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

By Benjamin Franklin

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ne pouvoit l'ouvrir pour le moment; mais qu'avant d'aborder les
côtes d'Angleterre, il me donneroit l'occasion de les retirer. Je fus
content de cette réponse, et nous poursuivîmes notre voyage.

Les personnes logées dans la chambre étoient toutes très-sociables; et
nous fûmes parfaitement bien pour les provisions; parce que nous
profitâmes de toutes celles de M. Hamilton, qui en avoit embarqué une
grande quantité. Durant la traversée, M. Denham se lia avec moi d'une
amitié qui n'a fini qu'avec sa vie. À tout autre égard, le voyage ne fut
pas fort agréable, car nous eûmes beaucoup de mauvais temps.

Quand nous entrâmes dans la Tamise, le capitaine fut exact à me tenir sa
parole. Il me permit de chercher dans le sac, les lettres du gouverneur.
Je n'en trouvai pas une seule sur laquelle mon nom fût écrit, comme
devant être confiée à mes soins: mais j'en choisis six ou sept, que je
jugeai, par les adresses, être celles qui m'étoient destinées. Il y en
avoit entr'autres une pour M. Basket, imprimeur du roi, et une autre
pour un marchand de papier, qui fut la première personne chez qui
j'allai.

Je lui remis la lettre comme venant du gouverneur Keith.--«Je ne le
connois pas, me dit-il».--Puis, ouvrant la lettre, il s'écria:--«Oh!
elle est de Riddlesden! J'ai découvert depuis peu que c'est un coquin
fieffé; et je n'ai envie ni d'avoir affaire avec lui, ni de recevoir de
ses missives».--En même-temps, il mit la lettre dans mes mains, tourna
les talons, et se mit à servir quelques chalands.

Je fus très-surpris de voir que ces lettres n'étoient point du
gouverneur; Réfléchissant alors sur ses délais, et m'en rappelant toutes
les circonstances, je commençai à douter de sa sincérité. J'allai
trouver mon ami Denham et lui racontai toute l'affaire. Il me mit tout
de suite au fait du caractère de Keith, me dit qu'il n'étoit nullement
probable qu'il eût écrit une seule lettre en ma faveur; et que tous ceux
qui le connoissoient, n'avoient aucune confiance en lui. Le bon quaker
ne put s'empêcher de rire de ce que j'avois été assez crédule pour
croire que le gouverneur me procureroit du crédit, lorsqu'il n'avoit
aucun crédit pour lui-même. Comme je lui montrai quelqu'inquiétude sur
le parti que j'avois à prendre, il me conseilla de chercher à travailler
chez un imprimeur.--«Là, me dit-il, vous pourrez vous perfectionner dans
votre profession, et vous vous mettrez à même de vous établir plus
avantageusement quand vous retournerez en Amérique.»

Nous savions déjà, aussi bien que le marchand de papier, que le
procureur Riddlesden étoit un coquin. Il avoit presque ruiné le père de
miss Read,

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Being at a distance from my papers, I will give you what account I can of them from memory: and if my papers are not lost in my absence, you will find among them many more particulars.
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But my dislike to the trade continuing, my father had apprehensions that if he did not put me to one more agreeable, I should break loose and go to sea, as my brother Josiah had done to his great vexation.
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I was in my working dress, my best clothes coming round by sea.
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He stated the probabilities of my success, and both he and Colonel French assured me I should have their interest and influence to obtain for me the public business of both governments.
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When we arrived at New-York, they told me where they lived, and invited me to come and see them, but I avoided it, and it was well I did; for the next day the captain missed a silver spoon, and some other things that had been taken out of his cabin; and knowing that these were women of bad character, he got a warrant to search their lodgings, found the stolen goods, and had the thieves punished.
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For the incidents of the voyage I refer you to my journal, where you will find them all minutely related.
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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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We settled with Keimer, and left him by his consent before he heard of it.
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The wealthy inhabitants opposed any addition, being against all currency, from the apprehension that it would depreciate, as it had done in New-England, to the injury of all creditors.
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If it encourages more writings of the same kind with your own, and induces more men to spend lives fit to be written, it will be.
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Whenever I was solicited to insert anything of that kind, and the writers pleaded (as they generally did) the liberty of the press, and that a newspaper was like a stagecoach,.
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Shirley, was killed by his side; and out of eighty-six officers, sixty-three were killed or wounded, and seven hundred and fourteen men killed out of eleven hundred.
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Their apparatus was large, and by means of it they were enabled to collect large quantities of the electric fluid, and thus to produce phenomena which had been hitherto unobserved.
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All the arguments urged in favour of negro slavery are applied with equal force to justify the plundering and enslaving of Europeans.
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His sagacity was so sharp and his science so various, that, whatever might be the profession or occupation of those with whom he conversed, he could meet every one upon his own ground.
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Company of Philadelphia I give to my grandson Benjamin Franklin Bache, confiding that he will permit his brothers and sisters to share in the use of it.
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I have considered that among artisans, good apprentices are most likely to make good citizens; and having myself been bred to a manual art, printing, in my native town, and afterward assisted to set up my business in Philadelphia by kind loans of money from two friends there, which was the foundation of my fortune, and of all the utility in life that may be ascribed to me, I wish to be useful, even after my death, if possible, in forming and advancing other young men, that may be serviceable to their country in both these towns.
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