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In the years that followed

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In the years that followed, Franklin apparently remained hopeful that a stable and powerful British  Empire could be formed. But relations were slowly deteriorating between the American colonies and  England. Franklin wrote newspaper articles explaining the American position and, when those failed  to work, wrote several brilliant satires and hoaxes attacking the British government. While these  cutting satires may have affected public opinion, making some of the British more sympathetic to the  Americans, they certainly embittered the officials of the government. Inevitably, such men found a  way to revenge themselves upon their troublesome American gadfly. On December 2, 1772, Franklin had sent secretly to a committee of the Massachusetts Assembly a  group of letters he had been given, which were written by the Governor of Massachusetts, Thomas  Hutchinson, and the Lieutenant-Governor, Andrew Oliver. Both men urged English officials to make 
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