Tuesday, February 05, 2008

"All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observedfrequent instances of superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting inpeace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, along time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?""-- Benjamin Franklin (To Colleagues at the ConstitutionalConvention)Reference: Quoted by James Madison, Notes of Debates in theFederal Convention of 1787. (New York: W.W. Norton and Company,1987), pp. 209-

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