Gobelet, diminutive of gobel, gobeau, which Skeat takes to be formed from Low Lat.
To the authorities quoted under AFRICA, ROMAN, may be added here Gobel, Die West-kiiste Afrikas im Alterthum.
When on the 7th of November 1793 Gobel, bishop of Paris, was intimidated into resigning his episcopal office at the bar of the Convention, Gregoire, who was temporarily absent from the sitting, hearing what had happened, hurried to the hall, and in the face of a howling mob of deputies refused to abjure either his religion or his office.
JEAN BAPTISTE JOSEPH GOBEL (1727-1794), French ecclesiastic and politician, was born at Thann, in Alsace, on the 1st of September 1727.
The civil constitution of the clergy gave the appointment of priests to the electoral assemblies, and since taking the oath Gobel had become so popular that he was elected bishop in several dioceses.
On the 8th of November 1792, Gobel was appointed administrator of Paris.
The followers of Hebert, who were then pursuing their anti-Christian policy, claimed Gobel as one of themselves; while, on the other hand, Robespierre looked upon him as an atheist, though apostasy cannot strictly speaking be laid to the charge of the ex-bishop, nor did he ever make any actual profession of atheism.
Gobel was condemned to death, with Chaumette, Hebert and Anacharsis Cloots, and was guillotined on the 12th of April 1794.
For a bibliography of documents relating to his episcopate see "Episcopat de Gobel" in vol.