b. 10 February 1743, Nantes
d. 18 October 1805, Madeleine, near Clisson
"Had been a teacher at the Ecole Militaire in Paris. In 1769, following a duel in which he killed his adversary, he had to flee and lived in Italy, sometimes freely, and sometimes as secretary to Marshal d'Aubeterre, until 1785, when he became secretary of the embassy to Naples. He remained there as minister plenipotentiary in 1791, until the rupture in 1792. Even then, he did not cease to live in Italy, as an agent of France, without a fixed residence, and was involved in all the events. Deputy of the Lower Loire in the Council of Five Hundred on 16 April 1798, he approved [the coup of] 18 Brumaire, and was nominated a deputy of the Corps Legislatif on 24 December 1799. Ambassador to Rome from 1801 to 1803, he was nominated senator on 29 March 1804." Bouvier, F. Bonaparte en Italie, 1796, 1899, p. 652.