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Along with writing serious stories, he writes about subjects that newspapers still use to attract readers almost three hundred years later. He knows that crime stories sell newspapers—the more gruesome the story, the better. He creates an advice column, often writing the questions as well as the answers to make sure the column is interesting. He pokes fun at the powerful people the other newspaper defends. Franklin’s wit is what makes his newspaper such fun to read. Some of it comes from Franklin; a lot of it is borrowed from his extensive reading.
The question is, do the Assembly’s laws apply to everyone, or is the Penn family above the laws written by the people? Thomas Penn This dispute is the reason the Assembly asked Franklin, now fifty-two years old and one of the colony’s most respected citizens, to go to London. Franklin is supposed to find a compromise. Unfortunately, after six months he has made no progress. Penn doesn’t even want to meet with him. Instead, Penn has been using newspaper advertisements and government connections to prevent Franklin from winning support in Parliament.
Franklin has also been using the press and working behind the scenes. What’s happening between Franklin and Penn is more than a political disagreement. By the end of today, Franklin will have made the greatest enemy of his life. FATHER KNOWS BEST As Franklin dresses for the meeting—in his six months in London he has found a good tailor—he goes over what he plans to say: All the Pennsylvanians want are the rights that Thomas’s father, William Penn, granted to them decades earlier. It’s a simple argument, which Franklin knows is best when facing a complicated dispute, and it seems to be supported by Pennsylvania’s legal history.