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Chabrit, Peter (‒1785) [vol. 9 page 60] , member of the supreme council of Bouillon
, member of the supreme council of Bouillon, and advocate in the parliament
, member of the supreme council
of Bouillon, and advocate in the parliament of Paris, died
in that capitol in 1785. Born to no fortune, his days were
shortened by difficulties and cares. His works give proof
of considerable talents, and his manners are said to have
attracted universal esteem. His book entitled “
French monarchy and its laws,” 1785, 2 vols. 12mo, displays a novelty in the design, and a variety of knowledge
in the execution. He is thought to have taken Montesquieu for his model, whose energy and precision he copies,
as well as his dryness. He obtained in 1782 the prize of
the French academy for the encouragement of literature.
Diderot proposed him to Catherine II. of Russia as a proper
person to assist her in her new code of laws, and as one
profoundly versed in the subject, but Chabrit died before
her imperial majesty returned an answer.