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18th century colour portrait of Benjamin Franklin 1767 - courtesy of The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Musuem.
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Oil on troubled waters? Benjamin Franklin’s Tours of Northern England

A Lit & Phil lecture via Zoom

Thursday 20 May 6pm 

Christopher Donaldson

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Benjamin Franklin, polymath and Founding Father of the United States, made a pair of little-known visits to Northern England during the 1770s. Franklin was a renowned scientist, but he was also working as a colonial agent, and curious parallels can be drawn between the experiments he conducted while on tour and his work to calm the trouble then brewing between Britain and its American colonies.

Christopher Donaldson has been a member of the Lit & Phil since moving to the UK in 2011. He is Lecturer in Cultural History at Lancaster University and has written extensively on the history of Northern England, especially the Lake District. He is co-author of Henry Hobhouse’s Tour through Cumbria in 1774.

Image Benjamin Franklin 1767 - courtesy of The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

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