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[499] make his name a cherished household word in every
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nation of Europe; and in the beautiful language of Washington, ‘to be venerated for benevolence, to be admired for talents, to be esteemed for patriotism, to be beloved for philanthropy;’ the other childless, though twice wedded, unbeloved, wrangling with the patron who had impeached his veracity, busy only in ‘getting every thing he could’1 in the way of titles and riches, as the wages of corruption Franklin when he died, had nations for his mourners, and the great and the good throughout the world as his eulogists; when Wedderburn died, there was no man to mourn; no senate spoke his praise; no poet embalmed his memory; and his King, hearing that he was certainly dead, said only, ‘He has not left a greater knave behind him in my dominions.’2 The report of the Lords which had been prepared beforehand, was immediately signed; and ‘they went away, almost ready to throw up their hats for joy, as if by the vehement Philippic against the hoary-headed Franklin, they had obtained a triumph.’3

And who were the Lords of the Council, that thus thought to mark and brand the noblest representative of free labor who for many a year had earned his daily bread as apprentice, journeyman, or mechanic, and ‘knew the heart of the working man,’4 and felt for the people of whom he remained one? If they who upon that occasion pretended to sit in judgment had never come into being, whom among them all would humanity have missed? But how would it have suffered if Franklin had not lived!

1 Geo. III. in Campbell.

2 Brougham on Loughborough.

3 C. J. Fox's Speeches, VI. 527.

4 Kingsley's Alton Locke.

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