Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Travels of Benjamin Franklin

Some interesting observations.
When Franklin finally left France, he traveled in a private litter and a caravan large enough to carry all 128 pieces of his checked luggage. Somewhere in his carry on bags he also carried his farewell gift from King Louis XVI--a "modest" set of jewelry containing 408 diamonds.

In his journal, Franklin cheerfully reports that on this final voyage back to America, he was the only person not to get seasick.


Julygirl said...

A flawed genius no doubt, they all were, but they helped us prevail.

Enbrethiliel said...


"Modest," aye? =P These anecdotes are kind of cute, really--the fruits of a personality quirk rather than of a public servant's hypocrisy.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, Ben was certainly a genius and a quirky fellow.....