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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 
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