Saturday, September 13, 2003
Franklin's Closet: "But what a lot of Americans don't know is that good old Ben actually lived in London from 1757 to 1775, when he served as a representative of the American colonies to the British Parliament. While he was there, he lived with Mrs. Margaret Stevenson, a widow who rented him the upper rooms of her house. Mrs. Stevenson and her daughter, Polly, became like a second family to Franklin.
Because of the historic significance of this house they lived in, located at No. 36 Craven Street, a group of American and English Franklinophiles have purchased the house and have begun renovating it. A gristly discovery was made in 1998 when workmen began digging in the basement. Bones. Lots of bones. Lots and lots of bones, all dating from the time period of Franklin's stay in the house. Could our beloved founding father have been involved with some sort of unsavory crime, like mass murder?
Researchers suspect that the bones are actually the products of an anatomy school that met for a time in back of the house. In 1772, Polly Stevenson had married a young physician, William Hewson, and he lived with the family (and Franklin) for two years. Scientists examining the bones say they look like they came from the dissection table, due to evidence of sawing and drilling characteristic of medical tools of the day. "
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