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(1848) (Apr.?)
Renningham, Mrs.: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Blanc will pardon her anxiety to be informed if he has learned anything from the head of the Community as regards her suiting them as an English teacher.

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1848 Apr. 1
Gaume Freres: Paris, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

A bill for 13.25 francs for books, put in care of Father (Claude Anthony) Tholomier.

V-5-i - Bill - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {2}

1848 April 3
Brownson, Orestes A.: Boston, (Massachusetts)
 to (Father) J(ames) Bailey (Bayley): (New York) New York)

Brownson refused the offer of Bayley to accept a position on the Freeman's Journal. Brownson would not be happy in New York. Another reason advanced by Brownson was the uncertainty of success of the Journal in Brownson's hands. What the journal needed was a man of popular talents which Brownson lacks and was too old to acquire. Brownson admitted the good part of being under the patronage of the Bishop (John Hughes) but the question was, could Brownson fulfill the expectations of the Bishop. The Bishop (John Fitzpatrick) of Boston knew how to manage Brownson. He did not trust himself away from his direction. The Bishop of Boston knew the kind of assistence which Brownson needed. Such advise built the Review. The Bishop of New York would be willing to keep Brownson but it would take years for him to learn. Much success that was attributed to Brownson belonged to the Bishop of Boston and the priests. In a way Brownson was too narrow-minded in the sense that he was metaphysical in his thought, a little scholastic. There are others who are better qualified than Brownson for the position.

I-4-g - A.L.S.(Photostat, New York Archdiocesan Archives) - 4pp. - 12mo - {4}

1848 Apr. 5
Marzious, V(ictor) and C(ompany): Havre, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Father Anthony de Chaignon, S.J. left Havre on March 28 on the James Corner, Captain Walker, on his way to New Orleans. They ask Rousselon to give him the letter which they are enclosing. They have also confided to de Chaignon's care a box for Father (Joseph) Cretin, vicar general of Dubuque, Iowa, which Rousselon is to send on. They are also adding a letter for C.J. Mansoni of New Orleans concerning a small box destined for Bishop (Stephen) Bazin of Vincennes. They also ask Rousselon to see that the enclosed letters are delivered to G.E. Forstall and the Superioress of the Ursulines of New Orleans as well as the letter to the captain of the Vesta. H.J. Mathey signs (as secretary).

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1848 Apr. 5
Priour, Father J(ulien): New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Rousselon is to remind the Bishop that he has been alone at his post for 11 days and to inform him that his bad health, according to Dr. (Jerome) Mudd will not permit him to go a long time without failing altogether. He asks Rousselon to send some one to his aid as soon as possible. (P.S.) If Priour could hope for that young Irish priest, they could do something at Franklin.

V-5-i - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1848 Apr. 6
Ménard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: Thibodaux, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Mrs. Flemming who will bring this letter is coming to the city to ask Blanc's intercession to have an orphan girl from the asylum, about 3 years old. She is a good Catholic; her husbànd is a successful plasterer. They want to adopt a child as their heir. Their church is going forward rapidly; the walls are up 10 feet. The subscriptions are coming in well enough. Ménard asks for a dispensation for Narcisse Mayet and Joséphine Frémin, married years ago before a justice of the peace. He also asks for two others who hid their impediment from Father (Hyacinth) Tumoine who married them recently. They are Philippe Plaisance and Zéolide Dautin. Ménard asks Blanc to give Tumoine the same faculties he has given Ménard; it would be very helpful in the distant missions. Tumoine presents his respects.

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1848 Apr. 6
Mudd, Dr. Jerome: New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Father (Julien) Priour wrote a few days since to Father Rousselon requesting him to inform Blanc of his ill health. For several days past he has been under Mudd's care; other physicians concur that his disease is caused by too great fatigue. If Priour manifested a desire to have as an assitant the young Irish clergyman who was lately ordained, it was because he felt that the Protestants who have lately attended their church would be edified by an occasional sermon in English.

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1848 Apr. 8
Giraud, T.E.: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Giraud is sending his designs and rough sketches. He asks Blanc to give him a little respite for the novitiate and church for the asylum. He believes he can get to New Orleans in the second week of May to place the foundations of these two buildings. Then he can return here to do the little he still has to do.

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

1848 Apr. 8
(Rappe), (Louis) A(madeus), Bishop of Cleveland: Louisville, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He answers Purcell's letter from Louisville, although it was received in Cleveland. He was at Canton the day before and endeavored to learn what the Catholics, German and English, thought of Purcell's obligations. The first are disposed to, at present, grant nothing, and the rest are disposed to resist with all their power the legal attack. He has the certitude that he can grant to Purcell the two lots facing the church as an indemnity for the money paid to the German church. He has confidence also that the Germans will soon undertake a subscription to pay in part at least the sacrifice which Purcell has made for them. The unfortunate thing is less the need of money than that fund of antipathy which changes quickly into hate if one should go to court, an evil which he will avoid immediately, if his money permits. God knows his poverty and the expenses in which his necessity has involved him. For the present as regards the limits of the two diocese, he asks Purcell to publish in the Telegraph the names of the counties which form the limit of the line 40 and which belong to the new diocese, so that the flocks and their pastors will know to whom to apply in their difficulties Bolivar seems to him outside the line 40,40 and he has not visited it although Fathers (John) Luhr (?) and Peter Prendeprat have had charge of it. If Purcell can take care of the place by others than priests of the new diocese that would be simple. As to the rest of the line of demarcation as Purcell knows the will of Rome better than he, Rappe will support Purcell's decision. He wishes to do only the will of God. He paid $20 to Mr. Ferguson according to Purcell's intention, and desires that they regulate their accounts as soon as possible. He speaks of France and how religion seems to consolidate the new fragile edifice. He says that Louis Philippe has been his own perjurer, for he swore to give liberty of teaching to the church and for 18 years he has lied to the face of the world. Rappe prays for him and for his sorrowing wife. The Archbishop is not asleep and has saluted the republic at its dawning. Since Rappe has been an American he has not the same honor for the French republic. He rejoices in the fact, trusting the consequences to the good angel of old Gaul. If he goes to France he will seem to breathe more his own air in a republican atmosphere.

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1848 Apr. 8
(Odin, C.M.), Bishop J(ohn) M(ary): Galveston, (Texas)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Odin) was sorry to leave Louisiana before (Blanc)'s return. The trip was quick and he found Mr. Giraud very busy with the plan of the cathedral; he is to send it to (Blanc) today. Their church is going up rapidly but the expenditures during his absence will embarrass him anew. He has almost decided to have finished only what is necessary for the consecrating of the building. The plastering will cost $400. The population of Galveston grows less every day; poverty is so great that all those not tied to the land are seeking their fortunes elsewhere. The Sisters are all well; their little school supports itself well enough. (On the back of the letter in Blanc's hand): Mrs. Forstal—Irish servant.

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

1848 Apr. 10
Lorretta, (S.C.), Sister M.: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

This morning Sister received the $5000 granted by the legislature to the Sister (of Charity) of Donaldson. She feels much better, her cough much relieved. All well at Donaldson; they have too many children for their small place.

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1848 Apr. 10
(New Orleans, Louisiana)

The estate of Claude Girod. The 48th portion of F(ran)cois Poidebord. Notes from the sales at La Fourche. Notes of Mr. Oakey, Mr. Triche and Mr. Mathew amounted to 2404.16. The 48th portion is 2391.73. For the difference of 12.43, Bishop (Anthony) Blanc, with power of attorney for Poidebord, sent a bond on April 10.

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1848 April 12
Guth, Father F(rancis): Buffalo, New York
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Boston, Mass(achusetts)

Brownson's letter was received by the bishop (John Hughes) who is ever ready to bless him and his zeal for the cause of Christ. Those lectures are desired, the first on the 27th of April, the others at Brownson's election. The bishop says that from such a great fountain, they wish to draw the most benefit for the welfare of their people.

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1848 Apr. 12
Smith, S. Lisle: Chicago, Ill(inoi)s
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Although a Protestant, he was very intimate with the late Bishop William Quarter of Chicago. He often heard Quarter speak of Blanc. His sudden death has created a void in their community. The enclosed tribute (no enclosure) appeared in the Chicago Journal on the 11th. He believes that it will be gratifying to Blanc to learn that his friend was duly appreciated in Chicago.

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1848 Apr. 12
(Timon), Bishop John: Buffalo, (New York)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

(Timon) encloses a letter for Bishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.) which he asks Blanc to read and forward if Odin is not still with him. Among the reasons which make (Timon) regret that it is out of his power to go to Galveston this spring, is that he could have the pleasure of Blanc's company. Should Blanc be going east his most pleasant route will be to Cincinnati, thence to Sandusky or Cleveland, thence by Buffalo to New York. What a consolation to (Timon) when he may see Blanc in his poor episcopal "wigwam".

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1848 Apr. 13
Pemberton, John: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

An insurance policy for $5000 on a house in Baton Rouge insured by the Merchants' Insurance Company. P(?). Schreiber signs as secretary.

V-5-i - Insurance Policy - (English & French) - 3pp. - folio - {3}

1848 Apr. 13
Spalding, Father M(art n) J(ohn): Louisville, Kentucky
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Rome is still keeping them in suspense with regard to naming a Bishop before Easter. They are compelled to ask Purcell to consecrate the Holy Oils for the Diocese of Louisville. They will send a clergyman to Cincinnati for the Oils if necessary but it would be more convenient if Purcell sent them by someone coming down.

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

1848 April 14
Cummings, Father J(eremiah) W.: New York, (New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts)

He encloses a check as the proceeds of the lecture. He did not know that the money had been held back so long and learned of it from McMaster. Next year, after his experience things shall be different. P. S. Advises Brownson to read a lecture in the Philadelphia Herald on Developmentism.

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

1848 Apr. 15
(Chanche), Bishop John Joseph: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blancs: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Thus far it had been impossible for (Chanche) to leave Natchez. He will leave on Easter Monday if he finds a boat. He fears Father Bertin will not wait for him. As for their brother "jadis" of Vincennes, (Bishop Celestin de la Hailandière), (Chanche) does not think he will go to Europe at all. The revolutions in Europe ought not to stop (Chanche); matters will be pretty well settled by the time (Chanche) reaches France. He is glad to see that the prelates of France are conforming to the enigmas of the times. It is droll to see them writing about the happy government of the United States and lauding the labouring classes. (Chanche) will probably write again before he leaves, at least from Baltimore. (P.S.) Does Blanc know, anything about an Albert Lyons, a Dominican, now in New Orleans, who offers himself to (Chanche)?

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1848 Apr. 15
Giraud, T.E.: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He is sending by Mr. Ott the plans for Father (Stanislaus) Buteux's chapel and asks Rousselon to get them to Buteux. As soon as he has completed the necessary parts of the other buildings he will come to put in the foundations; this will be in 2 or 3 weeks.

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

1848 Apr. 15
Van Dyke, (James A) and Emmons, (H.H.)?: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Bishop Peter Paul Lefev(e)re: (Detroit, Michigan)

After three weeks, the cause of Bonhoff vs. Smith is brought to a successful close. Van Dyke and Emmons write now to Lefevere to obtain all the light for the further conduct of his defense which similar controversies in other states may have evolved. To accomplish this they give the following outline: In 1842 Mr. and Mrs. (Antoine) Beaubien conveyed to Lefevere and to his duly appointed successors, the lots in controversy. The deed makes minute and special provision for the erection of a German Catholic church, (St. Mary's) and for the vesting of the title under the condition of several special trusts expressed in the document. Van Dyke and Smith quote various law cases. There is a general statute, an exact copy of the New York act, providing for the incorporation of trustees and the vesting of property ownership. In 1842 about one-twentieth of those who under the act had a right to vote, but not one-fortieth of the congregation, proceeded to organize. The trustees filed a bill in chancery to restrain the interference of the bishop. Action at law was begun in the name of Smith who had rented a pew from the trustees against Bonhoff for disturbance the defendant claims under the Bishop's title. Van Dyke and Emmons then quote legal positions on the subject of trustees and ownership, which, while they may not be indispensable to an understanding of the case, still the questions hereafter asked can be more intelligently answered if those who are to reply understand more fully. There is no doubt of the several conclusions and opinions already proven. They are ample for Lefevere's defense. But it is proper to take evidence at other points. It will satisfy the misled men that they are submitting to no local or heretical law. The questions involving the canon law relationships of the case are asked so that particular pages and principles in canon law may be referred to, giving great moral weight in the combined effect as evidence.

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1848 Apr. 16
Fitzpatrick, John B., Bp. of Boston: Boston, Massachusetts
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Fitzpatrick made inquiries concerning Dr. O'Callaghan. He evidently did not practice as a physician in Boston as no one knows him. Several persons are on the hunt after his trails; Fitzpatrick will report anything he finds out. He will put a notice in the Boston Pilot asking for information concerning the wife of Thomas M. O'Callaghan if Purcell thinks it advisable. Fitzpatrick had already an inkling of the proceedings of his V. G. in Europe. Father Brasseur de Bourbon came to Boston some three years ago with letters of high recommendation. He proceeded to Canada intending to carry out some plan of religious house with clergymen of the diocese of Quebec. The plan did not succeed. Father Brasseur then Ventured to return to Europe and on his way spent some months in Boston. He is highly educated and appeared to have much zeal and piety. Fitzpatrick thought Brasseur might be of service to the diocese by giving information to the Association of the Propagation at Lyons, who had erased them from the list of beneficiaries (thanks to some Americans who did not tell the truth about their circumstances.). With this in view Fitzpatrick made Brasseur V.G. of Boston intending that he should act as M. Brassac does for Purcell. However he thought fit to meddle in matters of much higher cast. Learning about the purport of his memoir to the Propaganda, Fitzpatrick wrote to Cardinal Fransoni that whatever Brasseur said of the erection of new Sees and Archdioceses was his own invention and suggestion. The newspapers report the death of Bishop William Quarter of Chicago. The selection of a successor is more than of ordinary importance. It may require a great deal of skill to harmonize the various elements there. What does Purcell think about letting the successor serve a sort of apprenticeship by governing with all the requisite powers and awaiting his consecration until the time of the next synod? This is merely a suggestion.

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1848 April 16
Brownson, Relief: Ballston, (New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts

They have taken the pasture again. Charlotte and Orin came down to see her, and took Henry home. Charles was there and was going to work for a man in Galway if they can agree; if not he'll stay there. She had a letter from Daphne—they are all well and doing well. Daniel N. was there, bringing a letter from Orin. William has returned. Therina sends best regards. Also Charlotte and her children, who were pleased with their present. Charlotte would like to see her brother. She asks her son to take her love and to give it also to his wife Sarah and the children.

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

1848 Apr. 17
Mudd, Dr. Jerome: New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Mudd wrote about ten days ago about the serious illness of their pastor, Father (Julien) Priour and asking that Blanc send some one to his assistance. Priour is still confined to his bed. Mudd called in other medical men who concur in the opinion that his recovery will be slow. In the last letter Priour requested Mudd to suggest sending someone who could preach English, especially at this time when Methodists and Episcopalians are making extraordinary efforts to bring about a revival. The latter are circulating a subscription to build a church here and at St. Martinville. If Blanc sends the young clergyman mentioned in his last letter, Priour says he will do all in his power to facilitate his improvement in English.

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

1848 Apr. 18
Legrand, Father F.: Pont de Breaux, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Legrand wrote the Bishop on March 22 but received no reply. He has done a little good here. He is preparing 50 children for First Communion to be held on Ascension Day for which the Jesuits have promised him one of their priests. He is also teaching catechism to a number of adults 20 to 35 years old. Some have found him a little severe in confession but they are used to deplorable indulgence. They are eager for instruction. The crowd grows from Sunday to Sunday. They advise him to enlarge the church but he would rather build a new one. But how to do it? His parishioners are not millionaires. Two are really rich and one is liberal but the other's generosity is problematical. The money of the subscription has been realized within a few piastres. Their debts are paid and they will have about 15 piastres to the good. Father (Louis) Dufour gave him $18 to buy a tabernacle. Legrand does not know the source. In all Dufour has promised him $82. With this they could continue the work on the presbytery. Before he leaves Dufour has promised to give the sermon at the blessing of the new cemetery. Their relationship is good. When he leaves, Rousselon is to let him know the Bishop's decision regarding the limits of the two parishes. The limits are those of the civil districts. For a long time the eminent inhabitants of Pont de Breaux wish to be buried at St. Martin. The interests of the first parish would be gravely injured if the fees all went to the pastor of the second. Attached is a description (no enclosure) of the different things for divine services, for whose payment Legrand counts on a collection he will soon take up. He asks Rousselon to give Mr. Cailler what he has at his disposal and to point out where Cailler could get the others. (In pencil, in another hand) St. Bt. Belle Isle, Wednesday at 10. $30 received.

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(18)48 Apr. 18
Martin, Father Aug(uste): Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Sister Regina (Smith, S.C.) was to go down on the Majestic tomorrow. She is detained as much by the illness of Sister M(ary) Margaret, (S.C.) as by her own bad health. M(ary) Margaret returned from New Orleans with an infection. She is better. Regina is worn out. Mr. Visignier asks that she stay at least a week longer to receive a treatment. She plans to leave Easter Wednesday. She asks Blanc to inform her Sisters. Father (J.) Rogal(le) of Pointe Coupée came today and will go back tomorrow on the Eliska. Martin has not yet tended to the land at Plaines; Squire McHue was absent. Mina wrote to Father (John Baptist) Maisounabe, (S.J.) to give him details of the results of his work here which he had asked him to relay to Blanc.

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

1848 Apr. 21
Mrak, Father Ignatius: LaCroix, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere: Detroit, Michigan)

Mrak received Lefevere's letter of April 19. He is pleased to have faculties for saying two Masses on Sunday. He has already announced that he will be in Middletown at 10 o'clock on Easter. The Indians like the Mass and to decorate the churches. They are building a church in the place where they are moving. He expects the Indians of Manistee to beg him to go there. After his missions he thinks he will go to Detroit to buy materials for vestments and ornaments and if possible to spend a month or two learning English.

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1848 Apr. 22
(Portier), Bishop Michael: Mobile, (Alabama)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

(Portier) did not ordain a Mexican in 1841. He has not yet received any letters from Paris and he fears that his allocation has been damaged.

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1848 Apr. 23
(Kenrick), Archbishop Peter Richard: St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Today he received news of the death of Bishop (John Stephen) Bazin of Vincennes after a week's illness. Bishop (Maurice) de St. Palais said that Bazin had received all the Sacraments. Tomorrow of Tuesday (Kenrick) will leave for the funeral which will take place on Thursday. (Blanc) already knows of the death of the Bishop of Chicago. (Kenrick) does not know whether they had had time to arrange the administration of their dioceses and to propose three names to the Archbishop of Baltimore. Chicago especially should be provided for as soon as possible or religion will suffer. (Kenrick) believes Father (Auguste) Martin of Baton Rouge would make a good bishop. (Kenrick) sends the second letter of exchange on Mr. Benoit for $420. He has not had a reply from (Blanc) about the first one he sent and fears it may have gone astray. He thanks (Blanc) for his interest in this affair.

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1848 April 24
Baraga, (Father) Frederick: L'Anse, Michigan
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere: Detroit, Michigan

Baraga received the Bishop's letter of March 9 on April 11 and is happy that the manuscript for the government is in the Bishop's hands. He thanks him also for the $200.- and hopes that a little more money will come for him from Europe during the summer, so he can do more good for this mission. As there are still new conversions, he has to build new houses in his Catholic village. Each house costs him complete $50. He is covering them with shingles, because the roof made of bark has to be remade every year, while shingles keep for a long time. Baraga is happy that the Bishop's cathedral will soon be consecrated and thanks him for the invitation. But he cannot come for 3 reasons: 1. His time is so precious and as he is all alone must go to so many distant places, he made it a rule never to go anywhere without necessity and usefulness. When he was in Detroit the last time, it was necessary and useful because he had to supervise the printing of his Indian books, but for the consecration of the cathedral he is not necessary. The Bishop will hardly notice that the little missionary of L'Anse is not there. 2. He has already fixed and announced that his second visit this year to Keweenaw Point will be just at the time of the consecration. He will leave L'Anse on June 19 and will spend 3 weeks in that mission. And after that he must visit other places. 3. His last trip to Detroit, round trip, cost him about $50. For that money he could build a house for another newly converted family, a good deed which will have salutary and lasting effects. Baraga hopes that the Bishop will forgive him for not coming.

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1848 Apr. 24
Gallien, G. Choiselat: Paris, (France)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere: Detroit, (Michigan)

In accordance with the information given the Central Council in Paris of the Association for the Propagation of the Faith on the allocation for the diocese of Detroit from the funds of 1847, Lefevere is authorized to draw on Gallien the sum of 9946 francs, 67 centimes. Payment will be made only when the enclosed form is used. (In a handwritten postscript) Lefevere is informed that the loss sustained in their receipts for 1847 and the predicament they find themselves in have made the Council determine to keep the fifth which was promised only as a contingency. They have put off until the end of the year the work of distribution for 1848. The allocation for Charleston for 1847 was 16,000 fr(ancs), for the Redemptorists of the diocese 4,000 making a total of 20,000 fr(ancs). Lefevere has received for the Association 10 piastres or 53 fr. 33 c. and Gallien sends by the enclosed draft, 9946-67 making a total of 10,000 fr. There remains for him 10,000 fr. which Gallien hopes to send soon from their holdings. Gallien signs as treasurer. (Marked by Lefevere as answered May 19, 1948). (Printed form letter).

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1848 Apr. 24
Mégret, Father A(nthony) D(ésiré): Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Blanc has received him with kindness and honored him with his confidence. It will be impossible for Mégret to rem ain longer at Lafayette; he asks for a replacement by July 1. If Mégret's services would still be useful to Blanc and if he has no replacement for Father (Louis) Dufour Mégret would accept that place for a few years.

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1848 Apr. 25
Blin, Father J.E.: Patterson, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Blin has informed the Principal contributors of the conditions attached to the building of the new church and chapel. They seem well disposed. An excellent lady proposes to procure for the chapel the most necessary things. Her resources are few and if (Blanc) has some old things she could satisfy both her wish and the needs of the congregation. The pews sold this year for 760 piastres, just what he owes for the work on the church but it is neither painted nor fenced. If Blin could support an English assistant he would ask for one or give up the post to a more capable priest. For when a pastor cannot make himself understood he is almost useless. Father (Julien) Priour is harassing him for a separation of jurisdiction; Blin would like (Blanc) to make a pronouncement.

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1848 Apr. 25
Boullier, (C.M.), Father J(ohn): Donaldsonville, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Boullier preferred to wait several days to reply to Blanc's last letter. He has bought a barge load of sand and 200 barrels of lime for the house of the Sisters (of Charity). The 200,000 bricks will soon be ready so the architect could come when he is ready. After paying for everything he has bought, Boullier has about $800 in the treasury. He hopes to be able to pay for the bricks but that is all he could collect this year. Their church also must be enlarged; if there were 50 or so pews more they would all be sold. The pews amounted to $4000. He would like to know whether Blanc could come this year for Confirmation. A visit from Blanc would do much good if he could make it coincide with the laying of the first stone for the Sisters' house.

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1848 Apr. 25
Choiselat Gallien, J.: Paris, (France)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

The diminution of receipts for 1847 has made the Councils of the Association for the Propagation of the Faith hold back the fifth part and defer the allocation until the end of the year. The fixed allocation for New Orleans for 1847 is 10,000 francs. According to instructions in Blanc's letter of January 10 he, on the 21st sent Mr. Poidebord, Blanc's draft for 9090 and after payment on May 2 there remains 910. Blanc can draw on Choiselat Gallien for this amount. In the name of a former member of their Paris Council, the Marquis de Galard-Terraube, Blanc is to get the information about Charles Bax which is asked for in the enclosed note(no enclosure).

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(1848 Apr. 25)
Rocoffort, (S.J.), Father L.: (New Iberia, Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Father (Julian) Priour's condition does not permit him to write and he has asked Rocoffort in his name to ask for a dispensation for Edward Alexander Broussard and Susanna Ema Broussard. Priour has suffered much for several weeks. Rocoffort came to replace him during Holy Week but Father (J. Francis) Abbadie, (S.J.)'s orders oblige him to leave tomorrow. He has had many consolations in the days he remained in New Iberia. Last Sunday the order and recollection of the more than 800 people at Mass was proof of the progress of religion here. A good number of Protestants attended. Before the Mass, a young man of 20, the son of one of the most bigoted Methodists of Indiana, was publicly baptized.

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1848 Apr. 26
Rogalle, Father J.: Pointe Coupée, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

A month after Rogalle's arrival in this parish, he wrote a letter to Father Rousselon in which he gave details of his position but he never heard from it. Every Sunday at Pointe Coupée and at Fausse Rivière the church is filled. During Holy Week, the crowds were large. About 250 made their Easter duty. Many had been away for years. He prepared 25 adults, girls and boys for First Communion. There are still about 30 whom he hopes to prepare by the second Sunday after Lent. He hopes Blanc will let him know when he will visit here so he may prepare for Confirmation. In 15 deaths only 6 have called him during their illnesses. This parish is not bad; many take a 48 children mostly negroes. There has been no marriage. Holy Tuesday he left for Baton Rouge. Father (Auguste) Martin solved several doubts for him. All the people here seem to welcome a priest. Some of the trustees come to church often but none has sought reconciliation. Rogalle sends respects to Rousselon and to Father Duquenay.

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(1848) Apr. 27
Lucas, Father P(eter): West B(aton) Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Since Lucas has been here he has not reported on the pretentious conduct of the trustees because he has been doing everything possible to get the necessary things for services, and in which the public has aided him a Blanc saw on his visit. The trustees have never invited him to their meeting. Their meetings are held in the billiard room, conducted by Valentin Hébert, always more troublesome than helpful. Last year the trustees were the least influential in the parish except Mr. Levèque. They took away half the pew rent. Father (Ennemond) Dupuy told him that he did not believe the arrangement Blanc made with these men because Blanc did not sign a contract for 4 or 5 years. Lucas does not believe it either; for a long time they have wanted to change everything but they could not because the pews were sold before their election and Lucas has all the notes. Lucas will do all he can to keep up the work he has started. Meanwhile he anticipates leaving, to the great regret of the public. P.S. He asks Blanc to give him some Mass stipends so that he can finish paying for the sacred vessels Blanc sent him.

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1848 Apr. 28
Fitzpatrick, John Bernard, Bp.Boston: Boston, Massachusetts
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

The bearer, Miss Esther Howland with her sister-in-law and Mrs. Fowler are about to leave Boston to establish a school in Cincinnati. The two former are Catholics. As they will need the advice and protection of some one of the clergy in a strange place, Fitzpatrick recommends them to Purcell's kind attention, feeling assured that they will find the safest guidance in his counsels.

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1848 Apr. 28
(Fransoni, Cardinal James Philip): Rome, (Italy)
 to Bishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Since nothing has been related to the Sacred Congregation for some time about the status of the inheritance of Father (Augustin) De Angelis, (Fransoni) writes about it.

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1848 Apr. 28
(McCloskey), Bishop John of: Albany, New York
 to Father Fr(anci)s (P.) McFarland: Watertown, New York

The Bishop announces that arrangements have been made for the clergy to attend a spiritual retreat commencing Tuesday evening May 23 and concluding the following Sunday. The exercises will be held in St. Mary's Cathedral, Albany. McFarland is invited to attend and to bring cassock, surplice and stole. P.S. The reason McFarland has not received an assistant will be explained when the bishop sees him.

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1848 Apr. 29
Whelan. Father David: Wheeling, Virginia
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Purcell's letter of the 11th was brought by Father O'Mealy early in Holy Week but being occupied in the services and in getting sick, Father Whelan was unable to answer the letter. Father Whelan thanks Purcell for the remittance and has commenced discharging the obligations it imposes. On Palm Sunday they had a solemn Pontifical Mass and chanted the Passion for the first time. He is again in good health. His brother, Bishop (Richard Vincent) Whelan, cannot do without an assistant at the present time and does not know when he can get one. The Archbishop of Baltimore promised to give him a Mr. James Lawrence who is now at St. Mary's Seminary and will complete his course at the end of the present school year. It may be two or three months and Father Whelan will have to remain at Wheeling during that time. Should such be the case, David will pay Purcell a visit during the next month. Mr. Moore purchased for Purcell the copies of the "Proprium" and the Act of the last Council which Father Whelan has now in his possession.

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