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Long after the victories of Washington over the French and English had made his name familiar to all Europe, Doctor Franklin chanced to dine with the English and French Ambassadors, when, as nearly as the precise words can be recollected, the following toasts were drunk:

“England—The Sun, whose bright beams enlighten and fructify the remotest corners of the earth.”

The French Ambassador, filled with national pride, but too polite to dispute the previous toast, drank the following:

“France—The Moon, whose mild, steady and cheering rays are the delight of all nations, consoling them in darkness and making their dreariness beautiful.”

Doctor Franklin then arose, and, with his usual dignified simplicity, said:

“George Washington—The Joshua who commanded the Sun and Moon to stand still, and they obeyed him.”


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