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Benjamin Franklin and the Ends of Empire$
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Carla J. Mulford

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199384198

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384198.001.0001

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Franklin in London’s Theater of Empire

Franklin in London’s Theater of Empire

(p.183) Six Franklin in London’s Theater of Empire
Benjamin Franklin and the Ends of Empire

Carla J. Mulford

Oxford University Press

Franklin’s decades in negotiation with Great Britain preoccupy this chapter. It takes up Franklin’s activities during the years 1757–69, examining Franklin’s life in London and the social and political complexities of his mission for Pennsylvania, the outcome of his negotiations, his brief return to Pennsylvania, and then his return to London amid the controversy caused by several oppressive measures designed to tax colonial American Britons. Franklin argued for political representation and for economic and trade policies that would assist the colonies and bind them in a collaborative with Great Britain. In the 1760s, when Franklin made public in his “Canada pamphlet” his view of the advantages of retaining Canada in the peace treaty with France and then when he republished his letters to William Shirley, Franklin had already turned away from the idea of keeping together an empire that seemed to privilege some Britons above those in British colonies.

Keywords:   The Interest of Great Britain Considered, With Regard to her Colonies, And the Acquisitions of Canada and Guadaloupe, British Parliament, Rockingham ministry, David Hume, Pennsylvania Proprietary

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