"It was evening. Benjamin Franklin was walking home. All through the long summer, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention had been sworn to secrecy about their discussions. Now, with the document signed and ready for ratification by the people, they were free to talk about what they had done. Out of a crowd of men clustered on a street corner, one man rushed up to Franklin. "Tell us, sir, what kind of government have you given us?" he asked. Benjamin Franklin paused. "A republic," he said. And then he smiled. "If you can keep it."
Good Reading Rack Service, 1959