Achards, Eleazar Francis De La Baume De
Achards, Eleazar Francis De La Baume De, a French ecclesiastic, was born at Avignon, Jan. 29, 1679. Entering into orders, he distinguished himself by his zeal in behalf of the poor, particularly during the plague at Marseilles in 1721. Pope Clement III appointed him apostolic vicar, with the title of bishop of Halicarnassus, to settle the disputes among the missionaries of China. His labors were unsuccessful, and he died at Cochin, April 2, 1741. The abbe Fabre, his secretary, published an account of his mission, and a funeral sermon by a Chinese priest (1746, 4to). See Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.; Hook, Eccles. Biog. s.v.