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Blaise Pascal (1623–1662).  Letters.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Extract from a Letter of M. Pascal to M. Perier
 
 
PARIS, Friday, June 6, 1653

  I HAVE just received your letter, inclosing that of my sister, which I have not had leisure to read, and moreover believe that this would be useless.
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  My sister made her profession yesterday, Thursday, the 5th of June, 1653. It was impossible for me to delay her: the Messieurs of Port Royal feared that a slight delay might bring on a greater one, and wished t hasten it for the reason that they hope ere long to put her in office; and consequently, it was necessary to hasten, because for this several years of profession are needed. This is the way they paid me. In fine, I could not, etc.  2
 

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