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  •  :-) Oh, he did! (7+ / 0-)
    Now one could argue, looking back on history obviously, that he schmoozed his way into the upper French class to leverage support for the war, but if you look at letters at the time one obviously see he was a genuine flirt. And good at it too.
    Franklin was an expert at schmoozing..., and flirting.  He very much DID schmooze his way into garnering support for the American Revolution/War.  [One ancestor of mine who was the latest one whose Rev. War pension papers I just found a few weeks ago was at Newburgh when G. Washington signed his discharge papers.  The Continental Army was there because Washington had to wait for the ship to come from France with the signed Treaty of Paris... and laden with money with which to pay the troops who hadn't been paid in months/years.]

    Really, that's the attraction of so many thinkers and philosophers of the Age of Enlightenment.  They were real Renaissance people who were experts at many things [many got patents for various inventions], curious and conversant about even more subjects.  The list of things they could not talk about for lack of knowledge was likely much shorter than the things about which they had expertise and knowledge.  My kind of people and SO fun to be around....

    :-)

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 07:11:28 AM PST

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