Cotin, Charles a French preacher and writer, also counsellor and almoner of the king, was born in Paris in 1604. Being appointed in 1650 to the canonship of Bayeux, he took possession, but resigned it the following year. On May 3, 1655, he was made a member of the French Academy, and, although ridiculed by Boileau and Moliere, was admitted to the best literary society of the day. He died in January, 1682. Some of his works are, Meditations sur les Lemons de Tenebres, etc. (Paris, 1634): — La Vraie Philosophie des Principes du Monde (ibid. 1646): — Traite de. l'Ame Immortelle (1655): — Poesies Chretiennes (1657): — La Pastorale Sacree (first in prose, then in verse; one of his most important works): — OEuvres Melees (1659). See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.