Make Up Scavenger Hunt!

Benjamin Butler walked out these doors in January 1884. Thank god.

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Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, the grandmother of Boston, used to own this shop. It’s now a Mexican restaurant.

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We were going to lay down on it, but there was feces and other questionable substances already there ūüôĀ

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Oneida Football Memorial! This one took forever to find. (I’m taking the picture, this one was hard to selfie).

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56570 mines were in the North Sea during World War II!

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We wandered the Commons shouting out Pat Toomey’s name for a solid few minutes before this guy stopped his cart. Turns out, Pat Toomey had the day off, but his best friend was willing to take a picture with us!

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The Pagets began the Swan Boat business a long time ago, but they’re still going strong. The lines were crazy today so we opted out of riding!

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This is the album cover for when we eventually decide to enter the music scene. Homie’s got us covered with his mad Unitarian views.

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We got lost for 20 minutes before we finally figured out it was on the other side of the Common. Turns out being lost can make you look a little like a serial killer (sorry haha my eyes are really bugging in this one :’) )

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Emancipation Proclamation is where it’s at. Lincoln knew what he was talking about. Revolutionary.

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AAAAND we made it to the end!! It was a fun journey!

Silence Dogood #7

The seventh letter to the New England Courant¬†from Benjamin Franklin’s fictional Silence Dogood is a strong piece of satire that pokes fun at the severe lack of any poetic writing in the New England colonies. Even at 16 it appeared that Franklin had a strong grasp on writing in a satirical manner–for could the praising of an elegy as the “the most Extraordinary Piece that ever was wrote in New-England” be anything¬†but¬†satire? This piece at first expounds upon the fact that many foreigners criticize New England for not producing any “good Poetry.” Franklin, as Mrs. Dogood, disputes this claim, arguing that the elegy of one Mrs. Mehitebell Kitel is one of the most “moving and pathetick” pieces he’d ever read. He then lightheartedly seems to analyse the piece for all of its merits and symbolism, explaining the merit of the supposed literary masterpiece to his audience.¬†Franklin, of course, does not stop there. He continues on, urging others to take up the pen and write their own masterpieces, offering his assistance in the form of giving his own personal recipe for writing an elegy for a woman who has departed.

This tongue-in-cheek letter to the Courant is a prime example of the way Franklin tends to address problems he sees in the world around him. This matter-of-fact, satirical tone is present in many of his satirical works, such as the¬†The Speech of Miss Polly Baker.¬†His tone isn’t caustic–it is more on the gentle side of satire but is nonetheless jaded in its purpose. He is urging his fellow New Englanders to take up the pen like he has and express themselves in words other than for writing elegies. He is trying to cultivate the growth of a literary culture within the colonies, hoping that his words will inspire others to usher in works of poetic art that will prove wrong foreigners that may criticize them for their lack of them.

Franklin was a masterful craftsman of words, and this talent is easily displayed even in the works of his 16 year old self. The letters from Silence Dogood were Franklin’s means of speaking his mind and expressing himself, and would set him down a path that would allow him to usher in change in the New World.