University of Notre Dame


1846 Jun. 2
(Milde), Vincent Edward, Archbishop of: Vienna, (Austria)
 to Bishop Peter Paul Lefev(e)re: Detroit, Michigan

The Leopoldine Association has assigned in the session of May 4 to Bishop Lefevere, 3000 florins which will be sent to him in English pounds, sterling at 10 florins, through Joseph Edelman of London. Of this sum 500 florins are for (Father) Frederick Baraga, 500 for (Father) Francis Pierz and 100 florins for (Father) Andrew Viszoczky, missionaries in his diocese, who will be notified of these gifts by the enclosed letters. The rest is for the poor of Lefevere's diocese. He asks Lefevere to acknowledge the receipt of the money and to give an account of the missions in the diocese for these publications. They failed to receive such a report last year.

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1846 June 2
Vincent Edward, Abp. of Vienna: Vienna, Austria
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

For the aid of the poor and the needy of the diocese the Leopoldine Association assigned 3000 Austrian florins for the diocese of Cincinnati. Of these 1000 florins goes to Father William Schonat of Columbus, for a church where German will be used. 300 florins are for Father William Unterthiener of Cincinnati. They are to be notified by the letters herein contained. The whole sum is sent to Purcell in English pounds by the London banker Joseph Edlemann. He asks Purcell to write him of the receipt of this money and its American value as well as about the state of the diocese so he can communicate this information to the members of the Association in Austria. He rejoices at the progress of the church in North America.

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1846 Jun. 4
(Donnet), Ferdinand (Francois Auguste), Archbishop of Bordeaux: Libourne, (France)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Father (James J.) Malavergne, priest of the diocese of Agen, spent some time at Bordeaux as a schoolmaster. The pastor of St. Louis Church wants (Donnet) to recommend the priest to (Blanc) and ask him to allow him to say Mass in his diocese. Will (Donnet) and (Blanc) not see each other during the year? Last year (Donnet) made a trip to their common fatherland, where (Blanc) was not forgotten among old friends. The Bishop of Amiens spent several days in October with (Donnet); he is expecting the Bishop of Nevers. Father de Vienne(?) is talked of for one of the vacant sees. Father Morenne has just died at 52; he replaced Father Desgeurs(?) at St. Cyr and never moved. Father (Boué?) Bouet is doing great things at Ainay as he did at St. Just. Fathers Croset and Projet (?) are still at Montbrison and St. Etienne. Blanc is to have pity on the unfaithful sheep who has taken refuge with him; he is to tell him that they love him; and he is to repay their love by a sincere and lasting conversion. But he is never to think of returning to Bordeaux.

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1846 Jun. 8
Hoey, John: New York, (New York)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Hoey has made the certificate payable to Blanc; the amount is principally for the use of his sister who has been admitted into the Ursuline Convent in New Orleans. Her maiden name is Bridget Hoey, and Mary Abraham when a Sister of Charity. Her case is familiar to Blanc. She wrote for means to furnish her with clothing required of her as she was cast on the world penniless and friendless had it not been for Blanc. She asked to have the money sent by Bishop (John) McCloskey when going to the Provincial Council but McCloskey had already gone. (On the address side of the letter is written) Michael Golden, $183.60.

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1846 June 9
McCallion, Father Charles: Washington, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He eadeavored to see Purcell at Wheeling but arrived there from St.Clairsville two hours after he had passed. He had hoped that Purcell would call either going or coming from Baltimore. He sends today to his brother William his exeat from the Londonderry diocese. It contains also that of his brother Michael, who has been at Rose Hill College. Father (John B.) Jacomet is succeeding very well with his Dutch. Is he pastor of Malaga or Duck Creek or both? He sees nothing about the man but what is correct, but he thinks the people should be made to give him first what they owe, to pay the debts he has contracted. One of the churches is clear and the other about and he expected help from them at the time they asked for a new pastor. He asks what he is to do with the church in Washington. He is being dunned and cannot pay. He refuses to propose it for sale. He is in ill health and the doctors say he must go away and be treated. Father Jacomet talks of inviting the Precious Blood Fathers at Norwalk to come and take the parish. He wishes the Jesuits or Dominicans or some such community would take it with its debts. He asks the Bishop to write to him.

P.S. He asks the Bishop to send a deed securing Mr. J.J. Dorr his old log house and lot in his old age.

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1846 Jun. 10
(Guérin, S.P.), Sister St. Théodore: Vincennes, (Indiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A letter from Madame from France informs them that Bishop (John Mary) Odin has sent a box to Blanc's address. Will Blanc have it sent to Terre Haute, Care of S. Crawford and Brother?

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1846 June 11
Butler, James D.: Norwich University, (Northfield, Vt.)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

He is glad that Brownson accepted the invitation to lecture at the University. The subject he has mentioned is acceptable, and the accepted day on which invited orators' addresses are made is July 8. He hopes that Brownson will find it convenient and healthful to rusticate several days in his village so near his native mountains. Though the son of a Whig, and a Calvinist, he reads all of Brownson's works that fall into his hands, and never without a wish to read more. He sometimes wishes he could see more or less ground for thinking the middle ages superior in some respects to his own. He trusts that the president of the institution, who was in Boston on a military excursion with the students will meet him in Boston.

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1846 June 11
McLaughlin, Father Peter: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Territory
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Purcell is well aware that McLaughlin contracted certain debts in Cleveland on Purcell's account. The monies contracted are due to creatures of poverty and helplessness. He wishes something to be done about the debts. He is willing to do anything that an honorable third party may say or what Purcell and Bishop (John Martin) Henni may say, or what he and Purcell may say, or he will go to Cleveland to meet Purcell or appoint someone to meet Purcell's representative. Or leave the whole matter to Bishop Henni. It is useless to say that if he had been in Cleveland there would have been no occasion for this letter. It is easy to agree and let trouble and agitation cease.

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1846 Jun. 11
Mégret, Father A(nthony) D(ésiré): Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Mégret believes this letter will find Blanc returned home from Baltimore. On June 6, the trustees of St. John's of Lafayette met at the home of André Martin. It was resolved that the cemetery would be closed and locked while the Protestant cemetery is separated from the Catholic. It was also resolved that the church be locked provisionally. The president proposed something which will seem extraordinary to Blanc, that they turn over the property of the Church and its dependencies to Blanc as the way to establish peace. The church has no debts, but neither does it have anything in the treasury. Blanc would have the property but he would also have the expenses which might turn him against it because of the expenditures he has made for his own church. Mégret would then try to supply the money out of his own savings. He hopes this letter will be a mark of the good spirit of the trustees.

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1846 Jun. 12
Mégret, Father A(nthony) D(ésiré): Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Yesterday Mégret wrote in the company of the trustees of Lafayette and in another's hand. He is delighted with the trustees who desire Blanc's acceptance. They see clearly that their administration could produce bitter fruit. They ardently desire that Mégret return to the church but he referred them to Blanc's last letter. What opened their eyes was seeing his house filled with the faithful. If Blanc accepts their offer, he could authorize someone to receive it during his absence. How happy Blanc would be to see everything new at Vermillionville on his return. At Abbeville, the Americans viewed with great displeasure the outcome of their fight with the Creoles. The court restrained them. One of the conditions of the gift of Mégret, for himself as well as his successors, is the reserving of the right in ecclesiastical matters. The sale of his lots has begun; the price is $200. He has already sold 5 for $1000. Blanc will see in the plan 80 lots for sale. Four months have gone by without accepting any fees. He sends Blanc a sketch of Abbeville, to give Blanc the idea of it.

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1846 Jun. 16
Gallwey, R.S.H.J., Madame J.: St. Michael's, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

When Blanc came this morning Madame Gallwey was so sure he intended to stay a day or two. After he had gone Madame (Maria) Cutts (R.S.H.J.), informed her that Blanc continued his route to the city. Their disappointment is great as is that of Father (A. Pierre) Ladavière, (S.J.). She had invited all the clergy of the neighboring parishes as the Propagateur announced his return about the 20th.

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1846 June 16
Loras, Rt. Rev. Mathias Bishop of Dubuque, Iowa: New York, (New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

He takes the liberty of sending Brownson a kind of pastoral letter, upon which he may think proper to write. The Catholics do not themselves know enough about it, and the Protestants are entirely ignorant of the indispensable necessity of that Apostolic mission. The "End of Controversy" has a good chapter on the subject. He asks to be permitted to write with so many others in encouraging Brownson to pursue what he has so gloriously undertaken for the Glory of God and his own happiness. P. S. An answer will gratify him very much.

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1846 June 17,
(Brownson, Jr.) Orestes A.,: Worcester, Mass(achusetts)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

He is sorry that his father does not enter into his wishes to become a midshipman. If Brownson is not a personal friend of the Secretary of the Navy, he knows many members of Congress. He asks that nothing be left undone to get him a decent appointment, for he does not like over well a common sailor's life. P.S. He has seen injustice with the Jesuits, and he wishes them well.

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1846 Jun. 17
(Blin, R.U.), Sister St. Arsène:
Ursuline Convent New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

It could be that at the moment of carrying out the foundation resolved on by the Chapter, the idea of war would stop people who last year were full of enthusiasm. For more than 10 years the enemy of good has hindered plans for youth by whispering the word, war. This must be thwarted. Blanc knows that St. Arsène is devoted to this cause; she is convinced that God will protect those who wish to contribute to the spiritual good of a young people (Negroes?) who as yet have not been provided for. This decision was taken in a Chapter meeting; if it cannot be done on a grand scale, one cannot refuse to establish a modest house. The smallest postulant could replace St. Arsene here. Father (Stephen) Rousselon will tell Blanc of their conversation.

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1846 June 17
Brunner, C.PP.S., Father Francis D.: Norwalk, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio at Tiffin, Ohio

He asks Purcell to told him excused for not coming to him at Tiffin because he is occupied in preparing over 50 for the sacrament of confirmation. There will come perhaps to Purcell some men who seek a wider road upon the earth who belong to the parish of St. Boniface. In all he thinks there are twelve men from the congregation especially Dogweiler, Schindler, Reider and Reinhart. They are few but shout very loudly. If it is possible he asks Purcell to come in the morning on Wednesday.

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1846 Jun. 17
Oakley, S.J., Father M(auri)ce: Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The distribution of prizes will take place on July 14. They ask (Blanc) to be present. The exams will be from the 8th to the 11th and will be public. The exams for Adelard Jourdan and Henry d'Aquin will be the first day. If (Blanc) wishes to have Confirmation he is to let Oakley know soon; there are about 30 students to be confirmed. Everything is going very well at (St. Charles) College even though there are 104 now instead of 28 or 30. P.S. Oakley has just received a letter from Father (George A.) Carrell of St. Louis telling that he had sent Alfred Kernion two diplomas for (St. Charles). Oakley fears Kernion will be too slow and asks (Blanc) to get the diplomas and see that Oakley gets them or have them given to Mr. Hall, their agent.

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1846 Jun. 18
Dodge, A.C.: Washington, (District of Columbia)
 to Bishop (Mathias) Loras: Dubuque, Iowa

Loras did not state what the articles of church ornament were upon which he was charged duty. Therefore it was necessary to send his letter to the collector at New Orleans for a report as Loras will see from the enclosed letter from the 1st Comptroller of the Treasury, (no enclosure). As soon as the report is received Dodge will succeed in having the duty refunded.

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1846 Jun. 18
Eggleston, H.B.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Benjamin Levy, bookseller, has an account against St. Patrick's Church for printing to the sum of $53.50. The debt was frequently admitted by Father (James Ignatius Mullon) Mullen. Levy is in need of money and applies to Blanc to have it paid if it is in his power.

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1846 Jun. 19
Eggleston, H.B.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Benjamin Levy being anxious to obtain his money from the Church, after waiting six years, instructs Eggleston to say that if the amount is not paid he will institute suit for recovery. Eggleston begs Blanc to give the bearer an answer.

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1846 Jun. 20
Moreau, (C.S.C.), Father B(asil) Notre Dame de Sainte-Croix-les-le Mans,: (France)
 to (Bishop Peter Paul Lefevere: Detroit, Michigan)

He cannot let Father (Edward) Sorin and his little band leave without humbly thanking the Bishop for his interest in the Sisters at Bertand. He considers them fortunate to be living in a diocese directed by so holy a bishop and he likes to believe that they will show themselves worthy of the Bishop's kindness. As soon as he has finished their Rule and Constitution, which will be done before long, he will submit them for the Bishop's approbation.

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1846 Jun. 20
Tardy and Roucon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Receipt for 25 piastres paid by Father Rousselon for painting at St. Mary's Church in Condé Street.

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1846 June 22
Brunner, C.PP.S., Father Francis D.: (Norwalk, Ohio)
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Not being able to come himself he sends two priests to Purcell asking: 1. That the two priests be empowered by a civil magistrate to perform the marriage ceremony. They are Fathers Joachim Fasser and Mathias Kreusch. 2. If an occasion offers he asks Purcell that he secure a chalice for them. 3. That an ostensorium be sent to the priest at Minister when Purcell returns to Cincinnati. He asks that he be remembered in Purcell's prayers.

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 (On the back of the letter in Purcell's handwriting.)  116 Germans and 36-152 in Canton. 46 in St. Paul's and 41 in St. Louis. 

1846 Jun. 23,
Gardner, Edward M.: Nantucket, (Rhode Island)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

He has read Brownson's articles on "Professor (Edward A.) Park", and "Catholicity Necessary to Liberty" and liked them. He finds sentiments in them that he has long entertained, but was lacking in the skill to embody them. He says that the so-called "reform" of the present day is merely a period of miserable innovation. False philanthropy and radical humanitarianism are on every side. The soul is forgotten, worldly things sought after. Ridicule and sarcasm against, and defiance of the laws are not among the least evils of the "Reformation". The United States have been Protestant, the literature Protestant, religion Protestant. If such evils as are present are the result of Protestantism then the religion is weak and puny. Dissenters to the Catholic Church follow leaders such as Channing, Chalmers, Wesley and Fox, because the latter are in accord with the followers' opinions. Catholics believe and know there is a soul, that a life labor is required to save it. If Catholicism is wrong, then continency and prayer and penance and devotion are not guides to Paradise. Though he never read a Catholic book or spoke to a Catholic priest he intends to become a Catholic. He says he can see in what Protestants despise enough to convince him that a Christian must be a Catholic.

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1846 Jun. 23
Masnou, C.M., Father J.: Assumption, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

They learned of his arrival with much pleasure. Could Blanc come the 19th of next month for ordinations and Confirmation. The three subdeacons are preparing for the diaconate. The younger Mr. Moynahan and (E.) Torragrossa could receive minor orders. (Peter Cheri) Noguez wants Blanc's permission to return to Cincinnati. All goes will at the seminary.

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1846 Jun. 23
(Milde), Vincent Edward, Archbishop of: Vienna, (Austria)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): Detroit, (Michigan)

By his letter of June 2 which Lefevere has received, Lefevere knows that the Leopoldine Association assigned for the Diocese of Detroit and for the missionaries, Fathers (Frederick) Baraga, (Francis) Pierz, and (Andrew) Vi(s)zo(c)zky, the sum of 3000 Austrian florins valued at 300 pounds sterling. He now sends the final drafts for that amount. The record will follow soon.

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1846 Jun. 24
McClellan, Father William: St. John's College, (New York)
 to Father Francis P. McFarland: Watertown, New York

He has delayed writing until McFarland was settled and could tell of his experience. The chapel is nearing completion. The stained glass windows are beautiful. All except the altar will be ready by commencement. William Morange of Albany is there to assist at the concert. Mr. Howard, McFarland's neighbor, is there raising funds. The books from France arrived and he sent them with other books to McFarland. Father James R. Bayley will go to Staten Island. The Brotherhood will not go until after retreat and then the Sisters will take over. He describes the concert at which both Bishop (John Hughes) and (John) McCloskey were present with other priests and guests. Bishop McCloskey spoke. A Mr. Gleason, recently married, made an appearance and was told to depart by Bishop Hughes.

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1846 Jun. 27
Ménard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: Thibodaux, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Ménard received (Blanc)'s letter of June 18 in which he said that he could come for Confirmation on July 21; Menard believes there will be many to be confirmed. He has a copy of the letter Blanc wrote to the trustees of St. Mary's, (Charenton?) as well as their reply. The subscription taken this week amounts to around 2000 piastres. Just now he is working on Brulée Labbadie (Labadieville); he may spend 3 or 4 days there next week. Father (Anthony) Thèves is well and sends his respects.

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1846 June 29
Kenrick, Peter Richard, Bp. of St. Louis: St. Louis, Missouri
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

The bearer of this letter Mr. Stuart has lately come to this country with a letter from the Bishop of Quinper expressing great esteem for Mr. and Mrs. Stuart. He is from Scotland, and she is from Dublin. Both are exemplary Catholics and his mortification he feels at their preference of Cincinnati over St. Louis is small compared to the regret he feels at losing them.

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1846 June 30
Gallinger, Father Joseph: Zanesville, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

The number of souls and communicants in his missions is the same as in the previous year. He gives the statistics from April 1845 to April 1846 of baptisms, marriages and burials. He has converted two women with three children and one girl who married a non-Catholic. How ever one pertinavious youth has endeavored to marry a methodist girl and has not since attended the sacraments. In each second month he visits the German Catholics near Adamville, in the city of Coshocton, on the Kilbuck Creek in Dresden, and in the chapel of the Blessed Virgin in Coshocton County near Jacobsport. He celebrates in Taylorsville once each month. He thanks Purcell for sending the ordo and the Almanac.

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1846 Jun. 30
Oppermann, Father Ch(arle)s: Mobile, (Alabama)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

After a letter which Rousselon wrote to the Bishop of Mobile it seems that there is no boat for France just now at New Orleans. To remain here longer would be very bad for Oppermann's peace of mind. (Springhill) College closed a week ago; the Bishop will not open it next year because of a lack of students. The (Visitation?) Convent will have disputes with higher authorities if it wishes to carry out what their rule demands. There are more priests than needed for the few Catholics in Alabama. If Oppermann had heeded Rousselon's sage advice not to go to Mobile, he would not be regretting it now. Oppermann plans to go at the beginning of next week. If his health were better, he would return to Indiana or go to Milwaukee, having been refused by the Bishop of New Orleans three months ago. The non-existence of the College gives the Bishop of Mobile three priests, Fathers (P.) Corcoran, ( ) Masterson, and (Albino) De(s)gaultière who have been engaged in teaching.

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1846 June 30
Young, Father Joshue M.: Lancaster, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

In suggesting to Purcell his difficulties and discouragements he did not wish to be interpreted as desiring another field of labor. He feels that his usefulness has not reached its term. However he thought that if someone else could do more than he, he did not wish to stand in the way. As to Chillicothe he is scrupulous since (Father Edward Purcell) wrote that Father (John) Maguire was destined for there. For his part being acquainted with Germans he would fear being mixed up in the dissensions. The pastor of the non-German congregation could be charged with Circleville where the congregation is Irish. Circleville is nearer to Chillicothe than Lancaster. Lancaster could be united with them, and with Logan would require the attention occasionally of a German priest. As to support Lancaster would have the best claim to the place of residence. As to the Dominicans, they say their force is not enough to discharge present obligations, much less new ones. Young thinks monks were intended as auxiliaries and should not be charged with the care of sould primarily. He himself has had to help take charge of the Germans at Somerset and St. Joseph's. As to Fulton the suburb is so unpropitious to excuse even himself from being willing to take it. Perhaps Purcell can find one to whom it will be more congenial. As to the whole question he leaves the matter to Purcell asking merely to remain under his jurisdiction. There will be thirty or forty to be confirmed if Purcell comes this summer. Nest year the visitation would be prized even better. The young man concerning whom he wrote to Purcell developed himself after he wrote and has gone away. He includes the statistics about the Easter communicants at Lancaster where only a third went, Logan and Circleville. Also the baptisms and marriages.

P.S. He gives the totals of Communions, baptisms and marriages for 1845 and so far in 1846.

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