But Franklin did not attempt to overrule the opinions or defy the scruples of his colleagues, and, after earnest debates, congress adopted the proposal of Jay to petition the king once more.
The second petition to the king was drafted by Dickinson, and in these words put forward Duane's proposal for a negotiation to be preceded by a truce: We beseech your majesty to direct some mode by
Chap. XLI.} 1775. July. which the united applications of your faithful colonists to the throne, in punies, by refusing to treat separately and offering to treat jointly, announced their union, which thus preceded their independence.
Yet as the king would not receive a document from congress, the petition was signed by the members individually Dickinson, confident of success, was proud of his work.
There is but one word in it which I wish altered, said he, and that is—congress.
It is the only word I wish should remain, answered Harrison, of Virginia.
Having thus owned the continuing sover