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of the night, to both the one and the other, fatigued as they were with travelling, without the aid of sleep, had they not been invited to repose by the mild light of the Moon, shining through the window, by the murmuring of the wind in the foliage of the poplars, and by the distant noise of the Achelöus, the source of which precipitates itself roaring from the summit of Mount Lyceum.

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THE

WISHES OF A RECLUSE.

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PREAMBLE

TO THE

WISHES OF A RECLUSE

In my Studies of Nature, published for the first time in December 1784, I formed most of the Wishes which I this day present to the Public, in September 1789. I must undoubtedly have fallen into frequent repetitions : but the object of these Wishes, which since the assembling of the EstatesGeneral, have become interesting to the whole Nation, are so important that they cannot be presented too often, and so extensive that it is always possible to add something new.

I am well aware that the illustrious Members of our National Assembly are pursuing them with signal success. I possess not their talents; but, like them, I love my Country. Notwithstanding my incapacity had health permitted, I would have aspired after the glory of defending with them the cause of Public Liberty : but I have a sentiment of personal liberty so exquisite and so tormenting, that it is absolutely impossible for me to remain in an assembly, if the doors are shut, and unless the avenues are so clear as to admit of my going away the instant I desire it. This impulse to exercise my liberty never fails to seize me the moment I -think I have lost it, and becomes so impetuous,

that

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