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Letter №11 p. 12

on which it is based," if — "it would not be of any good to mankind," would not "enable me to be more useful to my generation," etc. etc. But when you are offered the means of doing such good you turn away in scorn and taunt us with a "lure" and a "sham"! Truly wonderful are the contradictions contained in your remarkable letter. . . . And then, you laugh so heartily at the idea of a "reward" or the approval "of your fellow-creatures." The reward to which I shall look will be," you say — "in earning my own self-approval." "Self-approval" which cares so little for the corroborative verdict of the better part of the world at large, to which the good and noble deeds of one serve as high ideals and the most powerful stimulants to emulation, is little else than proud and arrogant egotism. It is Himself against all criticism; "Apres moi — le deluge"! — exclaims the Frenchman with his usual flippancy. "Before Jehovah wasI am"! says Man — the ideal of every modern intellectual Englishman. Gratified as I feel at the idea of being the means of affording you so much merriment, namely in asking you to draft a general plan for the formation of the A.I. Branch, I yet am bound to say again that your laugh was premature in as much


"Après moi - le déluge!" translates as "After me, the deluge," meaning "What happens when I'm gone is none of my concern."