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

By Benjamin Franklin

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Keimer, qui, pour
me prévenir, publia sur-le-champ le prospectus d'une feuille, qu'il se
proposoit d'imprimer, et à laquelle il devoit employer Webb.

Je fus indigné de ce procédé, et comme je voulois contrecarrer Keimer et
Webb, et que je ne pouvois pas encore commencer ma feuille périodique,
j'écrivis dans celle de Bradford, quelques pièces amusantes sous le
titre du _Tracassier_, (Busy-Body)[26] que Breintnal continua pendant
quelques mois. Par ce moyen, j'attirai l'attention du public sur la
feuille de Bradford; et le prospectus de Keimer, que nous tournâmes en
ridicule, fut regardé avec mépris. Malgré cela, sa feuille fut
commencée: mais l'ayant continuée neuf mois de suite, sans avoir plus de
quatre-vingt-dix souscripteurs, il me proposa de me la céder pour une
bagatelle. J'étois prêt, depuis quelque temps, à entreprendre une
pareille affaire; j'acceptai, sans balancer, l'offre de Keimer; et en
peu d'années la feuille imprimée pour mon compte, me donna beaucoup de
profit.

[26] Une note manuscrite qui se trouve dans la collection du _Mercure
Américain_, conservée dans la bibliothèque de Philadelphie, dit que
Franklin écrivit les cinq premiers numéros de ce journal et une
partie du huitième.

Je m'apperçois que je suis porté à parler au singulier, quoique ma
société avec Meredith continuât. C'est, peut-être, parce que, dans le
fait, toute l'entreprise rouloit sur moi. Meredith n'étoit point
compositeur, mais pressier médiocre, et rarement il s'abstenoit de trop
boire. Mes amis étoient affligés de me voir lié avec lui: mais je fesois
en sorte d'en tirer le meilleur parti possible.

Notre premier numéro ne produisit pas plus d'effet que les autres
feuilles périodiques de la province, soit pour les caractères, soit pour
l'impression: mais certaines remarques, écrites à ma manière, sur la
querelle qui s'étoit élevée entre le gouverneur Burnet et l'assemblée de
Massachusett, paroissant saillantes à quelques personnes, les firent
parler de la feuille et de ceux qui la publioient, et, en peu de
semaines, les engagèrent à devenir nos souscripteurs. Beaucoup d'autres
suivirent leur exemple; et le nombre de nos abonnés continua à
s'accroître.

Ce fut un des premiers bons effets des peines que j'avois prises pour
apprendre à former mon style. J'en retirai un autre avantage; c'est
qu'en lisant ma feuille, les principaux habitans de Philadelphie, virent
dans l'auteur de ce papier un homme si bien en état de se servir de sa
plume, et jugèrent qu'il convenoit de le soutenir et de l'encourager.

Les loix, les opinions des membres de l'assemblée et les autres pièces
publiques s'imprimoient alors chez Bradford. Une adresse de la chambre
au gouverneur de la province, sortit de ses

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Abel James 91 Letter from Mr.
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I had now access to better books.
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Matthew Adams, who had a pretty collection of books, frequented our printing-office, took notice of me, and invited me to see his library, and very kindly proposed to lend me such books as I chose to read.
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But my brother was passionate, and had often beaten me, which I took extremely amiss; and thinking my apprenticeship very tedious, I was continually wishing for some opportunity of shortening it, which at length offered in a manner unexpected.
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companion, Collins, who was a clerk in the postoffice, pleased with the account I gave him of my new country, determined to go thither also; and while I waited for my father's determination, he set out before me by land to Rhode Island, leaving his books, which were a pretty collection of mathematics and natural philosophy, to come with mine and me to New-York, where he proposed to wait for me.
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We hardly exchanged a civil word after this adventure.
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My friends lamented my connexion with him, but I was to make the best of it.
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And why are weaker men to be deprived of such helps, when we see our race has been blundering on in the dark, almost without a guide in this particular, from the farthest trace of time? Show then, sir, how much is to be done, _both to sons and fathers_; and invite all wise men to become like yourself, and other men to become wise.
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Franklin will hold not only in point of character, but of private history) will show that you are ashamed of no origin; a thing the more important as you prove how little necessary all origin is to happiness, virtue, or greatness.
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That there shall be paid for each wagon, with four good horses and a driver, fifteen shillings per diem.
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He promised me that, if the masters would come to him at Trenton, where he should be in a few days on his march to New-York, he would there deliver their men to them.
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While the several companies in the city and country were forming and.
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Collinson for the present of the tube, &c.
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[12] They also presented me with the gold medal of Sir Godfrey Copley, for the year 1753, the delivery of which was accompanied by a very handsome speech of the president, Lord Macclesfield, wherein I was highly honoured.
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The drinkers, finding we did not return immediately to the table, sent us a decanter of Madeira, which the governor made liberal use of, and, in proportion, became more profuse of his solicitations and promises.
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, the disfranchisement of some of the colonies, the obstruction to the measures of the legislature in others by the king's governors, the contemptuous treatment of their humble remonstrances, stating their grievances, and praying a redress of them, and other violent and oppressive measures, at length excited an ardent spirit of opposition.
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"The whole tenour of his life was a perpetual lecture against the idle, the extravagant, and the proud.
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_ They understand that clause to relate to subjects only within the realm; that no money can be levied on them for the crown but by consent of Parliament.
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Derision, on the contrary, must be the lot of him who imagines it in the power of the pen to set any lustre upon them; and indignation theirs for daring to assert and maintain the independence interwoven in their constitution, which now, it seems, is become an improper ingredient, and, therefore, to be excised away.