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Prohibitory Act of the British Parliament -- 1775
This is the British Act which started the Revolutionary War. The two Legislative bodies should have known better than to react in haste, but the British Parliament in London and its opponent the Continental Congress in Philadelphia -- started a Revolutionary War. Apparently Lord North issued a Prohibitory Act and John Adams responded to it, but the real hotheads were Charles Townsend and William Bradford. Everybody involved thought Independence was an improbable outcome.

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Proclamation of Parliament: Ben Franklin's Role

{Pearls on the String}
Franklin Lighting Rod

Ben Franklin had a famous tussle with King George about lightning rods on St. Paul's Cathedral, which led to his humiliation by Wedderburn. And that led to this loyal subject of the Crown switching sides to leave London and sail back to America to join the Continental Congress. Franklin thought he knew a thing or two about lightning rods, while the King owned the Cathedral. It tells you as much about Franklin, as it does about the King.

So it turned out that Franklin was one of a dozen in America who knew that the Treaty of Westphalia had the effect of prescribing hanging as the punishment for armed defiance of a King, but

Originally published: Sunday, June 07, 2020; most-recently modified: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

 

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