File 07 - Emigration to Russia 1802

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Emigration to Russia 1802


  • 1802-1803 (Creation)

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These letters, on microform were obtained from St. Petersburg. They were translated from French by Alvin Peter Harms of Calgary, Professor of French. They were transcribed to paper copies and donated to John B. Toews.

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This file contains the following correspondence:
Eight letters from Consul General de Trefurt to His excellency the Chancellor of the Empire of Prussia requesting permission of Mennonites of Danzig to emigrate to Russia in 1802-1893.. See notes.

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Mennonites were promised farm land and exemption from military service in Russia, so sought to emigrate en mass from Prussia to settle in south Russia. Five hundred persons left as soon as passports were issued, on August 18, 1803. Hundreds more followed in subsequent years.

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