Jean-Baptiste Lingaud papers
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Jean-Baptiste Lingaud was born in Limoges in 1760. In 1777 he took up the post of secretary-clerk (secrétaire-greffier) at the Hôtel de Ville in Limoges. In 1780 he was appointed advisor to the King, lieutenant-general, and prosecutor of Limoges (posts he most likely kept until 1789). His tenure as secretary survived a number of mayors, the Revolution in 1789, and the aggressive anti-aristocratic policies of the Jacobins; it even oulived Napoleon's rule. His links to the police are most likely responsible for providing a number of trial documents and police reports in his collection.
The collection comprises 492 items dating from 1775 to 1824 (most likely the year of Lingaud's death); among these are letters, municipal documents, police records, trial transcripts as well as some of Lingaud's personal papers. All of these items most likely went through Lingaud, considering his official position.
The pre-Revolutionary documents primarily include bureaucratic correspondence between Limoges and the court in Versailles and Paris. After 1792 there emerges a vast number of name lists and secret surveillance records as well as arrest warrants for the aristocrats and their sympathizers. Most notable in this part of the collection are letters and documents from the 'Revolutionary Committee' and the 'Surveillance Committee'.
Between 1795 and 1800 there exists a consistent correspondence between Lingaud and Jean-Guineau-Dupré, who was the representative for the Haute-Vienne region in the 'Conseil des Anciens' and Lingaud's personal friend. Guineau's letters to Lingaud provide vivid detail about the 'Conseil des Anciens' as well as important events in Paris. In addition, there is a less frequent correspondence between Léonard-Honoré Gay-Vernon, who was the deputy of the 'Counsel of 500' and the officials of Limoges.
Purchased from Raymond Clavreuil, 1960
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Anton Matytsin
- Finding Aid Date
- July 2004