celebres,” 1758, 6 vols. 8vo, in which he is said to have betrayed too much of the spirit of party. A French wit called it the Martyrdogy of Jansenism, compiled by
, born at Grenoble, and died
at Paris, July 21, 1772, came early in life to that metropolis, where he took up the employment of a schoolmaster.
He wrote, in conjunction with fathers Gaubile and Varra,
Dictionnaire historique, litteraire, et critique, des
Sevigniana.” 2. An abridgment, much esteemed, of the “
Dictionnaire des Antiquities Romaiues,” by Pitiscus, in 2 vols. 8vo. 3. “
Dictionnaire hist, geographique et moral de la Bible,”
Maximes sur le devoir des Hois, et le bon usage
de leur authorité,” Paris,
Memoires historiques et litteraires de Pabbe Gouget,” with a correct list of his works.
The abbé Barral was a man of erudition, of a lively conversation, and the style of his writings is vigorous and manly,
though sometimes negligent and incorrect.
, a French wit and poet, was born in 1600 at Bourg en Bresse, and
, a French wit and poet, was born
in 1600 at Bourg en Bresse, and going very young to Paris,
attached himself to Vaugeias, Boisrobert, and Coeffetau;
and was afterwards made secretary to the count d'Harcourt,
and then steward of his house. Faret was one of the first
members of the French academy, and employed to settle
its statutes. He was very intimate with St. Amand, who
celebrates him in his verses, as an illustrious debauchee,
inertly to furnish a rhyme to Cabaret. He was at length
appointed secretary to the king, and died at Paris in September 1640, leaving several children by two marriages.
His works are, a translation of Eutropius; “
Homme,” taken from the Italian of Castiglione, J2mo;
Vertus necessaires a un Prince;” and several poems in
the collections of his time. He also left a life of Rene II.
dhke of Lorraine, and Memoirs of the famous count d'Harcourt, ms.
, a French wit, the son of a surgeon of Toulouse, where he was born
, a French wit, the son of
a surgeon of Toulouse, where he was born in 1638, wrote
several Latin poems, which were reckoned good, but applied himself chiefly to the poetry of his native country.
Having been three times honoured with the laurel at the
academy of the Floral games, he wrote a tragedy called
Gela, which was acted, in 1687, with applause, in consequence of which he published it, with a dedication to the
first prince of the blood. He wrote also “
d' Abraham;” and ^ Joseph vendu par ses Freres,“
two singular subjects for tragedies; but received with favour. He
produced besides a tragedy called” La Mort de Neron,“
concerning which an anecdote is related, which nearly
coincides with one which is current here, as having happened to our dramatic poet Fletcher. He wrote usually
at public-houses, and one day left behind him a paper,
containing his plan for that tragedy; in which, after various marks and abbreviations, he had written at large,” Ici le roi sera tu6“
Here the king is to be killed.
The tavern-keeper, conceiving that he had found the seeds
of a plot, gave information to the magistrate. The poet
was accordingly taken up; but on seeing his paper, which
he had missed, in the hands of the person who had seized
him, exclaimed eagerly,” Ah! there it is; the very scene
which I had planned for the death of Nero." With this clue,
his innocence was easily made out, and he was discharged.
Pechantre died at Paris in 1709, being then seventy-one;
he had exercised the profession of physic for some time,
till he quitted it for the more arduous task of cultivating