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Please Critique Benjamin Franklin: "Speech in the Convention: At the Conclusion of Its Deliberations" (Sept. 17, 1787).

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On Franklin's 1787 'Speech in the Convention'

In 1787, Benjamin Franklin, one of the few Americans at the time to have international reputation as a diplomat and seasoned politicking gave a speech at the last day of the Constitutional Convention in Pennsylvania prior to the signing of the final US Constitution Draft. He was too ill to give it himself and asked fellow Pennsylvanian James Wilson, a seasoned lawyer and legal theorist, to read it. The speech, simply referred to as, "Speech in the Convention: At the Conclusion of Its Deliberations ," is largely a reflection of Franklin's experience and because of his stature in the colonies his ideas were given much credence as he helped in negotiating an understanding among conflicting factions and ideas within the convention so that it can even be argued that his ability to negotiate for agreement as a diplomat played a large part in establishing an interest-best negotiation in the construction of the American Constitution.

Relativism & Verisimilitude

Franklin (1787) began his speech as so - "I confess that there are several parts of this constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them: For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on ...

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