706. Benjamin Franklin to Charles Vaughan
Philadelphia, 12 February 1788 (excerpt)1

… Your Frinds here, and particularly my self are much oblig’d by your Accounts of the Proceedings of the Convention. The Opposition given, more or less, in every State, to the propos’d Constitution from a Jealousy of Power, strengthens an Opinion of mine, that America is too enlighten’d to be enslav’d, and that the Happiness of its Peoples is less in danger from an Excess of Power in the Governors, than from the Defect of due Obedience, even to their own good Laws, in the Governed.

1. FC, Franklin Papers, DLC.