Silence Dogood Letters

The Silence Dogood Letters was written under a pen name that young Benjamin Franklin used to hide his identity from his brother whom he was an apprentice. Franklin knew that if his brother knew that it was him that was writing the notes that they would never make it to the paper. So he instead disguised himself as a middle-aged widow and wrote funny quips about the people of Boston. Silence Dogood became so popular that when her character sought remarriage she was given many proposals.

Young Franklin would move to Philadelphia and become a well-known printer. He used many more pseudonyms, the most famous was Poor Richard, however Silence Dogood was his first. One is able to recognize the genius of Franklin early on while reading these letters. He was able to adapt to a character and make it believable.

Here is the Silence Dogood letters. Incredibly, young Franklin would have only been 15 when he wrote these letters. His literary skills are beyond what most 15-year-old boys could write today.

Silence Dogood

Silence Dogood

Silence Dogood Letter #1
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Silence Dogood Letter #5
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Silence Dogood Letter #7
Silence Dogood Letter #8
Silence Dogood Letter #9
Silence Dogood Letter #10
Silence Dogood Letter #11
Silence Dogood Letter #12
Silence Dogood Letter #13
Silence Dogood Letter #14

 

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