|Allen Bathurst, 1st Earl Bathurst engraved by Charles Bestland|
National Portrait Gallery
I came across this letter from Voltaire to Earl Bathurst on the Electronic-Enlightenment website and decided to post it for no better reason than that I live in Cirencester, where Bathurst, abetted by Alexander Pope, created his wonderful Park.
Richings House, where Voltaire enjoyed the run of the library, has long since disappeared, as have the grounds which once boasted a canal of 1,600 feet. However, much of Bathurst's grandiose visions of landscape are still available for visitors to Cirencester to enjoy.
Electronic Enlightenment [Festschrift for Paul LeClerc] - Voltaire to Bathurst, 18th October 1729, [Transcription and notes by Nicholas Cronk]