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Silence Dogood, No. 8

To the author of the New England Courant. SIR, I prefer the following Abstract from the London Journal to any Thing of my own, and therefore shall present it to your Readers this week without any further Preface. ‘Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as…

Silence Dogood, No. 7

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Give me the Muse, whose generous Force, Impatient of the Reins, Pursues an unattempted Course, Breaks all the Criticks Iron Chains. Watts. To the author of the New England Courant. SIR, It has been the Complaint of many Ingenious Foreigners, who have travell’d amongst us,That good Poetry is not to be expected in New-England. I am…

Silence Dogood, No. 6

Quem Dies videt veniens Superbum, Hunc Dies vidit fugiens jacentem. Seneca. To the author of the New England Courant. SIR, Among the many reigning Vices of the Town which may at any Time come under my Consideration and Reprehension, there is none which I am more inclin’d to expose than that of Pride. It is acknowledg’d by…

Silence Dogood, No. 5

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Mulier Mulieri magis congruet. Ter. To the author of the New England Courant. SIR, I shall here present your Readers with a Letter from one, who informs me that I have begun at the wrong End of my Business, and that I ought to begin at Home, and censure the Vices and Follies of my…

Silence Dogood, No. 4

An sum etiam nunc vel Graece loqui vel Latine docendus? Cicero.   To the author of the New England Courant. SIR, Discoursing the other Day at Dinner with my Reverend Boarder, formerly mention’d, (whom for Distinction sake we will call by the Name of Clericus,) concerning the Education of Children, I ask’d his Advice about my…