Wright, Esmond. "If I had been… Benjamin Franklin in the Early 1770s"
Divergence: 1774 CE
What if: Benjamin Franklin returned to America in 1775 with evidence of a softening British attitude towards dealings with the colonies.
Comments: Franklin contemplates the troubles, and then describes the appointment of Washington as governor of Vandalia (Ohio) and other compromises.
Published: In If I Had Been…, Ten Historical Fantasies (ed. Daniel Snowman), q.v.