Franklin, writing to typeface designer John Baskerville regarding a printing customer who had complained that Baskerville’s typefaces were inferior to William Caslon’s:
Yesterday he called to visit me, when, mischievously bent to try
his Judgment, I stept into my Closet, tore off the Top of Mr.
Caslon’s Specimen, and produced it to him as yours brought with
me from Birmingham, saying, I had been examining it since he
spoke to me, and could not for my Life perceive the
Disproportion he mentioned, desiring him to point it out to me.
He readily undertook it, and went over the several Founts,
shewing me every-where what he thought Instances of that
Disproportion; and declared, that he could not then read the
Specimen without feeling very strongly the Pain he had mentioned
Which just goes to show that clients have been making asinine demands with regard to type choices for a very long time indeed.