We continue with the second of two archive visits with Benjamin Franklin, as portrayed by Ralph Archbold. Archbold has made a career of interpreting Benjamin Franklin for over 30 years.
In part one of this series we discussed Benjamin Franklin’s early life, his inventions, his role in the secession from England and in the formation of the Confederation and later the United States of America.
This second part was recorded in July 1994, at the City Tavern, as it has been called since it opened in 1774. It quickly became a center of political events of the times. Paul Revere went there to announce the news that the British government closed the Port of Boston. Many influential people in the colonies gathered in Philadelphia to decide on a response to the British government’s closing of Boston’s port and other acts. When John Adams, who later became the second President of the United States, went to Philadelphia in August of 1774 to attend the first Continental Congress, he was greeted by leading citizens and immediately taken to the City Tavern. He characterized it as “the most genteel tavern in America.” For the next decades, the City Tavern would be a familiar sight to leading figures of the American Revolution.
When Benjamin Franklin, as portrayed by Ralph Archbold, and I visited at the City Tavern over lunch, we considered many aspects, past and present, of American life. We began our conversation when I asked Benjamin Franklin about the history of the City Tavern.
The book Benjamin Franklin and Ralph Archbold recommend is “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.”
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