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1766. Excerpt: ... ticifins, I never have been able to find the
leaft fault, either in your actions or your words. Coquetry,
affectation, prudery, are imperfe&ions which you never knew.
And with all this, do you think it poffible not to efteem you above
the reft of human kind? What beafts in petticoats are the moft
excellent of thofe, whom I fee difperfed throughout the world, in
comparifon of you on feeing, on hearing them, I fay a hundred times
a day, fpeak not, look not, think not, do nothing like thofe
wretches. What a misfortune to be the occafion of bringing down
contempt on fo many women; who, but for the thoughts of you, would
be a little tolerable But it is time to put an end to this trouble,
and to bid you adieu. I am, and ever fhall remain, with all
poffible refpect, fmccrity and efteem., yours. LETTER CCCCXIX. Mr.
V O L T A I R E to the Count de M O R V I L L E, Minifter and
Secretary of State, at Verfailles. MY LORD, June, 1727..ITHERTO I
have confined myfelf to a tacit admiration of your management of
the public affairs of Europe; but it is impoflible for a perfon,
who has your glory fo much at heart, and for whom you have a
fincere affection, to keep filence any longer, and not to prefent
his fincere compliments to you upon the wifdom of your conduct.
Befides, I could not decline the honour, which the celebrated dean
Swift does me, in offering to deliver this letter to your lordfhip.
I am fenfible that he is already known to you by fame, and that you
are defirous of his acquaintance. He does honour to a nation, whom
you highly efteem. You have perufed the tranflations of feveral
pieces attributed to him; and who is more capable than you, my
lord, of difcovering the beauties of an original, even through the
veil of an inelegant verfion? I apprehend you will ...
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