, born at Serrieres in the Maconnois in 1708, quitted his country in
, born at Serrieres in the Maconnois
in 1708, quitted his country in order to pursue his studies
at Geneva, from whence he went to the Hague, where he
had some relations, and there he became a Calvinist. A
dispute with some divines obliging him to leave Holland,
he retired into Germany, from whence he returned to
France. He there recanted, and died some time after
at Dijon, in 1738, being only thirty years old. He published 1. “
Critique desinteressee des journaux litteraires,”
History of the Popes,”
from St. Peter to Benedict XIII. inclusive, 1732, 5 vols.
4to. 3. “
Mernoires historiques, critiques, et litteraires,”
2 vols. 12mo, in which are many anecdotes of the characters and works of the learned men he had been
acquainted with in the different countries he had visited. The first title of this work, was: “
serieuses et badines sur les Swisses, les Hollandois, et les
Allemans, &c.” which he thought proper to change.
Reflexions en forme de lettres adressees au prochain
synod qui doit s’assembler a la Haye, sur l'affaire de M.
Saurin, et sur celle de M. Maty,” Hague,
Hague, 1730, 6 vols.
12mo. 6.” Le postilion, ouvrage historique, critique, politique, &c." 1733—6, 4 vols. 12mo. His history of the
popes was said to have been the production of a Benedictine
of St. Maur, and the plan and some of the chapters having
fallen into the hands of Bruys, he prepared it for the
press in the shape we now find it.