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Benjamin Franklin Wished He Was Born In Our Time

Benjamin Franklin 250th Anniversary Stamp 1956Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter on May 31, 1788 to the Reverend John Lothrop of Boston.

Franklin was very old at the time and was obviously longing to make more discoveries in science.

I have sometimes wished it had been my destiny to be born two or three centuries hence.

For invention and improvement are prolific, and beget more of their kind.

The present progress is rapid.

Many of great importance, now unthought of, will before that period be procur’d;

and then I might not only enjoy their advantages, but have my curiosity satisfy’d in knowing what they are to be.”

Who doesn’t want to see the future
beyond our years?

1787 Benjamin Franklin at home

Benjamin Franklin at home with his family in 1787

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