Most modern english language versions are based on a translation of the french text rather than voltaires english one citation needed a revised edition appeared in english in 1778 as lettres philosophiques sur les anglais philosophical letters on the english. The result of the sojourn was the letters on english religion and politics which finally appeared in france in 1734 as lettres philosophiques or philosophical letters written as though to explain english society to a friend back in france letter five on the church of england began with the observation this is the country of sects. Letters on the english lettres philosophiques franois marie arouet de voltaire these 24 epistolary essays by the eighteenth century literary titan exiled to avoid imprisonment for his writings examine the english free thinkers scientists religion and government. A series of letters written by voltaire on english religion politics science and arts as usual i found voltaires discussions on the english religious sects and english politics to be the most entertaining the remaining letters on science and the arts were less resonant to modern ears
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