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, of France, was born at Lyons in 1671. He was at first a Jesuit, but afterwards an

, of France, was born at Lyons in 1671. He was at first a Jesuit, but afterwards an advocate, a member of the academy of Lyons, and librarian of the public library there. In 1716, he published the works of Boileau, in 2 vols. 4to, with historical illustrations: and, after that, the works of Regnier. He reformed the text of both these authors from the errors of the preceding editions, and seasoned his notes with many useful and curious anecdotes of men and things. His only fault, the fault of almost all commentators, is, that he did not use the collections he had made with sufficient sobriety and judgment; and has inserted many things, no ways necessary to illustrate his authors, and some that are even frivolous. He wrote also “L'Histoire abrege*e de la ville de Lyon,” with elegance and precision, 1711, 4to; and died there in 1746. He had a friendship and correspondence with many of the literati, and particularly with Rousseau the poet, and Voltaire. The latter used to tell him, that he “resembled Atticus. who kept terms, and even cultivated friendship, at the same time with Caesar and Pompey.” The enmity between Rousseau and Voltaire is well known.

born at Lyons in 1671, was bred a physician, in which profession

, born at Lyons in 1671, was bred a physician, in which profession his family had long been celebrated, but distinguished himself more iii general literature than in medicine. He settled at Paris, became a friend of Malebranche, and in 1716 was elected into the French academy. He had a library of forty-five thousand volumes, from which, in 1742, he presented to the royal library all those that were wanting to that collection. He died Feb. 8, 1762, at the age of 91, being supposed (like Fagon), to have prolonged his life by his skill. He was of a lively disposition, with a ready natural eloquence; and though he was not so famous in the practice of medicine, he was much esteemed in consultation. His chief works are, 1. A translation of Viliemont’s “Systema Planetarum,” published in 1707. 2. An edition of the Greek pastoral of “Daphnis and Chloe,” translated by Amyot, with curious notes. 3. An edition of Desperier’s “Cymbalum Mundi,” with notes. 4. Several dissertations in the inemoirs of the academy; and some medical theses. He was uncle to Stephen Falconet, the celebrated sculptor, of whom we regret that no good account has yet reached this country, where he has long been known for his writings.