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Christian Freiherr von Wolff (1679–1754), philosopher. ALS with a pen-and-ink sketch in the text. Halle, 18 Aug. 1743. 4°. 4 pp. Somewhat browned; slightly spotted; several small tears to edges and folds (some restored). In Latin. Important letter to Réaumur, thanking him for the annual report of the French Academy and announcing volumes 3 and 4 of his book on natural law. He hopes that the “status turbulentus in confiniis Alsatiae” will not delay his shipment and hopes that peace will come soon, for “inter arma enim silent Musae”. Wolff also thanks for the latest volume of Réaumur’s “Histoire des Insectes” (i. e., vol. 7) and comments extensively on the issue of reproduction through binary fission, which is treated in vol. 6. Because of the indivisibility of the soul, this discovery had produced a metaphysical problem, for which Wolff here advances a solution.