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FELIX, Louis, Baron, born in St. Pierre, Martinique, 28 December, 1765; died in Mexico, 1 July 1836. He took orders when very young, and was anointer of the Count de Bentheim, lieutenant governor of the Dauphine, at the beginning of the revolution of 1789. He then gave up his orders and became clerk of the national convention until 1795, when he joined Hughes, a member of the assembly, in organizing the government of Guadeloupe, and reducing the revolted Negroes there to subjection. He took the responsibility of revoking certain measures unpopular with the whites, and managed affairs with such skill that the colony was completely pacified in 1796. Baron Felix remained in Guadeloupe in 1795'99, devoting himself to administrative and judicial labors. In the mean while Hughes was restive under the sense of the obligations he owed to Felix, and asked to have him recalled to France in 1800.
He had scarcely arrived when Napoleon made his cou d'etat of the 18th Brumaire, and named him a member of the tribune. Felix took an active part in the deliberations of this assembly until it was suppressed in 1803. He was then sent to Mexico as minister and French consul general, He was afterward the French minister at Washington, and kept the post until 1806, but remained consul general in Mexico till the fall of Napoleon in 1814. He returned to France in 1815, and Prince Talleyrand, who esteemed him highly, sent him as minister to South America, where he remained four years. He was then consul general and minister extraordinary to the Levant in 1819'22, consul general to Mexico in 1825'30, deputy from Marseilles in 1832'35, and in 1835'6 minister to Mexico, where he died. His books relating to this continent are " Apercu sur les Etats Unis" (Paris, 1814); "Apereju sur le Mexique" (1815); "Rapport au ministre des affaires &rangers sur la situation des Francais dans le Mexique et l'Am6rique du Sud" (1820); " Theorib des gouvernements," in which he compares the governments of Europe with those of the United States and South America, and declares in favor of the New World (1823).
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