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RETURN TO PARIS 

CHAPTER V 

My Fortune in Holland--My Return to Paris with Young Pompeati 

Amongst the letters which were waiting for me was one from the
comptroller-general, which advised me that twenty millions in
Government securities had been placed in the hands of M.  d'Afri, who
was not to go beyond a loss of eight per cent.; and another letter
from my good patron, M.  de Bernis, telling me to do the best I could,
and to be assured that the ambassador would be instructed to consent
to whatever bargain might be made, provided the rate was not more
disadvantageous than that of the exchange at Paris.  Boaz, who was
astonished at the bargain I had made with my shares, wanted to
discount the Government securities for me, and I should very likely
have agreed to his terms if he had not required me to give him three
months, and the promise that the agreement should hold even in the
case of peace being concluded in the meanwhile.  It was not long

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