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Astell makes several direct references to The Ladies Library (1714) at the top
of the page. Though many of her words are smudged beyond recognition, the
still legible points of reference suggest that she was fishing for ammunition to use
against it and its author.

In the middle of the page, Astell has penned a brief biography of François
Fénelon, including the date of his death, a significant fact when considering the
possible dating of Astell's additions to her text.

Astell often uses asterisks to mark her in-text emendations; this would appear to
be the purport of the phrase "allowing all changes" which follows the asterisk here.

At the bottom of the page is the shelfmark (3 D 17) used by William Law's
library in King's Cliffe.