The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [The Maid of Orleans, V. I] - Vol. 40

The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [The Maid of Orleans, V. I] - Vol. 40

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The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [The Maid of Orleans, V. I] - Vol. 40

The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [The Maid of Orleans, V. I] - Vol. 40

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EPISTOLARY PREFACE, ADDRESSED TO L. H. SCIPIO, COUNT DU ROURE, MARQUESS OF GRISAC.

SIR: Among the numerous literary characters who have enlightened me by their opinions, or honored me with their approbation on perusing detached specimens of my literary labor, no favorable decision has proved so gratifying to my mind as the commendatory sentiments you have expressed on reading this translation, a sentiment inspired from a thorough conviction of your profound acquirements as a scholar and a man of letters, as well as the consummate knowledge you possess of the English language, equally with that of your own nation.

Persons intimately acquainted with the French tongue, and in particular with the naive style of "La Pucelle" of Voltaire, are best enabled to appreciate the arduous task I have so long toiled to accomplish; and to whom, therefore, could I more consistently address these pages than to yourself . . .

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