A lady asked Dr. Franklin Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy. A republic replied the Doctor if you can keep it.
Doctor James McHenry, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention from Maryland. The quote is excerpted from his diary. The lady referred to was Elizabeth Powel. She was a daughter of a mayor of Philadelphia and the wife of another mayor of Philadelphia. She would live to 1830, the Republic kept during her long life (She was born in 1742.).