Benjamin Franklin Representative selections, with introduction, bibliograpy, and notes

By Benjamin Franklin

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Rise of Liberalism_, 79-81
and _passim_.

[i-340] _Ibid._, 222.

[i-341] Cited in W. T. Franklin's edition, I, 303-4. E. P.
Oberholtzer, essentially hostile to Franklin, is obliged to admit that
Franklin "seems not to have had more than an advisory part" in making
the Constitution of 1776. He adds that if Franklin did not form it,
"he was at any rate a loyal defender of its principles," and that he
seems to have allowed the French to think that the Constitution was
his own (_The Referendum in America_, New York, 1900, 26-42). For
Franklin's later defenses of unicameralism, see _Writings_, IX, 645,
674; X; 56-8.

[i-342] Cited in B. Fay, _The Revolutionary Spirit In France and
America_, 289. Fay shows that in France the "revolutionary leaders"
who took lessons from Franklin regarded him as "the prophet and saint
of a new religion," as the "high priest of Philosophy." See also E. J.
Lowell, _The Eve of the French Revolution_ (Boston, 1892), chaps. XVI
and XVIII.

[i-343] B. Fay, _The Revolutionary Spirit in France and America_, 302.

[i-344] _Writings_, VIII, 34.

[i-345] _Ibid._, VIII, 452; June 7, 1782 (to Joseph Priestley).

[i-346] _Ibid._, IX, 241.

[i-347] _Ibid._, IX, 330.

[i-348] _Ibid._, IX, 521; see also IX, 489.

[i-349] Although the preponderance of evidence bears out the
trustworthiness of this assertion, one can not idly dismiss his _Some
Good Whig Principles_ or disregard his expressed belief that the
people "seldom continue long in the wrong" and if misled they "come
right again, and double their former affections" (cited in W. C.
Bruce, _Benjamin Franklin, Self-Revealed_, II, 100; also see
_Writings_, X, 130). There is a clearly evident polarity in Franklin's
mind between ultra-democratic faith and a rigorous observation that if
"people" are so constituted, many men are utter rascals. One almost
senses a dichotomy between Franklin the politician and Franklin the
man and moralist.

[i-350] See his _The Constitution of the United States_ (New York,

[i-351] _The Records of the Federal Convention_, ed. by Max Farrand,
I, 488; see _Writings_, IX, 602-3, 595-9.

[i-352] _Writings_, IX, 596.

[i-353] _The Records of the Federal Convention_, I, 47.

[i-354] _Ibid._, I, 165.

[i-355] _Writings_, IX, 593.

[i-356] _The Records of the Federal Convention_, I, 109.

[i-357] _Ibid._, II, 120.

[i-358] _Ibid._, II, 204.

[i-359] Franklin objected to primogeniture and entail.

[i-360] _Ibid._, II, 249.

[i-361] Gettell, _op. cit._, 122.

[i-362] _Writings_, X, 56-8.

[i-363] _Ibid._, IX, 698-703.

[i-364] _Ibid._, IX, 608.

[i-365] _Ibid._, IX, 638.

[i-366] _Writings_, X, 7.

[i-367] Letter in American Philosophical Society Library; cited by B.
M. Victory, _Benjamin Franklin and Germany_, 128.

[i-368] _Writings_, III, 96.

[i-369] _Ibid._, III, 97.

[i-370] _Ibid._, III, 107.

[i-371] _Ibid._, IV, 221.

[i-372] _Ibid._, IV, 377.

[i-373] _Ibid._, V, 165. He repeated this thought

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