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American Founding Fathers FIGHT AGAINST ISLAM

The Islamic Book of that century called Mohammad an "Impostor!"



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Will Muslims take over USA and Establish “Sharia Law?”


Only God truly knows the answer to that question. However, the extremely sad truth is – for this writer as a Bible Christian – as follows:

**Many of the things the Muslims DESPISE about the USA, we Bible Christians despise as well!

Consider an “Americanized Version of Isaiah 1:1-4 where God gives an INTRO to Israel, explaining why He was going to destroy them as a nation:

    "O Ye Sinful Americans: a people legalizing sin instead of outlawing sin as I have Commanded!

    You have legalized that which I have forbidden: drunkeness, abortion, gambling, pornography, pornographic movies and Hollywood, 'No-fault-Divorce', adultery and fornication, and even legalized blasphemy;

    At every level of your society, My 'Name', My 'Word', My 'Day' (The Sabbath), My 'Church', My 'Ministers', My 'People' and 'MY SON' - are Blasphemed! My Christians simply turn a 'Deaf Ear' to this profanity';

    All the while turning a blind eye to near-nudity, nearly-legal prostitution, rampant drug usage, and under-aged-sexual activity and abortion (not to mention greed, pride, materialism, secularism, evolutionism and so much more . . .)

    And now - you are even embracing Sodomy and same-sex-marriage - WELL KNOWING My Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah!

      Do you see why I AM provoked to anger with you?

    Sadly, you are raising your children to be completely corrupted. [America] You have forsaken My Ways, the Ways of your Founding Fathers, and therefore, your whole nation is gone away backward."

Isaiah goes on in chapter three to describe in detail the blatant sexuality of Israel’s women: (Isaiah 3.16 begins: “Because the daughters of Zion… with wanton eyes…their secret parts…” and on it goes for 10 more verses.

Thus God explained that because the men of Israel allowed – and even encouraged - their wives and daughters to look like, talk like, act like and dress like, harlots; and allowed their Children to grow up uncorrected and unrestrained, that God would punish them by doing the following:

    >> Allow Children to oppress them (Crime rampant in the streets!)

    >> Allow women to Rule over them, (disdaining and disrespecting the men who have fought every war, manned every police and sheriff’s department, shedding their blood and risking their lives to keep them safe! (See Isaiah 3:12)

    >> That the men would then fall by the sword (See Isaiah 3:26)

If Muslims took over USA, most sin would be stopped immediately!

Sadly, when we Americans are fighting for ‘the American way of life’ – we are fighting for:

    >> The 'Right to Sin',

    >> The 'Right to Practice Abomination',

    >> The 'Right to Blaspheme'!"

    >>> Is this all the American way of life is about!

If the Muslims took over the USA, the sin and the blaspheming would end immediately. There would be no more drunkeness and drug addiction, and same-sex marriage and blatant homosexuality would become “a dead issue” in American politics.

Isn’t it terribly sad, for us American Christians (too weak and wimpy to stop any sin!) to think that our beloved American homeland may need conquered by Muslims . . .JUST to “STOP THE LEGALIZED SINS and ABOMINATIONS?"

It may well be true! It may very well be true!

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Founding Fathers Fight Islam!

American Wars with the Barbary Pirates!

"Mohamet" (as he was known in centuries ago, now Mohammad) "The Impostor!"

    Literally all Founding Fathers read the great treatise on Mohammad as the "Great Impostor" and Islam as a "false religion, a religion of violence, greed and sexual promiscuity.

    This excellent work on Islam is:

    “ “The True Nature of Imposture (Impostor) Fully Display’d in the Life of Mahomet.” (An Anti-Islamic Book on Mohammad)

    By Pridieux, Humphrey, D.D., London: 1723.

    We recommend it to you as well.


    Young America’s Fight with Islam: "The Muslim Wars!"

    [Includes the thoughts and comments of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, John Adams and James Madison:]

    Most Americans - even educated ones - have never known the First War of the USA as a fledgling nation was against the Islamic Empire, the Muslim Terrorists and Pirates of the Islamic African Nations of Tripoli and Algeria on the Mediterranean Sea.

    > They pirated ships, stole the goods and confiscated the ships for their own use;

    > They tortured and killed as they pleased;

    > They held passengers for ransom, if they were people of means;

    > The raped, used and abused as they desired;

    > They threatened the USA government and charged fees to allow ships to pass,


    These attacks began as soon as the USA declared independence and the British Navy no longer protected American merchant ships. The attacks waxed stronger and more often after the War and trade resumed and increased. The Muslims even demanded the USA pay them servitude money to sail at all in the Mediterranean Sea.


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    George Washington on Muslim Wars

    Because the USA was a young struggling nation and deeply in debt from the revolutionary war, he believed it would be cheaper just to pay them tribute and ignore the insult at the time, until the USA was stronger.

    His personal thoughts, however, and he wrote the same to diplomats in European nations - was that they all should be "exterminated" and removed from the face of the Earth!


    The 2nd President, John Adams, on Muslim Wars

    Adams agreed with Washington and argued in favor of paying tribute as the cheapest way to get American commerce in the Mediterranean moving again. Jefferson disagreed and said paying the terrorists at all would simply lead to increased demands and more outrageous crimes against America.

    Jefferson was right!

    This appeasement was Adam's police during his administrations, and the Muslim demands increased radically, to the point of exceeding any other single aspect of the US Government - asking a percentage that was almost DOUBLE what the US pays for the Military today in the 21st century! Amazing!


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    Thomas Jefferson on Muslim Wars

    Jefferson insisted the USA must fight for freedom and conquer the Muslim Terrorists in the name of justice and righteousness - even if it bankrupted the USA!

    Americans MUST NOT live in fer, bondage and servitude to Muslim Terrorists!


    U.S. Representative Keith Ellison,

    U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, the first openly-Muslim member of the US Congress, Democrat from Minnesota [Barack Hussein Obama was the first Muslim in Congress, but he did not - and does not - serve openly.]

    He gained a lot of publicity because he refused to be sworn into office with the Bible, but used the Islamic Koran - an old copy owned by Thomas Jefferson.

    Modern media - erroneous liberal they are, always twist truth to imply whatever they wish to be true, used this to "imply" President Thomas Jefferson had a Koran because

    > he personally wanted one,

    > that he read it for wisdom,

    > read it in honor of the Islamic religion,

    > was perhaps a Secret Muslim (like Barack?)

    > was seeking for alternatives to Christianity!


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Jefferson renounced Islam Mightily!

Ellison, who was born in Detroit and converted to Islam while in college, said he chose to use Jefferson's Qur'an because it showed that "a visionary like Jefferson" believed that wisdom could be gleaned from many sources.

There is no doubt Ellison was right about Jefferson believing wisdom could be "gleaned" from the Muslim Qur'an. At the time Jefferson owned the book, he needed to know everything possible about Muslims because he was about to advocate war against the Islamic "Barbary" states of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Tripoli.

Ellison's use of Jefferson's Qur'an as a prop illuminates a subject once well-known in the history of the United States, but, which today, is mostly forgotten - the Muslim pirate slavers who over many centuries enslaved millions of Africans and tens of thousands of Christian Europeans and Americans in the Islamic "Barbary" states.

Over the course of 10 centuries, Muslim pirates cruised the African and Mediterranean coastline, pillaging villages and seizing slaves.

The taking of slaves in pre-dawn raids on unsuspecting coastal villages had a high casualty rate.It was typical of Muslim raiders to kill off as many of the "non-Muslim" older men and women as possible so the preferred "booty" of only young women and children could be collected.

Young non-Muslim women were targeted because of their value as concubines in Islamic markets. Islamic law provides for the sexual interests of Muslim men by allowing them to take as many as four wives at one time and to have as many concubines as their fortunes allow.

Boys, as young as 9 or 10 years old, were often mutilated to create eunuchs who would bring higher prices in the slave markets of the Middle East.

Muslim slave traders created "eunuch stations" along major African slave routes so the necessary surgery could be performed. It was estimated that only a small number of the boys subjected to the mutilation survived after the surgery.

When American colonists rebelled against British rule in 1776, American merchant ships lost Royal Navy protection. With no American Navy for protection, American ships were attacked and their Christian crews enslaved by Muslim pirates operating under the control of the "Dey of Algiers" - an Islamist warlord ruling Algeria.

Because American commerce in the Mediterranean was being destroyed by the pirates, the Continental Congress agreed in 1784 to negotiate treaties with the four Barbary States. Congress appointed a special commission consisting of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin, to oversee the negotiations.

Lacking the ability to protect its merchant ships in the Mediterranean, the new America government tried to appease the Muslim slavers by agreeing to pay tribute and ransoms in order to retrieve seized American ships and buy the freedom of enslaved sailors.


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John Adam's take on Dealing with Islam:

Adams argued in favor of paying tribute as the cheapest way to get American commerce in the Mediterranean moving again. Jefferson was opposed. He believed there would be no end to the demands for tribute and wanted matters settled "through the medium of war." He proposed a league of trading nations to force an end to Muslim piracy.

In 1786, Jefferson, then the American ambassador to France, and Adams, then the American ambassador to Britain, met in London with Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja, the "Dey of Algiers" ambassador to Britain.

The Americans wanted to negotiate a peace treaty based on Congress' vote to appease.

During the meeting Jefferson and Adams asked the Dey's ambassador why Muslims held so much hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.

In a later meeting with the American Congress, the two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered that Islam "was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Qur'an, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise."

For the following 15 years, the American government paid the Muslims millions of dollars for the safe passage of American ships or the return of American hostages.

    The payments in ransom and tribute amounted to 20 percent of United States government annual revenues in 1800!

    Not long after Jefferson's inauguration as president in 1801, he dispatched a group of frigates to defend American interests in the Mediterranean, and informed Congress.

    Declaring that America was going to spend "millions for defense but not one cent for tribute," Jefferson pressed the issue by deploying American Marines and many of America's best warships to the Muslim Barbary Coast.

    The USS Constitution, USS Constellation, USS Philadelphia, USS Chesapeake, USS Argus, USS Syren and USS Intrepid all saw action.

    In 1805, American Marines marched across the desert from Egypt into Tripolitania, forcing the surrender of Tripoli and the freeing of all American slaves.

    During the Jefferson administration, the Muslim Barbary States, crumbling as a result of intense American naval bombardment and on shore raids by Marines, finally officially agreed to abandon slavery and piracy.

    Jefferson's victory over the Muslims lives on today in the Marine Hymn, with the line, "From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli, We fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea."

    It wasn't until 1815 that the problem was fully settled by the total defeat of all the Muslim slave trading pirates.

    Jefferson had been right. The "medium of war" was the only way to put and end to the Muslim problem. Mr. Ellison was right about Jefferson. He was a "visionary" wise enough to read and learn about the enemy from their own Muslim book of jihad.


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    The reason Jefferson read up on Islam:

    America has been fighting Islam for longer than 99% of Americans realize. Even before American Independence was declared, American ships were pirated and their Christian crews enslaved by Muslim pirates operating under the control of the “Dey of Algiers” — an Ottoman Islamist warlord ruling Algeria.

    When the colonists rebelled against British rule in 1776, American ships lost Royal Navy protection. A Revolutionary-War era alliance with France offered French protection to US ships, but it expired in 1783. Immediately US ships came under attack and in October 1784 the American trader “Betsey” was taken by Moroccan forces. This was followed with Algerians and Libyans (Tripolitans) capturing two more US ships in 1785.

    Lacking the ability to project US naval force in the Mediterranean, America tried appeasement. In 1784, Congress agreed to fund tributes and ransoms in order to rescue US ships and buy the freedom of enslaved US sailors.


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    Jefferson, Adams Negotiate with Muslims in 1786!

    In 1786 Thomas Jefferson, then US ambassador to France, and John Adams, then US Ambassador to Britain, met in London with Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja, the Dey’s ambassador to Britain, in an attempt to negotiate a peace treaty based on Congress’ vote of funding.

    To the US Congress these two future Presidents later reported the reasons for the Muslims’ hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.

      “…that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and:

        >> to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners,

        >> and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

    Sound familiar?


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    Ben Franklin's Last Letter! About the Muslim Problem!

    In this 1790 satirical piece, his last published letter, Ben Franklin, in the midst of a Congressional debate on slavery, compares the arguments of pro-slavery Southerners (“Mr. Jackson”, a South Carolina delegate) to the arguments of a hypothetical Algerian Muslim “Mussulmen” pirate, Sidi Mehemet Ibrahim.

    The rationalizations, justifications and excuses of Franklin’s “Sidi” are almost word-for-word those of the Georgia and South Carolina Congressional delegates. The Algerian Islamic “Erika” sect was an allegory to members of the American Christian “Quaker” sect who in 1790 unsuccessfully petitioned Congress, with Franklin’s support, for an end to the importation of slaves from Africa.

    Ben Franklin died on April 17, 1790 just twenty-five days after his letter was published.

    Congress in 1790 did not come up with a means to end the slave trade, much less slavery itself. This is largely because representatives of South Carolina and Georgia threatened secession which would have led to war.

    As with any appeasement of evil to avoid war, the problem continued and festered, growing worse until finally a much larger war–the Civil War– broke out 71 years later causing 600,000 US casualties. Also killed by appeasement; untold numbers of African slaves during the Atlantic crossing and while held in slavery in the US.


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    Paying the Muslims "Tribute Money"!

    By 1800 the annual tribute and ransom payments first agreed in the mid 1780s amounted to about $1 million – which was 20% of the federal budget!

    To compare(For fiscal year 2011, 20% of the US revenues would equal $800 billion - about the same amount as the USA pays for our entire military, and the amounst equal to all Social Security!)

    In May, 1801 Yussif Karamanli, the Pasha of Tripoli, declared war on the US by chopping down the flagpole in front of the US Consulate. Seventeen years after appeasement and tribute payments had begun; President Thomas Jefferson led America into the First Barbary War.

    From May 1801 to June 10, 1805 sailors and Marines of the young American nation fought battles immortalized in a line of the Marine Hymn: “…to the shores of Tripoli”.

    As American forces approached Tripoli on land threatening to capture it, Karamanli suddenly became interested in negotiations. The war ended with a treaty exchanging prisoners, Americans giving Karamanli another $60,000 in ransom and an agreement from the Muslims to cease attacks on US ships.

      But for a Muslim to keep his word to an Infidel at the expense of opportunities to expand Islamic power is the Islamic equivalent of a mortal sin!


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    James Madison and the Muslim Pirates!

    In 1807 Muslim pirate attacks on American ships began anew. As a result Americans led by President James Madison fought Algerians in the "Second Barbary War in 1815", leading to another treaty under which the Muslims paid American $10,000 for damages.

    The Algerian ruler almost immediately repudiated the new treaty after the US departure and again began piracy and the enslavement of captured Christian sailors, necessitating:

      >> An 1816 Anglo-Dutch shelling of Algiers and ultimately the colonization of Algeria in 1830

      >> Then the colonization of Tunisia in 1881 by France,

      >> And Libya in 1911 by Italy.

    By then most of the Islamic world was under Christian domination:

    >> The Ottoman Empire defeated in WW1, 1918;

    >> Secularist Turkish rebels overthrew the last Islamic Caliphate in 1923,

    >> Thus destroying the pinnacle of Islamist power,

    >> Thus ending, Temporarily, a line of succession allegedly reaching back to Mohammad.


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The Muslims "Rise Again!

FACT: The trend of Muslim defeat began to reverse after the Second World War, even though;

FACT: Many Muslim leaders had backed Hitler’s Third Reich.

FACT: Most Islamic countries became independent of Christian colonial rule between

    ** 1946 when Jordan achieved independence,

    ** And Bahrain,

    ** Qatar,

    ** Oman,

    ** The UAE

    ** finally became independent of Britain in 1971.

The next year Muslim terrorists killed 11 Israeli athletes and one German police officer at the Olympic Games in what became known as the Munich massacre, an attack which some see as opening the current war between Islam and the West. In an echo of the Barbary Pirates, an airliner was hijacked in October 1972 causing Germany to release to Libya the two terrorists being held for trial in the attack.

And the Quakers?

Today the Quaker “American Friends Service Committee” no longer demands resolute action against slavery. They are on the other side–serving the modern equivalents of Franklin’s allegorical Sidi Mehemet Ibrahim by demanding that America once again appease the Islamists.

Their demand for withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan in the face of Islamist attacks aimed to re-enslave the populations of those countries will get US into a much larger war a lot sooner than the 17 years to took for appeasement to lead to war at the end of the 18th Century.

Ben Franklin’s use of an imaginary Algerian pirate to satirize a pro-slavery Congressman shows his clear understanding of the danger posed by Islamism. Modern-day Americans would do well to consider the lessons of the War with Islamism fought by Thomas Jefferson and again by James Madison and this alternate meaning in Franklin’s final words of warning.

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[Full Text of Ben Franklin’s last letter]:

On the Slave-Trade To the Editor of the Federal Gazette March 23d, 1790

"Sir,

Reading last night in your excellent Paper the speech of Mr. Jackson in Congress against their meddling with the Affair of Slavery, or attempting to mend the Condition of the Slaves, it put me in mind of a similar One made about 100 Years since by Sidi Mehemet Ibrahim, a member of the Divan of Algiers, which may be seen in Martin’s Account of his Consulship, anno 1687."

"It was against granting the Petition of the Sect called Erika, or Purists who pray’d for the Abolition of (Muslim) Piracy and Slavery as being unjust."

"Mr. Jackson does not quote it; perhaps he has not seen it. If, therefore, some of its Reasonings are to be found in his eloquent Speech, it may only show that men’s Interests and Intellects operate and are operated on with surprising similarity in all Countries and Climates, when under similar Circumstances."

"The (Muslim) African’s Speech, as translated, is as follows.

“Allah Bismillah, &c. God is great, and Mahomet (Mohammad) is his Prophet.”

“Have these Erika (The Prayer Organization) considered the Consequences of granting their Petition?

If we cease our Cruises against the Christians, how shall we be furnished with the Commodities their Countries produce, and which are so necessary for us?

If we forbear to make Slaves of their People, who in this hot Climate are to cultivate our Lands?

Who are to perform the common Labours of our City, and in our Families? Must we not then be our own Slaves?"

"And is there not more Compassion and more Favour due to us as Mussulmen (Mohammadans), than to these Christian Dogs? We have now about 50,000 Slaves in and near Algiers. This Number, if not kept up by fresh Supplies, will soon diminish, and be gradually annihilated."

"If we then cease taking and plundering the Infidel (Christian) Ships, and making Slaves of the Seamen and Passengers, our Lands will become of no Value for want of Cultivation; the Rents of Houses in the City will sink one half; and the Revenues of Government arising from its Share of Prizes be totally destroy’d!"

"And for what? To gratify the whims of a whimsical Sect, who would have us, not only forbear making more Slaves, but even to manumit (set free) those we have."

“But who is to indemnify their Masters for the Loss? Will the State do it? Is our Treasury sufficient? Will the Erika (Prayer group) do it? Can they do it? Or would they, to do what they think Justice to the Slaves, do a greater Injustice to the Owners?"

"And it we set our Slaves free, what is to be done with them?

Few of them will return to their Countries; they know too well the great Hardships they must there be subject to; they will not embrace our holy Religion; they will not adopt our Manners; our People will not pollute themselves by intermarrying with them."

"Must we maintain them as Beggars in our Streets, or suffer our Properties to be the Prey of their Pillage?

For men long accustom’d to Slavery will not work for a Livelihood when not compell’d. And what is there so pitiable in their present Condition?"

"Were they not Slaves in their own Countries?

Are not Spain, Portugal, France, and the Italian states govern’d by Despots, who hold all their Subjects in Slavery, without Exception?"

"Even England treats its Sailors as Slaves; for they are, whenever the Government pleases, seiz’d, and confin’d in Ships of War, condemn’d not only to work, but to fight, for small Wages, or a mere Subsistence, not better than our Slaves are allow’d by us."

"Is their Condition then made worse by their falling into our Hands? No; they have only exchanged one Slavery for another, and I may say a better; for here they are brought into a land where the Sun of Islamism gives forth its Light, and shines in full Splendor;"

"[A]and they have an Opportunity of making themselves acquainted with the true Doctrine, and thereby saving their immortal Souls. Those who remain at home have not that Happiness. Sending the Slaves home then would be sending them out of Light into Darkness."

“I repeat the Question, What is to be done with them? I have heard it suggested, that they may be planted in the Wilderness, where there is plenty of Land for them to subsist on, and where they may flourish as a free State;"

"[B]but they are, I doubt,

> to little dispos’d to labour without Compulsion,

> as well as too ignorant to establish a good government,

> and the wild Arabs would soon molest and destroy,

> or again enslave them."

"While serving us, we take care to provide them with every thing, and they are treated with Humanity. The Labourers in their own Country are, as I am well informed, worse fed, lodged, and cloathed. The Condition of most of them is therefore already mended, and requires no further Improvement."

"Here their Lives are in Safety. They are not liable to be impress’d for Soldiers, and forc’d to cut one another’s Christian throats, as in the Wars of their own Countries."

"If some of the religious mad Bigots, who now teaze us with their silly Petitions, have in a Fit of blind Zeal freed their Slaves, it was not Generosity, it was not Humanity, that mov’d them to the Action; it was from the conscious Burthen (burden) of a Load of Sins, and Hope, from the supposed Merits of so good a Work, to be excus’d Damnation."

Koran does not Forbid Slavery, Menstealing

“How grossly are they mistaken in imagining Slavery to be disallow’d by the Alcoran? (Koran) Are not the two Precepts, to quote no more,

> ‘Masters, treat your Slaves with kindness;

> Slaves, serve your Masters with Cheerfulness and Fidelity,’ clear Proofs to the contrary?"

"Nor can the Plundering of Infidels be in that sacred Book forbidden, since it is well known from it, thatGod has given the World, and all that it contains, to his faithful Mussulmen, who are to enjoy it of Right as fast as they conquer it."

"Let us then hear no more of this detestable Proposition, the Manumission of Christian Slaves, the Adoption of which would, by depreciating our Lands and Houses, and thereby depriving so many good Citizens of their Properties, create universal Discontent, and provoke Insurrections, to the endangering of Government and producing general Confusion."

"I have therefore no doubt, but this wise Council will prefer the Comfort and Happiness of a whole Nation of true Believers to the Whim of a few Erika, and dismiss their Petition.”

"The Result was, as Martin tells us, that the Divan came to this Resolution; 'The Doctrine, that Plundering and Enslaving the Christians is unjust, is at best problematical; but that it is the Interest of this State to continue the Practice, is clear; therefore let the Petition be rejected'.”

"And it was rejected accordingly.

And since like Motives are apt to produce in the Minds of Men like Opinions and Resolutions, may we not, Mr. Brown, venture to predict, from this Account, that the Petitions to the Parliament of England for abolishing the Slave-Trade, to say nothing of other Legislatures, and the Debates upon them, will have a similar Conclusion?"

"I am, Sir, your constant Reader and humble Servant,"

(Signed) HISTORICUS. (Pseudonym of Ben Franklin)

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And so Mr. Benjamin Franklin; Statesman, Businessman, Author, Publisher, Philosopher, Scientist and Christian died, having his hope of the Resurrection engraved on his tombstone!


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