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In 1753, having already served as comptroller for the American Post Office, Franklin was appointed  along with William Hunter as postmaster general of the Colonies. The two were to be paid jointly six  hundred pounds as yearly salary, if they could make the amount from the profits of an office that had  previously run on a deficit. The two men spent 900 pounds of their own money in making necessary  improvements, but after four years were able to repay themselves and to report three times as much  postal profit as Ireland made. And during his travels in behalf of the postal service, Franklin had the  further satisfaction of receiving honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale. But when English ministers  imprudently removed Franklin from office, the postal service never made a profit again. Fearing another war with France, the colonists in 1754 appointed several commissioners, among 
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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.

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