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Unformatted text preview: 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 Indians....
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.
- Fall '09