BenjaminFranklin was ahead of his time concerning slavery and the treatment of blackswas, by how he viewed them. For example, he says, “Slavery is such an atrociousdebasement of human nature, that its very extirpation, if not performed withsolicitous care, may sometimes open a source of serious evil.” With this beingsaid, he saw that how the slaves were being treated was not right. In his eyeshe saw them as humans just like anyone else and it is not right to treat humansin a sinful way. The important parts, I think, in Franklin’s argument in thisaddress is, how he notices how slaves and blacks are treated. That he has an appropriatedplan to help the slaves and blacks have a better life and experience happiness.Some of Franklin’s solutions to abolish slavery was, forming a society for therelief of free blacks, wrote and published many essays supporting the abolishmentof slavery, and a petition on behalf of the Society asking for the abolition ofslavery and an end to the slave trade. I believe the solutions didn’t workbecause many probably did not want to give up their slaves and do the workthemselves.
But, the reason they didn’t work was because of the House andSenate. When it was introduced to them it was instantly condemned by apro-slavery congressman, which in turn, sparked a frenzied debate in both theHouse and the Senate. The select committee, which was referred by the House,claimed that the Constitution confined Congress from prohibiting theemancipation of slaves until 1808. This letter tellsus that Franklin is very affectionate, thinks very highly about women, and caresfor all his single friends’ needs.
I feel that Franklin was practicing his witmore than being serious. On Benjamin Franklin’s eighth reason he says, “Theyare so grateful!!” The two exclamation points tell me he is being amusing. Onthe other hand, I also believe he is also being serious on how to tell hisfriend that marriage is the best solution for not only their sexual desires,but also the unquestionable source of genuine happiness. During Franklin’s timethe attitudes about women are, that there are some advantageous reasons to seekout an older woman than a younger woman in certain situations.