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LEONARD, Nicholas Germain (lay-e-nar), author, born in Guadeloupe, W. I., in 1744; died in Nantes, France, 26 January, 1793. He went to France at an early age, and was educated there. He displayed poetic talent, and published verses that had some reputation in their day. They brought him to the notice of the French minister Chauvelin, who appointed him charge d'affaires at Liege. Here he composed the "Lettres de deux amans de Lyon," a romance which was very popular, and was translated into English and Italian. He abandoned diplomacy, and returned to Guadeloupe, where he stayed several years, but went back to France in 1787, and published the fourth and best edition of his works (3 vols., Paris, 1787). This edition contains his "Voyage aux Antilles." A short time afterward he set out again for Guadeloupe with the title of lieutenant-general of the admiralty and vice-seneschal of the colony. He returned to France in 1792, and died on the day when he was about to embark again for his native island. Leonard was of an amiable character, but his melancholy and listless temperament, though sometimes giving a certain charm to his works, exercised an unfortunate influence over his whole life. His nephew, Campenon, published a complete edition of his works (3 vols., Paris, 1798):
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