September 17, 1787: A Republic Madam, If You Can Keep It

 

A lady asked Dr. Franklin Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy. A republic replied the Doctor if you can keep it.

Doctor James McHenry, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention from Maryland.  The quote is excerpted from his diary.  The lady referred to was Elizabeth Powel.  She was a daughter of a mayor of Philadelphia and the wife of another mayor of Philadelphia.  She would live to 1830, the Republic kept during her long life (She was born in 1742.).

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