This is the story of how Edmund Randolph of Virginia caused the fabric of the Masonic Constitutions of 1723 (woven in the Virginia Plan) to serve as the model for the U.S. Constitution. Any person who doubts the truth of this story need only to make a casual observation of the two documents, and remember that the Masonic Constitutions of 1723 was published in 1735 by Benjamin Franklin. It was the first Masonic book published in the Western hemisphere, and many have acclaimed it as the best. The cause of human progress has always been the concern of Freemasonry. It's greatest contribution has been the eloquent influence of character. Since before recorded history it has instilled righteousness, justice, purity, freedom, faith in God, and love of man. Freedom essentially is a Masonic heritage. Freedom of speech, thought and religion have always been one of its objects. These principles were woven into the Constitution of the United States by Freemasons who insisted upon the federal system of the Masonic Constitutions of 1723 being apart of its fabric. It was Freemasonry in a pre-eminent degree which so tenderly and yet so resolutely cradled democracy in the first eventful years of America's history. Washington, Franklin and Lafayette, with many others, took prominent parts in Revolutionary days. They placed patriotism above partisanship and sought to preserve and extend the free institutions of the Republic.