Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Travel Visa

eBay is turning into a wonderful resource for family documents, who knew? The latest find concerns again, Louis de Büren, Bernese Governor of Lausanne. The document ia a travel visa for the extended lands of the canton Bern, and the city of Lausanne for one Etienne Faure. The visa was initially authorized on August 4th, 1794 and good until October 17th, 1794.

Five days after it was approved it was revoked by Louis on August 9th, 1794. It is possible that the subject of this document could be the same Etienne Faure who was the Treasurer of Dauphiné at the time. The Dauphiné is a former province in southeastern France, whose area roughly corresponded to that of the present departments of Isère, Drôme, and Hautes-Alpes. Given the fact that this document was available after all this time and in good condition, it seems clear that Mr. Faure's visa was never granted.

The text in French:

Il est permis à Etienne Faure, de Die en Dauphiné de séjourner jusqu'au 1ere octobre, 1794 dans le Canton de BERNE & et nommément à Lausanne sauf l'agrément à obtenir de qui il appartiendra. Ce terme écolué, on aura soin de se pourvoir d'une nouvelle permission, sous peine d'être renvoyé du pays. La présente permission devra être produite chaque fois que le porteur en sera requis.
Donné ce 4 août, 1794.
De la part de la Commission ayant la surveillance des Etrangers. signé Gruber


(Note from Louis)
... charge de vous dire qu'on ne prolongera plus cetter permission. ... de vous en prevenir Château de Lausanne. Le 9 août, 1794. signé de Büren






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