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Blueprint for a Revolution: The Spies at Carpenters' Hall by Charles and Nancy Cook

Chapter Seven

Little strokes fell great oaks.
Poor Richard's Almanack, by Benjamin Franklin

In the days that followed, Francis Daymon learned that his employer's serious expression was not due to a belief that the meetings with Bonvouloir were a failure.

"Quite the contrary," Franklin told him. "I believe we have made great progress."

Benjamin Franklin explained to Francis that just as it took plans to construct Carpenters' Hall, preparing for a successful revolution required plans. Careful planning would prove to be well worth their time, as the revolution unfolded in the upcoming months.

In essence, Franklin was creating what later might be termed a "blueprint" for a revolution. He looked at Carpenters' Hall, and he spoke again to Daymon,

"With a plan and careful attention to details, we might some day build something even more beautiful than this building. We might build a nation men have only dreamed of-a nation founded on freedom for all and built to last forever."

The reason why he had been so somber, Dr. Franklin explained, was that he foresaw ever more clearly the terrors and horrors of the war that would be fought with England. It was a time in which friends and neighbors would be torn apart. The future of the freedom movement in America depended on enough good men and women willing to sacrifice and pay the price for the generations to come.

For his part, Bonvouloir would write a very important report on the state of the American colonies. Through Achard de Bonvouloir, the French King and his ministers would learn that the revolutionary movement in the American colonies was genuine and backed by some of the most important and influential people in the New World. He also would report that the possibility of the colonists succeeding in their revolution was not certain, but that they did possess the desire and determination to ultimately secure their independence.

Francis Daymon could not know this in the days after the secret meetings, but it was the report that Bonvouloir would deliver to the King that would ultimately secure the invitation for Benjamin Franklin to travel to Paris after the Revolution began, and there Benjamin Franklin would secure the services of the French government in the cause of the American Revolution.

Had Francis Daymon never arranged the meetings between Achard de Bonvouloir and the two American conspirators, John Jay and Benjamin Franklin, and had he not been able to translate for the conspirators in the upper room of Carpenters' Hall, the journey of Benjamin Franklin to France would probably never have taken place.

It was while Benjamin Franklin was in Paris, that he was able to convince the French to join as allies in the American revolutionary cause. The alliance with France was crucial, and without that great nation's help, the American colonists could not have defeated the British forces. The French sent soldiers to America; and, most importantly, they sent the French fleet that enabled George Washington to trap the British General Cornwallis in Yorktown and force the surrender of the English army. This surrender ended the American Revolutionary War. The colonists were victorious, and shortly afterward the United States of America would be founded.

All these things Francis Daymon could not realize. He did not even recognize how important a part he had played in the history of America, but without him, there may indeed not have been a United States of America.

The name of Francis Daymon is not one highlighted in the history books, but had he not done his part, the efforts of others could never have succeeded. Francis Daymon was one of many men and women who have contributed to the great story that is known throughout the world as America! It is an unfinished story, and truly an imperfect one, but as long as men and women continue to do their part, as Francis Daymon did his when he had the opportunity, then the American story and the American cause of liberty and freedom for all will never end.

The End

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