Later that year Franklin moved to a different printing shop in London, then agreed to work for a Quaker merchant named Thomas Denham back in Philadelphia. Franklin sailed for America with Denham on July 23, 1726. Back home, he learned Denham's business quickly. Soon, however, both Franklin and Denham fell gravely ill with pleurisy. Nearly dying, Franklin recovered in March 1727; Denham died soon after. Franklin returned to Samuel Keimer's printing shop and took up his old job. Before long he was back to his old energetic self, establishing a weekly discussion and debating club called the Junto.In the spring of 1728, Franklin and a business partner, James Meredith, decided start their own printing shop with a loan from Meredith's parents. They intended to start a newspaper; when Samuel Keimer learned this he immediately started the Pennsylvania Gazette.
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