But, a little clarification is in order. Franklin did sit on the committee but The Declaration Of Independence is too perfect a document to have been written by a committee! Jefferson locked himself in his hotel room and hammered it out over one weekend. All the other four members did was approve it for presentation.
Also, Franklin's Poor Richard Almanac was an informative and entertaining read of that time. Paine's Common Sense inspired men to take up arms and fight for their Liberty!