The settlers' anger boiled over in the fall of 1763, when a gang of young men massacred a group of friendly Christian Indians near Lancaster. Franklin was outraged. He denounced this group of murderers, known as the "Paxton Boys," in a newspaper article. The Paxton Boys were not amused. In the spring they marched on Philadelphia to frighten the assembly into agreeing to their demands. Franklin met them at the outskirts of the city and personally urged them to turn around and go home peacefully. Thanks to his bravery and cool head, they did. Though the Paxton Boys went back home, politics in Pennsylvania got ugly. The proprietors resisted being taxed and resented the growing power of Philadelphia businessmen. In 1764, fed up with the proprietors, Franklin and the majority of the Pennsylvania assembly decided to ask the king to change Pennsylvania's government.
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