Voltaire had met Henry St

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Voltaire had met Henry St. John, Viscount Bolingbroke in the early 1720s when the Englishman was  himself in exile. The two became firm friends, and Voltaire, always a great letter writer, corresponded  with him regularly. It was perhaps this relationship that led the Frenchman to spend most of the next  three years in England. The consensus is that this period in Voltaire's life was of the greatest  importance to him. John Morley, one of his better known English biographers, went so far as to say  that the English Deists formed Voltaire's mind. This, no doubt, is an exaggeration, in view of the  Frenchman's apprenticeship to the Abbé de Châteauneuf, his admiration of Henri Bayle, and the  evidence found in his growing list of publications. But certainly Saintsbury did not exaggerate when  he wrote as follows  (Encyclopaedia Britannica,  11th edition): Before the English visit, Voltaire had been an elegant trifler, an adept in the forms of literature  popular in French society, a sort of superior Dorat or Boufflers of earlier growth. He returned from  that visit one of the foremost literary men in Europe. The cultural and intellectual climate of England at this time (1726 to 1729) delighted the young 
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