Visits Pope at Twickenham
1694 - 1728
He is known to have visited Alexander Pope in Twickenham in 1728 where, at the dining table, he is held to have made a joke sufficiently indelicate to make Pope's mother leave the room. The story, promoted by Dr Johnson who disliked Voltaire is apocryphal: another version holds that it was Pope himself who left the room.
Voltaire is remembered in England for his comment on the execution of Admiral Byng in 1757: "Dans ce pays ci, c'est bon, de temps en temps, de tuer un amiral pour encourager les autres."
From Pantheon to waste pitWhen he died his body was quietly removed from Paris, being brought back in revolutionary triumph in 1791 for reburial in the Pantheon. However, in 1814 when the monarchy was restored his bones were secretly exhumed and buried in a pit in waste ground, something which was not discovered until 1864 when the republic was finally established and his grave investigated.
Alfred Noyes, VOLTAIRE, Sheed & Ward, London, 1936