Franklin misjudged American opposition to the Stamp Act. It must have surprised him to realize that Americans had grown so hostile to British rule during his time in London. In 1762 to 1762, during the brief interlude between his two missions to Britain, he had been neck-deep in Pennsylvania politics. The Paxton Boys affair and the fight with the proprietors probably kept him busy enough that when he returned to London in 1764, he was out of touch with American attitudes. Franklin treated the Stamp Act as inevitable. After it was passed, the British minister in charge of the Act asked Franklin to recommend someone in Pennsylvania to be appointed the stamp distributor, responsible for selling the stamps required by the Act on contracts and other official documents. Franklin suggested John Hughes, a good friend in Philadelphia. When the Act came into force, Americans directed their anger
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