Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Bind 3

The Society, 1793
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Side 11 - Our ancient correspondence used to have something philosophical in it. As you are now more free from public cares, and I expect to be so in a few months, why may we not resume that kind of correspondence ? Our much regretted friend Winthrop once made me the compliment, that I was good at starting game for philosophers : let me try if I can start a little for you.
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