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Wc did not supposc that therc waa a ingl repudiaior in llie State : but tlie last Jackaon Patriot, has a correspondent in Detroit who contenía ihnt the people will not pay laxes to cancel tho Stnte indebtedness : that those property ownert who were not in the State when the $5,000,000 loan was coniracted, and whose property is not bcnefitcl by the Railroads, " ara not in honor hovnito burden Ü&msdrts by the payment of a vast debt which they had no hand n contracting." He ndtniis liowever, that "we, as a State, ure equiuibly bound to surrender thoèe work, m full pnytnent of tlie debis 80 ncurred. And toe are hound to do no more." We reyret toscesuch disgraceTul and diehonest propositions thrown out as feelers to prepara the wny for repudiition. The w.iter signs himself ''Den. Frnnklin." Such Seniiinents are direct insult lo that honest and noblc-hearted old man. Ben Kranklin has left on record for poslerity a far different lesson. A gentleman, conliding in hishonesty, put into his hand for collectfön a deinnnd for a considerable suii of money. Frankiin reccived it. He spent a part of it himself, and improvidcntly loancd of it to his frienila, wljo never repaid him. Did Frankün repudíale, or even think of the tliing 7 He labored nt his piess day nnd night to procure :ho means of paying it ; and it was only after aerenil years exertion that hc was able to pay overy cent of principal nnd interest. In his life ha gpeaks fceüngly of his great satit-faction at having accomplislitd ihis, and ihereby repaircd one of the errors of liis early life. Uepudintion should not bc thought of for one moment. lts advocates would do better to - sume the appellation of Bcnedict Arnold than of that incorruptible old pntriot, Benjamin Frankiin.