La Pilonniere, Francois De

La Pilonniere, Francois De, an eminent French writer, was born in the second half of the 17th century. After remaining for some time a member of the Order of the Jesuits, he was converted to Protestantism, and on this account was obliged to flee the country. He took refuge first in Holland, then in England, where he was welcomed by bishop Hoadly. The precise time of his death is not ascertained. He wrote L'Atheisme decouvertpar le P., Jsuite, dans les ecrits de tons les Peres de l'Eglise et des philosophes modernes (1715, 8vo; and in St. Hyacinthe, Memoires Litteraires, 1716): — L'Abus des Confessions de Foi (1716, 8vo): — An Answer to the R.D. Snape's Accusation, containing an account of his behavior and suffering amongst the Jesuits (Lond. 1717, 8vo; transl. into Latin in 1718): it is a sort of autobiography: — Defense des Principes de la Tolerance (London, 1718, 8vo): — Further Account of himself (Lond. 1729, 8vo). He translated also into French Pope's Essay on Criticism (1717); Plato's Republic (1725, 8vo); Burnet's Histoire des dernieres Revolutions d'Angleterre (La Haye, 1725,2 volumes, 4to; London, 3 volumes, 12mo; latest edit. La Haye, 1735); and some works of bishop Bauger and of Steele. See Adelung, Suppl. z. Jocher; Haag, La France Protestante; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, 29:527. (J.N.P.)

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