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Franklin's humiliation in Britain over the Hutchinson-Oliver letters was the lowest point in  his career. His carefully cultivated image was shattered. In London, at a hearing with the  government, the British solicitor Alexander Wedderburn spent an hour calling Franklin a  criminal. Dozens of British officials, most of whom Franklin knew, watched and  snickered. They made him into America's scapegoat. Franklin sat stone-faced, refusing  to show any emotion–but he was furious. Every American who wanted independence from Britain–and we should remember that  even at the beginning of the war these people were a minority–had his or her own  reasons for wanting it. Some knew they would benefit politically or financially. Others  believed in the ideals of liberty and equality–ideals an independent America was  supposed to represent. Others simply thought independence was inevitable. For 
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