my favorite excerpt from the Moyers book I was talking about 10 minutes ago, and the reason I checked it out of the library:
Benjamin Franklin made a grand entrance to the convention today. He arrived swaying in a sedan chair carried on poles by four husky convicts from the Walnut Street Jail. It's a dramatic vehicle, the first one ever seen in America, and Dr. Franklin uses it to cushion his body. It keeps the cobbled streets from stirring up his gout. But the shrewd old politician knows the value of commanding some public attention as well.
- Bill Moyers, Report From Philadelphia
I MUST verify that this is true. This is too good to be true, right? Is it possible that one of our founding fathers was hedonismbot? I'm freaking out over this information.