Boismont, Nicholas Thyrel De

Boismont, Nicholas Thyrel De, a French preacher, was born in a village of Normandy about 1715. Devoted to pleasure, he neglected his studies until sent to Paris, where he acquired a high reputation for his sermons, his knowledge of character, etc. He succeeded Boyer, bishop of Mirepoix, as a member of the French Academy in 1755. His literary success was great, and a discourse delivered by him on charity caused £150,000 to be collected for that object. He was highly eulogized for his talents. He died at Paris, Dec. 20, 1786. He Wrote, Lettres Secretes sur I'Etat Actuel de la Religion et du Clerge de France (178-83), and other works, some of which were not published until after his death. Among them was De la Necessite. d'Orner les Verites Evangeliques. His sermons and discourses twere published under the title Oraisons Funebres,- Panegyriques et Sermons (Paris, 1805). See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Lichtenberger, Enscyclopedie des Sciences Religieuses, s.v.; Winer, Handbuch der theol. Lit. 2, 187. (B. P.)

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