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was so unworthy a student, was either of 1615 or 1619. The Mr. B. to whom the authorship is attributed, is either Jerome Bignon or Pierre Bergeron. The number of dots after the initial is one too many for the former, and one too few for the latter. Bergeron was a well-known literary ecclesiastic, and, if he had been intended, he would probably have been designated by a clerical title. I am therefore inclined to think that Sorbiere meant to refer to Jerome Bignon.
(2.) The copy of the 1619 edition, formerly owned by Bishop Huet of Avranches [b. 1624, d. 1721], and now possessed by the Bibliotheque Nationale of Paris, contains in the fly-leaf the following MS. note :
a Le veritable, auteur de ce liure est Pierre Bergeron, qui ayant oui parlcr des diuerses avantures de Pyrard, lorsquail .fut de retour A Paris, U le prist chez soy, et se les fist raeowter auec toute Vexactitude que Von peut remarquer dans cet murage. Comme Pyrard estoit toujours yure, Bergeron pf diseerner la veriti de ses paroles luy faisoit dire plusieurs fois et a divers terns une mesme chose, et qd il la rapportoit con-stamm daune mesme facon et sans varier, il la prenoit pr veritable : sinon, il la rejettoit coe suspecte. Je tiens cela de Mr. Conrart.a1
This note, which I have examined, is not signed, but I have no reason to question its authenticity. The information it contains must be dated prior to 1675, the year of Conrartas death.
(3.) The publisheras preface to the 1679 edition of
i Founder of and secretary to the society from which sprung the French Academy.i Founder of and secretary to the society from which sprung the French Academy.