Did Benjamin Franklin really want the turkey to be the US national bird?

There is a story that Benjamin Franklin thought the turkey ought to be the nationwide chook as an alternative of the eagle. In a 1784 letter addressed to Sarah, his daughter, Franklin wrote:

“For my very own half I want the bald eagle had not been chosen because the consultant of our nation. He’s a chook of unhealthy ethical character. He doesn’t get his residing actually. You might have seen him perched on some useless tree, the place, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labour of the fishing hawk; and when that diligent chook has at size taken a fish, and is bearing it to his nest for the help of his mate and younger ones, the bald eagle pursues him, and takes it from him. . . . the turkey is compared a way more respectable chook, and withal a real authentic native of America.” 

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