Friday, March 16, 2007

007.Benjamin Franklin on China

Benjamin Franklin marveled at China’s capability to cloth “its inhabitants with silk.” He told in 1769 Cadwalader Evans (1716-1773), "Hence it is that the most populous of all Countries, China, clothes its Inhabitants with Silk, while it feeds them plentifully and has besides a vast Quantity both of raw and manufactured to spare for Exportation."
With the more posts of Dr. Wang's research of Ben Franklin, you will find out that Franklin even upheld the Chinese civilization as a model for the new country. He told his fellow colonists, "Could we be so fortunate as to introduce the industry of the Chinese, their arts of living and improvements in husbandry, America might become in time as populous as China."

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