Notre Dame Archives


1843 Jul.-Dec.
Maurian, Charles, Judge and J. Bermudez,:
Judge pro temp. New Orleans, (Louisiana)

(106 marriage licenses issued to priests of New Orleans. For the names of the contracting parties and the dates of the licenses see the original calendar.)

V-4-o - 106 Licenses - - 12mo. - {262}

1843 Jul. 2
Cantin, L.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Francoise, slave belonging to Auguste Tachon, may have her son, three weeks old, baptized.

V-4-o - A. Note S. - (French) 1p. - 12mo. - {1}

1843 Jul. 2
Mina, Father Ve. M(odest)e: St. John Baptist, (Louisiana)
to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Peter D'Arensbourg wishes to marry Amèlie Perret. Being related, they ask for a dispensation.

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

1843 Jul. 5
(Portier), Bishop Michael: Mobile, (Alabama)
to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

(Portier) recommends Father John (Barry) Barri, pastor of Augusta, who is going to the west of Rousselon's diocese to see two of his brothers. Barri is well known to (Blanc) and (Portier) is sure that Rousselon will oblige by giving Barri the faculties he will need during his trip. (P.S.) They are going to raise the walls of the cathedral to 30 feet; the people are moved.

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

1843 (Jul. 6)
Curiel, J(osep)h: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipt for paint, groceries, etc.

V-4-o - A. Receipt S. - 2pp. - folio - {1}

1843 Jul. 6
Des Genettes, Father D.: Paris, (France)
to Bishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Des Genettes has found the way to simplify the method of admission. He is sending 30 membership leaflets. The restriction of the Bull of Clement VIII forbidding Confraternities less than a league apart is lifted for rural parishes and applies only to city parishes; so Blanc can establish this holy institution in all the parishes of his diocese. He hopes it will bring the same blessings it has in France and other countries where it is established.

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

1843 July 6
McElroy, S.J., Father John: Frederick, Maryland
to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He tells Purcell that he is right in adopting Father Purcell's advice about the roof of the cathedral. From his own experience in St. John's in Frederick he considers tin as the best roof. By this he means a new and better quality of tin now being produced. He expresses the disadvantages of copper and shingle roofs and the advantages of this kind of tin roof. He will request Mr. Blondell to write to Purcell about the price and the mechanic's bill. He is also pleased that Purcell is to exclude the sacristy from the body of the church. He sends his regards to Father Collins and his other friends at Cincinnati.

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

1843 Jul. 7
Hartwell, Kidder, and Carman: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

They have a case of merchandise from Pittsburgh consigned to Stephen Rousselon. As Rousselon is the only one in the directory they would like Rousselon to inform them where he may be found.

V-4-o - Note - (French) 2pp. - 16mo. - {1}

(1843) Jul. 8
Perché, Father N(apoleon) J(oseph): (New Orleans, Louisiana)
to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Perché learned last night of the arrival of Bishop (Anthony) Blanc. Rousselon is to ask Blanc if he could give Confirmation at the Convent a week from tomorrow and if the Bishop will say the Mass himself. Rousselon sent the second volume of "L'Ame Elevée à Dieu" but Perché does not know where it came from or for whom it is.

V-4-o - A.L.S. - (French) 2pp. - 8vo. - {2}

1843 Jul. 8
Hartwell, Kidder, and Carman: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipt for $10.60 for freight. (On the back is written): St. J. Baptiste.

V-4-o - A. Receipt S. - 2pp. - 16mo. - {1}

1843 July 9
Wick, W. W.: Indianapolis, (Indiana)
to O(restes) A. Brownson: Boston, Mass(achusetts)

He writes this letter to Brownson as to the state of facts in a forged note case in which a friend of Brownson, (Jesse) Healy is accused by another, Mornpon, of passing fraudulent notes which in course, come to the possession of Mornpon. Wick suggests means of defense or as a last resort, an appeal to executive clemency and and for the support of this last recourse, urges Brownson to do what he can now in promoting a proper receptive spitit for the execution of this clemency. Wick does not like the looks of the case for Healy any too well.

I-3-g - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 8vo. - {2}

1843 Jul. 10
Dumartrait, A(drien): St. Martinville, (Louisiana)
to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Dumartrait sends herewith a memorandum which the council of St. Martin Church addressed to him about what happened with the pastor, Father (Giles F.) Martin. He also sends a copy of the letter written to Martin and a copy of the resolutions passed by the council. Martin has left for New Orleans. The assistant, Father (Peter) Lucas is officiating during Martin's absence; he has been sent the new linen for the church which was one of the complaints. Yesterday a collection was taken up for him but he should have a fixed salary. Dumartrait encloses a table of revenues; also the trustees think that at their first meeting the assistant's fees should be established. The brother of the late Father (Marcel) Borella wrote Dumartrait that he had sent a marker for his brother's grave and two pictures, a large one for St. Peter's at New Iberia and a smaller one for the chapel at Pont-Br(e)aux. He has sent Father Rousselon the $20 he paid for freight and customs. The church is progressing. If Blanc will come for the dedication, they would like to know his plans.

- A.L.S. - (French 2pp.


1843 Jun. 29
Dumartrait, A(drien): St. Martinville, (Louisiana)
to Bishop Ant(oin)e Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

The council of the fabrique of St. Martin's, after Blanc's letter of January 10, 1842, informing them that Father Martin had been appointed pastor, hoped that Martin would be grateful to Blanc for having been chosen. 17 months have gone by; the trustees noticed last year that Martin in his sermons was a little too excited. At Blanc's visit last year, the council preferred to say nothing in the hope that the pastor would be more prudent. Two illnesses affected Martin's health. Blanc sent Father Lucas whom he had just ordained and who arrived January 1. They thought Martin would take care of the assistant out of his salary or fees. On May 15 Martin wrote that he asked for a salary for his assistant. The council, referring to a similar request by Father (Charles Boutelou de) St. Aubin, were of the opinion that they could fulfill Martin's request. Martin asked for things for saying Mass and they approved what was indispensable. The fabrique is much indebted because of the new church. Martin thought they had refused and on June 18, from the pulpit, made an attack on the members of the fabrique. The two trustees present did not make a reply but the next day a special meeting was called. Dumartrait encloses the reply published in the Gazette Attakapas. On June 25, from the pulpit, Martin began another indictment. The President and treasurer, as well as Neuville De Clouet, were forced to speak out against Martin. Martin had announced that he intended to resign. At a meeting held that day the trustees decided to accept his resignation. They asked Martin to make any observations in writing or communicate them to the trustees who would do what they could. Lucas took no part in these discussions. He will be given money to provide for his needs. Desiré Leblanc, president, Césaire Labbé, J(ohn) B(aptis)te Derbès, Valery Martin, and Ch(arle)s Olivier Duclozel (sign with) Dumartrait.

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1843 Jun. 19
Leblanc, Desiré: St. Martinville, (Louisiana)
to Father (Giles F.) Martin: St. Martinville, (Louisiana)

They have been informed by two members of the fabrique who were at High Mass yesterday that Martin announced that they had left him lacking in everything, that there were only rags of linen. His note of the 15th of May was the only one that had informed them that some linens had been taken from the sacristy. The treasurer, having no money, was slow in fulfilling Martin's request. They have had to practice the strictest economy because of the new church. They propose to inform the Bishop; at his reply they will know what to do. Signed by Leblanc, president, L.D. Deblanc, A. Dumartrait, J.B. Derbès, Cesaire Labbé.

- Newspaper Clipping - (French) 1 column


1843 Jun. 29
Dumartrait, A(drien): St. Martinville, (Louisiana)

The Council of St. Martin Church met today in a special meeting; all were present. The following resolutions were passed: Deblanc, not agreeing on all points, withdrew, handing in his resignation. It was (resolved that) any priest officiating at St. Martin's could not speak of any temporal affair which could attack any civil or religious administration but could preach the gospel only. If he did, he could be relieved of his position. It was also resolved that the pastor be asked to establish the distinctions which should exist, even in the church, between whites and persons of color (Negroes) or slaves when approaching the holy table or adoring the cross. The law makes it a duty for free persons of color not to make themselves equal to whites. They cannot make their devotions until after all white persons have made theirs. The slaves cannot fulfill these ceremonies until after the free persons of color; a priest admitting a slave to Communion must have the permission of his master. Resolved that these resolutions be published in the two newspapers of the town and affixed to the church doors. Also that a copy be sent to the pastor.

- Newspaper Clipping - (French) 1 col.


1843 Jun. 29
Dumartrait, A(drien): St. Martinville, (Louisiana)

Summary of the annual revenue of St. Martin Church as of the year 1842. 1. The salary of the pastor is $600 since Father (Jean Francois) Brasseur in 1836. If there is an assistant he would have $200. Brasseur and St. Aubin not having assistants, received the $600. Blanc having appointed Lucas as assistant at St. Martin's, the $200 should be given him since January 1, 1843, so the pastor would have only $400 in fixed salary. 2. The fees for burials having amounted in 1842 to $1524, the pastor would get $703.50; the fabrique would get $584.75; the singer-sacristan $139; the altar boys $96.75. The assistant would get 10% or $70. 3. The anniversary services are turned over to the pastor except what goes to the singer-sacristan and altar boys, and the furnishing of the lights; it amounted in 1842 to $500. The assistant should have 10% or $50. 4. Marriages performed in the church or out are for the fabrique: 5 piastres in the church; 10 outside and one piastre more for going and coming. That amounted to about $200. 5. Baptisms in the church are without a fee but it is 4 escalins for registration and 4 escalins for a certificate. Baptisms outside the church are 5 piastres and one more for going and coming; $100 for the year. 6. The weekday Masses amounted to about $50. The total was $2153.50. With $350 for the assistant, $1803.50 is left for the pastor. (In the margin): It is understood that the assistant is to live with the pastor. The pastor also receives $25 for the bread and wine and $30 for the laundering of the church linens.

V-4-o - A.L.S., Report, Clippings, Summary of Revenue - (French) 10pp. and 2 clippings - 4to. & folio - {18}

1843 Jul. 10
Dumartrait, A(drien): St. Martinville, (Louisiana)
to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Dumartrait received on June 23, Rousselon's letter concerning the shipment Francesco Borella, of Milan, made in memory of his brother, (Father Marcel Borella), deceased pastor of St. Martin's and to which was attached the letter about it. The marble has been received and they are following the wishes of the donor as far as possible but the stone in place at Borella's tomb is very beautiful and the Latin inscription was made by the late Father (Auguste) Jeanjean. Perhaps they will place the one they received somewhere in sight from the new church. The two pictures were for the pastor of New Iberia, Father (Julien) Priour. Dumartrait has asked for the smaller one for the chapel at Pont Br(e)aux. Both seem to have been carefully painted according to Dr. Smith. The letter that Francesco wrote on September 12 contained the same instructions as those in Rousselon's letter. The bearer of this letter, A. Thenet, will bring back to Rousselon the 21 piastres which he paid and Dumartrait asks for a receipt. Thenet also brings a package directed by the Council of St. Martin Church to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc, thinking that the departure of Father (Giles F.) Martin means that Blanc has returned from his trip north. Rousselon probably knows why the Council dismissed their chanter-sacristan. His conduct toward a lady and the family of her late husband made them accede to the demands of many at St. Martinville. If Rousselon knows of anyone over 30 who would take this place, his salary would be $300 a year plus fees for funerals and other ceremonies up to about $150.

V-4-o - A.L.S. - (French) 3pp. - 4to. - {11}

1843 Jul. 11
Calot: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipt for $16 for silverplating an ostensorium and repairing the tabernacle.

V-4-o - A. Receipt S. - (French) 1p. - 16mo. - {1}

1843 Jul. 12
Doutreluingne, (C.M.), Father P.J.: Assumption, (Louisiana)
to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisan)a

Father (Stephen) Rousselon will no doubt have talked to Blanc about Father (J.M.?) Morisot of the diocese of Dijon who has been at the Seminary of St. Vincent (de Paul) for 3 or 4 weeks. He made a retreat and seems sincerely repentant; may Doutreluingne admit him to lay Communion? It would be a great pleasure if Blanc could spend the feast of St. Vincent with them. They have no news of Bishop (John Mary) Odin. Father (John Francis) Ll(e)baria, (C.M.) is convalescent. Today they are having examinations; then there will be vacation.

V-4-o - A.L.S. - (French) 2pp. - 4to. - {6}

1843 Jul. 12
Mina, Father Ve. M(odest)e: St. John Baptist, (Louisiana)
to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Mina sends the manuscript for the 1844 ordo by means of Mr. Garrès. (Mina gives an explanation of several points in the ordo). Having as a guide the 1843 ordo full of omissions and printing errors Mina cites two errors in his manuscript; as for the rest he believes it is better and abridged as much as possible as Blanc wished. Mina repeats his request to send a printed copy before distribution so that "corrige" may be added if necessary. Many associates of the Propagation of the Faith complain of not receiving the Annals; there are 12 groups and Garrès brought only 6 copies; Garrès can bring No. 84 and following if Rousselon has received them.

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

1843 Jul.
(Bayley, William A.) Willy: New York, (New York)
to (James Roosevelt) Bayley: Paris, France

Willy will give some particulars of the recent flare up in the church. Rumor spread that (Arthur)Carey, one of the students from the Theological Seminary ready for examination held doctrines favorable to the Romish Church. The Bishop appointed a committee of clergy to examine him. With the exception of two, the committee reported that the rumors were unfounded. Dr. (Hugh) Smith and Dr. (Henry) Anthon prepared a protest. They have prepared a pamphlet in justification of their conduct. The rumors concerning Carey are various. There is a great anxiety to see Smith and Anthon's pamphlet. (Melancthon) Hoyt's time expired at St. Andrews and he was not recalled. Young Mr. Wyatt of Baltimore preached for them; Willy has no doubt they, Father, will call him. They propose uniting St. Andrews and St. James at Hamilton Square. Poor Mr. Powell has got in hot water, some of his congregation drawing up a paper against him and some of his friends starting a counter one. Willy received (James)'s letter for cousin Kate (Catherine Bayley). She is expected from Baltimore hourly. Today Willy was able to get (James)' box of sundries through the customs house. Willy's business connections are in a flourishing state. Their bookkeeper is leaving and Emmet and Willy intend to try doing his department themselves. As regards his love-making, not having proposed, he is in a state of uncertainty. Willy spent three or four days at Rye with her very pleasantly. He has scarcely seen Carly (Carleton Bayley) in the last month. Carly made a visit to Cousin W(illia)m (Seton 3?) intending to pass a couple of days and stayed three weeks, from thence he went to Mrs. Munroe. The last Willy heard he was up at Rosy Brown's. Grandfather begins to grumble at his delay in returning to Illinois. Smith and Anthon's pamphlet appeared this morning; opinion was equally divided before it appeared, but has changed a little in Smith and Anthon's favor. Miss Chrissy Jarvis goes out in the packet today, also Mrs. Schmidt. Willy also sends a pamphlet of Dr. (B.F.) Haight in answer to Smith and Anthon and a letter of Powell to his parishioners. Chrissy will possibly call on (James). Father is well. Carly started for the West. Cousin Kate is well. Mrs. Seton presented her husband a fine girl last week.

II-2-n - A.L.S. - 6pp. - 4to. - {16}

1843 Jul. 14
Llebaria, C.M., Father Jean Francois: Assumption, (Louisiana)
to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

John and Dionysia, related in the first degree, ask for a dispensation in order to marry. Llebaria does not have the strength to give news of the seminary and parish as he is weak from an attack of pleurisy contracted 20 days ago. The important mission of dear Mrs.(?) Potier, begun more than 14 years ago had been given to Father (P.J.) Doutreluingne, (C.M.), this year he ran into trouble so that they forbid him to set foot there as in the other missions also. All this comes about because he is always scolding both without and with reason. They are waiting impatiently for Bishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.), who is to be Superior of the seminary in the absence of Father (Bonaventure) Armengol, (C.M.).

V-4-o - A.L.S. - (French) 3pp. - 4to. - {5}

1843 Jul. 16
Connelly, C(ornelia): Steam Boat West Wind
to Bishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

She is sure Blanc is sorry for her on the loss of her trunk. She begged Mr. Vezian to ask Blanc to have some Masses said in honor of St. Anthony. There were two cloaks and some music rolled inside of two blankets strapped on top. They are well and comfortable. Mr. Devereux is on board with his daughter. The trunk contained several hundreds in jewelry but perhaps God wishes them to be detached and poor.

V-4-o - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {3}

1843 Jul. 16
(Hailandière), Bishop Cel(estin de la): Vinc(ennes, Indiana)
to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

(Hailandière) would have owed Blanc a letter of thanks even if he had not written that letter from St. Louis. He thanks Blanc for the visit he made them. He is happy to know that Bishop (John Mary)Odin, (C.M.) is well but he is disappointed that they will not see him; he counted on Odin preaching the retreat. (Hailandière) has not yet begun to build his seminary but he thanks Blanc for his remarks on the subject. Far from wanting to go to great expense, his desire has always been to build something modest. However he needs quite a large house or none. The plan Blanc saw would not do. On reflection, (Hailandière) withdraws the proposition he made to Blanc concerning Father (Auguste?) Martin; he would not oppose it but he does not want to take the responsibility. When he told Blanc in Baltimore about a young man to whose room two girls came, he knew only that without any details. (Hailandière) continues to want a coadjutor; he knows so few people who would suit him or whom he would suit. Blanc is to buy him a barrel of red wine and 3 barrels of white wine; he will repay Blanc promptly. His address at Evansville is Thurston and Company. He sends regards to the priests especially Fathers Rousselon and Bach. P.S. The change (Hailandière) made in the Sisters' establishment is not as represented to Blanc. He is going to discontinue the school; he will have to give up those Sisters (of Charity).

V-4-o - A.L.S. - (French) 4pp. - 4to. - {5}

1843 Jul. 16
Rolland, Alexander: Kaskaskia, Illinois
to Bishop (Anthony) Leblanc (!): New Orleans, Louisiana

An orphan girl from Opelousas left there very young, leaving a brother in care of his tutor. Not having any news of him except once when she was at the convent in St. Louis from this same tutor who, after spending the fortune of these minors, told the Sisters that they could do as they pleased with this girl and her sister and that he had placed the brother in a college at New Orleans but did not name the college. Rolland hopes Blanc will help these girls who would have had means since their father left them enough to supply their wants. Rolland knew the father in France and at Opelousas. (P.S.) The young man's name is Edgar Grolée, son of Dr. Grolée. (On the back of the letter Blanc states that) he has written to Father (John F.) Raviol about this; if a reply comes, Father Rousselon is to write accordingly.

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

1843 Jul. 18
(Chanche), Bishop John Joseph: Natchez, (Mississippi)
to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

(Chanche) got home before Blanc, after all. He reached Natchez on the 11th. Why did Blanc not stop as he passed? He received Blanc's note at Louisville and concluded Blanc had left St. Louis long before. The weather is so oppressive he can hardly stand it. This letter will be handed to Blanc by Father Conway, late of St. Louis Diocese, (Chanche) has no place to send him; Conway spent some weeks at Blanc's seminary and the testimony of his Superiors is much to his advantage. He seems to be repentant for the faults which caused the Bishop of St. Louis to dismiss him. Father (Claude) Francois received Blanc's note and will obtain the required information as soon as possible. Is it possible that the Santo Domingo affair is still on the carpet? (Chanche) can hardly believe that the article in the last Propagateur is correct; he hopes it may be.

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

1843 July 22
Ripley, George: Brook Farm (West Roxbury, Mass.)
to O(restes) A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts

Orestes (Brownson Jr.) would like to make a change in the situation and would like to leave Brook Farm, at the latest, on year from the time he came. His disinclination arises from no complaint with his treatment or the contacts he has made, but from an unappeasable wish to try his fortune on the sea. He has no fault to find with Orestes, for he is a boy of good endowments and disposition. He says they would like to have him remain if he could be happy, but have no wish to force him. They should like to have him complete his year, but will cheerfully accede to any arrangement Brownson may think best.

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

1843 Jul. 24
(Odin), Bishop John Mary:
St. Mary's college (Perryville, Missouri)
to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisiana)

The letters Blanc sent have arrived. (Odin) thanks Blanc for the arrangements he made for the priests newly arrived in Texas; they will be a great help. Two of them speak French and German; the Other is an ex-chaplain of Versailles Chateau. (Odin) confirmed 17 in the Barrens church. He thought he would be able to leave for Louisiana at the beginning of the week but severe headaches and sore throat have bothered him for 5 or 6 days. Mr. Rosier of Ste. Geneviève has just arrived from Europe. He saw Bishop (Joseph) Rosati in April; he was very poorly but the doctors still have some hope. The steamboat on which Fathers (John) Timon, (C.M.), (John) Boullier, (C.M.) and (Bonaventure) Armengol had embarked was lost July 3. The passengers were saved with their baggage. The heat is excessive. Bishop (Peter Richard) Kenrick is a little indisposed.

V-4-o - A.L.S. - (French) 2pp. - 4to. - {7}

1843 Jul. 24
Smith, Persifor F. Judge: Parish of Jefferson, Louisiana

Richard Purcell has applied for a license to marry Matilda Helen Morehouse and has complied with all formalities required by law. License is granted to any ecclesiastic to celebrate this marriage.

V-4-o - A.D.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {2}

1843 July 24
Wheeler, J.:
University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont.
to (Orestes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

The young gentlemen have appointed their "Committee of reception" both for the orator and poet, as though it was their intention to place Mr. (C. G.) Eastman by your side on the occasion of the anniversary; and it is understood by common fame that Mr. Eastman has signified his intention of coming nolens, volens. The house is which are to be held the commencement exercises is under control of the faculty, and they will be unwilling to have it occupied by Mr. Eastman. Whatever may be Brownson's own determination, it would give them pleasure to see and to hear him.

I-3-g - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {1}

1843 Jul. 25
Darby, Widow St. Marc: New Iberia, (Louisiana)
to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Darby writes to recall to Blanc the proposition he made to buy st. Peter's Church at New Iberia. It would be refuge from persecution for his priests. She does not go into details about the present trouble at St. Martin parish. She thinks that could make him decide.

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

1843 July 27
Tenney, Jona Atkinson, George H. Mack, William A.:
Dartmouth College, (Hanover, New Hampshire)
to O(restes) A. Brownson: Dartmouth Hotel.

At a meeting of the Gamma Sigma Society, held immediately after yesterdays' services, they were appointed to extend thanks to Brownson for the oration delivered before them on this anniversary and to request a copy of the oration for the press.

I-3-g - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mO. - {2}

1843 July 28
Peirce, Isaac: Trenton Falls, (New York)
to O(restes) A. Brownson: Chelsea, Massachusetts

He arrived home yesterday from Providence R. I. and states that he is in intolerable health. Ephrain Perkins called on him before leaving for Boston and will make it a point to visit Brownson. He regrets his inability to have visited Brookfarm and enjoy the anticipated interview with Rev. Geo. Ripley Brownson has often instructed and delighted with his writings and therefore done him good. To him Brownson has been a mediator of much light and hope and for which he is grateful. He is firmly opposed to and indignant against the assumption of Episcopal pride and its meager authority as ever.

I-3-g - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 8vo. - {1}

1843 Jul. 29
Richard, Victor: Lafourche Interieure, (Louisiana)
to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: N(ew) O(rleans), Louisiana

The trustees of St. Joseph parish regret that they are obliged to address him. Since his arrival Father Francois C(harles) B(outelou) de St. Aubin, their pastor, has on many occasions compromised the dignity of his character by his lack of charity and moderation. He is lacking in honor in money matters. But one incident has made it their duty to no longer keep silence. St. Aubin has tried to break up an engagement between a young couple by spreading stories about the young man which he said were confessed. St. Aubin was absent for a week, leaving the church and cemetery open. They have also learned that the rumor is being circulated that they no longer wish to have a curate; they have never said this. They hope that in replacing St. Aubin Blanc will send them someone like the late Father (John B.) Audizio. By the measure they are taking today they hope to avoid a public scandal. Signed also by Jean Webre, Edouard Bergeron, Alexis Ledet, P. Lagarde and Francois Bernard.

V-4-o - A.L.S. - (French) 4pp. - 4to. - {9}

1843 Jul. 30
Mouton, E(dmond?): Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Mouton, president of the trustees of St. John's Church, Lafayette, regrets that he must announce a resolution that was taken at a meeting on the 20th. He is authorized to ask for the withdrawal of Father A(nthony) D(ésiré) Mégret as pastor and to ask Blanc to send them a successor. Since his arrival, Mégret has shown an imperious character, violent and irascible. One of their most respected residents, A. Latiolais, received a letter from Mégret because he had taken the candles after his mother-in-law's funeral. According to an old custom in the family, they were to be given to the poor. Mégret also lashed out at Mouton because he did not use the gate of the cemetery when Mouton was trying to get the crowd moving. Mégret also started a quarrel which led to a duel. He founded a newspaper attacking their legislature. At the time of the election of trustees L'Union published an article as insulting for the voters as for those elected. One day during Catechism instruction he struck a child. He goes about armed. Mouton accuses Mégret of fraud in the election of the trustees. As secretary-treasurer of the trustees, Mégret always evaded an account of the funds. They need a priest who can repair the damage.

V-4-o - A.L.S. - (French) 4pp. - 4to. - {5}

(1843 Jul. 31)
(New Orleans, Louisiana)

Statement of fees since April 1; a total of $335.42 divided by 6, giving $55.00.

V-4-o - A. Note - (French) 1p. - 32mo. - {1}