FGB Free Clinic - Case no. 9 - Marie Fouyol, Parisian wife of Thomas Mansell, part 9 - Foreigners' Passport Requests
The omicron variant is sweeping Europe and travel is again being limited. Everyone, including us, is worried that their family reunions for the holidays will have to be cancelled. Instead of being a time of happy anticipation, for most in France, as elsewhere, we imagine, it is a time of increasing anxiety, as we are told, somewhat unnecessarily.
A couple of weeks ago, we managed to visit the Archives nationales and took the opportunity to look at the foreigners' passport requests in our hunt for the identity of Marie Fouyol, wife of Thomas Mansell. Recall that, in the last post on this case study, this was one of the archive series that we thought could be of help:
"The Archives nationales contain the police surveillance files of the period, as well as any surviving passport requests by foreigners, as explained here. Either could contain something on Thomas Mansell, which might also mention his wife and her origins."
Unfortunately, we found nothing of use, though to be honest, we did not have enough time to do an exhaustive search. The series code, F/7/3507 is within the police archives of the first empire. Precisely, they are visa requests made by foreign passport holders. The requests were entered onto printed pages, of which there are hundreds, in no specific order.
As the above sample list shows, princes were mixed in with weavers and foreigners were mixed in with people born in Paris. Marie Fouyol, in marrying a foreigner, would have lost her French nationality, and the nationality of her children with Mansell would have been British, not French. It is conceivable that their applications to travel to Britain, if they left France and returned during the First Empire, could appear somewhere in this series. However, in all of the pages we examined, there was not a single person with the enemy nationality of British. We suspect that those may have been kept separately, but we are not sure of where.
The search for Marie Fouyol continues.
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