The society of "ideologists" at Auteuil embraced, besides Cabanis and Tracy, Constantin Francois de Chassebeeuf, Comte de Volney and Dominique Joseph Garat (1749-1833), professor in the National Institute.
The incident reawakened the interest which had early been aroused in the young Corsican by converse with the savant Volney, author of Les Ruines, ou meditation sur les revolutions des empires.
Witness his illuminating statement to Volney during the Consulate: "Why should France fear my ambition?
This idea, which occupies a prominent position in systems like those of Bentham, Volney, and even Paley, was evidently of prime importance at all events to the later Cyrenaics.
These sonnets were more personal and less imitative than the Olive sequence, and struck a note which was revived in later French literature by Volney and Chateaubriand.
The place was laid out as a town in 1825 and named Volney, but in honour of Robert Fulton the present name was adopted a little later.
In 1834 he took the Volney prize with his Paldographie als Mittel der Sprachforschung.