Henry Livingston, Jr.
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Anecdote of Dr. Franklin.

A Gentleman of Pennsylvania remarkable for his aversion from revealed religion, a few months ago in a large company, among whom was Doctor Franklin, indulged himself in a number of remarks dishonorable to the Christian faith, and warmly opposed all who defended it: when, turning to the Doctor, he appealed to him for the truth of his assertions. That good old man made this laconic wise reply: "IT IS SAFEST TO BELIEVE." This declaration, considered as the mature decision of one of the most enlightened sages, after upwards of four score years experience in the learned and active world; is of no little weight in the scale of human opinion, on the most important question in the universe.R--

Country Journal and Poughkeepsie Advertiser
Anecdote of Dr. Franklin
Jun 26, 1790; by R


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