Within days of his return, Franklin would send letters to three of his allies in London, Jonathan Shipley, the liberal churchman, Joseph Priestly, scientist and companion, and Edmund Burke, MP. If they had not learned already, he would let them know that General Gage in Massachusetts had “drawn the sword” at Lexington and Concord instead of “showing the olive branch” to the representatives in Boston assembled at the same time to consider the ministry’s proposals for peace. And so, there would be war after all, one likely to last for many years, Franklin predicted. While their common efforts, including a major speech by Burke in Commons since Franklin had left London, to achieve reconciliation on rational terms had been in vain, he was and would remain grateful for their solidarity with the colonies.
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Publication information: Book title: The Political Trial of Benjamin Franklin: A Prelude to the American Revolution. Contributors: Kenneth Lawing Penegar - Author. Publisher: Algora. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2011. Page number: 169.
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