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La Mol[l]esse est douce, et sa suite est cruelle.2
1. Titlepage for D/JQA/10, covering the inclusive dates mentioned, with only occasional
gaps. The top line on this and the following page are written in an earlier hand,
presumably the date on which he purchased the blank book. The same inscription appears
on the top of the titlepages of D/JQA/11 and 12, which are identical 380-page leather-bound
books all measuring 4¼” × 6¾”.
2. Indolence is sweet and its consequence is bitter (Voltaire, Zäire, Act I, scene ii, [line 13], in Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, 72 vols., Kehl, Germany, 1784–1801, 2:43).