|Napoleon's letters to Bigot de Préameneu [1800-1815]|
|Félix-Julien-Jean Bigot de Préameneu [1747-1825]|
The life and career of Félix-Julien-Jean Bigot de Préameneu, a jurist of great ability and religious conviction, were already foreshadowed in his education and training.
under the Revolution: the path of a moderate
He then lived outside active politics, lending
his support to the organisation of the city's primary schools, reflecting
on the usefulness of paper money or agreeing to become a non-resident
associate member in the Moral and Political Science section of the Institut
a remarkable career
|In this respect, the sales
catalogue of Bigot's library (held in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France)
is a particularly interesting document. On it there are two unpublished
- A receipt from the 2nd half of 1811 for 2450 ff for the reasons listed above as Grand Officier of the Légion d'Honneur; issued in Paris on 24 January 1812.
- A handwritten letter from Bigot de Préameneu on his appointment as associate member of the Institut.
Rennes, 10 Germinal, An IV
Citizen Bigot-Préameneu, non-resident associate to the president of the Institut national des sciences et arts. Your letter of the 2nd inst. informs me that the Institut national has appointed me as one of its non-resident associates in the class of moral and political sciences, social science and legislation section.
Please bear witness to the members of the Institut that I fully appreciate the selection with which they have honoured me and that I will respond to this with unreserved devotion to the progress of the sciences and arts. They may count upon the exactitude of my correspondence and upon my attentiveness in sending them all the relevant information that it is possible for me to acquire.
Salut et fraternité
Bigot Préameneu, Man of law, associate of the Institut national des sciences et arts, Maison du Crosu, près la Motte à Rennes. [back]
|On the committee preparing the Code Civil, he worked particularly on paternity and filiation, donations inter vivos, exchanges, imprisonment for debt in civil matters and contracts.[back]|
|The Ministère des Cultes had been set up on 10 July, 1804, by converting a department of the section de l'Intérieure into a ministry. The first to hold the portfolio had been Portalis, who died while still in office. It was the responsibility of the Ministère des Cultes to ensure the proper application of the Concordat and the laws that followed it. It prepared Napoleon's rulings on the various appointments and authorisations that required State intervention (meeting of synods, opening of chapters, places of worship, creation of parishes, etc). It supervised the practice of worship and was responsible for ensuring that religious practices did not run contrary to public order and peace. Finally, it administered the State-supervised clergy, particularly by paying their salaries. The ministry had jurisdiction over both Catholic affairs and those relating to other religions. [back]|
|Bigot de Préameneu is buried in the Père-Lachaise cemetery. He had two daughters from his marriage to Eulalie-Marie Barbier: Eulalie-Jean and Eugénie.[back]|