13 May 2014 badvogato   » (Master)

When Benjamin Franklin was the British postmaster general of the colonies, he had to visit the major cities of all the thirteen Colonies to set up post offices.

A weary Franklin used to arrive at an inn after a long day's horseback ride to find all the chairs by the warming hearth taken.

So one day when he pulled into Hartford at seven in the evening, Franklin announced to the innkeeper, "A bucket of oysters for my horse."

When the host expressed astonishment, Franklin repeated hi instructions, and all the inn's guests vacatged their seats close to the fire to witness this extraordinary equine who ate oysters. Franklin then took a choice seat by the fireplace.

Minutes later, the innkeeper, with a throng of guests, rushed back into the inn.

"Franklin," they exclaimed, "your hrse won't eat the oysters!"

"In that case," replied Franklin from his seat by the fire, "give me the oysters and give my horse some hay!".

And here's 'wife after death'

In 1740s Franklin was among a group boarding a ship from PHiladelphia to New York. To get to the boat, passengers - twelve at a time - would take a canoe. The canoe overturned in the Delaware River. All were picked up safely. When they arrived in New York, Franklin treated his fellow canoe riders to a round of drinks at a New York tavern.

One of his former ferrymates bragged of helping save the life of the famous Franklin. Franklin, who was a superb swimmer, genially let the boast pass unchallenged.

But in the years that followed, the self-annointed savior milked this claim to dun Franklin for some 'loans." Franklin, against his better judgement, would give something , and over the years it mounted to a considerable sum.

The old cadger eventually died. Yet to Franklin's consternation he received a letter from the widow asking for more financial aid.

Franklin explained to his wife, 'He seems to have left me his wife as part of her dowry."

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