1645 – Born in Paris on the 16th of August.
1673 – He was called to the bar, and bought a post in the revenue department at Caen, which gave him status and an income.
1688 – His Caractères appeared, and at once, as Nicolas de Malezieu had predicted, brought him "bien des lecteurs et bien des ennemis".
1691 – He was defeated thrice, and on one memorable occasion he had but seven votes, five of which were those of Bossuet, Boileau, Racine, Paul Pellisson and Bussy-Rabutin.
1693 – He was elected, and even then an epigram, which, considering his admitted insignificance in conversation, was not of the worst, lacesit lateri:
1696 – Died on the 10th of May.