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1845 May
Butler, Father Thomas R.: (Hamilton), Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

The Germans of Chillicothe asked him to request Purcell to send Father or Father Ferneding to preach at the laying of the cornerstone of the new church on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, and authorize someone who is to be there to perform the ceremony. They leave the nature of the inscription to Purcell. They also ask that a notice of the ceremony of laying the cornerstone be given in the Telegraph - also in the German paper. He penned the notice hurriedly about the new church if Purcell thinks it should be printed.

II-4-i - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {2}


1845 May 1
Quarter, William, Bishop of Chicago,: N(ew) Y(ork, N.Y.)
 to Bishop Peter Paul Lefevere: Detroit, Michigan)

Quarter has received the letter enclosing the recommendation for Father (Augustus) Brickwedde. Father Brickwedde and (Maurice) de Saint-Palais sail today for London. Bishop (John Joseph) Hughes is kind and will not prevent him from speaking in the churches. He would take leave to suggest that the Bishop adopt a catechism which he had published in Chicago. If he should do so, he may order as many as he wants and Bishop Quarter will pay the bookseller, Mr. Cha(rle)s McDonnell of Chicago. These catechisms are highly thought of by the New York clergy but if the Bishop prefers the others for which he has already written, they will be forwarded as soon as word is received.

III-2-h - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {1}


1845 May 1
Ste. Victoire, Sister:
Ursuline Convent (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Sister wished to give this information in person but his departure has made it impossible. In announcing her leaving she feels doubly sad as she believes she speaks to a father who understands her situation. Her bad health does not permit her to go on. She will never forget the lessons of virtue learned during her stay here.

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


1845 May 1
Tiblier (Frères): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Marie Dedune: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipt for 14 piastres, 87 cents for balance to date.

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


1845 (May 1)
Vanlancker, Leon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Receipt for $20, salary from April 1 to May 1.

V-5-c - A. Receipt S. - (French) - 1p. - 32mo. - {0}


1845 May 4
Joseph, (C.S.C.), Br(other): Pokagon, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Brother Joseph asks the Bishop to send him the money as soon as possible as he is pressed on all sides. He thinks he could give an order on the Bishop to Mr. Mason for the sum that he owes him. He also asks the Bishop to talk to the new agent about the 6 years' arrears. He thinks the Bishop knows that for 7years his Indians have received nothing and as they are so poor this would alleviate their misery. Mr. (Robert) Stuart had been hostile to them because they were Catholics. Since the old chief bought this land from the government, they have been mistreated; when the old Chief (Leopold) Pokagan had the reserve near Niles, (Michigan) he left $17,000, which he could draw on, with Governor (George) Porter, if he is not mistaken in the name. The old Pokagan died soon after and now no one knows anything about the $17,000; for 7 years they have not received their yearly payments. He hopes that the new agent, being a Democrat, will be just and liberal and that it will be possible for them to get their past due payments. This would enable them to buy several yoke of oxen and some farm implements and to help him build a church because the one they now have is only a hole, unworthy of the majesty of God. The Indians have also asked Brother Joseph to ask the agent to come to their village next autumn to pay them because in the last two years everyone bothered them so they did not know where to turn. Furthermore since they receive only $5.00 per person, it is hardly worth the trouble to lose 7 or 8 days and to incur the expense. Brother Joseph has tried to reunite the Potwatomies but he has not succeeded. Brother Joseph thinks if the agent pretended to threaten them, he could reunite them. In a post script he gives his address as Silver Creek, Cass County but would rather have mail sent to N(otre) D(ame) du Lac.

- A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 8vo. -



Enclosed in this letter is the following note: It is absolutely necessary to have a church for a permanent establishment among the Indians, but particularly for the glory of God. There are Presbyterians there who cause them much trouble. If they had a suitable church the Superior of Father Quiontet (Father Francis Cointet, C.S.C.) could come and give them a good sermon. This would soon make the others see their error or at least attract the Catholics. He has the idea, if the Bishop will permit, to take up a small collection at Detroit. If the Bishop will allow the collection to be made Father (Theophile) Marivault (C.S.C.) or he would go to Detroit.

III-2-h - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 16mo. - {5}


1845 May 5
Brunner, C.PP.S. Father Francis D.: Tiffin, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He transmitts the title, properly drawn up he thinks, of the church of St. Joseph at Tiffin. The church is 66 by 40. He thinks that the stone should be blessed as soon as possible and asks that the date of May 22, be announced in the Wahrheitsfreund if that date is acceptable to Purcell. He assures Purcell of his respect and asks Purcell's prayers for his students.

II-4-i - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {2}


1845 May 5
Chartier, Father Et(ien)ne: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Chartier is condemned by force to leave this diocese because he could not in conscience coordinate his views about certain burials with the views of the administration of this diocese. Blanc is to read the paragraph in the paper Chartier is sending. If one wishes to reply that the difference is that Editor Dujarrier died "in conflictu" while Judge Leonard died "extra locum conflictus" although from a wound, and after having made his peace with the Church; this reply would fall before the Constitution Detestabilem of Benedict XIV in 1752 which ought to be in force in places under the discipline of the Council of Trent of which it is an extension. Chartier here gives an extract concerning the burial of those killed in duels. In taking his leave, Chartier lauds Blanc's generosity, the rightness of his intentions, the sincerity of his desire to promote good and assures him of his personal attachment.

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


1845 May 5
Gaux and Company: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipted bill for $45 for 3000 copies, Archconfraternity of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Signed by J.A. Gaux.

V-5-c - Receipt S. - (French) - 1p. - 8vo. - {3}


1845 May 5
McInhill, John: Fort Edward, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He acknowledges Purcell's letter of Mar. 15, and states that Mr. Fitzgerald died leaving him the executor of his estates. He lists in detail the bequests of the dead man to his wife, adopted daughter, mother-in-law and to certain churches, in Sandy Hill, Lansingburgh and New York, (Ohio). He still has some notes etc. Which he will hold until the fulfillment of the trust, at which time Purcell will receive his just portions. However, because of changes in circumstances he expects a falling off of the estate. He is endeavoring to carry out the trust in the order in which the donor would have done and does not know Mr. Andrews character. Mrs. Fitzgerald has collected $150 which belongs to the fund. She wishes that Bishop Purcell and Bishop (Benedict) Fenwick of Boston release (her) so that she will be accountable to no one but the attorney Andrews.

P.S. In the course of the summer he expects to make collections so as to be able to pay Purcell part.

II-4-i - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {7}


1845 May 6
McCallion, Father Charles: Baltimore Maryland
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He arrived there last evening from Lancaster. The Archbishop (Samuel) Eccleston is dangerously ill, having been thrown from his carriage against the curb. The doctors have hope for his recovery. Bishop (Ignatius) Reynolds is expected on Trinity Sunday to give Confirmation. McCallion has received permission from one of the vicars general to collect funds. Father (Philip) Foley has written that he has entered arrangements for finishing the church. McCallion's regret are that he has calculated a little differently. He speaks of the difficulties connected with trying to raise $1000. He has heard that Father (Peter) McLaughlin is going to build a big church in Cleveland, but Washington, Ohio does not give the pew rent that McLaughlin gets. Bishop (Francis Patrick) Kenrick has gone to Europe. Father (Francis X.) Gartland did not treat McCallion so well, thinking that this collection would injure future collections. McCallion says that if he had planned a smaller church he could go back and finish it within four weeks. He speaks of meeting a young man about to enter Bishop Hughes' seminary and he advised him to go to Mt. St. Mary's at Emmitsburg since he had no money. McCallion also intends to come to Cincinnati so that Purcell can question him on his return.

II-4-i - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {6}


1845 May 6
McFarland, J(ohn) A.: Wapakonetta, Ohio
 to F(rancis) P. McFarland: West Farms, West Chester, N(ew) Y(ork)

John has been there for two weeks, where he is visiting with their parents. It is doubtful that he can raise enough money to attend lectures during the coming winter. If he can do no better he will purchase some medicines and practice to get some money to pursue his studies. This others have done. Their parents are well but worn by old age and hard labor. They have sufficient income to refrain from hard labor but insist on working. The wheat crop is good but does not develop well in that region. James has married R. Walker two weeks ago. Jerome is still at home and has made little advance in his studies. He is pleased that Francis intends to visit them next summer. If he will mention the cost of his fare their father will forward the money. Father (Martin Pobst) Pope, a German priest, lives there half of each month and Father (James P.) Cahill at Piqua also comes occasionally. Hugh Mckeon lives at Rossville, Staten Island and their father wishes that Francis would visit him and ask him to write about Ireland. Uncle James McKeon was at last account living in Poland, New York. John would also like to hear from Francis.

I-1-a - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 4to. - {3}


1845 May 7
Brands, C.M., Father John: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

When Bishop (John Mary) Odin started from Galveston he told Brands to call on Blanc should he want any pecuniary assistance. Brands has given a draft for $100 in favor of W.C. Byrne. After complying with half of Odin's orders Brands was $16 in debt. Byrne assisted him but as Byrne owes in New Orleans he asked Brands to favor him with this draft. Brands with strict economy will then be able to subsist for some time. (On the back of the letter is written): "Forward this letter of advice when you present a draft that is in your own letter. J. McC.(?)"

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


1845 May 7
Schwarz, J.G.: Vienna, (Austria)
 to Bishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Schwarz, U(nited) S(tates) consul, asks Blanc to forward the enclosed letter to Bishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.) to Texas.

V-5-c - A. Note S. - 2pp. - 32mo. - {2}


1845 May 8
Healy, Jesse: Arilo, Ohio
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Chelsea, Mass(achusetts)

He has been so busy and has written so many letters recently that he doesn't know whether or not he answered Brownson's or Mrs. Brownson's letters. He thinks as much of Brownson as ever, and perhaps as much as any relative Brownson has; he consoles himself by knowing that Brownson has acted conscientiously. He settled the matter with Fulton and will get four or five hundred dollars, but in order to get it, he must have a release from each of the family, a copy of which form he encloses and asks that it be made out and sent to him as soon as possible. He hears often from Mrs. Healy and Mr. and Mrs. Goodwich. Owing to the low price of cotton in the South he is going to have a very hard time in making payments on the place.

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


1845 May 9
Brunner, C.PP.S. Father Francis D.: Norwalk, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He perceives that Purcell will be at Canton on Monday of Pentecost to bless the cornerstone. Unable to visit Purcell himself he sends this letter by Father Mary Antony Meyer of the Precious Blood Fathers, concerning the following matters: 1. He asks if he may bless the cornerstone for the church in Tiffin, for which he sends the deed. 2. He asks that Purcell write the necessary permission so that each one of the society can perform marriages. 3. He expresses grave reasons concerning a marriage dispensation he had previously asked for. 4. He asks for an exeat for Peter Felix Kohlor, a deacon, living with Father Alig at Buffalo, so that he can receive orders as a Redemptorist. 5. In Avon and Liverpool promises were made during Easter time, but he does not know whether they will be kept. 6. Suggests that Purcell visit the faithful in Cleveland because someone is sowing trouble. 7. There is similiar trouble in Lower Sandusky and Attica. 8. The faithful in Hanover have asked that they visit them. 9. They have sent two students with Mr. McCartney to the seminary. 10. He sends a new title for the church in Randolph, drawn up according to that of Cleveland. He thinks the site of the one burned down is suitable. 11. Some provisions have been made about their possessions, but better arrangements will be made. 12. The pastor at Tiffin demands that all German marriages be sent to him but the people do not like this because of his high stipends. 13. Asks permission to build churches at Wolfs Creek and Thompson's Settlement, and to beg in Detroit. 14. As to rumors about their relations with the Sisters of the Precious Blood, he denies that they live in the same house or have given cause for scandal.. 15. The sisters have begun a school at Peru (St. Alphonsus). 16. Suggests that needed theology book be obtained at Philadelphia. 17. Asks about blessing marriages attempted before a Justice of the Peace, and about the legitimation of children from such unions. 18. At Thompson certain families have begun a church away from the present church without consulting anyone. He asks whether they should be permitted to proceed, if they draw up a proper title. He expresses his gratitude to Purcell.

II-4-i - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - (Latin) - {18}


1845 May 9
Hérisson, D.: Mobile, (Alabama)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Hérisson directs his brother to Blanc. The brother is about to leave for France; he cannot get his trunks from the hotel because he has no money. Hérisson cannot help because he has just bought a grocery store for 600 piastres. But he could repay soon what Blanc would pay to get out the trunks.

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


1845 May 9
Lucas, Father P(eter): St. Martin, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, Louisiana

Father (Giles F.?) Martin owes Lucas, assistant, 41 piastres, 60 cents from January 1 to March 16 out of $200 a year. Also 17 piastres for 17 services and another 30 piastres for all the Sunday High Masses since Lucas' arrival at St. Martin making a total of $88.60. Father (Louis) Dufour told Lucas that Martin did not wish to give Lucas any-Martin had. Any changes would depend on the Bishop and the pastor who would come. They would be glad to have him as the pastor but Lucas firmly believes that it would not be prudent because an assistant has not the chance that a new pastor has. As a young priest he has been surrounded by difficulties which he has got out of as best he can and he wants to leave without reproach. So Blanc is to send a pastor as soon as possible. They give the pastor $1000, the low Masses, marriages, baptisms and certificates; the singer $300, the beadle $120 and the two altar boys $100. Lucas sends his respects to Martin. Blanc would do well to send Martin's account book so the collector could have it.

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


1845 May 10
Hackett, Father P.R.: Tuscaloosa, (Alabama)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Hackett wrote some time ago about money given him by Ellen Kelly. It is probable his brother has paid it but lest it should be otherwise Hackett encloses $50 for her. C.H. O'Hara can inform Blanc whether it has been paid.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {3}


1845 May 11
Hopkins, J.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Permission for her servant, Pricilat, to baptize her child.

V-5-c - A. Note S. - (French) - 2pp. - 12mo. - {0}


1845 May 12
Billon, Father (Joseph): Charenton, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

Several months after leaving the seminary, a parishioner, at a baptism, gave Billon 5 sous because he looked poor, and forbid him to share with his confreres. He gave his alms graciously, without denouncing him to the Bishop of Quimper. Does not Blanc think that those who denounced him to Blanc should have imitated this good fellow countryman? There is not as much charity here as in Lower Brittany. When Billon consulted Blanc about to graves, he did it only in the interest of the church. He came with the resolution of not bothering anyone for money. To those who said the fee was too high, he said he also would give the service for nothing. Father (Julien) Priour collected the money for services Billon performed here at the time Billon was at New Iberia. Priour performed marriages without Billon's consent and granted dispensations from banns in order not to lose his prey. Billon would like to be entirely released so that he can carry out his plan. Yesterday the allotting of the pews amounted to only 200 and some piastres. The fees are nil. There are no services, except that for Mrs. Dumartrait, from which Priour pocketed the money. If a priest stays here he would have to live at Mr. Laclair's and say Mass in his chapel during the week unless there was something to do at the church. At St. Mary's there were about 100 Easter Communions. The person who brings this letter is Mr. Lafontaine; he knows most about the parish if Blanc wishes to question him.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 8vo. - {6}


1845 May 12
(Blanc, Anthony, Bp. of New Orleans): (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to 

(This is a page torn from a letter of Bishop Blanc, presumably giving his choice for some bishop's see.) The names are as follows: 1. Bishop John J. Chanche of Natchez; 2. Bishop Vincent Whelan of Richmond; Father H.B. Coskery; 4. Father Gibb Raymond.

II-4-i - L. - 1p. - 8vo. - {5}


1845 May 12
Cabaret, Lise: (New Orleans, Louisiana?)

She permits her servant Marie Louise, alias Nancy, to receive the marriage blessing. (On the note in another hand): Felix Beaurocher. Celebrated May 14, 1845; Witnesses, J.B. Azema, Jean Geolard, Marie Azema.

V-5-c - A. Note S. - (French) - 2pp. - 32mo. - {4}


1845 May 12
Dumartrait, A(drien): St. Martinville, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He is commissioned by the trustees to acknowledge the receipt of Blanc's letter of the 5th, which Father (Louis) Dufour brought, in which he announced the temporary appointment of a pastor. The trustees met yesterday to acknowledge Dufour as a replacement for Father (Giles F.) Martin. They are sorry to learn that his trip to (New Orleans) did not make him better. Dufour's affable manner, and the religious principles shown in his sermon yesterday, will no doubt win the confidence of his parishioners. In their meeting the trustees voted 1200 piastres a year for Dufour, plus the fees of baptisms and marriages, low Masses during the week, and the registration of baptisms. Dumartrait is to repair the presbytery and procure the necessary furniture. They agreed with Blanc that the fabrique would collect the other fees and that the pastor and others serving the church would have a fixed sum. Father (Peter) Lucas came to New Iberia where Blanc appointed him during the absence of Father (Julien) Priour; he brought Dufour the church registers and all the church vessels. The fabrique has already taken steps to give Lucas the fees up to the time Blanc appointed Martin's successor; as treasurer, Dumartrait has settled with him. Dumartrait was very much flattered that Dufour accepted his invitation to stay at Dumartrait's house until the presbytery is ready.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {6}


1845 May 12
Durbin, Father E(lisha) J. St. Vincent's: (Morgan town, Kentucky?)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mrs. Anna Maria Schmoll, the accuser of Father (Roman) Weinzoepflin has gone to New Orleans; Durbin considers her capable of anything bad. She received Holy Communion from Weinzoepflin the same day she accused him; there is no shadow of a doubt of his innocence. It is said the woman is leading a bad life. The priests should know about her so that if she came to die and sent for one he might know how to proceed. She is divorced and her husband is married again. If it be necessary to learn more about her, Blanc is to write Father (Anthony) Deydier at Evansville, Indiana.

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


1845 May 12
Roger, Aimé: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Roger is embarrassed that he has not yet come to thank Blanc for being willing to bless his marriage. On his return from a short absence he found an enormous task at the Consulate. Roger hopes that Father Barthe is still under Blanc's orders. On his arrival Barthe said his sole ambition was to be the little pastor of a parish in the country.

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


1845 May 13
(Chanche), Bishop John Joseph: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

(Chanche) received a letter yesterday from Father (Victor) Jouanneault offering his services. He does not know why he leaves Blanc's diocese; he will not answer until he hears from Blanc. He supposes Blanc has heard of the dreadful accident which has befallen Archbishop (Samuel Eccleston). (Chanche) received letters from Father (Ferdinand Dominic) Bach the day after it occurred. (Chanche) intends about the end of the month to pay a visit to Governor (André Bienvenu) Roman; he will visit St. Michael's and Donaldsonville. Maybe he might meet Blanc in one of those places. In a letter from (Eccleston) before his fall, he told (Chanche) that he had written to Rome concerning the erection of Galveston into an episcopal see, as they did.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 4to. - {6}


1845 May 13
Lucas, Father P(eter): New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

A young person, 14 years old, was married legitimately to a man of 37, having obtained a divorce, and having been married to another by a judge. Now she is 54 and does not know whether her legal husband is living or not. What should Lucas do in this case?

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


1845 May 14
Dalloz, Father C(harles): Avoyelles, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

It has been a long time since Dalloz wrote to give news of the parish (Blanc) has given into his care. The people are far from being the worst in the diocese; they are ignorant but he has been very kindly received. They attend Mass well and listen with attention. About 150 to 200 attend May devotions on Sunday, which is a lot for a parish where the houses are so far from the church. He has two great sorrows, however. About 50 have asked him to ratify their marriages contracted while the parish was vacant. Only one has come; several other civil marriages have taken place since he came. The other sorrow is about burials. They make burials without notifying him. When Dalloz offered to pay the funeral expenses, the trustees would not allow it and made a law that obliges the offenders to pay the fees if they bring the body to the church. The have not yet decided on the land for the presbytery; the trustees are to meet the 25th. Dalloz lives at Edouard de Générè', who is not married. He went to the limits of his parish, 30 miles from here. He baptized some Indians and had First Communion. However their food gave him a fever. A young man of the parish was struck by lightning; Dalloz gave him the last sacraments. A month ago, a similar storm took the roof from the house of one who said he was an unbeliever; since then he comes to Mass regularly. If Blanc will let Dalloz know when he would come to visit them, Dalloz will try to arrange First Communion with the Confirmation.

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


1845 May 14
Rappe, Father (Louis Amadeus): Toledo, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He thanks Purcell for his paternal corrections, and expresses his desire to see the dedication of the new Cathedral and the retreat. He also regrets the departure of Father (Peter D.) Senez. Father (Joseph P.). Machebeuf has announced to him that he is coming with some French priests and nuns. Also that the English three ladied from Boulogne are to be united with the Ursulines from Beaulieu for one establishment but not at Toledo or Maumee. Rappe says he understood from Madame St. Louis de Gonzague that the ladies of Boulogne had renounced their resolution of coming to America, and that is why he has accepted the offer of the Sisters of Notre Dame. He feels that they are coming to found a house at Toledo, and he feels that if the Ursulines are resolved to establish themselves at Toledo he must yield to them. He wants to know if Father Machebeuf is correct and if Purcell has another project for the Ursulines. Also he asks if some might not be sent to Toledo anyway. He feels that it will be a disappointment to the Sisters from Boulogne not to be sent to their establishment among the Maumee. He has received many letters from Cincinnati but not the box from Father McLaughlin. P.S. It would be better if the sisters would come to Toledo in the autumn because the fever visits there in August and Sept.

II-4-i - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - (Some French) - {7}


1845 May 15
(Chanche), Bishop John Joseph: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Last night some thieves entered (Chanche)'s bedroom and carried off two watches, his ring and pectoral cross. Will Blanc lend him a cross? He can send it by Mr. Giles, the clerk of the "Paul Jones". (Chanche) received a letter yesterday from Baltimore. Archbishop (Samuel Eccleston) is said to be better. The letter was written 9 days after the accident. Nobody has seen him except the doctors and Father (Lewis Regis) Deluol.

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


1845 May 15
Gallwey, R.S.H.J., Madame J.: St. Michael's, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Their principal feast is near, may they hope to have Blanc there. Mother (Maria) Cutts arrived two days after Blanc's departure; she staid five days with them. She left to go to the Indians. Father (James Oliver) Vandevelde promised to accompany her. Madames Ver(r)et and Miller still suffer; the former is preparing for eternity. Father (A. Pierre) Ladavière does not suffer as much as when Blanc was there.

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


1845 May 17
O'Neal, P.H.:
Second District, Boys' School (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Having heard that Blanc wanted a teacher in the orphan asylum, and knowing the bearer, Mr. O'Brien to be a steady, well-informed gentleman in quest of a situation, O'Neal recommends him.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 16mo. - {2}


1845 May 19
Brands, C.M., Father John: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

He asks Blanc for holy oils; they may be confided to Captain Wright of the "New York". Some Catholic freemasons here are giving Brands their aprons as a sign of their renouncing that Society.

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


1845 May 19
Brown, James: Boston, Massachusetts
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

He has left his two numbers of the "Review" with the Bishop's letter with Mr. Richardson a few days since and stated Brownson's terms. He encloses the man's answer. He appears most respectable and can no doubt do more than anyone for Brownson's book. Brown advises Brownson to make it distinct to Richardson that he is to be at no charges for either advertising or other matters. He will do what he can in Paris and advise Brownson of the result upon his return. He adds that it might be well to send Richardson from 12 to 20 copies with the next "N. A. Review" with terms, advising him by mail.

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


1845 May 19
McCaffrey, Father James: Marietta, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He has secured information on the alleged marriage of Jared Rubel and Melissa Davis. He would have sent this information a week ago but Father Olietta said Purcell had gone up the Ohio River. He went to Parkersburgh (Virginia) and found that the parties mentioned were not married and that Rubel had taken out a license to marry someone else. He has a request to make of the Bishop. Father Edward Purcell informed him more than a year ago that the bookstore had been taken out of the bishop's hands because of its debts and urged him to send his notes for the amount he owed. This amount was larger than he had expected and having received a request from James Meline, an attaorney, to pay he asks the Bishop to help him. Further he has endeavored to pay the first installment on the organ $100 but since President Tyler has vetoed the bill for completing the Ohio Improvements he does not know how to meet these notes. If he had a priest there for three or four months he would be able to collect money from Marietta, Zanesville and Perry County to make the second payment on the organ. He has hired Mr. Shepherd to direct the choir at $100 out of his own salary though he received only $75 in the past years himself He is about to establish a ladies society-Altar Society on Corpus Christi and asks Purcell to grant an indulgence for monthly communion to them.

II-4-i - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {6}


1845 May 20
Beauprez, Father P(eter) F(rancis): Pointe Coupée, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Beauprez has waited for a reply to his letter of the 2nd. Here is what it contained. The new trustees, elected by a plot, decided to reduce the salary of the pastor, sacristan, and fees by 20 percent. They reduced the sacristan only 12 percent. (Beauprez lists here) the fees for burials. His salary is reduced to $800 and the church has never had more money in the treasury, about $1600 and no debts. Marcellin Sicard, one of the trustees, can give Blanc the news. Since he has had two illnesses Beauprez thinks he needs a change of parish or to make a trip north. He has shown that he wished to leave because of the arbitrary conduct of the trustees. Father (Jean?)Martin came again, while Beauprez was in New Orleans, to perform a marriage without Beauprez's consent. Does Martin have jurisdiction in his parish? He never shares. Here is one of the oldest priests of the diocese who is the first to infringe on the rules of the Synod. (P.S.) Beauprez thinks it better to address this letter to Waterloo.

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


1845 May 20
Boutwell, Geo(rge) S.: Boston, Massachusetts
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts

It is several months since he sent an article to Brownson, without having first made himself acquainted with his rule, and requests that it be returned.

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


1845 May 20
McFarland, W(illia)m: Kendall, O(hio)
 to F(rancis) P. McFarland: West Farms, Westchester Co., New York

He acknowledges Francis's letter. They are well and the doctors have a poor business this season, with dry weather and hard frosts, fruits are gone and other crops are backward. Internal improvments and war with England are the talk. Josiah has gone to Wapakonetta but has not gone into business, J(ames) married Miss walker, a Catholic, on the 16th. J.A. and family are well. They have begun to locate the railroad. It will be under contract in a few weeks and completed in a year. He fancies almost a thousand Irish at work and a priest lecturing the boys every Sunday old style to the astonishment of the natives, all out of doors, the wood hardly holding the throng.

I-1-a - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {1}


1845 May 21
(Chanche), Bishop John Joseph: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

(Chanche) received Blanc's letter of the 16th with the bundle of books and the pectoral cross. He wrote yesterday to Father (Victor) Jouann(e)ault that there was no place in his diocese in which he could employ him. Jackson is a very important place; the person who goes there must speak English very well. The only place at present would be Biloxi. But they are creoles there and (Chanche) supposes he would succeed as little there as he did with the creoles of Louisiana. Besides he would be too near the place where accusations were made against him. (Chanche) is sorry he cannot comply with Father Boullier's wishes; he had engaged to preach on the 25th. He will probably be at St. Michael's on June 1. He intends to make Governor (André Bienvenu) Roman's his stopping place. Archbishop (Samuel Eccleston) can walk about his room; some small bones were fractured. Bishop (Ignatius Aloysius) Reynolds gave Confirmation in the Baltimore Cathedral on Trinity Sunday.

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


1845 May 22
Martin, Father Aug(uste): Vincennes, (Indiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Martin yields to the insistence of Father (Stephen Theodore) Badin, who has been here for two weeks, to warn Blanc against the scandals which could be held against an unfortunate priest who left Vincennes last spring. Martin learned only a few days ago that he had been received by Blanc. Accepted two years ago Father (Timothy?) Mullin was a public scandal by his intemperance, lies, love of money, etc. Finally the requests of his confreres became so insistent that Martin recalled him. Mullin demanded his exeat, wishing, he said, to go to Rome and rejoin the Augustinians whom he had left. Martin gave it to him. Mullin stayed almost a month in east Indiana. Besides the money amassed during two years, he also extorted money at Madison and, they say, at New Orleans. For a long time Martin has received no news from Bishop (Celestin de la Hailandiere); he was to be in Rome at the beginning of April and Martin expects him the beginning of July. Blanc will see Martin this winter, he hopes.

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


1845 May 23(?)
Dalloz, Father C(harles): Avoyelles, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Dalloz has just seen the parish judge who told him that he had just received word of a new law which authorizes foreign priests in Louisiana to bless marriages with a license and bond of 3000 piastres. Dalloz told him he would not furnish it until he had referred it to (Blanc). Some, who have talked with him about the new clash with the trustees at the Cathedral, have promised him the bond when Blanc has investigated it. A woman made a civil marriage and did not have it blessed after the arrival of Father (N.) Francais. Having obtained a separation by law, she married another before a judge. Tormented by remorse she asks Dalloz to bless this second marriage. He has refused since he regards the first marriage as valid. Dalloz has promised to allow them to marry if Blanc authorizes it. A certain number of negroes come several times a week for catechism. Several are living with negresses whom they regard as their lawful wives. The law does not allow them to marry and their masters do not wish Dalloz to marry them for fear they would be sold separately. They wish to go to the sacraments; Blanc is to tell him what to do. Last Sunday they had a magnificent procession. Last week Dalloz blessed five marriages contracted long ago before judges.

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


1845 May 23
Gallinger, Father Joseph: Zanesville, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He gives the statistics of his missions from May 1, 1844 to May 1, 1845. In Zanesville, Taylorsville, Coschocton County sand Dresden he baptized 52 children. Six adults and three children died and 13 pairs were married. The communicants were, Zanesville 200, Taylorsville 56, Coschocton County and Dresden 70, and Somerset about 120. About 70 families in the city of Coschocton belong to the church in Zanesville. He visits the Germans in the city of Coschocton and Dresden six times a year. He has been promoting a German Church in each city, and hopes to attain his purpose despite poverty of the people. He thanks Purcell and asks his prayers.

II-4-i - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - (Latin) - {6}


1845 May 23
Worden(?), C.F.: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana

Circumstances insulting to Blanc and other clergymen attached to St. Patrick's Church have so repeatedly occurred that Worden can no longer remain a member of the board of trustees.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {2}


1845 May 24
Baquelin, Father (Vincent): Scipio, Ind(ian)a
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Baquelin asks (Blanc) to communicate with Father Timothy Mullin, (O.S.A.) who they say is at New Orleans. He pities this poor man and fears he will get into trouble. If he has gone to New York, (Blanc) is to burn this paper. In Scipio he did nothing good; in Illinois he did only evil. He seems to be a lunatic.

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 Enclosure: 


Baquelin, Father (Vincent): (Scipio, Indiana)
 to Father Timothy Mullin, O.S.A.: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Baquelin asks Mullin what he has heard about him and if that is possible. He begs him to leave his bad ways and return to his duties. He asks him to return to the Augustinian convent and do penance for his scandals. He asks why he collects money illegally. Why has he left his Indiana flock? He does not ask for an account of his faults or why the Vicar General gave him a letter. He asks that he give to Bishop Blanc the money he has collected in New Orleans. He does not need the money to build a chapel. Witnesses are the people of Scipio and Columbus and Joseph Picquet of Illinois, Dom Kloepfer in Stringtown.

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


1845 May 27
Chanche, John Joseph, Bp.of Natchez: Natchez, Mississippi
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He received a letter sometime ago from Mrs. E. Muller of Father Ferneding's congregation asking about her husband Celeste Muller. Chanche searched for him in vain. Last Saturday he came to Chanche in great distress because he had not heard from his wife. He had entrusted $60 to another for his wife, and she had not received it. He gave Chanche $30 for her and a letter. He encloses the letter and asks Purcell to advance the money suggesting various ways by which the money could be paid. Celeste Muller seems to be a good man and is anxious that his wife should join him. He has a good place in the country. His address is Fayette, Jefferson County, Mississippi, where they are visited by Father Claude Francois. Chanche supposes that Purcell's cathedral is finished. His is going on very slowly. He hopes heaven will send some efficient means. He sends his respects to Father Edward Purcell and Father Collins.

II-4-i - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {5}


1845 May 27
Kein, Father Richard: (New York, New York)
 to F(rancis) P. McFarland: St. John's College, Fordham, N(ew) Y(ork)

He has just received McFarland's note and is sure that there is no impossibility and will expect him Saturday evening. He does not know how Father McClellan could say they did not expect McFarland. He asks an answer by the bearer and if he cannot come to try to get McClellan or Curran to come. If not them he is to ask Father (John) Harley to come.

I-1-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {1}


1845 May 27
Meynis, D(omini)que: Lyons, (France)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Meynis has given Blanc's letter of March 5 to the Council. He assures Blanc of their lively interest and of their joy over the end of the difficulties inflicted on him. They hope that the last installment for 1844 will take care of the expenses. Their treasurer's letter with an order for 10,000 francs must have crossed Blanc's in the mail. The sending of the order and letter with it will inform Blanc that they did not feel authorized to enter for 1844, the 800 piastres of which Blanc spoke in his letter of January 4; it will be held for the allocation for New Orleans for 1845. The Association of the Propagation of the Faith must adopt a precise rule in order to avoid criticism. The number of missions and the requests of the Bishops grow year by year; their receipts in 1844 did not reach the figure for 1843.

V-5-c - L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {2}


1845 May 27
Paddington, Father: Port-au-Prince, (Haiti)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Leblanc(!): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Paddington presents Mr. Relambert-de-St. Amand, who persecuted by the Haitian government, is forced to leave. Blanc must ask him about his business at Porteplate where he also practiced medicine and why the Haitian government sent him to New Orleans. Surely Blanc will take an interest in him so that he can soon go to Washington to appeal for justice and protection.

V-5-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 8vo. - {2}


1845 May 28
O'Connor, Michael, Bp. of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He deferred answering Purcell's letter until the latter should have returned home from his visit to Canton etc. He is unwilling to accept Purcell's refusal to join in the petit seminarie. Where nothing is Purcell need not complain of a discount. He hopes that Purcell will reconsider the matter and send Father (Joseph) O'Mealy. He has gone too far with the theological seminary to allow himself to back out. It will contain ample room for about thirty students. If Purcell will join him he would be as much master as himself. He had been led to believe that the Vincentians would take care of it, but they have declined. He lacks priests to take charge and supposes that Purcell feels the same. He could supply teachers but not disciplinarians. He suggests that Purcell send Father (Thomas R.) Butler or some of his French priests to take charge of this. He has just found that the students at Fayetteville (Ohio) were along and now expects to recall them. He understood that Father Butler was to take charge of them and that what Purcell said about recalling them was in case he was not satisfied with their treatment. He does not know how to dispose of them but he will try to do something if they cannot remain. He suggests that Purcell ordain Mr. (John) Hoy at least subdeacon and if he can to the priesthood or to send him on at once. The others are to remain if they can, unril he can make arrangements for them. This letter will be handed to Purcell by the young men going to Vincennes. If they need money Purcell is to give it to them and draw on O'Connor or Frenaye.

II-4-i - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {9}


1845 May 29
Connolly, Mrs. (Michael): (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

A petition of the Widow Connolly, widowed since April 6. Her husband Michael Connolly came by his death when a crate of china rolled over him leaving a family of two children. The widow asks Blanc to put her in the way of supporting them for a short time until she is capable of earning for them herself.

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


1845 May 30
Menard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: (Thibodaux, Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Several days ago Mr. Roussel came to get a definite reply about the offer he made to Blanc of a piece of land near Houma for a church. Roussel said that if he had no reply by June 5 he would sell the land so Menard went to inspect it. It is 200 by 300 and is along the Bayou. Roussel plans to sell it in small plots so that the church would be entirely hidden. It would be almost impossible to have a rectory or cemetery. Also there is a mortgage on the land. Menard has commissioned someone to investigate several other pieces of land more appropriate. The trustees met on the 24th; everything was arranged acco