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may both undertake to endeavour the execution of my project, because I think that, though unforeseen difficulties may arise, expedients will be found to remove them, and the scheme be found practicable. If one of them accepts the money with the conditions, and the other refuses, my will then is, that both sums be given to the inhabitants of the city accepting; the whole to be applied to the same purposes, and under the same regulations directed for the separate parts ; and if both refuse, the money remains of course in the mass of my eitate, and it is to be disposed of therewith, according to my will made the seventeenth day of July 1783.
My fine crab-tree walking-stick, with a gold head curiously wrought in the form of the cap of Liberty, I give to my friend, and the friend of mankind, General Washington. If it were a seeptre, he has merited it, and would become it.
Benjamin Franklin, L.L. D. &c.
DELIVERED IN THE ROTUNDA,
ON THE 21ST OF JULY, 1790, IN THE NAME OF THE COMMONS OF PARIS ;; In presence of the Deputies to the Legislative Asembly, a nd of all the Departments in the Kingdom, the. Mayor, the Commandant-General of the National Guards, the Representatives of the Commons, the Presidents of the Districts, and the Elec
tors of the Capital..
BY THE ABBE FAUCHET,
THE Representatives of the Commons of Paris palied a vote on the twenty.fecond of July, 1790, in consequence of which it was ordered, that this Eulogium should be printed, and presented to the National Assembly of France, and the Congress of America..
E U LOGIUM
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN; Pronounced by the Abbe FAUCHET, in the Name
of the Commons af. Paris.
A SECOND creation has taken place; the elec. dents of society begin to combine together; the
oral universe is now seen issuing from chaos; he genius of Liberty is awakened, and springs up; le sheds, her divine light and creative powers upn the two hemispheres : A great nation, astonishdat seeing herself free, stretches her arms from. ne extremity of the earth to the other, and emsråces the first nation that became so: The founlations of a new city are created in the two worlds; prother nations haften to inhabit it; it is the city of mankind !
One of the first founders of this universal city was the immortal Franklin, the deliverer of America.
The second founders, who accelerated this great work, made it worthy of Europe the legislators of France have rendered the most solemn homage to his memory. They have laid " A friend of hu..
manity is dead; mankind ought to be over5 whelmed with sorrow! Nations have hitherto “ only worn mourning for Kings; let us assume 66 it for a Man, and let the tears of Frenchmen 66 mingle with those of Americans in order to do
6 honour to the memory of one of the Fathers of 66 Liberty!
The city of Paris, which once contained this philosopher within its walls, which was intoxicat. ed with the pleasure of hearing, admiring, and loving him; of gathering from his lips the maxims of] moral legislation, and of imbibing from the effus fions of his heart a passion for the public welfare, rivals Boston and Philadelphia, his two native cia ties (for in one he was born as it were a man, and in the other a legislator,) in its profound attach ment to his merit and his glory.
It has commanded, this funeral folemnity, in order to perpetuate the gratitude and the grief of this third country, which, by the courage and activity with which it has profited of his lessons, has Mewn itself worthy of having him at once for and instructor and a model.
In selecting me for the interpreter of its wishes it has declared, that it is less to the talents of an orator; than the patriotism of a citizen, the zeal of a preacher of liberty, and the sensibility of a friend of men, that it hath confided this folemn func-} tion. In this point of view, I may fpeak with a holy confidence ; for I have the public opinion, and the testimony of my own conscience, to fecond my wishes. Since nothing else is wanting than freedom, and sensibility, for that species of eloquence which this eulogium requires, I am fatisfied; for I already poffefs them.
My voice shall extend to France, to America, to pofterity; I am now to do justice to a great man, the founder of trans-Atlantic freedom ; Tam to praise him in the name of the mother-city of French liberty I myself also am a man ; I am a