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1845 (Mar.)
Blanc, Anthony, Bp. of New Orleans: New Orelans, Louisiana
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

The subject of this letter is such that he hesitated to write but does so because it concerns both of the. In his last letter he mentioned that Father Edward Purcell was leaving on a certain boat. On the next day when visiting Father (James J.) Mullon he found Father Edward there, who said he had been delayed. When Blanc said that a certain priest from Kentucky (a Father (William) Fennelly?) was going on that boat Father Edward said he would not go on that boat because the priest was guilty of unsacerdotal conduct. Blanc returned to his home and then Father Fennelly left for Mobile and returned after 10 or 12 days stay saying that while in Mobile he had received a letter stating that Father Edward Purcell had defamed his character in Blanc's presence. The letter was not subscribed. Blanc does not know who wrote it but denies that he uttered a word of the conversation. (Fennelly) says that the charges have been confirmed since his return and he has written to Kentucky to have Father Edward recant or retract. Blanc suggested that he go in person but he thought his presence necessary in New Orleans to answer the calumny. The next day he saw Father (Stephen Theodore Badin) who advised that the matter be dropped. He has not seen (Fennelly) since. In regard to Father (Stephen) H. Montgomery Father Badin assured Blanc that Dr. Sp. has told him on different occasions that all depositions that had come to him were favorable to S. G.M. which is not in accordance with what Bishop Purcell told Blanc. Judging from S.H.M. wrote to Badin Blanc thinks that Dr. M. may eventually suffer for his precipitate action. In fact Blanc does not approve from what he has seen, certain things in the case. The church to replace the old St. Mary's is 12 feet above ground but they have stopped work for reasons Bishop Purcell will understand. They expect Bishop (John J.) Chanche from Havana that evening.

Bishop Purcell will understand this letter.

II-4-i - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {10}


1845 Mar. 2
Mégret, Father A(nthony) D(ésiré): Vermillonville, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Mégret received Blanc's letter of February 18. Father (Giles F.) Martin is still alive but not enough better to hope that he can ever resume his post. He has just lost his doctor by death. Mégret has been thinking about what Blanc said in his letter about money and about Martin's affairs. Father (Julien) Priour has too hard feelings to take any charge. Advantageous offers have been received and they await Blanc's reply. Mégret (lists here his own debts and what is owed to him). This week he is going to transfer the pews from this church to St. Magdeleine Church, (Abbeville, Louisiana) for which he should get at least $200. He will use the church, either to replace theirs which is falling to pieces, or for a chapel on the land near the house which he destines for Sisters. However, if Blanc has plans for Franklin, Mégret will not destroy it befor hearing from Blanc. The Protestant ministers have lost their prey among the Catholics. Mégret goes to Abbeville every Thursday. He wrote to the Episcopalian minister who comes every two weeks and who lives at St. Martinville; Mégret urged him to have a public discussion. His letter remains unanswered. Mégret expects him again in a week; then he will use the newspapers of Lafayette and St. Martinville to crush him.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 4to. - {6}


1845 Mar. 3
Armengol, Father B(onaventure): Mexico
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Armengol has Blanc's letter of November 15 brought by Father (Michael E.) Olivetti for whom Armengol did his best with the Archbishop, etc. He also presented Blanc's respects to the Archbishop and to Bishop (Joaquin) Madrid. The death of Father (Claude) Lunel saddened Armengol. He regrets the illness of Father (J.M.) Morisot. The success of the novitiate of the Sister of Charity at Donaldsonville gives much pleasure. In Mexico the new training center of their Sisters is going well; there are a great number of postulants, six at the novitiate alone. This week the Sisters will take charge of the Hospital of St. John of God; they will send their postulants there to test them. The thing of an establishment of (Vincentians) in Mexico is well advanced; they are expecting a favorable decision from the government. By a letter received from his nephew Magi (Armengol) and from his family, Armengol sees that it would be agreeable for Blanc to give him permission to come to Mexico. Olivetti is succeeding in his collections; Armengol is keeping almost 800 piastres for him. He will not leave until after Easter. Armengol send respects to Fathers Rousselon and Maenhaut. P.S. Also to Father Perché, to Rouquette, Moulard, and Morisot.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {9}


1845 Mar. 4
Hackett, P.R.: Tuscaloosa, (Alabama)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Hackett has just received a letter from Ellen Kelly, dated the 24th of last month in relation to money given Hackett on his visit to Ireland in 1843 to have forwarded to her mother. He wrote when in Ireland but the letter was returned. He then deposited the money with Father (John) Hand, Missionary College near Dublin. On Hackett's arrival in Mobile, he wrote to a priest in the neighborhood of Ellen's mother enclosing an order on Hand to be paid to the mother. Last summer he received a letter from Ellen saying the money had been received. Hackett explained about the order on Dr. Hand. Again she wrote as if she had received none of his letters. Hackett then wrote his brother in New Orleans requesting him to pay her $50 as at that time exchange on England for Alabama funds was 24 or 25 per centime. Hackett received a letter from his father; the money had not been called for so he received it from Hand so his brother will pay it. C.H. O'Hara will let her know his whereabouts. Hackett has been thus diffuse so that Blanc may explain when she calls.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {4}


1845 Mar. 4
McFarland, W(illia)m: Kendall, O(hio)
 to F(rancis) P. McFarland: West Farms, N(ew) Y(ork)

William wrote last week a double letter and sent it to Tiffin and will try again. They are all well. Dr. John has written that he has heard from Francis. Jacob Bope is working in a silk store in Philadelphia. The weather has been the most pleasant he has ever seen in February and the fruit will be in danger of rot as a result. The wheat crop looks well and some maple sugar was made last month, so that next summer if he comes they can make him a sugar egg. He is on the lookout for the Almanack.

I-1-a - A.L.S. - 1p. {1}


1845 Mar. 4
(Purcell), Bishop J(ohn) B(aptist): Cin(cinnati, Ohio)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

(Purcell) thanks Blanc for his attention to the marriage extract affair. The parties are grateful notwithstanding the impossibility of procuring the certificate. His brother (Father Edward Purcell) got back a week ago much improved in health. Father (James Oliver) Vandevelde is here from St. Louis and reports Bishop (Peter Richard Kenrick) much benefited by his trip to the South and by Blanc's hospitable care. (Purcell) has made inquiries about the cost of a "Portail" in stone as Blanc describes. It would cost, in Dayton stone, about $300. The railing, three feet high would be $1.75 a running foot. The bells are generally well cast here by the Messrs. Coffin and cost between 25 and 39 cents a pound. Blanc is becoming a most enterprising church builder and convent and seminary founder. The villainous trustees have really waked him up.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 4to. - {4}


1845 Mar. 5
Masnou, C.M., Father J.: Assumption, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Masnou has received the box containing Don Calmet's work and a trunk with Father (Claude) Lunel's clothes. Masnou thinks the cost of the gallery and improvements at the Seminary (of St. Vincent de Paul) was very reasonable; perhaps he was a little hasty in making them. Father (Bonaventure) Armengol, (C.M.) has sent from Mexico, Magi (Armengol)'s dimissory for receiving the tonsure which was sent from Barcelona for his nephew.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {5}


1845 Mar. 5
Petit, Didier: Lyons, (France)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Father Boué has given Petit an order for the Church of St. Louis which he sent several days ago. Petit hopes to find another occasion to obtain orders from Blanc's churches. Father of a large family he has need of those whom he can serve. Blanc is to give the enclosed letter to Petit's brother if he is still with Blanc.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {2}


1845 Mar. 5
Stokes, Will(iam) A.: Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts

Father (John) McCaffrey, president of Mount St. Mary's College was recently in the city, inquiring about Brownson. He felt pained that he could not give McCaffrey a better account of Brownson, due to the latter's silence. He hopes this letter will produce a line from Brownson. Their friend of Baltimore is impatient to renew his intercourse with Brownson, and expects the project of last summer for a course of lectures in Baltimore and a trip to Emmitsburg will be realized. He called a meeting in the last "Herald" for the same reason. He finds a very general desire that Brownson's lectures be given on literary subjects or political philosophy rather than theological or quasi-theological. The Bishop also agrees. He writes him freely, perhaps at the risk of offending, for the purpose of throwing out a hint. If Brownson will write so that the letter will arrive before the time of the meeting, he will turn matters in such a way as to suit Brownson's views and convenience in this regard.

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


1845 Mar. 8
Kelly, Sister Eulalia: Little Rock, Arkansas
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: N(ew) Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Yesterday they received from Father (Joseph) RichardBole a parcel of presents accompanied with a letter entreating them to continue communication with him. From a sense of propriety, they have closed all communication with one who has robbed them. If justice were done, he would be in their debt for over $3000. He has encouraged them to disobey their Bishop and other Superiors. In his last letter he tells them "not to fear for to use the expression of the Bishop of St. Louis and Father (John) Timon, they can do no more or say no more in Arkansas than they did against me." In the same letter he says, "according to Father (John) Corry they made it a crime in Sister Eulalia to take a letter of the Bishop's from the Post Office but he tells her to have no scruple about it, for it was an act of charity." He wrote to Sister Eulalia to take out any letter for Bishop (Andrew) Byrne from Lyons and let him know about it. She did this through Doctor Marchand, his partner in trading. But his drage will not prevail on them to be silent. The letter is also signed by Sister M. Allodia Vessells and Sister Olympia Wimsatt.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 4to. - {8}


1845 Mar. 8
McCallion, Father Charles: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He acknowledges Purcell's of Feb.27, and proceeds to answer certain parts particularly regarding the bishop's anxiety during the long time McCallion was in New York and did not write the bishop. Now that he looks back on it the time he spent in New York was too long. If at the beginning he could have anticipated such a long absence from his congregation he would not have been abroad yet. Purcell's statement that he could never bring himself to agree with McCallion about the church at Washington troubles him much, but if Purcell will have patience he expects to have a large, cheap, but well filled church there. He is doing better in Philadelphia than in New York partly because of the bishop's approval and partly because he has more acquaintances. He expects to return to Guernsey County in May, then he will go to Cincinnati to render an account. He preached at St. Patrick's in Philadelphia and used the text Purcell had recommended for himself. "Quid Prodest". Purcell's news about the seminary and the schools is encouraging. Has Father (Thomas R.) Butler gone to the Jesuits? McCallion speaks of his desire to live in a college if it be acceptable to Purcell. He asks for prayers.

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


1845 Mar. 9
Kelly, Sister Eulalia: Little Rock, Ark(ansas)
 to Madam:

Sister has been informed from a communication received by Sister Allodia (Vessells) that Father (Joseph) RichardBole has received $20 from Madam as a donation to them. She is sorry Richardbole has imposed on them; she has already paid him for the articles for which he solicits in their behalf. Sister knows no charity more deserving than their house which has been plundered, robbed, and destroyed by that intriguing man. He has no authority from this house to collect anything.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {2}


1845 Mar. 10
Bellefroid, Father A.S.J.: Verviers, France
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He seizes the occasion of the departure of the Sisters of Notre Dame to recommend to Purcell's prayers the small residence of the Jesuits at Verviers. Purcell will know the circumstances under which the establishment has been formed for the events there of the last Sept., have been sufficiently noised abroad. The Jesuits excluded from Verviers devote themselves to talking possession of the post, the loss of which would have been irreparable and would have compromised their position in Belgium. Prayers should not cease so the city will finally be opened to them. Astonishment was very great when it was learned that a Jesuit had arrived one morning and taken possession of the church and residence. The Jesuit came in full day Jan. 22, and the next day after the elections in which those contrary to them triumphed. Since no one could forsee so soon the arrival which caused anxiety to the magistrate and the council, even the Governor of the province and the central powers for his safety. The Jesuits were on their guard to prevent this because they did not wish to come there under the protection of the civil government. The first two days were very critical. His first step had been after saying Mass in the church with open doors, to proclaim his quality as a Jesuit to one of their most pronounced adversaries, giving him a copy of Pere Ravignan. On the next day Bellefroid ascended the pulpit and disappointed the curious by speaking only on lent. The same Sunday the free-masons arranged a celebration of the victory of the 21st. He had three windows broken that night. The occasion passed and he began to preach the lenten sermond. On Feb. 10, he brought another priest, Father Wynani of Luxembourg, who at one time thought of offering himself for Cincinnati. He thinks this news interesting to Purcell and his confreres. His opponents are furious and the papers attack him incessantly, however, the residence had not been received by the Fathers. The writer identifies himself as having been two years at Brussells. They have spoken often of Cincinnati and of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Man counts for nothing, it is their prayers that does all.

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1845 Mar. 10
Bellenger, Father Jos(eph) M. and Father Andre T. Lagarde: Montreal, Canada
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts

They take the liberty of addressing to him the last two numbers of their journal "Melanges Religieux" hoping that he would like to take them in exchange for his "Review". They often enrich their paper with translations of certain pieces which have always delighted their readers who are unable to read them in the original. If he does not find it desirable to exchange with them, then they hope he will send them the "Review" by subscription, making them acquainted with the agent whom they must pay.

I-3-h - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 8vo. - {4}


1845 Mar. 10
(Blin, R.U.), Sister St. Arsène: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

In May last year, she received a letter from Blanc in reply to one she had written about her zeal for the abandoned people and less fortunate youth.

Blanc told her that her superiors were not unaware of how to use her zeal. But since he also told her that he was far from blaming her for telling him of her dispositions, she is writing again. She would like either a religious congregation for colored girls (Negroes) or for their free externs in town. As her group does not share this desire, and without cooperation there would be some dispensations to obtain, she thinks that it is time to get the help of Bishop (John Mary) Odin. The Community admits Texas but the ones they send there have to be of first quality because they wish to start with an Academy; she will not be among the number chosen. She will abide by Blanc's decision.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 8vo. - {3}


1845 Mar. 10
Jouanneault, Father V(ictor): Covington, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

After renouncing at least 400 piastres a year and Blanc's promise of a $20 indemnity per month, at the end of the third month, Blanc tells Jouanneault that any assistance would incommode him too much. He has been at Covington with only $5 a month. He regards the promise as a debt which he can claim.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {1}


1845 Mar. 10
Chevillon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipt for six piastres for work done at St. Augustin's.

V-5-c - Receipt S. - 1p. - 32mo. - {2}


1845 Mar. 10
Read, Will Geo(rge): Balt(imore, Maryland)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Blanc will probably have received from Mr. Coxe the intelligence of the unfavorable decision in their case. When Read called on the Chief Justice and was told they had not jurisdiction Read was thunderstruck. The argument will go before the profession in 3rd Howard's Reports. Having accepted the advocacy as senior counsel, Coxe was bound to carry it through but he has sacrificed his clients. Read believes the court is absolutely wrong. If they have not jurisdiction in Father (Benard) Permoli's case, the Missouri and Texas and every other compromise are so much waste paper. The case will be discussed in Congress and they who have crawled out of it because a poor Catholic priest was to be the sufferer, will be lashed for it.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 4to. - {3}


1845 Mar. 11
Jordan, Father Paul: West Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Le(!) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Jordan has just got some information about the sale of the church land; he finds that on the arpent and a half of frontage there is a half arpent on each side for sale. They say that in the new election of trustees they want to make new arrangements with Jordan. If they make the same as last year he could not stay. The times defy them on one side and the marriage law on the other. As soon as Easter time is over, Jordan can send Blanc the account of the income and expenditures which Blanc asked him to list. He would be grateful if Blanc could find a negro boy who knows how to keep house.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {2}


1845 Mar. 11
Lauveau, J.: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Receipted bill for cask of wine, $12.

V-5-c - A. Receipt S. - (French) - 1p. - 16mo. - {1}


1845 Mar. 12
Mégret, Father A(nthony) D(ésiré): Vermillonville, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

The trustees of May 30, 1843, with a single exception, are still in office. When Mégret was in charge of the treasury, he rendered an account every quarter; for two years this treasurer has not given any. The day of the new election was announced; Mégret had called a meeting beforehand to give his opinion on the candidates. The meeting never took place. All the trustees are men of influence. They met yesterday and during the year they will repair the church and presbytery. Mégret is glad that he bought St. Martin's Church. Nothing will upset his plan for the Sisters; the materials from his old church at Lafayette will make them a chapel and the fabrique will take over the acquiring of St. Martinville. Blanc is not to think any more about Franklin for the church Mégret has acquired; he asks to be permitted to dispose of it for his parish. Next Saturday the public press will mention the letter Mégret wrote to Reverend Gerdy, Episcopalian minister living at St. Martinville. If he accepts Megret's public discussion or not, he will be discredited. P.S. Mégret has had no news about Father (Giles F.) Martin. Father (Stanislaus) Buteux told him that Martin was authorized by the vicar general to accept a ministry wherever he pleased. Blanc knows this excellent priest; if he thinks he could do St. Martinville, Blanc would probably be glad. As for Father (Peter) Lucas Blanc could not think of leaving him as pastor.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 4to. - {7}


1845 Mar. 13
Chalon, Father G(abriel): Mobile, (Alabama)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisia)na

Chalon wrote two weeks ago and writes again to ask Blanc to do him a service in France. Would Blanc take 1200 francs for Chalon's mother and give it to Father Boué, pastor of Ainay, at Lyons for his mother at Sury. Bishop (Michael) Portier asks Chalon to tell Blanc how he wishes to see him at Mobile and to tell Bishop (John Mary) Odin that it would give him great pleasure if he could stop a moment before leaving for France.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {4}


1845 Mar. 14
Martin, V.G., Father Augustus M.: Vincennes, Indiana
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He delayed answering because of the illness of Father (Michael E.) Shawe. He is better now and will travel Easter Tuesday so as to arrive during Quasimodo week. It would be of no advantage to have Father Spalding take the oils to Madison because Father Delaune would have no means of forwarding them to the other priests. Martin has received a letter from Bishop (Celestine De la Haillandiere) in which he stated that his health was good. They have been annoyed by rumors that the Bishop will come back no more. Martin has every reason to believe that there are no grounds for these statements, However, he hopes that the third Bishop of Vincennes will be another Brute.

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


1845 Mar. 15
Cronin, M.W.: Barryton, Alabama
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Cronin lets Blanc know that he got the money from Mrs. Lease. She was at Louisville at the time and her daughter said she could not pay it. Cronin will write to Bishop (Ignatius A.) Reynolds and tell him about Blanc's kindness and the money. If there is still a letter there for Cronin directed to Blanc, Blanc is to send it to Barryton.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {3}


1845 Mar. 15
Marziou, V(ictor): Havre, (France)
 to Mr. Fallon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Marziou has at last realized part of the plan about which he spoke to Fallon when he was at Havre. The second part is also in sight of realization. Not being able to leave, Mr. Morceau will continue the trips in France. Marziou has bought at Nantes the first ship which is to be launched immediately and blessed by the Bishop of Nantes with the name "Arche d'Alliance". He asks Fallon to try to aid the bearer of this letter by helping him find a place in some business house in New Orleans. He is a brother of a notary of Poitiers who was sent to him by the Bishop of that city. Marziou does not know him personally. (P.S.) Marziou asks Fallon to distribute the circulars he is enclosing to any of his friends who could use the services of Marziou and Company. (4 copies of the circular are enclosed).

V-5-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 5pp. - 4to. - {2}


1845 Mar. 17
Herval, Father G: Havre, (France)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Herval takes advantage of the trip of a good Catholic Alsatian to send news and his thanks for Blanc's letter. They had a mission at Our Lady of the Havre. Father Marquet preached with rare talent. But it was a complete failure! Knowing that he was a Jesuit the upper class of Havre did not deign to come; there were only a small number of the pious and a few workingmen. Prejudice is great. The courage of the bishops of France does not extend to the masses.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 8vo. - {2}


1845 Mar. 18
Brogard, Father J(oseph) N.: Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Brogard informed the trustees of St. Joseph Church of Blanc's pastoral of May 16 so they could take notice of the articles concerning them. Recently a committee asked Brogard to assure Blanc that they were always ready to follow his suggestions. Also that the church had a debt of more than 1600 piastres and that the improvements proposed for the lamp, the baptismal fonts, and the taking of the Easter collection for the seminary are to be added. They have asked Brogard to ask Blanc to suspend, in favor of their poor fabrique, the directives given on this subject until they can satisfy the creditors of their church. P.S. The Christmas collection had never been taken up here; this year it was only 6 piastres.

- A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp


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1845 Mar. 18
Brogard, Father J(oseph) N.: Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

Everything is going satisfactorily here. On November 2, they had a procession to the cemetery; on Christmas eve they had midnight Mass; Sunday services are well attended. All opposition has ceased. At the election of trustees 100 votes were taken and not one was hostile to Brogard. Their trustees are the same as last year. The pews were sold last Sunday; they have made 20 new ones along the walls for persons of color. Brogard's health is far from satisfactory; preaching and riding horseback kill him. If Blanc does not send a successor he thinks he will not see the end of the year. P.S. He asks Blanc to consider the trustees' request; they deserve it.

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


V-5-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 5pp. - 4to. - {2}


1845 Mar. 18
Brunner, C.PP. S., Father Francis D.: Tiffin, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

The German congregation at Tiffin has prepared everything for building a church in the designated place and asks him to bless the first stone. He asked the pastor Father (Joseph) McNamee? to assist but he spoke against the building of the church last Sunday. For the peace of the church he will do nothing further, but he hopes that Purcell will give him permission to proceed. In Wolfs Creek there are 15 Sisters of the Precious Blood and in Thompson's Settlement six. Both places have schools for girls and at Thompson's also for little boys. Hopes that this beginning will be blessed. He has received Purcell's response about the title of the church at Attica and the stone. He asks that he be not forgotten for the sacred oils.

II-4-i - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - (Latin) - {6}


1845 Mar. 18
Dalloz, Father: Dampierre, (France)
 to Bishop(Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Dalloz has asked permission of the Bishop of Nevers to reply to Blanc's letter about Father Charles Dalloz. Father Charles, before his error, had been praised by his Superiors at the seminary, and during six years as an assistant in quite a large parish was regarded as a most pious and zealous priest. Unfortunately the pastor of Moulins wished to keep him until his death and that is what caused his ruin. Dalloz had asked Bishop (Paul) Naudo, to give him some other place where his health would suffer less from overwork but the reply was always that it would be difficult to replace him. A bad fellow, formerly a sacristan in the parish, Persuaded Charles to join the Bourges diocese. It is this vampire who now lives in New Orleans. So Blanc can see that Dalloz cannot obtain a letter of recommendation. The Bishop believes that Blanc must demand of Charles a promise never to have anything to do with this Satan and to get this miserable fellow to return to his wife whom he left in Paris with a child. Dalloz is convinced that his brother will be what he was before if his deceiver is taken away. Dalloz thanks Blanc for his kindness to his unfortunate brother. He encloses a letter for him telling him that in case Blanc decides not to employ him he can draw on the bank to facilitate his return.

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


1845 Mar. 18
Flaget, Benedict Joseph, Bp. Louisville: Louisville, Kentucky
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

At his age one is not surprised that he is weak and cannot undertake the long ceremonies. Deprived also of his coadjutor (Bishop Guy Chabrat) it is very natural that he should turn to his nearest neighbor as well as the oldest of the bishops of the Mississippi valley which was once his vast diocese. The bearer Father (Martin J.) Spalding will tell the other news. As he has obtained permission from the Holy Father to say three prayers in each Mass for his friends and benefactors Purcell can judge of the good part he will have there.

II-4-i - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - (French) - {4}


1845 Mar. 18
Lorretta, (S.C.), Sister M.: Donaldsonville, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Sister has not begged in vain; Mother says Sister M. Austin, (S.C.) is coming but wants money for her expenses; she says they cannot spare it. Sister Lorena is not aware that one is coming to take her place. She has been jealous of Sister Gonzague. Lorretta hopes she is the last old woman Mother will send. Today they received one of Mrs. Van Ranseleer's scholars; she will not like it. Mother says Sister Pauline is to go in Sister Clotilda's place. Perhaps Sister Regina (Smith, S.C.) has received a letter to that effect.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 4to. - {7}


1845 Mar. 19
Legros, J(ohn) B(aptist): Havre, (France)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Legros, on instructions from Didier Petit of Lyons has sent a box of vestments addressed to Father E(tienne) Rousselon. The freight is 24.50; Legros asks Blanc to remit this to Rousselon with 45 f(rancs) which Legros paid for a subscription to the paper, according to his letter of May 14, 1841(?).

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1845 Mar. 20
(Dufetre), Bishop Dominic Augustin: Nevers, (France)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

(Dufetre) could not refuse the elder Father Dalloz the consolation of giving the explanation of the conduct of his unfortunate brother, (Father Charles Dalloz). The young man who accompanied him to America is the sole cause of the straying of this poor priest whose conduct for so long was so edifying. (Dufetre) sends his exeat so that (Blanc) may use him if he sees fit. (Dufetre)'s friendship with (Blanc) goes back to 1812, if he remembers correctly. (Blanc) knows how dangerous the resurge of impiety has been here for a year. The whole Church should have an interest in conserving the Faith in their unfortunate country.

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1845 Mar. 20
Jaunet, L.F.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipt for $2.33 for freight on the Carolina from Havre. Jaunet signs for Levi H. Gale, consignee.

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1845 Mar. 23
Davidson, Mrs.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

She gives her servant Martha permission to have her infant, Ada, baptized. (On the note in another hand): Maria Josephine Ada, Emile Mercy, Marie Joseph Joseph Feloris, 10 months old, baptized March 23.

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1845 Mar. 24
Leblanc, S.P.: Thibodeauxville, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Father (Charles Henry Boutelou de) St. Aubin has just notified the trustees of St. Joseph Church that he will not remain as pastor this year and so can make no other arrangements with them than those made last year. They agreed, but the revenue will be less this year and it will be impossible to give the pastor the same amount as the preceding year. The pews brought only $800. They can make no definite arrangements without Blanc's orders as they remember well that Blanc told the two members who were sent to him several months ago that the arrangements were to be made with Blanc.

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1845 Mar. 25
Belinaye, J. de la: London, (England)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans (Louisiana)

She received (Blanc)'s letter and expresses her gratitude for his interest in that unfortunate child and her family. She is not rich and the 50 pounds which she gives as her part toward her support is a lot for her and prevents her from aiding other members of her family suffering because of the July revolution. She believes, as (Blanc) does, that she would be better off in Europe but she fears her poor father would never consent. His health is destroyed by this unfortunate event. The death of his wife has added to their misfortunes. Belinaye was ready to leave for New Orleans to bring her back and try to hide her fault from the world but she refused all her efforts. She has explained to Mr. Conroy (Peter Conrey) why she does not write. She will write now and give all the consolation she can. A word from (Blanc) from time to time would add much. (P.S. Blanc) is to remember Belinaye to Father (L.) Dufour. (On the letter in another hand) Casparus Rehrl(?)

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1845 Mar. 25
Ladavière, S.J., Father A. P(ierre): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Ladavière has sent on board the Music, Captain F(erdinan)d(?) Streck, three barrels of sugar, two from M(adam)e L(oui)s(?) Lebourgeois' and the third from Pierre Theriot's. They are addressed to the Orphan Asylum. The bad weather at Easter took away at least 100 Communions. He believes Madame (J.) Gallwey, (R.S.C.) wrote about First Communion.

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1845 Mar. 26
Gallwey, R.S.H.J., Madame J.: St. Michael's, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Father (A. Pierre) Ladavière, (S.J.) thinks the fourth Sunday after Easter would be propitious for First Communion; could Blanc give Confirmation that day? They were told that their Act of Incorporation had passed; they are not sure whether the Senate or merely the House. All are well. They have 71 children.

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1845 Mar. 26
Jordan, Father Paul: West Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) le(!) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

They hoped that the election of new trustees would be helpful but after what Jordan has just learned there is reason to believe that it will be deadly. They held the election at Mr. Caze's tavern. They voted childishly. Many people came to Jordan to complain. All was contrived by the schemers, or they say, by four rascals. The other trustees had already engaged Jordan for this year except Trasimont Landry who is a traitor. They say he sympathizes with Karklain and Wons, both rabid protestants; the first, elected a trustee and the other who had only a few votes. All the better ones refused. These fellows said that the church will not be given over to Blanc, that they want a Creole pastor who does not need money nor give so many sermons. Karklain says that in six months they will have one who suits them because he has influence with Blanc. Landry greatly grieves his father, Hely Landry and many others who refused to vote. Jordan recently baptized Karklain's children at the request of his wife. If they succeed in their intrigues what priest would want to stay there. Just now Jordan is giving instructions for First Communion. The truly faithful are painting the altar and repairing the floor of the sacristy. Blanc is not to be uneasy about Jordan. He will do nothing without consulting Father (Joseph N.) Brogard and Father (Ennemond) Dupuy. Dupuy told him that if he were in Jordan's place, he would leave if it did not get better.

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1845 Mar. 26
Masnou, C.M., Father J.: Assumption, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

They celebrated Holy Week with much ceremony and Masnou thinks the exactitude of the seminarians excited the devotion of the people. Masnou would like to know when Blanc is coming to ordain several seminarians. At the beginning of May they will need 400 piastres to buy cloth and other supplies if Blanc can give it to them. He has given 5 dispensations from second degree relationship since the last time he wrote to Blanc about this. All are well and they are well satisfied with the seminarians.

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1845 Mar. 27
Armengol, (C.M.), Father Bonaventure: Mexico
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Armengol hopes Blanc has received the letter dated March 3. He takes the opportunity of Mr. Olivetti's leaving to write a few lines. God has blessed their work; the Sisters (of Charity) have already received 6 novices; at St. Vincent they think they have received 12 more. They have opened a free school and have 350 children. Almost all the Mexican girls want to go there but there are already too many. On the 8th the Archbishop gave them possession of the Hospital of St. John of God. They send all their postulants there to make their first trial before being admitted to the novitiate. As for the establishment of the Lazarists (Vincentians) they expect from day to day the publication of the law which would authorize it in this republic.

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1845 Mar. 28
Chartier, Father Et(ien)ne: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans Louisiana)

Chartier has just learned from his assistant, Father (Joseph) Richardbole, that the pastor of the Cathedral has complained to Blanc about the preaching. Chartier went to Blanc's house but he was absent so he is writing so that his words will reach Father (Constantine) Maenhaut if Blanc deems it apropos. Each was to preach in turn; the pastor and Father (Felipe) Ascensio were to provide a substitute if one or the other did not want to preach. This is how things stood last Monday when Father Petit announced he would be gone on Quasimodo Sunday. Is it not the pastor's turn first? Is it fair that the pastor receives $3,500 to $4,000 for only hearing confessions, marrying, and having one or two funerals a month and that all the rest of the work is the responsibility of Richardbole and Chartier for $70 to $75 a month besides paying board to the pastor? It would be ridiculous for Chartier to enrich by his labors a man already too rich and whose stinginess is a scandal. Chartier preached every Sunday for 14 years and will preach for Maenhaut if he wishes to compensate him for it; for Chartier is in debt. So without compensation or a different division of the fees, Chartier will not preach for Maenhaut.

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1845 Mar. 29
Spalding, Father M(artin) J(ohn): Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Bishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Mrs. Mary Thompson and her husband, who will call on Blanc, are both Catholics and wish to settle in Blanc's diocese.

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1845 Mar. 30
(DeHesselle), Nicholas Joseph, Bp. Namur: Namur, Belgium
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He could not let the reinforcement of Sisters of Notre Dame du Namur without saying a word to Purcell. He recommends these to the same paternal care Purcell shows to those Sisters already under his care. The new group is animated with good will, and devotion. They are Sisters Florine, Laurentine, Marie Augusta, Desire, Marie Aloisius and Alphonse Rodriguez. He is happy to learn that the other sisters have been useful to Purcell and hopes that these will be more useful, and that Purcell's desires be fulfilled. It is useless to say that they should preserve the spirit of the mother house and for that purpose the majority in any house should be Europeans, so that those who join will acquire the same spirit. Otherwise the Europeans and their union or fusion will suffer, from discouragement. The inconveniences will not make the growth too slow since the house will become well formed and well rooted. As for the rest both he and Purcell should try to have the sisters what the foundress Mother Julie wished them to be. He asks Purcell to accept his wishes for the growth and happiness of these religious in Purcell's diocese. He asks remembrance in Purcell's prayers.

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1845 Mar. 30
Dupaty, A.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Permission for the servant, Fanny, to have her child baptized Joseph, born Shrove Tuesday. (On this note in another hand): Jean Louis, slave of Eulalie Mandeville; Victoire Moron, slave of Miss Morin.

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1845 Mar. 30
Landry, J. Trasimond: West Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Realizing the trials which Blanc has had in the sad affair of the Church of St. Louis, Landry would wish they were never renewed. However it seems that each small village wishes to copy the troubles of the city, as does the Church of St. John Baptist. Father (Paul Jordan) Jourdan has not made himself respected. Landry asks Blanc to recall him immediately. Landry was among the first, on his arrival from the Jesuits in St. Louis, to take steps in 1837 to build a church. For a number of years, Landry has served in the direction of the temporal affairs of the congregation. As president he did his best to prevent them from taking undignified steps. A majority wished to pass a resolution to expel the pastor; Landry persuaded them that Blanc was to one to turn to. He has no personal objection to Jourdan except that he is not respected. By recalling him immediately, Blanc could hide a scandal which Landry has reason to fear.

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1845 Mar. 31
Wells & Co., C.: New York, New York
 to O(restes) A. Brownson:

An established firm of the city proposes the publishing of a work, "The National Volume" comprising a literary poet and writer of eminence in the country and thus to illustrate their style and ability and perpetuate the names of a confederacy of writers of high rank. The publishers have entrusted the management of it to him, and have suggested that the writers be as brief as the subject will allow, which subject may be chosen by the writers. Since it is necessary, in order to prepare the proper embellishments and designs that the contributions be in by July 1st, he will be happy to learn as soon as possible whether Brownson will favor them with a paper.

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