Benjamin Franklin - Federal Gazette, 1788

APRIL 8, 1788 Farrand’s Records—CXCV. Benjamin Franklin to the Editor of the Federal Gazette.

To conclude, I beg I may not be understood to infer, that our general Convention was divinely inspired when it form’d the new federal Constitution, merely because that Constitution has been unreasonably and vehemently opposed; yet I must own 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 Millions now existing, and to exist in the Posterity of a great Nation, should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenc’d, guided and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent R beneficent Ruler, in whom all inferior Spirits live & move and have their Being.—

Documentary History of the Constitution, IV, 567—571; printed in the Federal Gazette, April 8, 1788.

The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787 (Farrand’s Records, Volume 3) CXCV. Benjamin Franklin to the Editor of the Federal Gazette, pp. 296-297.

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