He was nevertheless a man of respectable abilities, of an irreproachable private character, and a good speaker.
His high birth, his legal learning - he was for a long time professor of canon law at Montpellier - and the irreproachable purity of his life, recommended him to Pope Gregory XI., who created him cardinal in 1375.
And such a state of obligatory and irreproachable idleness is the lot of a whole class--the military.
Returning from this mission, he pronounced an eloquent discourse in favour of the republic. His simple manners, easy speech, ardent temperament and irreproachable private life gave him great influence in Paris, and he was elected president of the Commune, defending the municipality in that capacity at the bar of the Convention on the 31st of October 1792.
The chief attraction of military service has consisted and will consist in this compulsory and irreproachable idleness.
He carried himself well in civil life and was of irreproachable private conduct.
Clay's quick intelligence and sympathy, and his irreproachable conduct in youth, explain his precocious prominence in public affairs.
He was a disciplinarian, a scholar, a modest and moderate man of genuine piety and irreproachable morals.