No. 349 NAI DFA Paris Embassy 49/16

Letter from Seán Murphy to James Joyce (St-Gérand-le-Puy)

Vichy, 26 November 1940

Dear Mr. Joyce,

I was both surprised and disappointed to receive a note (of which I enclose a copy herewith)1 from the German Embassy through Count O'KELLY, to the effect that your daughter's2 journey to Switzerland cannot take place.

I do not know why this decision has been reached unless it is because, as it may be possible to infer from the note, she is the holder of a British passport. I had gathered as I told you at the time from the informal talk which I had with a member of the Embassy during my visit to Paris in August last that her journey would not give rise to any difficulty in spite of her holding a British passport. I may add, however, that there is no doubt that since the month of September, the German authorities have become more strict in regard to the travelling of foreigners.

1 Not printed.

2 Lucia Joyce (1907-82), daughter of James Joyce and Nora Barnacle.

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