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Frédéric-Charles de Félice
Frédéric-Charles de Félice (1775-1809)
"Charles" de Félice was born in 1775.

As with his brother Bernard, he joined the Clergy, becoming Pastor of the Church of St. Imier in the canton of Bern, Switzerland.

On the 19th September 1803, he was commissioned to Metz, where he became the first ever minister to be ordained after the 1787 Edict of Toleration that ended the persecution of non-Catholics.

He combined this with being a Professor of Literature at the Lycée Impérial in Metz, the "foremost chair of the establishment". Metz has a large historically Jewish population, and his more distinguished pupils included Joel Anspach (b.1788), who would become an esteemed Hebrew scholar, and great-uncle to Baron Robert de Rothschild (1880-1946).

Unfortunately, due to a "maladie causée par des travaux trop assidus" i.e. the stress of his work, after having given two sermons on Easter day 1809, de Félice died prematurely the following morning, aged 34.

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