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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Malesherbes, Lamoignon de
French statesman, born in Paris; a good and upright man; was twice over called to be one of Louis XVI.'s advisers, but his advice was not taken and he retired; defended Louis at his trial; pled for him "with eloquent want of eloquence, in broken sentences, in embarrassment and sobs," and was guillotined for it; he had been censor of the press, and to his liberal-minded censorship the world owes the publication of the "Encyclopédie" (1721-1794).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Malesherbes, Lamoignon de'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/m/malesherbes-lamoignon-de.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.