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March 20, 1677

A Non-Intrusive Operation?

I spoke this morning with Dr. L of the RSC about S and my proposal to relieve J of his roiling yellow bile, which hath made him so choleric as to be unfit, at times, for all proper company. the Doctor sees two possible remedies, one known and one novel:

1) the timely removal of J's gall bladder under Dr. L's sure blade [known, effective, but risks death]; &
2) a series of interviews with Dr. L to reveal the first case of J's flood of yellow bile, and, it is hoped, to thereby tame that flood [novel and completely unproven].

I cannot honestly say which remedy J will despise more. Perhaps S and I simply shouldn't tell him. I must consult further.

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Henry Ravens

I am disappointed to see you consorting about in such foul company. What of your your paper on whether women have souls? What has become of it?

Henry Ravens

I am disappointed to see you consorting about in such foul company. What of your paper on whether women have souls? What has become of it?

Patrick

My Dear Mr. Raven,

I appreciate very much both your concern for my moral well-being--which I assure you is made of stern enough stuff to resist the entreaties of these ungodly folk even if I DID have the money to spend on their pleasures--AND your interest in my academic work.

Re: the latter: all in good time. The paper is undergoing preliminary peer review and--I must say--initial reactions have been quite positive.

Again: my sincerest thanks.

Your dear friend,
Patrick

PS: the Dusky Arab Beauties are something every man ought to see before passing. Do let me know if you are in this part of London and I will see if I can arrange you a discount.

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