Image from the Why Benjamin Franklin Was So Much Better Than You article on the Zen College Life website.
Franklin’s Famous Toast.
Franklin was dining with a small party of distinguished gentlemen, when one of them said, “Here are three nationalities represented — I am French, and my friend here is English and Mr. Franklin is an American. Let each one propose a toast.”
It was agreed to, and the Englishman’s turn came first.
He arose, and, in the tone of a Briton bold, said, “Here’s to Great Britain, the sun that gives light to all nations of the earth.”
The Frenchman was rather taken aback at this, but he proposed, “Here’s to France, the moon whose magic rays move the tides of the world.”
Franklin then arose, with an air of quaint modesty, and said, “Here’s to our beloved George Washington, the Joshua of America, who commanded the sun and moon to stand still — and they obeyed,”
Lima News (Lima, Ohio) Feb 20, 1899