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Of this great truth, sounded by the know- ing to the ignorant, and so echoed by the ignorant to the knowing, what evidence have you now before you ? Is not my soul laid open in these veracious pages? Do not you see me reduced to my first principles ? This is the pleasure of corresponding with a friend, where doubt and distrust have no place, and every thing is said as it is thought. The original idea is laid down in its simple purity, and all the supervenient conceptions are spread over it, stratum super stratum, as they happen to be formed. These are the letters by which souls are united, and by which minds naturally in unison move each other as they are moved themselves. I know, dearest lady, that in the perusal of this, such is the consanguinity of our intellects, you will be touched as I am touched. I have indeed concealed nothing from you, nor do I expect ever to repent of having thus opened my heart.

October ijtk, 1777.

To Mrs. Thrale

DEAR MADAM,

On Sunday I dined with poor Law- rence, who is deafer than ever. When he was told that Dr. Moisy visited Mr. Thrale, he

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