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

By Benjamin Franklin

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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

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