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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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Losing London 1773–1776

Losing London 1773–1776

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Benjamin Franklin’s Humor

Paul M. Zall

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines Benjamin Franklin's career in writing and public office during the period from 1773 to 1776. It explains that in the crucial years leading to America's break with Britain, Franklin carried the burden of reconciliation, and the Hutchinson letters he had sent to Boston provoked Massachusetts to petition the king for the governor's removal. Some of his most notable writings during this period include the Rules by Which a Great Empire May be Reduced to a Small One.

Keywords:   Benjamin Franklin, writing, public office, America, Great Britain, Hutchinson letters, Great Empire, Boston, Massachusetts

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