"Thus our thoughts are our most sacred and dearest property; and to read a bit of paper, as you call it, that does not belong to us, that contains thoughts not addressed to us, is to do an act that has all the deformity of treason, meanness, and infamy; in fine, the most vile and dishonourable act imaginable."
— Louise Florence Pétronille Tardieu d'Ésclavelles Épinay (marquise d') (1726-1783)
(Vol. I, p. 285)
Louise Florence Pétronille Tardieu d'Ésclavelles Épinay (marquise d'),The conversations of Emily. Translated from the French of Madame la Comtesse d'Epigny. 2 vols. (London: Printed and sold by John Marshall and Co., 1787. Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Gale. <Link to vol. I> <Link to Vol. II>