After using the voyage home to devise a plan for his conduct that he "pretty faithfully adhered to" through old age, Franklin arrived to find things changed in Philadelphia. Keith was no longer governor and "seem'd a little asham'd" when encountered on the street. Franklin felt he himself would have been equally ashamed before Miss Read, had she not married in his absence. But she had since left her husband, who then ran away to the West Indies and died. Keimer, on the contrary, seemed — with better equipment, more business, and more helpers — to be prospering. Franklin soon grew expert at selling merchandise in Denham's store. The two lived together amiably for about four months, until both became seriously ill. Only Franklin eventually recovered. Denham willed him a small legacy, and left him once more to the wide World." At this point Keimer offered Franklin large yearly wages to manage his printing-house. Though
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.