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Voltaire And Ferney








The showman's work is very profitable at the country-house of Voltaire,
at Ferney, near Geneva. A Genevese, an excellent calculator, as are all
his countrymen, many years ago valued as follows the yearly profit
derived by the above functionary from his situation:--

Francs.
8000 busts of Voltaire, made with earth of
Ferney, at a franc a-piece 8,000
1200 autograph letters, at 20 francs 24,000
500 walking canes of Voltaire, at 50 francs each 25,000
300 veritable wigs of Voltaire, at 100 francs 30,000
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In all 87,000

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