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<Text id=FraBost> <Author>Franklin, Benjamin</Author> <Title>Boston and London, 1722-1726</Title> <Edition>[Selections. 1987] Writings. Library of America. J.A. Leo Lemay, ed. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, 1987</Edition> <Date>1722-1726</Date> <body> <div0> <loc><locdoc>FraBost5</locdoc> <milestone n=5> <p><i>Silence Dogood, No. 1</i> <p><i>To the Author of the</i> New-England Courant. <p><i>Sir,</i> <p>It may not be improper in the first Place to inform your Readers, that I intend once a Fortnight to present them, by the Help of this Paper, with a short Epistle, which I presume will add somewhat to their Entertainment. <p>And since it is observed, that the Generality of People, now a days, are unwilling either to commend or dispraise what they read, until they are in some measure informed who or what the Author of it is, whether he be <i>poor</i> or <i>rich</i>, <i>old</i> or <i>young</i>, a <i>Schollar</i> or a <i>Leather Apron Man</i>, &amp;c. . . .
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