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As soon as Franklin disengaged himself from his business to perform his electrical experiments and p

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As soon as Franklin disengaged himself from his business to perform his electrical experiments and  philosophical studies, other people claimed his time. The Governor appointed him justice of the  peace (from which duty he soon withdrew, finding he knew too little common law to serve well), the  city corporation first chose him as Council member and then as alderman, and the citizens elected  him a burgess of the Assembly. All these honors flattered him, of course, especially since they were  "entirely unsolicited." But as the former clerk, he was especially delighted — for the ten years he was  re-elected — to be able to make his own speeches in the Assembly. In the next year, the Assembly appointed Franklin and another member to negotiate a treaty with the  Indians. Discovering the Indians's weakness for alcohol, the government representatives forbade 
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