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    Date: 23 Jul 1987 20:38-EDT

	 I have to apologize to Symbolics.  Their release 7.1 (possibly also
    7.0, but not 6.1) does allow toplevel lexical variables such as described
    in my posting earlier today.  The user is asked whether this is really
    what he wants.
	 I am informed that TI's upcoming release 3.0 will support this too.
	 (What I said about the functions not being actually compiled remains
    true for 7.1; I'm not sure about 3.0.)

So far, they remain uncompiled.

	 (I might add that Symbolics does not allow lexical bindings around
    defmethods (not sure about TI); I hope they will consider it.)

Isn't this what instance variables are for?  In CLOS, methods get to
choose what "slots" (CLOSpeak for "instance variable") they are allowed
to access, so can get the "own variable" behavior you want that way.

	 A little thought has also revealed to me that there is no way one
    can expect the compile function, called at runtime, to pick up lexical
    bindings.  The other alternative, putting the let around the second
    argument to compile (as part of it) is clearly not supported by CLtL,
    although it would be nice if it were.

	 Sorry for any inconvenience.

    Bob Sasseen