You Could Never One Up Ben


During the American Revolution Edward Gibbon, the historian of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire was visiting Paris (how civilized those times were we can judge since France and England were nearing war), and Benjamin Franklin was present as a representative from the United States.  Franklin had an interest in seeing Gibbon, whose initial volumes in his great history had been published in 1776.  Gibbon responded that although he greatly admired Doctor Franklin his patriotism would not allow him to meet with a revolted subject.  Nothing bothered, Franklin sent a note saying he quite understood, and that when Gibbon began work on the decline and fall of the British Empire, Franklin would be happy to supply him with a lot of material.

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