Houel, Nicolas A French philanthropist of the 16th century. He founded at Paris the laoison de la Charite Chretienne in 1578. Two years later he published his Avertissement et declaration de I' institution de la Charift Chretienne (Par. 1580, 8vo). — Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Géneralé, 25, 258 sq.