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

By Benjamin Franklin

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qui
étudient les hautes sciences.

[35] Le savant docteur Francis Alison, qui est devenu vice-recteur du
collége de Philadelphie.

[36] M. Théophile Grew, professeur de mathématiques dans le même
collége.

[37] Ces aides étoient alors M. Charles Thompson, dernier secrétaire
du congrès; M. Paul Jackson et M. Jacob Duche.

»Notre école de mathématiques est assez bien pourvue d'instrumens. Notre
bibliothèque de livres anglais est très-bien composée, et nous y avons
un assortiment de machines pour les expériences de physique, assortiment
qui n'est pas considérable, mais que nous espérons incessamment
completter. La bibliothèque loganienne, l'une des plus belles
collections qu'il y ait en Amérique, sera bientôt ouverte; de sorte que
les livres, ni les instrumens ne nous manqueront pas. En outre comme
nous sommes toujours déterminés à allouer de bons honoraires aux
professeurs, nous avons lieu de croire que nous pourrons en choisir
d'habiles; et certes, c'est de ce choix que dépend le succès de
l'institution.

»Si avant de retourner en Europe, il vous est possible de venir à
Philadelphie, je serai bien charmé de pouvoir converser avec vous.
J'aurai aussi un vrai plaisir à vous écrire et à recevoir de vos
lettres, après que vous serez fixé en Angleterre; car la correspondance
des hommes qui ont du savoir, de la vertu et l'amour du bien public, est
une de mes plus grandes jouissances.

»J'ignore si vous avez vu le premier plan que j'ai fait pour
l'établissement de notre collége. Je vous l'envoie ci-joint.
Quoiqu'imparfait, il a eu le succès que je désirois, puisqu'il a été
suivi d'une souscription de quatre mille livres sterlings, qui nous ont
servi à le mettre à exécution. Comme nous aimons beaucoup à recevoir des
conseils, et que chaque jour nous donne plus d'expérience, j'espère
qu'en peu d'années, notre institution sera parfaite.

»Je suis, etc.»

B. FRANKLIN.


AU MÊME.

Philadelphie, le 3 mai 1753.

«M. Peters, Monsieur, étoit, il n'y a qu'un instant, avec moi; et nous
avons comparé nos notes sur votre nouvel écrit. Ce plan d'éducation est
vraiment excellent: nous n'y avons apperçu rien qui ne soit
très-praticable. La principale difficulté est de trouver l'_aratus_[38],
et les autres personnes propres à le mettre à exécution; mais on peut
pourtant y réussir, en offrant à ces personnes les encouragemens
nécessaires.

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At his table he liked to have, as often as he could, some sensible friend or neighbour to converse with, and always took care to start some ingenious or useful topic for discourse, which might tend to improve the minds of his children.
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He could give me no employment, having little to do, and hands enough already.
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I sat down among them, and after looking round awhile, and hearing nothing said, being very drowsy, through labour and want of rest the preceding night, I fell fast asleep, and continued so till the meeting broke up, when some one was kind enough to rouse me.
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For when my mother some time after spoke to him of a reconciliation, and of her wish to see us on good terms together, and that we might live for the future as brothers, he said I had insulted him in such a manner before his people, that he could never forget or forgive it.
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I had from a child been delighted with this exercise, had studied and practised Thevenot's motions and positions, added some of mine own, aiming at the graceful and easy as well as the useful.
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In truth, he was an odd creature; ignorant of common life, fond of rudely opposing received opinions; slovenly to extreme dirtiness; enthusiastic in some points of religion, and a little knavish withal.
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made me often more ready than perhaps I otherwise should have been, to assist young beginners.
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I endeavoured to make it both entertaining.
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In Pennsylvania, as it discouraged useless expense in foreign superfluities, some thought it had its share of influence in producing that growing plenty of money which was observable for several years after its publication.
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On his decease the business was continued by his widow, who, being born and bred in Holland, where (as I have been informed) the knowledge of accounts makes a part of female education, she not only sent me as clear a statement as she could find of the transactions past, but continued to account with the greatest regularity and exactness every quarter afterward; and managed the business with such success, that she not only reputably brought up a family of children, but, at the expiration of the term, was able to purchase of me the printing-house and establish her son in it.
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On taking my seat in the house, my son was appointed their clerk.
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The Indians had burned Gnadenhutten, a village settled by the Moravians, and massacred the inhabitants; but the place was thought a good situation for one of the forts.
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I found they worked for a common stock, ate at common tables, and slept in common dormitories, great numbers together.
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Passengers were engaged for all, and some extremely impatient to be gone, and the merchants uneasy about their letters, and for the orders they had given for ensurance (it being war-time) and for autumnal goods; but their anxiety availed nothing; his lordship's letters were not ready: and yet, whoever waited on him found him always at his desk, pen in hand, and concluded he must needs write abundantly.
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The assessment was made upon the strictest principle of equity; and the proprietary estates bore only a proportionable share of the expenses of supporting government.
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A speech of Mr.
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David Hartly on the other.
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If this plan is executed, and succeeds, as is projected, without interruption for one hundred years, the sum will then be one hundred and thirty-one thousand pounds, of which I would have the managers.