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A Resign by Bill Nye

This tongue-in-cheek letter of resignation was written by humorist Edgar Wilson “Bill” Nye, and appeared in Bill Nye’s Red Book in 1906. A RESIGN. |Postoffice Divan, Laramie City, W. T., Oct. 1, 1883. To the President of the United States: Sir—I … Continue reading

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Whistles: A Letter from Benjamin Franklin

This letter from Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) to a friend, Madame Brillon, offers a glimpse of his clear, direct writing style, and demonstrates an apt use of metaphor. Passy, November 10, 1779 I received my dear friend’s two letters, one for Wednesday and one … Continue reading

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De Profundis by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis is the lengthy letter he wrote from prison. He begins, “Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons. We can only record its moods, and chronicle their return.” Continue reading

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Letter to Sir Walter Raleigh by Edmund Spenser

LETTER TO SIR WALTER RALEIGH (an introduction to The Faerie Queene) A LETTER of the Authors expounding his whole intention in the course of this worke;(1) which, for that it giveth great light to the reader, for the better understanding … Continue reading

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