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Benjamin (Ben) Franklin on the Articles of Confederation

Updated on March 17, 2014

Benjamin Franklin

Ben Franklin
Ben Franklin

Articles of Confederation

Benjamin Franklin's Opinion on the Articles of Confederation

(I wrote this from Benjamin Franklin's perspective and voice on the Articles of Confederation. Enjoy!)

May 24, 1787

Critical meeting,

Tomorrow shall be the meeting in Philadelphia, for the revision of the Articles of Confederation. I am not sure how many delegates shall show up, although I do hope that there will be many, every state must contribute, but I believe that around 55 have been invited to attend. I know that Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Madison, and even Mr. Washington, who has been elected chairman of this meeting, and I believe he will do a fine job for he always has the best interests of this nation with him, and he shall as well, provide a unifying influence, which is what we really will need, if we are to revise this failing government so that is shall not fall short again. There is good news that we will finally be able to gather and resolve some pressing issues. Issues such as foreign relations, domestic relations, the structure of the government, trade, slavery, and chiefly, we must gain the trust of the American republic, seeing as, we do not have it now, but this is no current news to anybodies ears. We must allow the revised government to raise an army, for our own protection must be secured surely! Moreover, each state apiece is printing their own currency like mad men, and evidently trade is suffering due to this crisis. I believe we must establish a national currency, as well as impose certain taxes to bolster this economy. The new government must be strong, it must preserve this Union. The issue is, however, that the people must be represented also, for they shall not ratify a government, in which they are not heard. We must find this balance, while still allowing the central government a hearty portion of power. I must confess however, that I do see my rivals who inappropriately named themselves the “Anti-Federalists” as disorganized and weak, I will, for this benefit for the nation as a whole, sacrifice part of my beliefs for them, and in return I hope they shall do the same. I hope that for this new document that we may come up with, everyone shall be reasonable and put aside their differences, and have faith in what we shall create.

Benjamin Franklin


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