Versatile French Enlightenment writer (1694–1778) best remembered for his satirical work Candide. ALS in French, signed “V,” two pages on two adjoining sheets, 6 x 7.5, January 31, 1761. Untranslated letter to fellow French poet Ponce Denis Ecouchard Lebrun protests against the “slanderous lines” of his literary enemy, Elie Catherine Freron. In very good condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds, scattered soiling, and a few pencil notations. A supremely desirable piece from the influential early writer. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
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