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Unknown Voltaire letters uncovered

An academic in Oxford has discovered 14 previously unknown letters written by the famous writer Voltaire.

They include a signed acceptance from the 18th Century writer for a £200 grant from the Royal Family.

The writer abandoned the French spelling of his first name, Francois, styling himself “Francis”.

Professor Nicholas Cronk says Voltaire was “hugely opportunistic”.

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Story: Sean Coughlan, BBC News | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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