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What prayer did Ben Franklin say during the constitutional convention? Please help me. I need to know by tomarrow.

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Benjamin Franklin has been venerated as one of the wise men of the Revolutionary Period. Along with that veneration has grown a myth that he called for three days of prayer during the recess for July 4, 1787 and the addition of a chaplain to lead prayers for the daily meetings of the Constitutional Convention. It is further said that after this period of prayer meetings, the Constitutional Convention resumed with the addition of the chaplain and sped peacefully to concluding the writing of The Constitution.Like all myths, this one has elements of truth along with its more imaginative elements The myth seems to be based entirely on the tertiary evidence supplied by a letter written by one William Steele to his son Jonathan in 1825. In the letter, Steele records a story told him in 1815 by General Jonathan Dayton about events of the Convention in 1787–28 years before.The documentation of the Convention states only that Dr. Franklin proposed daily prayer led by a clergyman and that the Convention adjourned without passing the motion. Records of the remainder of the convention indicate that acrimonious debate continued right through to the end. On June 28, 1787, Franklin made a formal motion for prayers at the Constitutional Convention. The text of the motion itself reads: “I therefore beg leave to move, That henceforth Prayers, imploring the Assistance of Heaven and its Blessing on our Deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to Business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that Service.”This text is from Albert Henry Smyth’s 1906 edition of The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, Collected and Edited with a Life and Introduction, vol. IX, page 601.Franklin preceded the actual motion with a page and a half of explanation supporting the idea. After the motion, there is a footnote by the editor that reads: “Note by Franklin.–‘The convention, except for three or four persons, thought prayers unnecessary.'”

There was a little more to this story and it comes from a manuscript penned by Dr. Franklin himself, as well as being helped by Madison’s notes..The convention had been going on for a few weeks and the delegates were getting a restless as it seemed as progress had bogged down. Dialog concerning the differences between the States in size and economies and the4 apparent mountain to climb to bring them together, a silence ensued.Dr Franklin had been mostly silent for a few days and he now turned to the Chair of the Convention (Washington) and began to speak. “The small progress we have made after four or five weeks close attendance and continual reasoning with each other – our different sentiments on almost every question . . . producing almost as many noes as ayes, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of human understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of government, and examined the different forms of those republics which, having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution, now no longer exist. And we have viewed modern states all round Europe, but find none of their constitutions suitable to our circumstances.”“in this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find the truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings?”Franklin here reminded the Convention how at the beginning of the war with England, the Continental Congress had had prayers for divine protection – and in this very room. He continued, “Our prayers, sir, were heard and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? . . . I have lived, Si,r a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men.”“If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground unseen by him, was it probable an empire could arise without his aid? I believe this, and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.”“I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of heaven and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service.”Roger Sherman at once seconded Franklin’s motion. But Hamilton and several others feared that calling in a clergyman at so late a stage might lead the public to suspect dissensions in the Convention. To this Franklin countered that a measure of alarm out of doors might do as much good as ill. Williamson of North Carolina made the flat statement everyone knew the real reason for not engaging a chaplain: the Convention had no funds.After all of this Franklin’s motion failed.