Benjamin Franklin - A Historical "Character Sketch"

Benja. Franklin, Thos. Mifflin, Robt. Morris, Geo. Clymer, Thomas Fitzsimons, Jared Ingersol, James Wilson, Governeur Morris.

“Dr. Franklin is well known to be the greatest phylosopher of the present age; – all the operations of nature he seems to understand, – the very heavens obey him, and the Clouds yield up their Lightning to be imprisoned in his rod. But what claim he has to the politician, posterity must determine. It is certain that he does not shine much in public Council,—he is no Speaker, nor does he seem to let politics engage his attention. He is, however, a most extraordinary Man, and tells a story in a style more engaging than anything I ever heard. Let his Biographer finish his character. He is 82 years old, and possesses an activity of mind equal to a youth of 25 years of age.”

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774 – 1875
Farrand’s Records, Volume 3
Page 91 of 685

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