Meanwhile he had been appointed physician advising on the establishment of a silk factory.
La Vieuville thought to compromise by forcing the cardinal into a "council of despatches," with merely the privilege of advising the king's council but entrusted with no power.
His reception was, however, cold, the bishop advising him to seek a livelihood in the town.
Though he was often on strained terms with Mirabeau, yet his views generally coincided with those of that statesman, who is said on his death-bed (2nd of April 1791) to have communicated to him his opinions on domestic and international affairs, especially advising a close understanding with England.
The immense authority of the college centred in the pontifex maximus, the other pontifices forming his consilium or advising body.