Merlin, Jacques (2)

Merlin, Jacques (2), a Protestant clergyman, the son of Pierre Merlin, was born at Alencon Feb. 5, 1566. He studied at Geneva, and at Oxford, England. In 1589 he was appointed incumbent of La Rochelle, where he continued to labor until the end of his life. In 1601 he was a delegate from his province to the political assembly at Sainte-Foi. He was chosen vice-president of the national synod held at La Rochelle in 1607, and president of the synod convened two years later in Saint-Maxent. He wrote Diaire ou Journal du ministre Merlin (Geneva, 1855, 8vo, 65 pp.), published by M, Crottet from a MS. deposited in the library at La Rochelle. In this same library there, is another MS. by Jacques Merlin, which contains a chronological record of the events noted by him in La Rochelle. He died about 1620. See Haag, La France Protest.; Arcere, Hist. de La Rochelle.

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