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Ben Franklin epitaph

Painting by David Martin (Edinburgh Scottish painter-1767-White House collection in Washington

A freemason who believed in life after death…

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND THE LOST EPITAPH…

Born on January 17, 1706, Benjamin Franklin, at 22 years old, had written the epitaph that was to adorn his future tomb. Forgotten, it doesn’t appear on his grave, but we know the text:

′′The body of Benjamin Franklin, a printer, like the cover of an old book with striped contents of its leaves, text and gilding, rests here in a pasture for worms. But the book will not be lost because, as he believes, it will appear once again in a new edition; more elegant, revised and corrected by the author.”

Benjamin Franklin’s body rests in Christ Church Cemetery in Philadelphia