to a First Commissioner (1733)
Voltaire vs. literary censorship in France.
to M. de Bastide (1760)
Ironic Voltaire at his most savage. Reform our virtues, reformers!
"We know well what the price has been ever since Christians began to dispute about dogmas. Blood has flowed, on scaffolds and in battles, from the fourth century to our own days." Voltaire takes up his pen to protest the horror inflicted upon a Protestant family in Toulouse by Catholic fanatics acting under color of public authority, and, marshalling historical, utilitarian, and even religious arguments, creates a strong treatise against intolerance.
A few short remarks on the subject.
of Opinion (1764)
A dialogue on the subject between an Englishman and a Spaniard.
of the Press (1764)
"You deceive yourself very grossly, when you think that you have been ruined by books."