Leonardo da Vinci’s Cover Letter

Leonardo da Vinci, applying for a job with the ruler of Milan:

My Most Illustrious Lord, 

1. I have plans for very light, strong and easily portable bridges with which to pursue and, on some occasions, flee the enemy, and others, sturdy and indestructible either by fire or in battle, easy and convenient to lift and place in position. Also means of burning and destroying those of the enemy. 

5. Also, I have means of arriving at a designated spot through mines and secret winding passages constructed completely without noise, even if it should be necessary to pass underneath moats or any river.

[and the kicker…]

Also I can execute sculpture in marble, bronze and clay. Likewise in painting, I can do everything possible as well as any other, whosoever he may be. 

That’s the kind of cover letter I’d love to have one day. Oh to be a Renaissance man…

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