“Fish and guests stink after three days.”23
“A man [is] sometimes more generous when he has little money than when he has plenty,” he later wrote, “perhaps through fear of being thought to have but little.”
Franklin later concluded that the loss of money he was owed was balanced by the loss of the burden of having Ralph as a friend.
When a man’s actions are just and honorable, the more they are known, the more his reputation is increased and established. If I was sure, therefore, that my valet de place was a spy, as he probably is, I think I should probably not discharge him for that, if in other respects I liked him.
Note: Benjamin Franklin on spies in Paris.