, a privy counsellor of the electorate of Meritz, was born Aug.
privy counsellor of the electorate of Meritz, was born Aug.
28, 1738, and arrived at the dignity of counsellor when
only nineteen years of age. The emperor invited him to
Vienna, but he refused this honourable offer, and remained
at Mentz, where having attained the rank of chancellor of
state, he applied his attention to the reformation of the
schools, and the regulation and diminution of the convents.
He was one of the chief promoters of the union of the German bishops against the court of Rome. The death of the
elector Emmerick Joseph, in 1774, interrupted his pursuits but he was soon recalled, and in 1782, appointed to
the guardianship of the universities of the electorate, and
distinguished himself by many humane and enlightened
regulations. He died May 7, 1784. We have only from
his pen, the plan of a “
New organization of the University of Mentz,”