Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 1 of 2] With His Most Interesting Essays, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings; Familiar, Moral, Political, Economical, and Philosophical, Selected with Care from All His Published Productions, and Comprising Whatever Is Most Entertaining and Valuable to the General Reader

By Benjamin Franklin

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"Political cabinets have but too long notified the death of those
who were never great but in their funeral orations; the etiquette
of courts has but too long sanctioned hypocritical grief. Nations
ought only to mourn for their benefactors; the representatives of
free men ought never to recommend any other than the heroes of
humanity to their homage.

"The Congress hath ordered a general mourning for one month
throughout the fourteen confederated states, on account of the
death of Franklin; and America hath thus acquitted her tribute of
admiration in behalf of one of the fathers of her constitution.

"Would it not be worthy of you, fellow-legislators, to unite
yourselves in this religious act, to participate in this homage
rendered in the face of the universe to the rights of man, and to
the philosopher who has so eminently propagated the conquest of
them throughout the world?

"Antiquity would have elevated altars to that mortal who, for the
advantage of the human race, embracing both heaven and earth in his
vast and extensive mind, knew how to subdue thunder and tyranny!

"Enlightened and free, Europe at least owes its remembrance and its
regret to one of the greatest men who has ever served the cause of
philosophy and of liberty.

"I propose that a decree do now pass, enacting that the National
Assembly shall wear mourning during three days for Benjamin
Franklin."

MM. de la Rochefoucault and Lafayette immediately rose in order to
second this motion.

The assembly adopted it, at first by acclamation; and afterward decreed,
by a large majority, amid the plaudits of all the spectators, that on
Monday 14th of June, it should go into mourning for three days; that the
discourse of M. Mirabeau should be printed; and that the president
should write a letter of condolence upon the occasion to the Congress
of America.[17]

The following character of Dr.

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