Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732 - 1799)
Better known as Beaumarchais, ran a trading house
at number 47 rue Vieille-du-Temple, from which
he supplied the American revolutionaries with ships,
guns and powder for the duration of the war.
That is also where he wrote his most famous play in 1778:
“The Marriage of Figaro” --------------
In turn businessman, secret agent, musician, poet
and playwright, Beaumarchais is one of those
emblematic figures of the Enlightenment.
He is considered to be a forerunner of the French Revolution
and of the freedom of opinion, which he resumes in the
following manner in “The Marriage of Figaro”:
“Without the freedom to criticise, any praise is mere flattery”.