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Our telegrams this morning report the death of Jules Favre, an account of whose career from “ Men of the Time,” is appended : Favke, Gabriel Claude Jules, a French statesman, born at Lyons, March 31, 1809, was prosecuting his studies fertile bar at the outbreak of the revolution of July, 1830, in which he took an active part. He soon afterwards commenced practice, whilst, the independence of his character, the bitter irony of his address, and the radicalism of his opinions, made him a reputation, and he has remained the consistent champion of French Republicanism, in the Press, in the different national assemblies, and at the bar. After the revolution of February, 1848, he became Secretary-General of the Ministry of the Interior, and was the author of the circular to the Commissioners of the Provisional Government, as well as the “ Bulletins ” of the same year. He officiated for some time as Under-Secre-tary for Foreign Affairs, voted for the prosecution of M.M. Louis Blanc and Caussidiere for their complicity in the insurrection of June, 1848 ; refused to join in a vote of thanks to Gen. Cavaignac, and opposed the expedition to Rome of December, 1848. He became the strenuous opponent of Louis Napoleon after the latter’s election to the Presidency, and the leader of the Montagne on the flight of M. Ledru Rollin. Elected after the “ coup d’ dtat ” of 1851 to the General Council of the Loire-et-Rhone, he refused to take the oath to the new constitution. His defence of Orsini in 1853 created a great sensation by its boldness and eloquence. In the same year he became a member of the Legislative body ; since which time he has distinguished himself by his speeches in favour of complete liberty of the Press, against the law of “ deportation,” the war with Austria of 1859, and in 1864 by an attack on the policy of the Imperial Government in the Mexican war. At the general election of 1869 M. Favre narrowly escaped losing his seat. He was proposed for various constituencies, but it was thought he had the best chance in the 7th ciroonscription of the Seine, and the Ist circonscription of the Rhone. At Lyons, however, he sustained a severe defeat, polling only 5991 votes against 16,985 recorded in favour of the Socialist candidate, M. Raspail. In Paris the contest was a closer one. M. Favre was opposed by M. Cantagrel who held very advanced radical opinions, and by M. Henri Rochfort, who was well known to be particularly odious to the Government, The result of the first ballot showed that out of 34,308 votes recorded M. Favre obtained only 12,028 against 10,033 given to Rochfort and 7,437 to Cantagrel. The latter thereupon retired, but M. Rochfort maintained his candidature. M. Favre, however, was returned by 18,267 votes against 14,503 given to his opponent. On the downfall of the Empire and the establishment of the Government of the National Defence, he was appointed Minister of War (September, 1870), in which capacity he proceeded, on Sept. 18, to the head-quarters of the King of Prussia at Ferrieres, in order to consult with Count Bismarck as to the terms on which an armistice could be arranged far the purpose of permitting elections for a Constituent Assembly to take place. The negociation came to nothing, in consequence of Count Bismarck insisting, as a preliminary condition, on the surrender of Strasburg, Toul, and Yerdun. In January, 1871, M. Favre was invited by Lord Granville to attend, as representative of France, the conference held in London on the Black Sea question, but he declined to do so for various reasons, one of the principal being the refusal of Count Bismark to provide him with safe-conduct. M. Favre resigned the office of Minister for Foreign Affairs July 23, 1871, and on Aug. 1 he made his re-appearance in his robes as a barrister in the Salle des Pas Perdus, at the Palace of Justice. Since then he has actively resumed practice at the bar. He was elected batonnicr of the Order of Advocates at Paris in August, 1860, and again in 1861, and a member of the French Academy in May, 1867. Many of his most famous speeches have been published, and he is also the author of several pamphlets. The principal of these are, “ De la Coalition des Chefs d’ Atelier a Lyon,” 1833; “ Anatheme,” 1833; “ Sixieme Proces du Precurseur,” 1833; “ Affaire Ladvocat et Boullenois,” 1837; “Biographic Contemporaine,” 1837, of which only two numbers were published; “La Libertid de la Presse,” 1849; and “ Defense de Felix Orsini,” 1866.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 52, 24 January 1880

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OBITUARY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 52, 24 January 1880