I sometimes wish that you and I were jointly employed by the crown to settle a colony on the Ohio…What a glorious thing it would be to settle in that fine country a large, strong body of religious and industrious people!… Might it not greatly facilitate the introduction of pure religion among the heathen, if we could, by such a colony, show them a better sample of Christians than they commonly see in our Indian traders?… In such an enterprise, I could spend the remainder of life with pleasure; and I firmly believe God would bless us with success, if we undertook it with a sincere regard to His honour…

Franklin, Benjamin. Letter to George Whitefield, July 2, 1756, John Bigelow, ed., The Complete Works of Benjamin Franklin, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1887, V. 2, pp. 467.

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