Ben left Boston on September 25, 1723, and headed to New York. He hoped to find work as a printer there, but he struck out. With no money and no friends, he continued south to Philadelphia, which at the time was the biggest city in America. Arriving in the morning of October 6, with only a dollar and some bread, Ben soon found a job in the printing shop of Samuel Keimer. Next door he found a place to sleep, in the home of John and Sarah Read. There he met Deborah, the Reads' daughter, and before long the couple planned to get married.Seven months after arriving in Philadelphia, Franklin met the Pennsylvania governor, William Keith. Keith liked Franklin and promised to help him start his own printing shop. Franklin returned to Boston to ask his father for a loan to get started, but Josiah refused.
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