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Ben Franklin on the proposed Constitution...



Item # 582307

February 1, 1789

GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1789 

* Benjamin Franklin
* U.S. Constitution


Pages 1, 2 and a bit of page 3 are taken up with a fascinating: "...address to the inhabitants of the United States of America, by the celebrated Dr. Benjamin Franklin, on the disaffection that has prevailed towards the new system of government introduced in that country...". This is an interesting letter of defense of the new Constitution in the process of being ratified by the various states, and he does so by intertwining the events of the Jewish people from the book of Exodus during their enslavement in Egypt (see). Franklin concludes his letter with: "...I conclude, I beg I may not be understood to infer that our General Convention was divinely inspired when it formed the new federal constitution...I have so much faith in the general government of the world by Providence, that I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance to the welfare of million now existing...should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided & governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler in whom all inferior spirits live and move and have their being." This letter is signed by him in type with his initials: "B.F."

The balance of the issue is taken up with various items from England and elsewhere in Europe. Complete in 98 pages, lacking both of the plates called for (unrelated to the noted text), measures 5 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches, very nice condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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