Silence Dogood, No. 11

Neque licitum interea est meam amicam visere. To the author of the New England Courant. SIR, From a natural Compassion to my Fellow-Creatures, I have sometimes been betray’d into Tears at the Sight of an Object of Charity, who by a bear Relation of his Circumstances, seem’d to demand the Assistance of those about him. …

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Silence Dogood, No. 10

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Optime societas hominum servabitur. Cic. To the author of the New England Courant. SIR, Discoursing lately with an intimate Friend of mine of the lamentable Condition of Widows, he put into my Hands a Book, wherein the ingenious Author proposes (I think) a certain Method for their Relief. I have often thought of some such …

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Silence Dogood, No. 9

Corruptio optimi est pessima. To the author of the New England Courant. SIR, It has been for some Time a Question with me, Whether a Common-wealth suffers more by hypocritical Pretenders to Religion, or by the openly Profane? But some late Thoughts of this Nature, have inclined me to think, that the Hypocrite is the …

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Silence Dogood, No. 8

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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 …

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Silence Dogood, No. 7

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 …

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