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(1845? Dec.?)
Armengol, (C.M.), Father B(onaventure): Mexico
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Armengol sends this second letter with 100 pounds sterling(?), in case the first did not reach (Blanc). $160 are for (Blanc)'s seminary to repay the expenses of Armengol's last trip to Paris; $10 for Father (Joseph) Giustiniani, (C.M.); the rest is for Father (Emmanuel) Domenec(h, C.M.), Father (Roman) Pascual, (C.M.), and Brother (Damian Miramón, C.M.) Marimon who have the Superior General's order to go to Mexico. If they have not already left, Armengol asks (Blanc) to keep them at the seminary until the new political storm has abated. Prudence forbids him to say anything about this sad event. Magin (Armengol) arrived safely.

V-5-d - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {6}


1845 Dec. 1
Madéore, Father B: St. Augustine, Florida
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

When their Society (Fathers of Mercy?) left Springhill College Blanc was made the arbitrator concerning a certain sum to which the Society claimed a right and Bishop (Michael) Portier claimed for his diocese. Madéore learned of Blanc's decision but only indirectly and so, uncertainly. He has been in Florida almost three years. He has suffered much and the mission has suffered with him because of a lack of money. He never thought of asking Portier for help, knowing that he could not. The last time he saw him he offered him $100. Madéore would need to know what right their Community has to this sum, what the amount is, what use is to be made of it, and to whom Portier is to give it and when. Blanc is to tell no one; Portier perhaps would think that Madéore was dissatisfied with his place and was proposing something which would give him trouble.

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


1845 Dec. 2
Dunigan, Edw(ar)d: New York, (New York)
 to Father (Francis P.) McFarland: (St. John's College, New York)

Bill for books.

I-1-a - A.L. - 1p. - 8vo. - {1}


1845 Dec. 2
Hallinan, Father D(aniel) M.: Hamilton, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He acknowledges Purcell's letter, which would have been acceptable had he not already secured a new housekeeper with the cononical requirements. He has three others residing in his house, a young German who teaches school, an old man who works about the house and a destitute person. His salary of $229 is not sufficient and he desires to institute the system of renting pews in January if Purcell approves. He is much pleased with the young German. The people have agreed to pay him 25 per month for each pupil. Mr. O'Mealy removed from him soon after receiving Purcell's letter convinced that a mistake had been made in his interview with Purcell. He now resides at Rossville. Hamilton is growing. Two new factories are being built, and there are other improvements. The Catholics, German and Irish, are increasing. He would be willing to receive the person Purcell Suggested had he not made previous engagements.

II-4-i - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {3}


1845 Dec.(?)4
Boué, Father: Lyons, (France)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Boué has just received from Father Point, missionary at Sandwich, the news of the death of Boué's cousin (Father Louis Boué). He had followed Father Chazelle to Canada where Chazelle died in September and (Boué) on October 11. (Boué) had given Father Bouillet or Father Ladavière charge of collecting what was owed to him and for the sale of Paul. Blanc is to find out about this and send it to Boué together with the remainder of his annuity. He owed Boué 3000 francs of which in spite of his good position at St. Michael, he had not paid back a sou. When he became so ill, Boué told him he would not ask for this debt. It seems that Boué's cousin died of the sickness he brought from New Orleans. At. St. Just he had frequent bilious spells. Bishop (John Mary) Odin today returned from Rome. He hopes to leave for Paris soon and to sail during February. He says Blanc's student at Propaganda is one of the best in his class. They are satisfied with Blanc's young Irishman at St. Irénée. The Cardinal has made Boué an honorary canon. Father Jordan is to give a mission at Sury. Odin will advance the 300 francs for the board of Blanc's nephew; he will also advance 600 francs to the Widow Chalon. Boué has had a copy of Blanc's portrait made for his brother. He sends greetings to Father Rousselon and young Tève. Odin will bring a watch and letters.

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


1845 Dec. 5
McCallion, Father Charles: St. Dominick's, Guernsey Co., Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He writes to Purcell on the matter they spoke of in Cincinnati. Father (Philip) Foley leaves there tomorrow for his more northern mission. They go together to Washington, where the new church is being held up by delays. He has been speaking with the Germans of Purcell's intention of sending Father (Henry D.) Jacomet. He knows that the Germans at Duck Creek will act well, but he is not certain about Malaga. He suggests that Purcell send him at once and that they live there together. Jacomet would spend one Sunday at Malaga, one at Duck Creek, one there, one at Cranesnest and a fifth Sunday at St. Clairsville. He will give one Sunday to each of the first three, one to Washington and the fifth there. Suggests that Jacomet live there but receive from him $100 yearly to be paid him by Hallinan. He suggests Vestments etc. that are needed and promises to meet Jacomet. He suggests that to meet a bill of $800 due in March he should begin begging after Epiphany, and would start at Cincinnati. It is very cold, and several old people are bying. There are some converts, and he hopes for more. The A chers are to be Catholic but there will be great difficulty with them as regards marriage, cousin marrying cousin, a daughter of Simon's now marrying Matthew.

P.S. If there be things laying on Miss. Reiley's hands St. Patrick's would be grateful for them.

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1845 Dec. 6
Roman, Jean Jacques: St. James Parish, Louisiana
 to Father (James Lesne?) L'Aine: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Sosthene Euphemon Roman of St. James Parish, son of the late Onesime Roman and the late Celeste Cantrelle; and Marie Louise Roman, daughter of Rosalie Arthemise Landreaux and Sosthene Roman of St. James have asked the undersigned for a license to marry. All formalities being taken care of Roman delivers this license which (Lesne?) is authorized to celebrate. One copy to be retained and one is to be sent back within 30 days to be registered in Roman's office.

V-5-d - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - folio - {7}


1845 Dec. 6
Connelly, Father Pierce:
Noble College Rome, (Italy)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Connelly sends a line by a letter of business just written to Mr. Barret, papal consul at New Orleans. They are to be visited by the modern Nero, the Emperor of Russia. Connelly trusts that the Pope will not allow him to leave his presence without speaking some words of reproof. Mrs. (Cornelia Peacock) Connelly and the children are all well. He saw her quite frequently in the beginning of the week for Lord (John Talbot) Shrewsbury and his family would have Mass which Connelly said for them at the convent while they were in Rome. They have gone to Palermo for the health of Shrewsbury's eldest nephew. Connelly has heard a rumor of (Blanc)'s coming to Rome. If it is after the Council Connelly must trust to seeing him as he passes through England. In the meantime he is going on with his studies in the Roman College. Yesterday his Mass was for the Convent at Grand Coteau and today for Father (Nicholas) Point, (S.J.) and the College.

V-5-d - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {5}


1845 Dec. 7
Rappe, Father (Louis Amadeus): Toledo, Ohio
 To Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He thought he would be able to account for the coming of Father (Louis) DeGoesbriand, but Father (Peter) Peudeprat has just reached Louisville. Purcell is acquainted with the motive that lead the Superior of the Academy to Cincinnati. He regrets such a journey was necessary in the beginning but the institution has made a good impression. On his return from retreat he visited Fayetteville and the Ursulines. The Superioress is pious but young in government. He visited with Father (John) Lamy and there went on to Chillicothe where he visited with Mr. Anderson. He did not know of the nomination of the german priest. He sends his regards to Fathers Collins, Wood and Purcell, and invites them to visit him. He had Fathers (Peter) McLaughlin and (Michael) Byrne there. They plan giving reciprocal retreats and are awaiting the arrival of Father DeGoesbriand.

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1845 Dec. 8
Dunigan, Edw(ar)d: New York, (New York)
 to Father (Francis P.) McFarland: (St. John's College, New York)

Bill for books receipted by Dunigan.

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


1845 Dec. 8
Jay, James F.: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefev(e)re,: Detroit, Michi(gan)

Jay, of Jay and Porter, wants to discuss with Lefevere the leasing of ten feet of the lot deeded to Lefevere by (Presque) Cote. Jay and (George F.) Porter own the lot on the corner. That lot and Lefevere's are 50 feet lots which are not convenient for building stores which should be 20 feet wide as are all stores of Jefferson Avenue or in the block between Woodward Avenue and Griswold Street. Ten feet from his lot added to Lefevere's lot would enable Lefevere to build three stores of that width and ten feet from Lefevere's lot added to Jay and Porter's would enable them to do the same. Jay wants to find out whether Lefevere would buy ten feet from them or sell ten feet to them and at what price. He knows Lefevere cannot sell outright but could sell a lease for a hundred or thousand years. Jay wants a letter answering his questions or an appointment to talk it over.

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1845 Dec. 8
Mullen, James: Lyons, (France)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He writes through Bishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.) who arrived here a few days ago. Mullen has written two letters to his brother since arriving here and requested him to explain to (Blanc) how he is situated. He arrived October 5 and was kindly received by Father Duplaix, Superior of the Seminary, as also by Father Boué, (Blanc)'s vicar general in this city. Boué introduced Mullen to Father Valentin, superior of the Jesuits in Monte Fourviere, where he remained for three weeks until November 11. The charge in the seminary is 450 francs per annum. A nephew of (Blanc)'s is in the seminary, Victor Blanc; he told them that they hoped to see (Blanc) in France next summer. Since Mullen left Ireland, he has lost, by travelling, by buying things necessary for the seminary, and three months' pension, 29 pounds, ten shillings, ten sterling. The number of seminarians here is 200 reading theology, four of whom or more will accompany the Bishop of Texas to America. On October 26 Mullen saw Father (Stanislaus Buteux) Beuteux on his route to Rome. He asked Mullen to present his regards to Father Rousselon and to Mullen's brother, saying he hoped to return to America the ensuing summer. Rousselon's brother, Father (Henry) Rousselon and all his friends are well.

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1845 Dec. 9
(Chanche), John Joseph, Bp. of Natchez: Natchez, Mississippi
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He can imagine the great day of the dedication of the cathedral and the joy it gave to the people. He regrets that he could not be there and is sure that Purcell excused him. He would like to have met the Archbishop and prevailed upon him to come south, with benefit to his health. He asks Purcell to remember him to Mr. and Mrs. Springer. He thanks Purcell for his endeavor to have Mr. Miller to come to the Natchez diocese. He has written everywhere for assistance and fears that he will have to go abroad for it. He will take Purcell's advice when they meet in May. He thanks Father (Edward) Purcell for carrying out his commission, and supposes that the articles are on the river. It is pleasing to see that the Puseyite (Oxford) Movement is turning to the advantage of religion. He fears that it will be long before it has such fruits in this country, because of the great tendency to universalism. He saw Mrs. Doniphan. She is well but has had little opportunity to improve because of the weather.

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1845 Dec. 9
Maguire, Father John: Nashville, Tennessee
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

When he left home last fall he intended to ask Purcell for a mission. After deliberation he has decided to leave Nashville. He loves Purcell and Father (Edward) Purcell and the latter told him two years ago to come to Cincinnati if he ever wanted. Purcell is the first bishop he has asked and if he cannot take care of him he will ask elsewhere. He does not want to commence the year as pastor. He promises that Purcell will not be sorry if he takes him in. He asks for an answer by return post.

II-4-i - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {3}


1845 Dec. 9
Purcell, Bishop J(ohn) B(aptist): Cincinnati, Ohio
 to Orestes A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts

Brownson's son Orestes Augustine Xavier (Brownson, Jr.) was baptised on the feast of St. Francis Xavier. He had the happiness of performing the ceremony for him and one of his fellow class-mates. His other fellow students who received Communion afterwards, assisted at the ceremony. Orestes took not a step without being convinced that it was right to do so, not by human persuasion, but by the Divine grace. Thus Brownson's prayers were answered, and the son, who had been dear, returned to life. He regrets that to a certain extent he had mistaken the terms under which Orestes had been received, and had also unwittingly led Brownson into the same error. It seems that the principal of the school intended charging half-price for Brownson's son, whereas he had hoped he would make no charge, He thanks Brownson for his felicitations to him on the dedication of his Cathedral, saying however that it is not yet completed. He enjoyed Brownson's eulogy on Bishop (John) Fitzpatrick. He had known him in the Seminary in Paris. He wishes Brownson prosperity in all things for His glory. In the report of the dedication of the Cincinnati cathedral there were some inaccuracies. The plasterer with whom Purcell made the contract was a Catholic. Purcell's residence was not presented to him; he had to pay for it.

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1845 Dec. 9
Rappe, Father (Louis) Amadeus: Toledo, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He sends Purcell his best wishes for the New Year and asks that Purcell remember him in the Mass. He would be pleased to say that Father (Louis) DeGoesbriand is working with him but as yet his attachments to his former congregation at Louisville (Ohio) have held him. He has sent intelligence that he will arrive about New Years. Rappe is preparing a lot of young people for first communion. The new foundation of the Sisters of Notre Dame goes well. Sister Marie Pauline is improving. For bad words about Toledo they will give good deeds. He will write on the arrival of DeGoesbriand. He must go on a sick call now.

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


1845 Dec. 10
(Henni), John Martin, Bishop of: Milwaukee, (Wisconsin Territory)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere: Detroitm Michigan)

Henni has just received a letter from Father (Otto Charles) Skolla (O.S.F.) stating, to Henni's surprise, that Skolla was at LaPointe, (Wisconsin Territory) having been conducted there by Father (Frederic) Baraga. Henni does not like this arrangement and is astonished to learn that Skolla is there after Baraga had already written that he himself intended to return to LaPointe with the intention of opening a new mission at Fond du Lac, (Wisconsin Territory). As an excuse for being at LaPointe Skolla says the presbytery and church at L'Anse, (Michigan) are two small for both of them. When Henni had heard from Lefevere, at Mackinac, (Michigan) that Lefevere intended to send Skolla to L'Anse, Henni had granted him the ordinary faculties, should Skolla visit any part of his diocese. But Skolla now insinuates that he is to get a release from Lefevere. Henni would like to hear from Lefevere himself what Lefevere intends to do. Henni prefers a short visit by Baraga once in twelve months to having Skolla all the time at LaPointe. He never authorized Baraga's being replaced at LaPointe by any other without his special consent even in case he should be compelled to abandon his first mission. Before Henni writes to Skolla he wants to find out whether Lefevere authorized Skolla to stay at LaPointe for a short time or whether the plan is Skolla's or Baraga's. If Lefevere thinks that step proper or necessary until all is better fixed at L'Anse, Henni will leave Skolla where he is for a time. In a postscript Henni adds that he has returned his exeat to young Doyle as he is rather a spoiled child. Henni received him at the request of Father (Martin) Kundig who, as Henni should have known, is guided more by his heart than by his head.

III-2-h - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {7}


1845 Dec. 10
McLaughlin, Father Peter: Cleveland, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He and Father (Michael A.) Byrne found their trip to Cleveland very pleasant. They had to travel 66 miles on "two nags". Sunday they spent with Father (Louis Amadeus) Rappe at Toledo. McLaughlin preached at Rappe's Mass. They reached Cleveland Tuesday. St. Mary's had been crowded Sunday and there was a troublous state when the priests did not show up. Father Byrne seems pleased, and the people are pleased with him. As to his sustenance he will have half, the Mass money excepted. They have a chapel in their house and wish to have baptisms there in winter, Sunday excepted. The lady and girl of the house did not wish to change confessors. He speaks of another case about whom the bishop was troubled. He explains a charge of intoxication made against him and Father (John) Doherty by Doherty's sister. He expresses his desire to give up the care of the flock for the work of an assistant. Asks the Bishop to tell him the faults of this letter.

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


1845 Dec. 10
Praz, R.S.C., Madame A.: Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Their Mother has been wanting to write for a long time but for three months she has been ill and does not have the strength necessary for her usual work. Their boarding school has almost doubled since the resuming of classes; they have 60 children. They have to send Angelina Bujol back to her family. Miss Carmellite accompanied her and brought back Miss Delahaussaye who will have her two years of novitiate the 27th of this month. Their Mother asks (Blanc) to appoint someone to examine this novice when the time comes to pronounce her vows. (On the back of this letter is written) Thomas Cronin.

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


1845 Dec. 11
(Portier), Bishop M(ichael): Mobile, (Alabama)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Portier) sends two letters and asks (Blanc) to read them attentively. The first, to Father J(ames) Lesne is in reply to his tirade. (Blanc) will judge that (Portier)'s conduct toward him is not friendly. The second is to Mr. Maignaul(?) holder of the Piveteau letter of credit which Lesne has let be protested, and of which (Portier) is obliged to be the endorser. He explains in his letter to Maignam, and on the side (Blanc) takes will depend the sending of the above to his address or to (Blanc)'s fireplace. (Portier) is ready to guarantee (Blanc)'s endorsement. P.S. If (Blanc) takes action, he is to ask Father Rousselon to see Maignaul at once.

V-5-d - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 8vo. - {4}


1845 Dec. 13
Gray, R.S.C., Madame E(leanor): St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Among the many good wishes during this season, she hopes those of an elder daughter will not be the least acceptable. They were greatly disappointed at not seeing him last month. They hoped he would be at the consecration of the cathedral in Cincinnati and on his return south they would see him in St. Louis.

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


1845 Dec. 15
Lamy, Father John: Newark, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

The congregation at Newark is in great difficulty in its efforts to pay for the church and priest's house. With the exception of six or eight families they are all poor, and further they cannot get employment. Nine families have already moved these last two months. If Purcell cannot send a clergyman there he is willing to go there for the time that Purcell would think proper. The congregation at Danville, and the other stations would have mass only seldom. He confesses that he may have involved himself in debt rather imprudently but at that time everything promised success. The matter troubles his mind. When he built the presbytery he thought of paying with one or two lots but now he doubts if they could be sold for a reasonable price. He would borrow money but he is in debt for the presbytery at Danville and the church at Mt. Vernon. If he had possession of his property in France he would gladly give part of it for the benefit of the church. He opens his heart to Purcell and asks him to write him his intentions about the congregation.

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1845 Dec. 15
(Power), Bishop Michael: Toronto, (Ontario)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

(Power) should have written a long time ago about Father (Louis?) Boué. (Power) had just left Boué in September when (Power) became seriously ill. He reproached himself for not giving Blanc an account of Boué's illness and edifying death on October 11, and today he received Blanc's letter of November 27 asking about him. Boué thought up to the last that he could come to Toronto to recover. Boué in 20 months did incalculable good and built a beautiful church which (Power) blessed on September 21. Within a very short time, (Power) has been deprived of two indefatigable workers, Blanc's childhood friend and Father (Pierre) Chazelle, (S.J.) who died at Baie Verte on September 4. He had left Sandwich, the Jesuit house in the diocese, to found a new mission at Sault Ste. Marie to serve the Indians. (Power) delivered a letter to Boué in September; (Power) thinks it was from Blanc and that it contained bank notes amounting to $200. A letter (arrived which was) apparently written by Blanc and addressed to Father Marret at Bishop Flaget's, Louisville and post-marked New Orleans, October 18. (Power) wrote to the Bishop of Montreal asking him to tell him of this priest's record. He replied today that (Power) should be on his guard. (Power) quotes from the letter. Marret, on leaving Montreal, was told that his ministry was limited. Should (Power) send Blanc the letter which he is convinced is from Blanc or return it to the postoffice, or burn it? Or should he deliver it to Marret in case he knows where he is now? He did not find Boué's will and had to write to his cousin, a pastor near Lyons for a copy.

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


1845 Dec. 15
Spalding, Father Martin John: Louisville, Kentucky
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He regrets that the mistakes occurred in those last articles he wrote amid such bustle and interruption. He relied chiefly upon Father (Edward) Purcell's statements that some who had lent money would not ask for a repayment. Further he spoke of only the principal architects. Further he had followed Cist's ADVERTISER which Father Purcell told him was in the main correct. He should have told Purcell that he had written to Father (William) Fennelly as soon as he heard of his threat to institute a suit against Father (Edward) Purcell, threatening him with suspension if he persisted. He is now with Father (Elisha) Durbin in Union County, Kentucky. Spalding says he had nothing to do with his entrance into the Louisville diocese since he distructs clericos peregrinantes. He trusts that Purcell's clergy are doing well. McG. promised to write him in further differences. He will not forget Purcell's clergy during his visit. He asks about the Sisters, and the boys' asylum. Has Purcell heard anything further about a certain reverendissimus? He is in the scribbling mood and intends to publish a book of which Purcell will hear more. He hopes that Purcell will succeed in paying off the debts on the cathedral and will do anything he can to help him. He is pleased with young Nixa but has had little opportunity to show him attention. He sends his regards to Fathers Purcell, Collins and Wood.

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1845 Dec. 16
Danels, Bolivar B.,: Baltimore, Maryland
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts

He requests that Brownson lecture before his society on January eithth and apologizes for writing so soon after the last request, giving as his reasons his fear that the last communication became misplaced, and because he is unable to fix the time of the other speakers until he has Brownson's reply.

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1845 Dec. 16
Elet, S. J., Father J(ohn) A.: Cincinnati, Ohio
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Boston, Mass(achusetts)

He reports the academic progress and standing of Orestes Brownson, Jr. in St. Xavier College. Orestes' baptism and concomitant dispositions have been a joy to all and proves the omnipotence of prayer. It was thought best to defer his reception of first communion while they attempt to instil into him the proper sentiments of piety. Four of the students have been received into the fold during the year and five more will shortly follow. A convert, Mrs. O'shaunessy, stood as one of the sponsors for young Orestes. A line of acknowledgement from him would be very acceptable to her. He has directed the procurator to remit the entrance fee and deduct $40 from the usual price for tuition, and altho Brownson may find himself unable to meet this expense, he will pray for him as a friend though he should never pay one cent.

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1845 Dec. 16
O'Connor, Michael, Bp. of Pittsburgh: Youngstown, Pennsylvania
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Having returned home Saturday he would have written sooner but he wished to consult Father (Joseph) O'Mealy to know what Purcell's wishes were about him. He did not see Purcell's mother and he has heard that she is well. When leaving Mallow he directed Mr. McCarthy to pay the Misses Gallaghers what Purcellowed them. He mentioned that their demand was more than Purcell mentioned and he told him to pay it if he had the money and was sure there was no mistake. He felt very that he caused Purcell inconvenience in taking care of his students after the Vincentians had withdrawn. He understands that they are with the Jesuits now, which arrangements pleases him, if it suits the Jesuits. He asks that someone be directed to tell him what their account is and what is now thought of them Father O'Mealy has no instructions from Purcell so he supposes that Purcell is willing to let him try what he can there. O'Connor hopes to start a petite seminarire in the spring. If Father (H.P.) Gallagher's brotherhood is successful it will aid very much the undertaking but the success of the seminary will not depend upon the brotherhood, which is connected with O'Connor only by the fact that it was planned with his permission. The success of the seminary depends upon the ability to find proper persons to take charge of it. He suggests that Purcell leave Father O'Mealy there so long as the needs of the institution demands it. He asks Purcell to let him know his intentions about Father O'Mealy. Mr. Schwartz of Vienna desired to say all manner of kind things to Purcell. He sends his regards to Father Purcell.

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1845 Dec. 17
Labat, F(rancois)e: Capvern, (France)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Francoise, the Widow Begué, asks (Blanc) to give her news of one of her sons, Jean Francois Begué, who to all appearances was ordained priest in (Blanc)'s diocese less than ten years ago. This is founded on the request for an exeat made to the Bishop of Tarbes during this time. (On the address side of the letter is written): Widow Flotte.

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1845 Dec. 18
Blanc: St. Etienne, (France)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He had been waiting for the arrival of Bishop (John Mary) Odin at St. Etienne. He had learned from a letter from Lyons from Victor (Blanc) at the seminary that Odin would come to see him. He has just learned through Mr. Janvier that he was leaving Father Julien today and would meet Julien in Paris without stopping here. So he hastens to write not wishing to lose so good an opportunity. Since his last letter sent by Mr. Millet of New Orleans, there is nothing new. They are all well except his wife who suffers from neuralgia. Their brothers and their families are well. He often sees Antoine (Blanc) who lives here; his work as overseer is very hard. Pierre (Blanc) has a son at the seminary who has given up going to the missions in America. This is a mistake as here he will spend 10 years as an assistant and then get a little parish. If Bishop Blanc comes to France he might go with him. Blanc's children are the same. The doctor is pleased with his new post at St. Dion(?). He is about to marry a young lady there. They all have a little hope of seeing Bishop Blanc next year.

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

The carpenters will want 400 feet more of weather boarding, the flooring will be sufficient. All the Sisters are as usual. Madam Angelina from Sacred Heart is at Miss Zeriade's; the family feel hurt that she was turned out of the Community.

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1845 Dec. 18
Miles, Richard Pius, Bp. of Nashville: Nashville, Tennessee
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He asks Purcell for advice on the debts on his cathedral. He understands that Purcell, despite the expense of his new cathedral has kept pace with his expenses, and wants Purcell to direct him to any one who would lend him money at a moderate interest. He has property worth $20,000 which he will mortgage for less than half its value until he can release it. He finds that his allocation from the Association of the Propagation will be less than half of last year, though he has never received half as much as his neighbors to the north. He cannot understand why the Association treats him thus. He asks a word of advice at Purcell's first leisure. He sends Christmas wishes.

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1845 Dec. 20
Thèves, Father Anthony: Assumption, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Thèves received the breviary which Blanc gave him. He also expects to receive his faculties and certificate of ordination; the Superior forgot to speak to Blanc about it. Thèves will devote his days at the seminary to the study of ceremonies. He is already beginning to say Mass well; happy the day he can celebrate it! Thèves hopes, together with his pastor, to do some good in this vast parish.

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1845 Dec. 21
Smith, A(bby) P(arker): Boston, Massachusetts
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts

Smith has been to church as Brownson requested, but makes no progress. Her problem is that she is prone to sin. She has a decided distaste for holiness, yet something convinces her that she must be a Christian in order to reach the position for which her soul was designed by its Creator. The sacraments of the Church, it is claimed, have power to aid her, yet they impart grace only to those who are prepared, or as Challoner teaches: "One must be worthy in order to receive baptism." She wants a physician to take her as she is, all diseased, and make her healthy; not to regain her health and then go to some physician to assist her to retain it. If Brownson can show her that she reasons falsely, she will greatly rejoice. Those who hold the keys of the kingdom of heaven have the power of binding and loosing on earth. She wonders why this power is not effective.

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1845 Dec. 22
Enoch(?), Father F.H.: St. Méen, (France)

Enoch, Superior of the Seminary of St. Méen, certifies that Isidor Cuny, a native of Hédé, has spent 8 years in their establishment. His conduct has been very satisfactory.

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1845 Dec. 22
Brenan, H.L.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Receipt for $10 for ale(?), signed by Hubert Fellerath.

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1845 Dec. 22
(Chanche), Bishop John Joseph: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

On his return he found a letter from Pierce Connelly enclosing this letter to Father (Maurice) Oakley to be forwarded. Connelly's letter dated September 27 tells that Bishop (John Mary) Odin had just arrived in Rome; (Chanche) fears it will be some time before he returns. Connelly informs (Chanche) that the Pope has made him a present of a chalice of which Odin will be the bearer. (Chanche) also received a letter from the Propagation; they treated Blanc better this year than last.

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1845 Dec. 22
Cleveland, Francis: Portsmouth, Ohio
 to Orestes A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts

Although a stranger to Brownson, he writes, asking whether Brownson would give his opinion of a work which he hoped to complete in the following year on a study of man's nature, since his (Cleveland's) manner of studying and investigating the subject are generally different from any that he has met with. He ventures to ask Brownson's opinion for the cause of truth which he believes Brownson has at heart and has endeavored to promote, and not on Cleveland's account.

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1845 Dec. 23
Ivers, Father W(illiam): (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Inclosed are communications from Mr. Dennais; he is certainly talented and his lady is an authoress. They are both converts - at least she is. They are Americans and can do great good by reason of their influence and talents. Ivers thinks the document ought to be noticed and also that Father J(ames) I(gnatius) Mullon ought be consulted about Blanc's document without allusion to Ivers' or the application made to Ivers to lecture. Father (Adrien) Ro(u)quette is very capable in French and so is the clergyman who succeeds Father (Stephen) Rous(se)lon but he knows no other except Father (Napoleon J.) Perché. As Ivers will call on Blanc after Christmas it is unnecessary to dwell on the subject at present. The Puseyites in England have great effect on the Yankies. Dennais edits the Commercial Bulletin,. i.e. the commercial department.

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 Enclosure: 

1845
Dinnies, J.C.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Dinnies supposes Blanc would approve of any proper public lectures for the advancement of the correct ideas with regard to the history of the past and the diffusion of the spirit of Catholicism in society. He would wish to see an institution organized which they will call "The Chateaubriand Reunion". Its object would be to bring together weekly an assemblage of intelligent persons to listen to lectures delivered by men of talent on History, Science, (etc.). They should be neither religious or polemic; this would exclude their Protestant friends whom they would ardently desire to attend. The lectures should open with music and be alternately in English and French. All that would be expected of Blanc would be to recommend the enterprise to 15 or 20 Catholic gentlemen.

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 Enclosure: 

1845 Dec. 22
Dinnies, J.C.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father Ivers: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

The subject of the inclosed communication to the Bishop being of some importance, Ivers will do Dinnies a favor by reading it and if he approves, passing it on. Without the Bishop's aid they could not succeed.

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1845 Dec. 23
Oppermann, Father Charles: Evansville, (Indiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Oppermann asks (Blanc) for a place in New Orleans in a German congregation. His health is too feeble for the missions of Indiana or the seminary. Bishop (Celestin) de la Hailandière at last will let him leave. Having learned that (Blanc) had appealed to the Lazarists(?) and not knowing if they have accepted, Opperman asks Blanc to let him know if he could use him. Right now he is in Evansville working with the Germans. He is expecting his dimission any day from his bishop.

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1845 Dec. 24
Cantwell, P.: Charleston, S(outh) C(arolina)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, K(ouisian)a

Cantwell has Blanc's letter of Ocotber 8 in reply to a claim he made for Blanc's subscription to the U(nited) S(tates) C(atholic) Miscellany. Blanc's letter states that he commenced to take the paper in January, 1830 for himself and brother. If Blanc has paid other money in addition to the late Bishop (John England) he is to add some to his account. P.S. Cantwell inquires the address of Father J(ohn) B(aptist) Blanc. On November 25 Cantwell wrote to John Hagan requesting him to call on Blanc to save the trouble of transmitting the money. As he has not heard from him, he presumes Hagan's business prevented him.

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1845 Dec. 24
Sharon, Joseph: New Athens
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts)

Unknown to Brownson, he would not have addressed him had he not the great respect for his philosophical and metaphysical attainments. No man living probably knows more about the subject than does Brownson. Is there such a principle, in the mind of man, as disinterested benevolence?

He has been chosen to represent his literary society against another in a debate upon this subject, and against the wishes of his fellow-members, he has chosen the affirmative.

He belongs to no sect in Christendom. Scarcely a writer who is referred to in Mackintosh's Ethical Philosophy can be procurred by him and he wishes that Brownson would send him the name of an author or his work. He cannot think that self-love and social are the same, or that self gratification must swallow up all mankind, or that man bears good-will toward his fellow man merely as a means of augmenting his own beatitudes.

He asks Brownson to set forth his sentiments on the affirmative of this question and to strip it of every technicality, since Brownson, from his production, is surely on the side of the affirmative.

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1845 Dec. 26
Baskerville, Virginie: Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She is happy to be chosen to send New Year's greetings in the name of her companions.

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1845 Dec. 26
Curds, Thomas J.: Corpus Christi, Texas
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

There is a large army here without priests. Curds has written several little documents for the use of the soldiers. Curds asks Blanc to send him a box of books, catechisms, etc. and such as would be useful in his labors among the soldiers. He seeks no controversies with officers because his youth and humble rank in the army will not permit it. As soon as their troops are withdrawn, Curds expects his company and Captain Sibley's will be sent to New Orleans Barracks - probably next summer or fall. Curds hopes to receive Confirmation from Blanc; he was baptized by Father (William) Moran in Maine not a year ago. He was ordered from Houlton to Boston in July and thence to Texas since which time he has been completely separated from the Sacraments. P.S. The box is to be directed to the care of the assistant quartermaster, St. Joseph's Islan(d).

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1845 Dec. 26
Dunigan, Edw(ar)d: New York, (New York)
 to Father (Francis P.) McFarland: (St. John's College, New York)

Bill for books receipted by B.F.F. for Dunigan.

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1845 Dec. 26
Lorretta, (S.C.), Sister M(ary): Donaldsonville, (Louisiana)
 to (Bishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father Belinda said three Masses for them on Christmas day. Today they commenced the foundation. If (Blanc) could get Sister A(braham Hoey, S.C.) off without troubling the Cincinnati folks it would be well. Mother is not a favorite of those who are there. If she would consent to go to New York by sea it might be fixed at S(ister) M. Margaret's and from there go in a hack to the vessel. In crossing the mountains she might be taken with fits. Her brothers are all in good circumstances. Sister Lorretta will be down before she goes. If (Blanc) does not approve of this plan, what would he think of sending her to Mobile; it is a disagreeable task as no Sister Servant will like it. Their Community is doing very well; she is much pleased with the three postulants.

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1845 Dec. 26
Praz, R.S.C., Madame A.: Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(The ink in this letter is so faded that only a few words may be seen. It may be a New Year greeting.)

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1845 Dec. 26
Thèves, Father (Anthony): Thiboudeauxville, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Thèves asks Blanc to send with Mr. Throny, his faculties and certificate of ordination, the holy oils, a chalice - Father Rousselon has several - an altar stone and a ritual. Thèves will settle with Blanc when he goes down to New Orleans. Thèves has been undeceived since he came to Thiboudeaux; he thinks he is in paradise. In Father (Charles M.) Menard and Throny, Thèves has found good friends. He joins his pastor in New Year's greetings. They are ready to make great sacrifices and to efface the glory of the Protestant temple which threatens their poor church.

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1845 Dec. 26
Timon, (C.M.), Father J(ohn): Cape Girardeau, (Missouri)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Timon learned from Blanc's letter that the effects he sent from France were on board the "Olive Branch" at the same time he learned that the steamer was aground in the ice and that most of the cargo was thrown overboard to save the crew and passengers. He sent Father (Michael) Collins, (C.M.) down, who got the goods out. Timon will procure for Blanc a copy of the arrangements made with the Superior General of the Brothers of Christian Schools; he may even bring them himself as he may visit the South before long, if Bishop (John Mary) Odin returns. Father Bernier, a novice in their Congregation has the fever and ague; the physician thinks a trip South would help him. Timon has asked Father (John) Boullier, (C.M.) to give him hospitality. Bernier may be useful to Blanc during his stay at Donaldson and Timon begs faculties for Bernier as he brings this letter.

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1845 Dec. 27
Bulter, Father Thomas R.: Fayetteville, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Presents to the bishop a case of two young men one already married by a squire, the brother engaged to be married to the sister and by a squire on her fathers insistence. Both ladies desire to be baptized. He has arranged to meet them and asks Purcell for the necessary dispensations and advice. Mr. Ballard has mentioned to him about property put into the possession of Father (Martin) Kundig for church purposes which is about to be sold for taxes. He found one deed on the property, situated in Fayetteville, and supposes that Purcell has the final deed. The matter should be attended to at once. Speaks of his Christmas celebration with High Masses at five and ten o'clock. He asks that he be permitted to say Mass in the winter in a room in the house of Mr. Ballard thus assuring himself of a server and some hearers, which he lacked often at the church. They spoke of this before but he is not sure whether Purcell gave or refused the privilege.

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1845 Dec. 27
Flanagan, John, Jeremiah Moynihan, Cor(neli)us Moynihan, James Higgins, and J(osep)h Bodd:
Seminary of (St. Vincent de Paul) Bayou La Fourche, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

They send Blanc the season's greetings and their gratitude for his many favors since their arrival in this country. The climate agrees very well with them. They testify their satisfaction with their superior, Father (J. Masnou, C.M.) Masnoe, Father (John Llebaria, C.M.) Lliberi and their other professors who command their affection and respect.

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1845 Dec. 27
Reynolds, Bishop Ignatius Aloysius: Charleston, (South Carolina)
 to 
The Superioress and the Professed Sisters of the Ursuline ConventCharleston, (South Carolina)

Yesterday he received a copy of the resolution of the Chapter expressing the unanimous opinion that it is expedient that they remove the community from Charleston to some northern location. He regrets the reasons for that decision and wishes that it had been otherwise. He does not disapprove of their decision under the circumstances. He would be pleased if they would delay their removal until July 1--a month later than the time they proposed. As to remuneration for the money spent on the house and lot he will fulfill the contract made with Bishop (John) England. (Note on back in hand of John Baptist Purcell in whose collection it is found.)

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1845 Dec. 28
Nogués, P(eter) C(heri):
St. Xavier College Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

He does not intend to talk of thanks or gratitude; in admitting him to the seminary, Blanc has given something for which words cannot pay. Since Blanc has invited him, Nogués will come to New Orleans about mid-March and in the time remaining at Cincinnati he will devote himself to the studies Blanc recommends.

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1845 Dec. 28
Byrne, Father Michael A.: Cleveland, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Knowing what had occurred in Cleveland he received his appointment with a heavy heart. However he has been agreeably dissappointed. He gives the Bishop the details of the occasion and circumstances that brought his appointment. The actions that might occasion scandal in Father McLaughlin's actions are mentioned. Before the retreat there had been rumors that he would be changed, but McLaughlin denied them. Suggests that if Purcell is going to remove him that he remove him to Steubenville and bring Father (James)Kearney. The fact that he is a Catholic would weigh well. That day Byrne performed all the services for the congregation for the first time. The sermon topic he derived from Purcell's writings in the Telegraph. He suggests that Purcell publish his lectures on the temporal power of the Pope. The principal need of Cleveland is Catholic schools. Those who can afford send their children to select schools, the rest to the common schools where their faith is in danger. He suggests that if anyone be sent to Cleveland that he be required to put up a Catholic school. He suggests that a building be erected on the same lot as the church, also a house for the priest and the rent paid for the present residence go towards the support of a teacher. He submits himself to the Bishop's decision asking that Father McLaughlin not be told of this letter. P.S. The last page of a book was lost while he was at the retreat. He left the book on his desk. He has been hearing confessions in German despite his opposition to it. He intends to study German a while every day.

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1845 Dec. 29
Torregrossa, E., H(yacinthe) Tumoine, Simon Rominger, and Louis L. Arceneaux:
St. Vincent's Seminary Assumption, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

They send Blanc greetings for the New Year.

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1845 Dec. 30
Gallwey, (R.S.C.J.) Madam J.: St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The letter Blanc forwarded gave no information as to the contents of the box; she presumes it it from Canada and contains money which their Mother General sends to continue their building. Mother General has ordered that all money paid "a la caisse general" in their province should be transferred to them. Since the return of the children their infirmary is filled. Madame Verret is still very ill.

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1845 Dec. 30
(Hailandierè), Bishop Cel(estin de la): Vinc(ennes, Indiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Yesterday he received the order (Blanc) sent; his letter preceded them. The 35 Masses will be said. $35 would be too dear; his priests would not want to pay that price. (Hailandierè) made no mystery to Bishop (Michael) Portier of what he thought of his Sisters (of Providence) and what he knew about Father (Auguste) Martin. The former, taking advantage of advantageous offers made to them, they say, are always threatening to leave, after (Hailandierè) has spent $25 to $30,000. (Blanc) has expressed the desire to have Martin come to him; he will go. (Hailandierè) will not oppose it. Martin's Bishop at Rennes and (Hailandierè) know him by experience. He has many talents, but he lacks many. Martin, before leaving should repay the sum (Hailandierè) paid to free him from part of his debts in France. One of (Hailandierè)'s friends in France, Father Maupoint sent to Blanc's care, two barrels of Mass wine. Has (Blanc) heard of it? Anyway, (Blanc) is to send (Hailandierè) two of white wine and one of red. How has (Blanc) the courage to employ Father (J.?) Mullen? Did not Martin tell Blanc that he is a liar and a drinker? After unsuccessful attempts by a Bishop of N(ew) Y(ork) and by (Hailandierè), one cannot in conscience give him faculties. If (Blanc) wants good priests he will find excellent ones in France and in Dublin at All Hallows College.

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1845 Dec. 30
Masnou, C.M., Father J.: Assumption, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Masnou sends greetings for the new year and thanks for Blanc's kindnesses. (Anthony) Thèves left on Christmas eve. All is going well at the Seminary (of St. Vincent de Paul). Mr. Bud (Joseph Bodd?) is beginning to adjust to seminary life; Mr. Moynihan had a slight attack of fever; he is better. When the Brother leaves for Mexico, Blanc is to give him $30.

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1845 Dec. 30
St. Hilaire, Celestine: St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

As secretary of the students at Sacred Heart, Celestine sends Blanc their New Year's greetings.

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1845 (Dec. 31)
Oakley, S.J., Father M(aurice):
St. Charles College (Grand Coteau, Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

In the name of the College, he wishes Blanc a happy new year. He thanks Blanc for the fine gifts to the Philharmonic Society of the College. It seems, according to a few lines by Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché about the retreat given by Father (Stephen) Parrondo, (S.J.), that he had been a little dry and too philosophical. If Blanc would give some details to their Provincial (Father Boulanger, S.J.?) when he arrives in New Orleans, some useful advice could be given to Parrondo. Oakley incloses a letter for their provincial which Blanc is to give him. All is going well at the College. At the Convent there are between 50 and 60 pupils. P.S. Oakley had just received the letters Blanc sent by courtesy of Mr. Connelly.

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