...the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ben Franklin's opposition to German immigrants

"Those that come hither [German immigrants] are generally of the most ignorant Stupid sort of their own Nation…. Not being used to Liberty, they know not how to make a modest use of it… I remember when they modestly declined intermeddling in our Elections, but now they come in droves, and carry all before them… They begin of late to make all their Bonds and other legal Writings in their own Language…and I suppose in a few years [interpreters] will be also necessary in the Assembly, to tell one half of our Legislators what the other half say; in short unless the stream of their importation could be turned from this to other Colonies…they will soon so out number us, that all the advantages we have will not [be] …able to preserve our language, and even our Government will become precarious."

- from a letter he wrote to a friend in 1753

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