Guenee, Antoine

Guenee, Antoine, a French abbot, was born at Etampes Nov. 23, 1717. He studied at Paris, entered the Church, and attained high degrees in the university. For twenty years professor of rhetoric at the college of Plessis, he travelled through Italy, Get. many, and England to acquire a knowledge of their languages, and on his return published several translations. He afterwards wrote the Lettres de quelques' Juifs against Voltaire, for which he was made canon of the cathedral of Amiens, and afterwards attached to the chapel of Versailles by cardinal de la Roche-Aymon. During the Revolution he was imprisoned for ten months at Fontainebleau, and after his liberation lived in retirement with his brother. He died at Fontainebleau Nov. 27, 1803. Among his publications are: Los Temoins de lu Resurrection de Jesus Christ examines suivant les regles du barreau (from the Engl. of Sherlock, against Woolston, Paris, 1753, 12mo): — La Religion chretienne dimontree par la conversion et l'apos-tolat de Saint Paul (from the Engl. of Lyttleton, with the addition of two discourses by Seed): — Sur l'Excellence intrinseque de l'Ecriture (Paris, 1754, 12mo): — Observations sur l'histoire et sur les preuves de la Resurrection de Jesus Christ (from the Engl. of West, against Woolston) (Paris, 1757, 12mo): — Lettres de quelques Juifs portugais, allemands et polonais a M. de Voltaire (Paris, 1769, 8vo); often reprinted, with additions, as 6th ed. Paris, 1805, 3 vols. 8vo and 12mo; 7th ed. Paris, 1815, 4 vols. 8vo; 8th ed. Paris, 1817, 8vo; Lyon and Paris, 1857, 3 vols. 12mo; transl, into English by Le-fanu under the title Letters of certain Jews to Voltaire (Dublin, 1777, 2 vols. 8vo): — Recherches sur la Judee consideree principalement par rapport a la fertilite de son terroir, depuis la captivite de Babylone jusqu'a nos temps, in Memoires de l'Academie des Inscriptions, vol. 1 (1808), composed of papers read by him before this society, of which he had been elected member in 1778. — Dacier, Notice sur l'abbe Guenee (at the head of the 7th ed. of Lettres de quelques Juifs, etc., Paris, 181.5); Que-rard, La France litteraire; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Genesis 22:381; Darling, Cyclop. Bibliographica, i, 1351.

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