Losing London 1773–1776

Paul M. Zall

in Benjamin Franklin’s Humor

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780813123714
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134864 | DOI:
Losing London 1773–1776

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This chapter examines Benjamin Franklin's career in writing and public office during the period from 1773 to 1776. It explains that in the crucial years leading to America's break with Britain, Franklin carried the burden of reconciliation, and the Hutchinson letters he had sent to Boston provoked Massachusetts to petition the king for the governor's removal. Some of his most notable writings during this period include the Rules by Which a Great Empire May be Reduced to a Small One.

Keywords: Benjamin Franklin; writing; public office; America; Great Britain; Hutchinson letters; Great Empire; Boston; Massachusetts

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