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Jacobinism and the Revolt of Lyon 1789–1793$

W. D. Edmonds

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198227496

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198227496.001.0001

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(p.327) Appendix XII Sources Used in Identifying Rebel Activists

(p.327) Appendix XII Sources Used in Identifying Rebel Activists

Jacobinism and the Revolt of Lyon 1789–1793
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The two lists of officiers municipaux provisoires (that is to say, the presidents and secretaries of sections in office on 30 May who became officiers municipaux by order of the Département and the représentants): AN AF 1143, plaq. 339, no. 6, Municipalité provisoireListe des présidents et secrétaires de toutes les sections réunies (Lyon, n.d. [4 June 1793]); AD 42L34, d. A(l), Municipalité provisoire formée par procès-verbal du 31 May et autres subséquens. (The latter was drawn up by the repressive authorities in the year II and also included the names of those who entered the Provisional Municipalité after 30 May.)

A list of the sectional presidents and secretaries published with the address, Les Sections de la ville de Lyon aux habitants du département et de toutes les municipalités voisines (Lyon, 2 June 1793).

The individual dossiers (approximately 5,000) assembled in the year II and arranged alphabetically in AD 42L56–154.

The interrogations recorded by the Commission Militaire (vendémiaire—frimaire, an II, AD 42L3, d. 5); the Commission de Justice Populaire (brumaire—frimaire, an II, AD 42L12, d. 17); the Commission Révolutionnaire's correspondence (AD 42L19–22) and decisions (AD 42L24).

Procès-verbaux des séances des corps municipaux de la ville de Lyon, publiés par la municipalité (Lyon, 1904), iv. 275–44.

Registre du Secrétariat-Général des sections de la ville de Lyon 2 août-11 octobre 1793, ed. G. Guigue (Lyon, 1907).

Procès-verbaux and correspondence of the sections, May–Oct. 1793: AD 31L1–49; AC I24.

A. Portallier, Tableau général des victimes et martyrs de la Révolution en Lyonnais, Forez et Beaujolais (Saint-Étienne, 1911). (This work contains a nearly complete alphabetical list of those condemned by the Revolutionary Tribunals of Lyon and Feurs.)

Liste des citoyens éligibles aux places municipales de la ville de Lyon (Lyon, 1790).

Amongst the individual dossiers in the AD, there are extremely valuable lists of prisoners, suspects, and fugitives drawn up after the siege, by the Comités Révolutionnaires of each section. They have the advantage of covering people who escaped the Terror and are therefore not on the lists published by the Revolutionary Tribunals. Written by men who knew the quartier and the rebel sectional personnel better than the outsiders who sat on the tribunals, they are (p.328) more reliable sources for the occupations of the rebels and their roles in the revolt than the printed lists. The possibility that personal vendettas might have resulted in the inclusion of some innocents cannot be ruled out. But the fact that there were twelve men involved in compiling the lists meant that there was less chance of blatant misrepresentation, particularly in cases where it was simply a matter of stating who had served in the rebel committees and sections, which would be a matter of common knowledge in the quartier and usually verifiable by reference to sectional registers. Denials and appeals for mercy were generally based on claims of having taken up a post during the rebellion to help oppressed patriotes or to succour the poor. In some cases, such as that of the committee of Port-Affranchi (formerly Port du Temple), great pains were taken to examine the rebels’ reasons for serving (loyalty to his leaders, ignorance, gullibility, counter-revolutionary tendencies, fanaticism, or plain stupidity), and to counsel clemency even for those who, in patriotic sincerity, had served as president of a section (which was in practice a capital offence for the repressive authorities—see AD 42L101, Prisonniers du Bataillon-affranchi’). The côtes for these sectional lists are: AD 42L96, 97, 99–102, 107, 109, 112, 113, 116.

Almanachs de Lyon, 1789–92.

Actes dʼaccusation drawn up by the rebel authorities in June and July.

AC 126, Commission temporaire: certificats de non-rébellion (an II).

AD 1L87, Certificats dʼarrestation (an II).

AC 123, Petit registre de dénunciation (June–July, 1793).

It would be tedious to document in detail the hundreds of individual references used to acquire the information tabulated in these appendices. Appendix XI provides an example of full documentation.