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1. A quotation from Jean Jacques Rousseau, Du contrat social (1762), a work of which JA eventually owned at least three copies, a pirated edition in French, Amsterdam, 1742 [i.e. 1762?], and two copies of the first English translation, A Treatise on the Social Compact, or the Principles of Politic Law, London, 1764; see Catalogue of JA’s Library, p. 216. For an illuminating survey of JA’s intellectual relations with Rousseau, see Haraszti, JA and the Prophets of Progress, ch. 5, “Rousseau and the Man of Nature.”
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