Friend of Albert Gallatin.
Attended school with Gallatin in Geneva. They ran away to America together (1780), carrying a letter of recommendation from Franklin, and attempted to establish themselves as merchants at Machias, Maine, but failed because the small settlement offered few trading opportunities (1780-81). Taught French in Boston; later worked as an organist in Kingston, Jamaica. Planned to settle in Ohio country with Gallatin. Died of a fever in Jamaica (1784).