Silence Dogood Letters
- 11 X 17 inches
- Heavy-weight paper, uniquely aged by hand
Benjamin Franklin used the pen name Mrs. Silence Dogood so that he could get his work published in the New England Courant, a paper published by his brother, James Franklin.
This set of nine pages is printed on heavy-weight paper and aged by hand, lending an antique look. Included are three letters, each two pages long, and three additional pages from other letters. Featured in the National Treasure movie, the Silence Dogood letters were used by Benjamin Franklin Gates to break an Ottendorf cipher!
On June 11, 1776, the second Continental Congress chose a committee of five delegates to "prepare a declaration of independency." Serving along with Franklin were Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston. Franklin edited Jefferson's initial draft, notably suggesting the phrase "We hold these truths to be self-evident." Jefferson's original had described these truths as "sacred and undeniable." This draft to the Continental Congress, along with many other Franklin letters and documents, is preserved and protected in the National Archives.