University of Notre Dame


1843 Feb.
Tabor, Martha M(ary): Lafourche, (Louisiana)
 to  Bishop (Anthony) Blanc : New Orleans, Louisiana

(Tabor addresses Blanc as) "My dear God father." She received his letter of the 24th and his letter of about a month ago. Blanc must think of her on his journey and write. She hopes God will bless Brother Lugars for his goodness to her since she has been living with him and Sister. Tabor was in hopes of going down to the city this winter but Sister is not well enough to travel such a distance. Blanc is to let her know if Madame Aloysia (Hardey) intends returning to remain at St. Michael; Tabor was sorry to hear that the Ladies did not have as many pupils as when Tabor was there. Sister Julia is very well; she was down to see Martha last week. Sister Ann has been sick.

V-4-n - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 4to. - {3}

1843 Feb. 1
(Odin), Bishop John Mary: Houston, (Texas)
 to  Bishop A(nthony) Blanc for Father J(ohn) Timon : New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

(Odin) has just received Timon's two letters, one from St. Louis and one from New Orleans. (Odin) cannot go to see Timon at this moment; he is on his way to San Antonio. He has not heard from the priests in that quarter for a long time. Father (John) U(r)quhart who lives with Father (James Ignatius) Mullon at St. Patrick's wrote expressing a wish to come to Texas. (Odin) was anxious to ascertain what kind of recommendations Mullon had and what were his dispositions. Timon is to enquire and if he thinks Mullon will agree, to send him on by the first boat directing him to celebrate one Sunday at Galveston and to proceed to Houston where he will remain until (Odin) comes back from the West. At Houston, Mr. DeChène will give him a room. (Odin) had written to Father (Stephen) Rousselon about him but has not heard from him. Timon is to send 40 pounds of block tin to Galveston consigned to Dr. Labadie to be forwarded to Dechène at Houston. They need it for two bells, one for Houston and one for Galveston. The prospect in a spiritual point of view begins to look a little more consoling in Galveston and even here. On Christmas day there were 16 Communions at the first Mass and several others during the week. Would Timon advise him to go to Baltimore for the next Council? Where will he find Timon next spring? 117 emigrants arrived from France and most all went to San Antonio. 800 more are expected. They were sent by Mr. Castro who is to settle 2000 families on the Rio Frio. General (Sam) Houston has given them the use of the vacant houses and fields of San Antonio until all arrive and then they will go to take possession of their lands. (Odin)'s health is not very good; he will remain only a week in San Antonio.

V-4-n - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 4to. - {12}

1843 Feb. 3
Sautois, S.J., Father F(lorian) J.: Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to  Father (Stephen) Rousselon : New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Sautois asks for a dispensation for the marriage of two free persons of color: Louis and Azelie. The faculties of the present pastor do not cover this; he asks Rousselon to find out from the Bishop if this dispensation is necessary. (P.S.) They would like to receive the numbers of the Annals of the Propagation of the Faith. All the Fathers are well and send respects.

V-4-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {1}

1843 Feb. 3
Young, Father Joshue M.: Columbus, Ohio
 to  Bishop John Baptist Purcell : of Cincinnati, Ohio

He was on the point of writing when he received Purcell's. He suggests that Father (William) Schonat be sent to Columbus as pastor because of the large number of Germans and the prospect of increase. 2. Because at this period there is a ferment among the German Protestants of which he could avail. 3. Because besides Tiffin it is the only place that could support a resident pastor. Young would visit or exchange for the benefit of the English until Schonat should learn English. He hopes to be able to announce this at Easter. Father (Charles) McCallion has asked him to help the Germans in his congregation but he thinks that Father Gallinger is the man for the place. At Lancaster he hopes to have a visit from the bishop in the summer. There is still a debt, but there are some conversions including one on her death-bed. He gave her only extreme unction and asks whether he should have given her Communion. He suggests that the regulations for Lent be published immediately so that distant stations may know them in time. He explains his delay in writing.

II-4-h - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {5}

1843 Feb. 5
Allain, Coralie: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

She gives her negress permission to have her child, Clementine, baptized.

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1843 Feb. 6
Priour, Father J(ulian): New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to  Father (Etienne) Rousselon : New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Priour must ask again for a dispensation. It is difficult to make the people of Attakapas listen to reason in this matter. Last Monday near here a marriage took place before a judge because the pastor of St. Martin refused to bless the marriage without receiving the dispensation from the Bishop; however he had written twice on this subject. If Priour found himself in the same circumstances he would be inclined to marry them if they were otherwise prepared. Rousselon is to let Priour know what he should do and also to give a dispensation to Francis and Aemelia. The girl is the daughter of one of Priour's trustees: they have put off their wedding until next week and if Priour does not receive the dispensation! …

V-4-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {1}

1843 Feb. 8
Hallinan, Father D(aniel) M.: Wilksville, Ohio
 to  Bishop John Baptist Purcell : of Cincinnati, Ohio

His lack of flattering news has delayed his letter to Purcell. Mrs. Quinn's affairs are nearly ruined and the three or four Catholic families are about to leave. On an excursion looking for Catholics he found four or five Catholic families at Athens, also two or three more in a German settlement near Chester, persecuted by Methodists. At Coalport on the river he found about seven Irish Catholic families. He asks about the confession of females where he has no church. He has materials for a church provided he can find a congregation. Lacking means he asks Purcell to supply wine for his Mass. He is well taken care of by the Quinns. He has gotten several to take the pledge. Mention that nine received the sacraments at Coalport, as well as all in Wilksville.

II-4-h - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {6}

1843 Feb. 11
Hayden, D(ennis?) E.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to  Bishop A(nthony) Blanc : New Orleans, (Louisiana)

On the eve of the change in city authorities, many of the Catholics are anxious to understand whether the dispute between Blanc and the wardens of St. Louis Church has been satisfactorily settled. They intend not to vote for any persons who have been accessory to that discord.

V-4-n - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {2}

1843 Feb. 11
Marcy, Daniel: Marseilles, (France)

A bill of lading for 2 boxes, 1 containing two oil paintings and one containing a block of marble received from Sieveking and Company on board the Orazimba for Bishop Anthony (Blanc) Blain. The freight is $6.60.

V-4-n - Bill S. - (French) - 2pp. - 8vo. - {1}

1843 Feb. 11
O'Reily, Father M.D.: Vicksburg, Missi(ssippi)
 to  B(enjamin) R. Luckett : New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

O'Reily regrets to hear of Luckett's straightened circumstances and hastens to comply with his request by the only means he knows. Luckett is to show this sheet to Father (Stephen) Rousselon who will give Luckett $20 on O'Reily's account. Luckett adds that he received the $20 on February 16.

V-4-n - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {2}

1843 Feb. 12
O'Sullivan, J(ohn) L.: New York, (New York)
 to  O(restes) A. Brownson : Boston, (Massachusetts)

The printer is very impatient for the return of Brownson's proofs. Brownson should inform Miss (Elizabeth) Peabody that if she will finish the paper and make it one complete article on the Faerie Queen he may be able to publish it, though the funds of the Review are now low. He expects to have Brownson's portrait in the April number together with a biographical sketch. He informs Brownson that the proportion of those who are pleased with the papers on Synthetic Philosophy seems to one's observation here very small in comparison with that of those who care little for a profound and abstract serial treatise of that kind on metaphysics, and who are therefore much disappointed of the expectation they had entertained of being interested in your articles.

I-3-g - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {2}

1843 Feb. 15
Blanc, Bishop Anthony: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to  Father F(erdinand) D(ominic) Bach : St. Louis Church New Orleans, (Louisiana)

A dispensation from two of the banns is granted to Louis Leon Bernard and Alix Angel Elodie Verret. Bach (writes at the bottom): Permission is given to Father (James) Lesne to perform the above marriage.

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1843 Feb. 15
Gallinger, Father Joseph: Zanesville, Ohio
 to  Bishop John Baptist Purcell : of Cincinnati, Ohio

Certain Lutherans desire to enter the Church and Gallinger asks the faculties to absolve them, as also for others. He has visited Wills Creek and heard the confessions of some who had not received the sacraments for three or four years because of lack of German priests. He asks for the faculty to bless their cemetery, and the proper formula.

II-4-h - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - (Latin) - {4}

1843 Feb. 16
Campbell, G.W.: New Orleans, Louisiana

The bearers, Gilbert and Elizabeth, have permission to get married this evening.

V-4-n - A.D.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {0}

1843 Feb. 17
Kenrick, Peter Richard, Bp. of St. Louis : St. Louis, Missouri
 to  Bishop John Baptist Purcell : of Cincinnati, Ohio

He acknowledges Purcell's of Jan. 29, which the lady by whom it was sent, mailed from Cape Girardeau. He wishes to express his gratitude to the Purcells for their aid in transporting the seminarians from Philadelphia to St. Louis. His brother paid the expenses from Dublin to America. He considers this better than previous efforts to get aid from Europe. He will have Father Tucker look up the Blacks. He retains his views about foreign appointments to the American bishoprics. He regards the first two suggested by Purcell as unfortunate choices. Mentions Bishop John England's ill success in trying to get Dr. Cullen for a successor, and places the blame for Bishop (Patrick) K(elly's) failure on the Abp. of Baltimore (Ambrose Marechal)'s anti-Irish prejudices. He expects to avoid similiar mistakes by having the choice made in the councils. He speaks of the men appointed by Abp. Murray to the various missions. Asks if they do not run the risk of placing the American church in incompetent hands if they do not follow his suggestion, and points to the dangers of Nativism in the choice of bishops. He expects to attend the Council unless Bishop (Joseph) Rosati expresses a desire that he stay at home, which is not probable. He has written to Rosati about Illinois and Arkansas, because serious harm will come to the temporal affairs of the church in these states unless steps are taken to give them bishops. The annual interest he has to pay is $4000. Also the Cathedral has set back the diocese twenty years. He was happy that Purcell did not have the same architect. Asks Purcell not to tell the architects of Cincinnati of the mistakes in the church of St. Francis Xavier. He has received another lot for a church, making the third he has received. He expects to erect a German church on it. He desires $20,000. Mentions the evil of priest and sisters living on the same lot and suggests that Purcell move the matter at the next council. He gives Purcell up on the question of pews but thinks that Purcell could not say the same things in St. Louis. He asks Purcell and his brother to write in the Catholic Cabinet.

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1843 Feb. 17
(Power), Michael, Bishop of : Toronto, (Ontario, Canada)
 to  Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere) Lefevere, : Detroit, (Michigan)

Power encloses a slip of paper cut from a letter received by him in January from (Patrick S.) Casserly of New York. If the booksellers from the States are to forward whatever books the people may be in need of there is nothing like punctual payment to insure a continuance of this kind attention. Power will ask Mr. Casserly to write in the future directly to Lefevere if ever his interference may be judged necessary. In a postscript, Power says that in order to save postage he will send a copy of the extract from the letter in which Casserly says that in September 1841 he forwarded to Father (Thomas) Cullen of Ann Arbor, (Michigan) an invoice of books amounting to $51.25 for which he has not been paid. Being pressed by his creditors, bad times, and the support of a large family he asks the interference of the Bishop of Detroit. (The extract is copied and certified by Father) J( ) J( ) Hay.

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1843 Feb. 19
Priour, Father J(ulian) : New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to  Father E(tienne) Rousselon : New Orleans, Louisiana

Priour acknowledges receipt of the dispensation for Francis and Elmilie whom he will marry tomorrow. He asks for a dispensation today for Peter and Mary Delphinem; they wish to marry on the 28th. The pastor of St. Martin, (Father Giles F. Martin) called Priour yesterday to hear what he said was his last confession; he is very ill. If he succumbs it will be a great loss for St. Martin.

V-4-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {3}

1843 Feb. 20
Juncker, Father Henry D. : Chillicothe, Ohio
 to  Bishop John Baptist Purcell : of Cincinnati, Ohio

He was mistaken in thinking that Purcell would visit Chillicothe on his return from Zanesville. He asks that Father (Joseph) Ferneding be permitted to spend eight days with him so that he can make a retreat and offer a chance for confessions for those who would not go to himself. Asks about one who profited by the bankruptcy laws and now wishes to become a Catholic. He asks Purcell what he thinks about building their church in the spring. He has started a collection to be paid in three installments and his success has surpassed his anticipations. He speaks of the great need of a church. The church is like that at Zanesville expect for a sacristy behind the sanctuary. He gives the details of the plan, and the costs. Suggests that he accompany Purcell to Europe on conditions that he receive a "partie" for his church. He mentions the bishops and the dioceses that should be visited in Europe. He asks to be authorized to sell the lot and old church to a mason or mechanic should the occasion offer.

II-4-h - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {4}

1843 Feb. 21
Franklin, Benj(amin) (Pseudonym) : Providence, (Rhode Island)
 to  O(restes) A. Brownson : Boston, (Massachusetts)

He read Brownson's series of articles on the Church and its mission with pleasure. He was in college when he read Charles Elwood and only thought of Brownson then as a strong but misdirected intellect. He is happy now to find that Brownson's heart and intellect are leading him to the Catholic Church. The legitimate tendency of Brownson's thought cannot be mistaken. He cannot point Brownson to the Catholic spirit among the great proportion of the churchmen in New England, but a mind like Brownson's will not judge the Church by its members. Brownson appears to his young eyes to be treading upon the threshhold of truth. He is afraid that Brownson will hesitate to go in. With such a giant as Brownson for an advocate and dutiful child of the Church, what may we not hope for the Church. Only the most unique circumstances can justify an anonymous letter. It would only weaken the letter to have him know.

I-3-g - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {3}

1843 Feb. 22
Dunnell, Thomas L. : Providence, (Rhode Island)
 to  O(restes) A. Brownson : (Boston, Massachusetts)

Brownson's acceptance of the invitation to lecture there has been received, and the date is agreeable. Brownson has omitted to mention the subject of his lecture. Since it has been their custom this year to announce the subject of the lecture they ask him to notify them.

I-3-g - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {1}

1843 Feb. 22
Menard, Father Ch(arle)s M. : Thibodeauxville, (Louisiana)
 to  Father (Stephen) Rousselon : New Orleans, (Louisiana)

When the Bishop sent Menard to Thibodeaux he put down the following conditions: 1. That the trustees give Menard $100 a year; 2. Father (Charles Boutelou de) St. Aubin $100 payable half yearly; 3. That Menard have most of the baptisms or part of the fees for burials formerly allowed to the assistants; 4. That St. Aubin would provide him with Masses during the year. But these conditions have never been fulfilled. Menard would like to have Rousselon show the Bishop the necessity of having the second and third conditions fulfilled to provide for his expenses. He has only his summer clothes and hardly any linen in spite of $50 of debts. As for the 3rd condition he wishes the Bishop would positively arrange with St. Aubin at the next retreat what fees Menard is entitled to. He received the little things Rousselon sent in the Sisters' box. At the beginning of the month, Menard a made his retreat at the seminary on the advice of the bishop when he was at St. Michael. On the 25th Arthémise Seely is going to leave for New Orleans to go to the Ladies of Mt. Carmel. For almost a year since Menard has known her he has wanted to have some proof of her vocation. She is a fine soul, an edifying person with, he thinks, the disposition for the life she wishes to embrace. Rousselon can judge for himself. To avoid embarrassment if she does not stay, Menard has suggested that she stay with the Ladies for a kind of retreat during which she can be judged. She is 19 or 20 years old and enjoys an excellent reputation in the parish. Rousselon is to notify the Ladies about this. Menard likes Thibodeaux more and more.

V-4-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {4}

1843 Feb. 23
O'Reily, Father M.D. : Vicksburg, Missi(ssippi)
 to  Father Stephen Rousselon : New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

O'Reily has just learned that he has been imposed on by the scoundrel who petitioned him in the name of Benjamin R. Luckett; he is an imposter. O'Reily gave him an order on Rousselon for $20. The name of the fellow is Francis Horan. Luckett's brother informed O'Reily today that his brother was at home.

V-4-n - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {3}

1843 Feb. 25
(Eccleston), Archbishop Samuel : Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to  Bishop (Anthony) Blanc : New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Enclosed (no enclosure) are the questions (Eccleston) proposes for the deliberation of the approaching P(rovincial) Council (of 1843). He has omitted a number of questions transmitted to him but believes they will all be found to come within the scope of the first on the list.

V-4-n - L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {2}

1843 Feb. 28
(Blanc), Bishop Ant(hony) : New Orleans, (Louisiana)

(Blanc) allows Father J(ames) Lesne to go through with the marriage ceremony between John (McDonald) McDonnal, a Catholic, and Emily (Kessler) Kessly, a Protestant of the Church of England.

V-4-n - A.Note S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {3}

1843 Feb. 28
(Chanche), Bishop John Joseph : Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to  Bishop (Anthony) Blanc : New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He takes advantage of Father Muller's visit to New Orleans. It is a long time since he heard of the state of affairs in the Cathedral. He hopes the prudence of Father (Ferdinand Dominic) Bach has led these unfortunate people to some sense of duty. He fears much for the young woman who was sent up here from the Asylum. She is with her sister at the Protestant Asylum. Miss Marcilly offered to take her at her house but her sister opposed it. (Chanche) fears their brother of Vincennes has a deal of trouble with his priests. (Chanche) believes he can make some use of Muller in the neighborhood of Jackson, where there are many Germans. (Chanche) intends going there himself next week.

V-4-n - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 4to. - {6}