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. Although neither of the two drafts which have been conflated to produce the text as
here given was signed or dated, the evidence is nearly conclusive that they are one
of two “Misanthrop” pieces written as replies to Philanthrop in Jan. 1767. The last
part of the signed Misanthrop draft above (No. V
), certainly composed in January, promises resort to the occult to learn Philanthrop's
identity. The present draft introduces the spirit Ariel. Moreover, this piece concludes
with a fanciful soliloquy uttered by Philanthrop. That soliloquy is finished and signed
“Misanthrop” in JA, Diary and Autobiography
. The physical appearance of the MS
in the diary is different from that of the diary entry dated 31 Dec. 1766 that precedes
it and similar to that of the conflated draft. That is, the ink is similarly heavy,
and the pen point seems the same.
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