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

By Benjamin Franklin

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je les ferai venir. Vous me les paierez quand vous
pourrez. J'ai résolu d'avoir ici un bon imprimeur, et je suis sûr que
vous le serez.»

Le gouverneur me dit cela avec un si grand air de cordialité, que je ne
doutai pas un instant de la sincérité de son offre. J'avois jusque-là
gardé le secret, à Philadelphie, sur l'établissement dont sir William
m'avoit inspiré le projet; et je continuai à n'en rien dire. Si l'on eût
su que je comptois sur le gouverneur, peut-être quelqu'ami, connoissant
mieux que moi son caractère, m'auroit averti de ne pas m'y fier; car
j'appris depuis qu'il passoit généralement pour un homme libéral en
promesses, qu'il n'avoit point intention de tenir. Mais, ne lui ayant
jamais rien demandé, pouvois-je soupçonner que ses offres étoient
trompeuses? Je le croyois, au contraire, le plus franc, le meilleur de
tous les hommes.

Je lui remis l'état de ce qu'il falloit pour une petite imprimerie, dont
le prix se montoit, suivant mon calcul, à environ cent livres sterlings.
Il l'approuva: mais il me demanda s'il ne seroit pas avantageux que
j'allasse en Angleterre, pour choisir moi-même les caractères, et
m'assurer que tous les articles fussent de la meilleure espèce.--«Vous
pourriez aussi, me dit-il, y faire quelques connoissances, et vous
procurer des correspondans parmi les libraires et les marchands de
papier.»

J'avouai que cela étoit à désirer.--«Eh bien, reprit-il, tenez-vous prêt
à partir dans l'_Annis_».--C'étoit le seul navire, qui fît alors
annuellement le voyage de Londres à Philadelphie, et de Philadelphie à
Londres: mais il ne devoit mettre à la voile qu'au bout de quelques
mois. Je continuai donc à travailler chez Keimer, où j'étois dévoré
d'inquiétude à cause des sommes que Collins avoit tirées de moi, et
frémissois à la seule idée de Vernon, qui, heureusement, ne me redemanda
son argent que quelques années après.

Dans le récit de mon premier voyage de Boston à Philadelphie, j'ai omis,
je crois, une petite circonstance, qui, peut-être, ne sera point
déplacée ici. Pendant un calme, qui nous arrêta au-delà de Block-Island,
l'équipage de notre corvette, se mit à pêcher de la morue, et en prit
une assez grande quantité. J'avois été jusqu'alors constant dans ma
résolution de ne manger rien de ce qui avoit eu vie; et conformément aux
maximes de mon maître Tryon, je regardai, dans cette occasion, la
capture de chaque poisson, comme un meurtre injustement commis,
puisqu'aucun d'eux n'avoit pu faire le moindre mal, qui méritât qu'on
leur donnât la mort. Cette manière de raisonner étoit, selon moi, sans
réplique.

Cependant j'avois autrefois beaucoup aimé le poisson; et quand je vis
une morue frite, sortir de la poële, l'odeur

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Knowing that I had that money of Vernon's, he was continually borrowing of me, still promising repayment as soon as he should be in business.
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By his letter it appeared there was a secret scheme on foot to the prejudice of Mr.
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Many years after, you and I had something of more importance to do with one of those sons of Sir William Wyndham, become Earl of Egremont, which I shall mention in its place.
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I should have been as much ashamed at seeing Miss Read, had not her friends, despairing with reason of my return after the receipt of my letter, persuaded her to marry another, one Rogers, a potter, which was done in my absence.
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Before I enter upon my public appearance in business, it may be well to let you know the then state of my mind with regard to my principles and morals, that you may see how far those influenced the future events of my life.
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Then he gave me such a detail of misfortunes now existing, or that were soon to exist, that he left me half melancholy.
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I am sure, however, that the life, and the treatise I allude to (on the _Art of Virtue_), will necessarily fulfil the chief of my expectations; and still more so if you take up the measure of suiting these performances to the several views above stated.
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Though I seldom attended any public worship, I had still an opinion of its propriety and of its utility when rightly conducted, and I regularly paid my annual subscription for the support of the only Presbyterian minister or meeting we had in Philadelphia.
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_Temperance_, for example, was by some confined to eating and drinking; while by others it was extended to mean the moderating of every other pleasure, appetite, inclination, or passion, bodily or mental, even to our avarice and ambition.
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To _temperance_ he ascribes his long-continued health, and what is still left to him of a good constitution.
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The subscriptions afterward were more free and generous; but, beginning to flag, I saw they would be insufficient without assistance from the Assembly, and therefore proposed to petition for it, which was done.
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The honour of this public benefit has also been ascribed to me, but it belongs truly to that gentleman.
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By this plan the general government was to be administered by a president-general, appointed and supported by the crown; and a grand council, to be chosen by the representatives of the people of the several colonies, met in their respective assemblies.
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In their first march, too, from their landing till they got beyond the settlements, they had plundered and stripped the inhabitants, totally ruining some poor families, besides insulting, abusing, and confining the people if they remonstrated.
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" I assured him that was not my case, and that I had not pocketed a farthing; but he appeared clearly not to believe me; and, indeed, I afterward learned, that immense fortunes are often made in such employments: as to my balance, I am not paid it to this day, of which more hereafter.
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A detachment marched down to Philadelphia for the express purpose of murdering some friendly Indians, who had been removed to the city for safety.
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These aids may, therefore, be small at first; but as the capital increases by the accumulated interest, they will be more ample.
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You are safer here than if you were at home.
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But these have had the faith of the English given to them many times by the government, and, in reliance on that faith, they lived among us, and gave us the opportunity of murdering them.
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As the colonies could not choose "_another_ tax" while they disclaimed _every_ tax, the Parliament passed the stamp-act.