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OF

THE MARQUISE DU DEFFAND

TO THE

HON. HORACE WALPOLE,

AFTERWARDS

EARL OF ORFORD,

From the Year 1766 to the Year 1780.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED

LETTERS OF MADAME DU DEFFAND

TO

VOLTAIRE,
From the Year 1759 to the Year 1775.

PUBLISHED FROM THE ORIGINALS

AT

STRAWBERRY-HILL.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, AND ORME,

39, PATERNOSTER-ROW.

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Printed by R. Juigné, 17, Margaret-Street, Cavendish-Square.

PREFACE

The Letters which compose these Volumes are certainly what, in the truest sense, may be called familiar; but the Editor does not, on that account, consider any apology necessary for offering them to the Public.

The familiar letters of distinguished persons have always been sought for with eagerness, and received with avidity by all those who are not contented with reading history in compilations, or viewing characters through the refracting medium of the prejudices of others. By familiar letters are meant, letters written without premeditation, not extorted upon any particular occasion, but flowing from a habit of communicating whatever may have af

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