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Benjamin Franklin’s Humor$
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Paul M. Zall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123714

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123714.001.0001

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Making Friends Overseas 1757–1774

Making Friends Overseas 1757–1774

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Benjamin Franklin’s Humor

Paul M. Zall

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the career of Benjamin Franklin in public office during the period from 1757 to 1774. In 1757, Franklin was sent to England as Pennsylvania's agent to ask colony proprietor Thomas Penn to pay his fair share for provincial defense. He stayed for five years, enjoying club life, honors, and new friends among leaders of the liberal religious, intellectual, cultural, and political communities, enlarging the circle with visits to France, Germany, Ireland, and Scotland. Accustomed to using humor for attack or defense in business and politics, Franklin also found it useful in relieving the pressures of public service, by writing familiar letters.

Keywords:   Benjamin Franklin, public office, Pennsylvania, England, Thomas Penn, familiar letters

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