Beauteville, Jean Louis Dubuisson De

Beauteville, Jean Louis Dubuisson De, bishop of Alais, was born at Beauteville in 1708. In 1755 he was sent to the assembly of the clergy, where he ranged himself on the side of moderation. The mandate which he piublished in 1762 against the Recueil des Assertions gained for him a number of enemies, especially on the part of his colleagues. Nevertheless he enjoyed great consideration, more especially on the part of the Protestants than among the Catholics of Alais. He was a learned prelate, full of religious fervor, devoted to his duty, and charitable towards the poor. Some of his writings created a public sensation; among others one entitled, Sur la Mort de Louis XV et sur le Sacre de Louis XVI. He had prepared a work against the report of M. de Brienne, at the assembly of the clergy of 1765; but was prevented from presenting it by his death, which occurred March 25, 1775. He was in correspondence with Clement XIV concerning means for terminating the divisions which were disturbing the Church of France. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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