In the fall, back in town, I gather the letters that I wrote a great man and will forward them to you. I have a lot of them. But if possible, buy his library and all that remained of his papers. I willingly and generously pay his heirs. I’ll arrange a special room for his books.

Catherine the Great on Francois Voltaire (

pseudonym of François-Marie Arouet (born November 21, 1694)

And it was possible for Catherine to obtain his full library, after his death she bought it from the niece and heiress of Voltaire Mrs. Denis. In 1779 the library was moved to St Petersburg.

1. : Библиотека  Вольтера

2. Voltaire’s works

3.  A copy of the Fernejskogo model of the Hermitage Castle.                                 (


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