nning how the common fund could be made efficient; and to Franklin—who, in December, 1754, revisited the region in which he taxes on America.
The people in the colonies, replied Franklin,
Franklin to Shirley, 17 Dec. and 18 Dec. 1754, in WorFranklin to Shirley, 17 Dec. and 18 Dec. 1754, in Works, III, 57, 58. are better judges of the necessary preparations for defence, and their own abilities to bear them.
Against taxation of the colonies by parliament, Franklin urged, that it would lead to dangerous animosities and fem representatives in parlia-
chap. VII.} 1754. ment; and Franklin replied, that unity of government should be followed by aca not less than those on her own soil.
Unable to move Franklin from the deeply-seated love of popular liberty and power rliament.
At the same time he warned against the plea of Franklin in behalf of the Albany plan, which he described as the aolonies, and endanger their dependency upon the crown.
Franklin and Shirley parted, each to persevere in
1755. his own o