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Falling into disgrace with Séguier in 1644, he took refuge in the Oratorian seminary. The prince de Conti visited and befriended him, lodging him in his hôtel and giving him 15,000 livres with which to get married. When the prince was made governor of the Languedoc in 1660, Jacques Esprit accompanied him and served him as intendant. On his benefactor's death in 1666, he returned to live in his birthplace of Béziers, where he educated his three daughters and edited a single work,La Fausseté des vertus humaines, and it was there that he died.
^(French) Paul Pellisson, Histoire de l'Académie françoise, volume I, p. 345, 1653.
^Paul Pellisson also gave Jacques Esprit as the author of a Paraphrase de quelques Pseaumes. The attribution of Panégyrique de Trajan par Pline Second, de la traduction de Monsieur l’Abbé Esprit (1677) to Esprit is contested.