Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin is first encountered in New York's 'London' chapter. Franklin not only lived in the British capital for many years, but remained, until 1775, a strong believer in the British Empire. His son, the royal governor of New Jersey, was on the British side right through the War of Independence.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Hard to believe, but this month of April is the 50th anniversary of the 'official' break-up of the Beatles. This author was a very timid young student at Cambridge then. But the far more worldly and talented guy who had the room across the corridor from me had a lovely girlfriend who worked for John Lennon; and one day they scooped me up and took me to Lennon's house at Ascot. The white house with the white piano. Lennon himself wasn't there, but all the same . . . Fifty years later, that day is still so vivid




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