Benjamin, now 16, read and perhaps set in type these contributions and decided that he could do as well himself.In 1722 he wrote a series of 14 essays signed “Silence Dogood” in which he lampooned everything from funeral eulogies to the students of Harvard College.Franklin exchanged “some promises” about marriage with Deborah Read and, with a young friend, James Ralph, as his companion, sailed for London in November 1724, just over a year after arriving in Philadelphia.
This was perhaps a nice justification for his self-indulgent behaviour in London and his ignoring of Deborah, to whom he had written only once.
He later repudiated the pamphlet, burning all but one of the copies still in his possession. He considered becoming an itinerant teacher of swimming, but, when Thomas Denham, a Quaker merchant, offered him a clerkship in his store in Philadelphia with a prospect of fat commissions in the West Indian trade, he decided to return home.
At Keith’s suggestion, Franklin returned to Boston to try to raise the necessary capital.
His father thought him too young for such a venture, so Keith offered to foot the bill himself and arranged Franklin’s passage to England so that he could choose his type and make connections with London stationers and booksellers.
Benjamin Franklin, also called Ben Franklin, pseudonym Richard Saunders, (born January 17 [January 6, Old Style], 1706, Boston, Massachusetts [U.
S.]—died April 17, 1790, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.
S.), American printer and publisher, author, inventor and scientist, and diplomat.
One of the foremost of the Founding Fathers, Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence and was one of its signers, represented the United States in France during the American Revolution, and was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention.
His mastery of the printer’s trade, of which he was proud to the end of his life, was achieved between 17.
In the same period he read tirelessly and taught himself to write effectively.