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Madame de Sévigné – On the survival of democracy in America

September 9, 2014

“And amid these grand matters which must carry one up to God, you find yourself troubled over your religion with regard to what is going on in Rome and in the conclave! My poor cousin, you are making a mistake. I have heard that a man of very great intelligence drew a quite opposite conclusion from what he saw in that great city, and deduced that the Christian religion must be quite holy and miraculous to survive unaided amid so many disorders and profanations.”

(letter of Thursday 26 July 1691, from Selected Letters, translated by Leonard Tancock)

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