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Franklin Reprimanded

After losing his assembly seat, Franklin faced new resistance to his appointment as provincial agent to Britain. In a widely-circulated Protest, John Dickinson argued that the colony’s voters had “rejected” Franklin at the ballot box, which Franklin answered with his uncharacteristically impolitic Remarks. In 1765, Franklin moved to England, abdicating Pennsylvania politics to Paxton allies and sympathizers.
John Dickinson, A Protest…concerning the sending Mr. Franklin (Philadelphia, 1764).

The Person mentioned, is so extremely disagreeable to a very great Number of the most serious and reputable Inhabitants of this Province of all Denominations and Societies (one proof of which is, his having been rejected, both by this City and County at the last Election)…a Man, who cannot be advanced but by the Convulsions of his Country.

John Dickinson, Protestation gegen die Bestellung Herrn Benjamin Franklin (Philadelphia, 1764).
Benjamin Franklin, Remarks on a late protest against the appointment of Mr. Franklin (Philadelphia, 1764).

Such protests are…a new Form of Libelling, as the Vehicles of personal Malice, and as Means of giving to private Abuse the Appearance of a Sanction, as public Acts.

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