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Unformatted text preview: With this first task accomplished, Franklin moved into a house in Passy, a suburb of Paris. He continued to press the French government to help America. In the meantime, he enjoyed himself. In Paris he was a celebrity. John Adams later complained enviously that just about everyone in Paris, from the aristocrats down to the street cleaners, knew and loved Franklin. In April 1778, Franklin joined the Masonic Lodge in Paris, where, to the delight of the French, he and Voltaire publicly declared their friendship. On October 21, 1778, Congress elected Franklin minister plenipotentiary to France. Before this, he had shared the job of commissioner with Deane and Lee; now he was America's sole representative to France. This new job kept Franklin busy with diplomatic duties, but did not entirely keep him from his other interests. During his hectic schedule duties, but did not entirely keep him from his other interests....
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