Franklin the Diplomat

Portrait by Artist to Come


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American diplomats to France, 1776 - 89
* Franklin, Silas Dean, Arthur Lee (who replaced Jefferson whose wife was ill)— Envoys, 1776 - 1778
* Franklin, Arthur Lee, John Adams — Envoys, 1778 - 1779
* Franklin — Minister Plenipotentiary, 1779 - 85
* Franklin, Adams, John Jay — peace treaty negotiators, 1782 - 83
* Jefferson — Minister Plenipotentiary, 1785 - 89

In a land where horsemanship was often men’s touchiest point of pride, Jefferson had to admit he never saw Washington’s like for grace and control in the saddle. A froniter runner and Indian wrestler — his friend George Mercer described his frame as padded with well-developed muscles — Washington had by 1774 refined mere energy down to a grace of least movement, the higher athleticism of the dance. And he danced well.

Garry Wills
Inventing America: Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence (1978)