[Death of Voltaire]
Letter, Introduction; Extract
Unbelief, Religion, Humanism, Medical Practitioners
François M A de Voltaire
Extracts an account of the death of Voltaire so that readers may have the 'opportunity of contemplating the end of a man whose life was unremittingly employed in the endeavours to crush Christ and his cause' (574). The extract claims that a number of 'conspirators', including Jean Le R d'Alembert and Denis Diderot, scuppered Voltaire's attempt to confess his sins before he died. States that 'his physicians, particularly M. Tronchin, calling in to administer relief, thunderstruck, retire[d], declaring the death of the impious man to be terrible indeed' (576).
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