Gibbon wrote _The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire_, Hume his _History of England_, and Adam Smith the _Wealth of Nations_.
Page 17
He took an active part in the persecution of witchcraft.
Page 26
I continu'd this method some few years, but gradually left it, retaining only the habit of expressing myself in terms of modest diffidence; never using, when I advanced anything that may possibly be disputed, the words _certainly_, _undoubtedly_, or any others that give the air of positiveness to an opinion; but rather say, I conceive or apprehend a thing to be so and so; it appears to me, or _I should think it so or so_, for such and such reasons; or _I imagine it to be so_; or _it is so, if I am not mistaken_.
Page 41
While I liv'd in Boston, most of.
Page 42
The then governor of New York, Burnet (son of Bishop Burnet), hearing from the captain that a young man, one of his passengers, had a great many books, desir'd he would bring me to see him.
Page 55
My constant attendance (I never making a St.
Page 65
[52] The creed of an eighteenth century theological sect which, while.
Page 72
I see this is a business I am not fit for.
Page 76
was a real change of sentiment or only artifice, on a supposition of our being too far engaged in affection to retract, and therefore that we should steal a marriage, which would leave them at liberty to give or withhold what they pleas'd, I know not; but I suspected the latter, resented it, and went no more.
Page 84
"The time which he recommends for this work is about even or bed-time, that we may conclude the action of the day with the judgment of conscience, making the examination of our conversation an evening song to God.
Page 95
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, occasioned my.
Page 106
After ten years' absence from Boston, and having become easy in my circumstances, I made a journey thither to visit my relations, which I could not sooner well afford.
Page 107
They were useful to themselves, and afforded us a good deal of amusement, information, and instruction, besides answering, in some considerable degree, our views of influencing the public opinion on particular occasions, of which I shall give some instances in course of time as they happened.
Page 127
, "And be it enacted, by the authority aforesaid, that when the said contributors shall have met and chosen their managers and treasurer, _and shall have raised by their contributions a capital stock of----value_ (the yearly interest of which is to be applied to the accommodating of the sick poor in the said hospital, free of charge for diet, attendance, advice, and medicines), _and shall make the same appear to the satisfaction of the speaker of the Assembly for the time being_, that _then_ it shall and may be lawful for the said speaker, and he is hereby required, to sign an order on the provincial treasurer for the payment of two thousand pounds, in two yearly payments, to the treasurer of the said hospital, to be applied to the.
Page 148
This, being notified to the House, was accepted in lieu of their share of a general tax, and a new bill was form'd, with an exempting clause, which passed accordingly.
Page 152
My friends, too, of the Assembly, pressing me by their letters to be, if possible, at the meeting, and my three intended forts being now compleated, and the inhabitants contented to remain on their farms under that protection, I resolved to return; the more willingly, as a New England officer, Colonel Clapham, experienced in Indian war, being on a visit to our establishment, consented to accept the command.
Page 156
I eagerly seized the opportunity of repeating what I had seen at Boston; and, by much practice, acquired great readiness in performing those, also, which we had an account of from England, adding a number of new ones.
Page 163
St.
Page 165
"And you," says he, "when in England, have only to exhibit your accounts at the treasury, and you will be paid immediately.