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Ben Franklin quote: Prime cause of the Revolutionary War

I have seen this quote before:

"The refusal of King George III to allow the colonies to operate an honest money system, which freed the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators was probably the prime cause of the revolution." Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father.

But cannot find its source. Does anyone know where this orginally came from?

Doing a google search, I've only found the quote standing alone; wiki says it "was attributed" to his autobiography, but they say it's not actually in there. There seem to be as many sites out there saying Franklin never said this as there are sites that use it.

Does anyone have a link that states the actual source of this quote?


P.S. It wouldn't surprise me if there is a campaign under way to "black out" this and similar quotes from the internet. Kind of gives these concepts real authority when uttered by historical figures.

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Wow! Thank you!

I looked through them. I didn't find that exact quote....yet.

I did find these interesting entries.

Remarks and Facts Relative to the American Paper Money Wed, Mar 11, 1767

... Rate above-mentioned: And therefore it might as well have been said that the Silver was depreciated. There have been several different Schemes for furnishing the Colonies with Paper Money, that should not be a legal Tender, viz. 1. To form a Bank, in Imitation of the Bank of England, with a sufficient Stock of Cash to pay the Bills on Sight. This has been often propos’d, but appears impracticable under the present Circumstances of the Colony Trade, which as is said above, draw all their Cash to Britain, and would soon strip the Bank. 2. To raise a Fund by some Yearly Tax, securely lodg’d in the Bank of England as it arises, which should during the Term of Years for which the Paper Bills are to be current accumulate to a Sum sufficient to discharge them all at their original Value. This has been try’d in Maryland, and the Bills so funded were issued ...

Scheme for Supplying the Colonies with a Paper Currency Mon, Feb 11, 1765

... all Sums lodg’d in the Office, during the Time the Owner suffers it to remain there. By this means it is suppos’d the proportion will find itself, and adapt itself from time to time to the Occasions of Commerce. To keep the Value fixed, Let a Credit be rais’d with the Bank of England, and the Trustees of each Loan Office be always ready to exchange upon Demand any Quantity of the Bills, by giving for them Drafts on the Bank at a fix’d Rate of Exchange,

I searched for...


such words as "money", "george", "revolution" but didn't find the quote.

POLITICS, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. - Bierce

It was in his AutoBiography

If you ever find an original copy let me know.

Man was born to be free and independent

Are you suggesting that the

Are you suggesting that the copy I had bought a number of years ago from Barnes and Noble won't have the quote in it? It has been edited out?

The "Money Masters" video?

The "Money Masters" video? (http://www.trueworldhistory.info/)

I think that's where I heard it. It may attribute it to Franklin too, but doesn't site the reference, AFAIK.

POLITICS, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. - Bierce

While this isn't a Franklin

While this isn't a Franklin quote, it is one of my favorites:

Lady Astor: "Sir, you're drunk"

Sir Winston Churchill: "Madam, you're ugly, but in the morning I shall be sober"

The statement came from the Ben Franklin auto-biography

you will find it there

Do you recall the chapter it

Do you recall the chapter it was in? I have read his autobiography before, but don't recall reading that quote and I can't seem to locate it scimming through the text now.

LOL ...

Other great quotes with no

Other great quotes with no legitimate source:

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Voltaire - first appeared over 100 years after his death

"Epur si muove [And yet it does move]"

Galileo - first appeared in a painting one year after Galileo's death in 1643

"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.

And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so.

How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."

Julius Caesar - invented on the Internet, shortly after the 9/11 attacks

"The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries."

James Madison - source unknown

"This year will go down in history! For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"

Adolph Hitler - fabricated quote from Hitler's own lifetime

Thomas Jefferson 1796, 1800, 1804; James Madison 1808, 1812; Ron Paul 1988, 2008, 2012; Rand Paul 2016.


but I'm really looking for the "legitimate" source of this particular quote.


but the quote is not listed in there

Franklin never made that

Franklin never made that quote.
However, it accurately sums up his views.

He appeared before the British Board of Trade in 1764 and made arguments for the paper money. Read it here: http://books.google.com/books?id=SrIEAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA441&lpg=P...

Franklin helped create the paper money but turned against it when he was recruited by the banksters to be a shareholder in the Bank of North America, our first central bank which was a total corrupt disaster.

I have researched this topic, maybe one day I will post my findings on a website in detail to clear up the confusion out there

Are you sure

He never made that quote? Why is it attributed to him then? Did someone else say it?

What about Jackson? He had

What about Jackson? He had a big burr in his saddle for the bank...

Look under his alias when he wrote the farmers almanac ...

Can someone refresh my memory.

Here it is ...

Richard Saunders

Also, that seems a little more like Thomas Jefferson, you might want to check his writings as well.



Seems the Almanac was only published up to 1758, so that couldn't be the source...

Sorry ...

It does seem to be an odd statement from Franklin. He was really not that interested in matters such as these. He had other interests and most of his quips are quite short.

That was the beauty of his words.