First published in 1797
At the conclusion of the war, Dr. Franklin, the English Ambassador, and the French Minister, Vergennes, dining together at
Versailles, a toast from
each was called for and agreed to.
The British Minister began with: "George the Third, who, like the sun in its meridian, spreads a luster throughout and enlightens the world."
The French Minister followed with: "The illustrious Louis XVI, who, like the moon, sheds his mild and benignant rays on and influences the globe."
Our American Franklin then gave: "George Washington, Commander of the American armies, who, like Joshua of old, commanded the sun and the moon to stand still, and they obeyed him.”