Unformatted text preview: Franklin's supporters were not daunted, however. Later that month, the assembly again appointed Franklin representative, with instructions to plead with the king for a royal government. As Franklin was preparing to leave for Britain, however, bigger political problems overshadowed the debate in Pennsylvania. The British government was preparing to pass the Stamp Act. Colonists across America feared and resented the Act, believing it was an unfair tax, and were determined to fight it. When Franklin reached London in December, he tried to talk the king's ministers out of passing the Act, but they would not budge. Against Franklin's pleading, the Stamp Act was passed on February 27, 1765. Though we now think of Franklin as an inventor, scientist, man of letters, and American patriot, we sometimes forget how deeply he was involved in the politics of his own...
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
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