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Among his friends he could count not merely Quesnay and Turgot, but the great chemist Lavoisier, Franklin,Jefferson, and the Mirabeaus, father and son. "7 Du Pont's concern with numerical precision reflects his own uncertainty about his precise standing among the great with whom he worked, as well as a preoccupation, shared by many of his most illustrious peers, with Page 4 how history would judge him. Merit normally resists such exact classification, but Du Pont's figure at least demonstrates how small was that republic of enlightened citizens who were making some public mark during the last years of the ancien régime.

Barbeu du Bourg. Why I Abandoned These Studies, Which I Enjoyed. 185 10. At What I Spent My Time After I Left Medicine Until the Beginning of My Political Career. My Friend de Pradt; Our Projects; Mademoiselle Le Dée. How She Contributed to Settling My Destiny. 197 11. My First Steps in My New Career and Their Little Success. M. de Choiseul. Services That the Abbé de Voisenon and M. Poissonnier Rendered Me. 211 12. My First Rural Studies. I Have Two Brochures Printed Which Lead Me to Find a Few Protectors and Some Instructors.

Those who share his feelings about interpretive introductions would be well advised to read the fifth section after reading the text itself. When my parents, my staunchest supporters but also my advisers on the probable response of the outside world, read the draft, they protested the inclusion of the first and fourth sections, which they claimed to find perfectly fine for their proper placediscrete articlesbut not for the introduction. At this point, I began to think that it would be advisable to add a prefatory word about the introduction.

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