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Franklin's last years were a whirlwind of activity. He got busier and busier–negotiating  with France, negotiating with Britain, helping to write the Constitution, running  Pennsylvania, fighting against slavery. Through it all he kept up his essays, letters,  experiments and observations. He was well into his seventies, then eighties, suffering  from boils, gout, and bladder stones. Still, he kept working. Franklin's role in bringing the French into the war was crucial. The French had wondered  about how seriously Americans wanted independence, but in Franklin they had  confidence. Franklin's skill also helped America negotiate a peace treaty with Britain that  was more generous than most people had expected or hoped for. His role in the  Constitutional Convention, though limited, was also critical. The delegates might never  have reached an agreement on the question of representation without his help. In all of 
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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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