University of Notre Dame


(1849 Feb.)
De Blieck, (S.J.), Father J(ohn): Cincinnati, Ohio
 to (Bishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Bulletin of (Peter) Cheri Noguez at St. Xavier College for December, January, February.

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1849 Feb.
Kenrick, Bishop Francis Patrick: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): Boston, Massachusetts

Additions by author to his article on Girard College to be published in the "Review": to the list of pamphlets in the heading is to be added: Discourse delivered on the first anniversary of the Girard College for orphans by Job. R. Tyson. Tyson indulged in oratorical license when he said that the birth of Girard College was exalted munificence. This Philadelphia banker provided that those chosen for the orphan asylum he founded should be denied religion while there. Where mention of Girard's selfishness and lack of charity is made in the article, the addition may be made: that recent panegyrist of Girard has not entirely dissembled these traits of his character. Tyson says we may undervalue the seeking after posthumous renown by greedily accumulating during life in order to lavish his fortune on the public after death. The Bishop says that it would not be easy to find a character less amiable than Girard. He nursed, continues Tyson, in the stem austerity of solitude, a spirit of social aversion; he interchanged few offices of courtesy with his neighbors. Tyson justly designates him the cold-hearted and stoical Girard, and adds that it is recollected that many an indigent person was turned empty away from his door. To supply the want of the universal Christian belief in a divinely instituted ministry, Tyson said it appears that the President of the College, deriving his power from the directors, is to be the priest of this temple of reason. Where mention is made of the impossibility of excluding religious inquiries and controversies it may be said: that Tyson mentions the name of Luther with honor, and the experiences of Galileo with the Inquisition are grossly exaggerated. The only preventive of controversial strife to be adopted is to let anything thus advanced to pass without contradiction. Where mention is made of Chandler's address, it may be added: Tyson presents a fanciful picture of some vague influence which he misnames religion; Deism, or natural religion, may answer the idea Tyson presents. Tyson, in the mitigated tone of censure, styles the prohibition for ecclesiastics to enter as a restrictive and somewhat invidious prohibition, at war with those sublime ideas from which it is deduced as a corollary.

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1849 Feb. 2
(Blanc), Bishop Anthony: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

(Blanc)'s mandate to the clergy and faithful of his diocese for Lent. Father A(drien) Rouquette is the secretary.

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1849 Feb. 2
Early, (S.J.), Father John: (Worcester, Massachusetts)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

He received Brownson's letter with the draught of a charter for the College of the Holy Cross last evening. He has made some slight changes in the petition and he submits them for the approval of Brownson and Mr. Healy. He doesn't relish the idea of begging Protestants to put their name ot it. He'd like to try the other way first - if it fails, they can adopt a different course. He sends, by F. Sacchi, the prospectus of of the college and course of studies for the use of Healy. If his presence is desired by the committee, he will come on immediately. He asks Brownson to ask the Bishop to put his name among the petitioners.

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1849 Feb. 2
Marziou, V(ictor) and C(ompany): Havre, (France)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

They send notice of packages on the American ship Espindola, Captain Barstow: one box sent by Rousselon's brother from Paris; one package sent by D(ominic) Meynis of Lyons; and one box sent by P. Rusano(?) of Paris, and destined for the Bishop of Natchez.

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1849 Feb. 2
Pius IX, Pope: Rome, Italy
All the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, and Bishops of the Church.

Encyclical letter Ubi Primum in which he says that his predecessor Pope Gregory XVI had hoped to declare the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and that following the footsteps of his predecessor and fulfilling his own long desire to honor the Blessed Virgin he hopes to carry out the plans of Pope Gregory XVI. To this purpose he has appointed a committee of learned and pious men to examine the question so that he can carry out this plan. He urges the Bishops to join their prayers to his that he may be enlightened in this matter and to write to him the activities they are carrying out. Since the office of the Immaculate Conception, recently printed, had been allowed in Rome he permits the bishops throughout the world to adopt it also for their own diocese. He expects them to hasten to give him an answer on this matter. (Apparently copy received by Archbishop John Baptist Purcell of Cincinnati.)

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 (Photostat from Mt. St. Joseph's Cincinnati) 

1849 Feb. 2
Pius IX, Pope: Gaeta, (Italy)
All the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, and Bishops of the Catholic World

The encyclical Ubi Primum stating that Pius' predecessor Pope Gregory XVI had hoped to declare the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and he hopes to carry out this plan. He has appointed a committee to examine the question. He asks for prayers that he may be enlightened. He permits them to adopt the office of the Immaculate Conception for their own dioceses. He asks them to write to him on this matter. (Copy received by Bishop Anthony Blanc).

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1849 Feb. 3
Fritsch, O.F.M., Father Francis: Munich, Bavaria
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

In the enclosed letters which he asks Purcell to direct to Father Louis Huber O.F.M. he has admonished and commanded that Huber go either to the Munich Franciscans or to another diocese, the faculty he had received for living in America having run out. He hopes that God will enlighten Huber's heart so that the controversy will soon be finished. He likewise asks that Purcell have pity on Huber while insisting on what must be done.

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1849 Feb. 5
Giustiniani, (C.M.), Father J(oseph): Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father (Roman) Pascual, (C.M.)'s replacement arrived three days ago. He is Father (Anthony) Verrina, (C.M.). He speaks English well enough and loves the missions. Giustiniani had asked Father Maller to ask (Blanc) to send his faculties. Verrina did not go through New Orleans for fear of sickness so Giustiniani asks (Blanc) to send them as soon as possible. Now that the church is open, all is calm here. Father (Anthony) Chanrion preaches twice a week; he is beginning to be very good. Since his return from New Orleans, Giustiniani has not seen Father (Hector) Figari, (C.M.); they say that he was recently at New Orleans. P.S. He asks (Blanc) to give a note to Father John Chandy, (C.M.)

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1849 Feb. 5
Lucas, Father P(eter): West B(aton) Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Lucas asks for a dispensation for Désiré Richard whose mother is the sister of Prospere Pierre Blanchard, father of Nathalie Blanchard, his future wife. There are several cases of cholera and last Monday Mr. Rosémond Hébert died.

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1849 Feb. 6
McMaster, James: (New York, N. Y.)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

McMaster wrote a letter but did not send it because he believed that the telegrams from Doctor (Jeremiah W.) Cummings explained the situation. He believed it better to let Dr. Cummings have the entire management of the lecture. He has had several requests for copies of The Review for 1847 and 1848 asks Brownson to bring these with him when he comes.

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1849 Feb. 7
Ménard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: Lafourche, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Ménard asks for a dispensation for Andrée Urbain Guillot and Séraphine Bourg.

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1849 Feb. 9
Cuillé, Father: Montgaillard, (France)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Having heard from a family in New Orleans that (Blanc) needs priests, Cuillé offers himself. Before he was ordained he taught at the little seminary where he lived. If accepted, he would like a place near his brothers. One of them who will bring this letter could let (Blanc) know where they live.

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1849 Feb. 9
(Purcell), Bishop J(ohn) B(aptist): Cin(cinnati, Ohio)
 to (Bishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

That man's name was Fagin or Fagan. He was a great transgressor, (Purcell) hears, and yet had strong faith. He did not take trouble in looking after his affairs. (Purcell) thinks they are irretrievably lost. (Purcell) learns that Bishop (Martin John) Spalding was disappointed in getting a St. Louis and was probably prevented from going to the consecration of the bishop of Chicago. (Purcell) too regards St. Louis as a mighty cold place. (Purcell) is glad Mr. Schwab has given satisfaction. He was too modest to bring the newspapers praising the organ. Poor Father Du Coudray! How brief was his career. (Purcell) had a visit from a priest from Trinidad who has "boxed the compass" in less than three years of priesthood and from another who left Charleston, New York, Chicago and more dioceses since elevation to the priesthood. Mrs. Elder of Baltimore is going to New Orleans and will convey this letter. What will (Blanc) think if he meets Pio Nono in Baltimore next May? Is it not a notion?

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1849 Feb. 9
(Timon), Bishop John: Buffalo, (New York)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

An afflicted mother, a relative of Father Wheelan of Buffalo asks to have Blanc make some enquiries about her son. He encloses her note (no enclosure).

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1849 Feb. 10
Chambost, Father Charles: Jackson, Louisiana
 to Father Et(ienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana

He arrived 8 days after his departure as he spent several days with Father (Auguste) Martin waiting for a boat. He is very happy in these valleys and with this noble Irish family who regards a priest as an angel. He says Mass every day at which all members assist. The food is better than that at the Bishop's house. Martin has offered him the French Masses. He has not yet had occasion for other services as Father (John M.) Delcros, (C.M.) was there before Chambost arrived. Delcros suggested that the Catholics build a chapel and he collected some subscriptions. Chambost wrote him that he hopes they can arrange affairs and visit the people a second time. Last Sunday he had only one stranger at Mass although he had notified all Catholics. Mr. Laidy(?) spoke to him about finding a place for him at Baton Rouge; if Rousselon can find one; he is a good man. He is to tell the Bishop that he will wait a few days to write to be better able to give a just idea of affairs about building a chapel. (P.S.) His address is in care of Mr. Cranan.

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(18)49 Feb. 10
(Mudd, S.C.), Sister M(ary) Austin: (Donaldsonville, Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

On Friday Mr. Mullon called to see Sister Marie, (S.C.). She withstood his powerful arguments for some time and then said, "Here I am, take me and make me miserable for life." He extracted a promise from her to leave on the 25th. After he left she said, "If I go I will throw myself away." Austin had sent for Father (John) Boullier, (C.M.) who asked her if she recognized in the voice of the Director, the voice of God. He told her to write to her Superior and Bishop and abide by their advice. Their retreat opened this evening. Austin hopes the grace of God will restore Marie. She asks Blanc to come.

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1849 Feb. 10
Flanagan, John: Lisnamore, Ireland
 to Bishop Anthony Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Flanagan writes in favor of a widow whose only son has been living in Albany(?). He was in New Orleans when he last wrote his mother in December, 1846. He was in bad health at the time. Flanagan hopes Blanc will make exertion to find him. He had 100 pounds when he landed in New York. Flanagan received a letter from Mr. Prentis of Albany(?); he worked for Prentis for 2 or 3 years. Prentis says he was a man of very prudent habits but left in October 1846 and had $450. When he wrote in December to his mother he said he was with a stone cutter and requested her to write in care of William Flemens, New Orleans. His name is James Curran, about 40, a good Catholic.

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1849 Feb. 10
Hespin(?), J.B.: Mobile, Alabama

The managers of the Mobile Cathedral Building Society resolved to accept the release made by Claude Beronjean to Bishop (Michael) Portier and assent to the same. Portier certifies that this is a true copy of the resolution.

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(18)49 Feb. 11
Marie, (S.C.), Sister: Donaldsonville, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Sister Marie had a visit from her uncle last Friday who says it is her duty to come to take care of those children and himself. He says she owes it to him for what he has done for her. She acknowledges that he has done everything for her but what he requires is too much. She writes to ask Blanc's advice. Her confessor is opposed to her complying. Their retreat commences this evening. She goes in with a heavy heart but hopes to come out with a light one by trying to be more faithful.

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(18)49 Feb. 12
Bertin, Father (R?) L.: Rennes, (France)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Events happen so rapidly in Europe and especially in France that one does not know what to do. He thought he would find funds and men for the (Ouachita) Wachita mission but he found neither. Never were purses so tightly closed. Any other time Bishop (John Joseph) Chanche would have easily had 25 to 30,000 francs for the mission; they got only 5000. All will not amount to over 10,000. It seems the Propagation of the Faith does not want to come to his aid. They have lost their Father Superior, Father Louis who had promised some subjects for the school at Natchez. Last Tuesday Chanche assisted at the funeral of Bishop D'hercé of Nantes. All these sad events and the terrible position of the Bishop of Natchez have delayed Bertin's reply to Blanc's letter of November 14. In his last letter Bertin mentioned that in June Chanche took the Italian road and Bertin went to Brittany. As soon as Chanche returned to Paris in October he wrote Bertin to join him. Bertin renewed his requests to the Propagation and got no more favorable reply. For more than 4 months they have been together, one place or another. They have been in Brittany almost two months. The Bishop ordained at Nantes and at Quimper. He will leave for Paris on Friday. If it were possible, Bertin would go in response to the confidence Blanc has in him. But the affairs of their Society demand his presence, the sad state of his old father, and other things, do not permit him to leave Brittany so soon. He cannot foresee that he will be in New Orleans before October. If he can find one or two young priests who wish to come with him, would they be welcome? P.S. He sends regards to Fathers Rousselon, Duquesnay, and others. Chanche's health is good, he sends regards.

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1849 Feb. 12
Kenrick, Francis Patrick, Bishop of: Phil(adelphia, Pennsylvania)
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: N(ew) York, (New York)

Bishop Kenrick states that his only correspondence with Thomas (Darcy) McGee referred to an alleged attack on his paper by a clergyman of his diocese. Kenrick wrote that he knew nothing of that affair, and regretted it since he disapproved of any allusion to politics from the altar. He added that he believed McGee's reference to the Irish clergy was unjust; although he only knew of the spirit of the "Nation" from McMaster's columns, since he never saw but one or two members of the nation. He regretted the controversy between McMaster and the editor of the (Philadelphia Catholic) Herald. A copy of a private letter of remonstrance addressed to Kenrick by a worthy gentleman, which was published in McMaster's columns, wounded the feelings of Henry Major. Kenrick states that the person in N(ew) York who attacked McMaster's principles in the Herald was equally unjust. He is afraid the McMaster will reopen the wound that is barely closed by inserting the remarks which the latter has prepared. Kenrick believes charity and peace should be maintained between Catholic editors for the common interest of their holy religion. Major is still editor of the Herald, although he has asked for aid in the editorial department. He makes most of the selections, but writes chiefly in reference to business. Because Major's feelings have been deeply wounded he has made no advances. Kenrick believes a kind word from McMaster might sooth Major's feelings. He states that these remarks have been made with all candor.

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1849 Feb. 12
Raho, C.M., Father B(laise): Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father (John) Boullier, (C.M.) writes that (Blanc) wishes Raho to come to N(ew) O(rleans) for the retreat of the Sisters of Charity and that Father M. Anthony would supply his place during his absence. It affords him great pleasure to obey.

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1849 Feb. 12
Rappe, (Louis) A(madeus), Bp. Cleveland: Sandusky City, Ohio
Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

All right about Wappakonetta, Rappe did not know that the English formed a new county embracing Wappakonetta and Freiburg. As Father (Christopher) Grandler is considered yet in Purcell's jurisdiction, will Purcell investigate the matter and put order ot it, if it is required. Rappe does not suffer much about the Canton affair, but he does not know how to fix it. It is only natural that the matter should be settled by Purcell as the contract was made with him. Father J.P. Machebeuf begs Purcell's blessing.

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1849 Feb. 12
Wade, Charles Augustine C.: Buffalo, New York
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts

A Jesuit has suggested to him that an English translation of "Systema Theologicum" of Leibnitz may be désirable. Bishop Timon has recommended Brownson to him for information. He asks if a translation exists, at least in circulation in this country, and whether or not it would meet with encouragement since he must have a fair prospect of moderate renumeration. Since he could devote but a limited time to it, he could complete it in four months. P. S. He has given to Pierce, his friend, the name of Rev. Father Fritsck, S. J. as a subscriber for the "Catholic Observer" with which he understands Brownson to be connected.

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1849 Feb. 12
(Rappe, Louis) A(madeus), Bp. Cleveland: Sandusky, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

The Catholics of Tiffin desire to sell their farm but the title is still in Purcell's hands. Rappe asks Purcell to authorize Father (Maurice) Howard or Father (Joseph P.) Machebeuf to sell the farm.

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1849 Feb. 13
(Eccleston), Samuel, Archbishop of Baltimore: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

(Eccleston) encloses the questions which he proposes for the coming Provincial Council of 1849 which is to be opened the fourth Sunday after Easter. Although he has not heard from all the bishops of the province he believes that it is the common wish that the questions be sent. He has not included all the questions submitted by the bishops but he believes that the other questions are included in the list he sends. (Eccleston) adds (in his own handwriting) that he interprets the wishes of all the bishops that Purcell preach the sermon in commemoration of the bishops deceased since the last council. The Cardinal Prefect has informed (Eccleston) that the appointment of Father (James Frederick) Wood as Purcell's coadjutor has been referred to the consideration of the prelates in the council.

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1849 Feb. 13
Wheeler, Father W(illiam): St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanch(!): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

A few days ago Blanc's letter came to hand relating to a Mrs. Hogan. Knowing her brother, John Murphy, he had no difficulty in finding her husband. He seems a very respectable man. He says he wrote many letters but got no answer. He would have been in New Orleans long since were it not for the cholera. Should his wife come to him he will be very glad to receive her. He asks Blanc to publish the death of Mrs. Gough, St. Louis. Her husband is in New Orleans. She left two little girls and the father should come to look after his children.

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1849 Feb. 13
Woulfe, (R.U.), Mother Mary Joseph: Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Mrs. Duplessis, a lady in New Orleans, placed a child here six months ago and desired that letters from the child or (the Sisters) be enclosed to Blanc. The child, Elizabeth Snelling, has written her grandmother, whose address they know, but has had no answer. They commit to Blanc's care the enclosed letter for Mrs. Duplessis, her guardian. Elizabeth is in excellent health and improving rapidly. They are in doubt whether the child has been baptized or not; she is old enough to be prepared for First Communion. They thank God for the good news of the decrease of cholera in Blanc's diocese.

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1849 Feb. 14
Murphy, John per M.J. Kelly: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Father F(rancis) P. McFarland: Watertown, N(ew) Y(ork)

He acknowledges McFarland's letters of February 8 and January 12 with regard to the U.S.C. Magazine. He paid Father C(harles) I. White who is proprietor as well as editor the amount for the old Magazine. He will see Father White tomorrow.

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1849 Feb. 15
Barthe, Father E(dward): Houma, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisi)ana

He hastens to reply to Blanc's letter of the 5th which he received on the 14th with Blanc's mandate for Lent, 1849. He was very glad to receive the stipends for 10 Masses. Money is so scarce here. For three weeks he made sick calls in the different bayous. All wished to pay their amount of the subscription to pay the debts of the church. He hopes to have it ready for use by the feast of St. John. (P.S.) He will have the $10 brought.

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1849 Feb. 15
Chandron, Father: Santiago, Cuba
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He wrote some months ago to ask to join (Blanc)'s diocese or to ask whether (Blanc) thought he would be accepted by Galveston. Since then, Chandrion accompanied a friend to Santiago where he learned from the papers that cholera raged in (Blanc)'s city. God inspired him to offer his services to these unfortunates. He waits impatiently for a reply which is to be sent to the French consul here.

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1849 Feb. 17
Barthe, Father E(dward): Houma, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Messrs. Frost and Springer wish to have a draft for $200 still due on their work on the church. Blanc is to let Barthe know if he would agree to a bond of $200 payable July 1.

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1849 Feb. 17
Casset, F(ran)cois: Fort Royal, Martinique
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He is from St. Malo in France; he left a year ago. He is tormented with regret for leaving the seminary. He would be happy to find the means to make his theology. If, with his certificates attesting his conduct, he could interest (Blanc) and merit being called to his diocese, he would do his best to be worthy. (P.S.) He is at the home of Dr. Aubry.

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1849 Feb. 19
Buss, Widow: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Being ready to sell her property on Gentilly road, she makes (Blanc) an offer of 40 feet on Gentilly road and the same on Columbus Street with a depth of 170 feet and more. But on condition that (Blanc) build a church at once and that it bear the name of St. Magdeleine. If agreeable she will give it at once.

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1849 Feb. 20
(Blin, R.U.), Sister de St. Arsène: (Galveston, Texas)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

On this Shrove Tuesday she sends a little word to ask him to remember them. She knows he is put out with this little Parisienne; his silence proves it. Poor little house of Galveston, it is losing all its friends at New Orleans. But she will do everything to regain him. He knows of the profession of their two French novices. Today she opened the little box of crowns and blessed Rousselon again. She has five boarders. Her daughters are exemplary. The temporal goes slowly. When they go better, she will send $20 so he can visit them. They are eight professed including two lay Sisters and three white veils. She asks him to procure three old Holy Week (books) so that they can say the Office at that time. Their Bishop (John Mary) Odin is the best of fathers to them. He will soon be leaving for the Council. Why does Adonais not write? Mother Ste. Claire, (R.U.) wrote once, to announce her election. She has an idea that St. Michael's is run very skilfully. Rousselon is to tell St. Arsène whether Bishop Blanc is for them or against them.

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1849 Feb. 20
Devens, Charlotte E.: (?)
 to (O(restes) A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts)

She writes requesting that she be permitted to have a private audience with Brownson. She feels very much in need of his advice and sympathy. Since she regards him as almost a spiritual director, she hopes he will pardon her forwardness. Should this meet with his approbation, she would like him to drop her a line telling her when she can see him.

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(1849) Feb. 20
Juncker, Father H(enry) D.: Dayton, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Juncker writes in fear and trembling and in shame for the abominations that he has had to bear in the past few days. Father (Frederick) Broenner, the cure of St. Henry's had his sister with him a short time before the last retreat and arranged for the sister to marry a simple person of Dayton. The man now accuses Broenner and the sister of serious crimes. He thought of killing both but on reflection he decided to spare the church the scandal and has come to Dayton to live with his parents. Juncker asks Purcell to hasten there and put an end to these scandals. Mr. Stuart sends a check to be sent to Mr. O'Hara who desires money in England. Stuart receives a like check every six months and will send it freely to Mr. O'Hara if he can. Purcell has no doubt taken care of the business and sent back to Ireland the money of the good boy Patrick Doonan.

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(18)49 Feb. 20
Martin, Father Aug(uste): Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Yesterday Martin received Rousselon's letter which accompanied the box of books. He will pay next week. He expects to arrive next Monday and leave Wednesday, taking with him the child spoken of. The mother is to be notified to have him ready.

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1849 Feb. 20
Lynch, C.M., Father J(ohn) J.: (Cape Girardeau, Missouri)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

His work and health have delayed his payment of his debt. He thanks Rousselon for sending the different articles and for his and the Bishop's kindness while with them. He also takes the occasion to express his felicitations on the good dispositions of their seminarians. Young Deroche does all in his power to respond to the Bishop's kindnesses; Lynch is satisfied with his progress. He can say almost the same for young Flatte. But his poor Texas, he thinks often of it and its holy Bishop Odin.

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

1849 Feb. 20
Paret, Father J(oseph) M(ichael): St. Charles, (German Coast, Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Paret sends by Charles Matton the statutes and tariff of the trustees of St. Charles Parish. Later he will send or bring the list of those they call parishioners. At the moment this list contains less than 100 families. So if the Red Church cost 1500 piastres, each family would have to pay 15. So Rousselon can understand the justice of these men. Those who cannot give the 15 piastres will be regarded by the trustees as profane. What humanity! P.S. Rousselon is to ask the pastor at Carrollton for Paret's hat and two scarves he left at his house. (Folded with this letter is a copy of the statutes of St. Charles congregation as drawn up on August 4, 1831 and signed by J(oh)n B(aptis)t Labranche, H(?) Labranche, Charles Perret, (Mr.) Dieudonné, Mr. Aime, and Edmond Fortier, president.

V-5-k - A.L.S. - (French) - 10pp. - 4to. - {10}

1849 Feb. 22
Mégret, Father A(nthony) D(ésiré): Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Of the 5 stricken with cholera in his parish, he was able to administer to only one. Yesterday he announced a procession for nine days with a statue of Our Lady of Grace and put his parish under her special protection. They went through the village saying the litany and singing.

V-5-k - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {1}

1849 Feb. 24
Keely, P(atrick C.): Brooklyn, (New York)
 to Bishop (John) McCloskey: Albany, N(ew) Y(ork)

Keely feels he should give McCloskey general satisfaction in all the charges against him. If McCloskey does not feel satisfied, he can employ someone else in whom he has full confidence. If Keely is deficient in honesty, knowledge or architecture, or knowledge of prices, it would be better if McCloskey got rid of him. Keely explains the actions in which he was involved. He gives a list of men who will testify to his character. If he has beén late in doing certain things, it is because he has too many things to attend to. (Spelling and grammer bad.)

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

 (Photostat from Archdiocesan Archives of New York) 

1849 Feb. 24
McGilley, James: McLeansboro, Illinois
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

McGilley has subscribed to the Freeman's Journal for some time but regrets that he must discontinue the paper immediately because of the Pastoral Instruction issued by Bishop (Peter Joseph Baltes) of Alton.

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

1849 Feb. 25
Reynolds, I(gnatius) A., Bishop of Charleston: Augusta, Georgia
 to J(ames) Alph(onsus) McMaster: New York, (New York)

Reynolds states that neither this letter nor any portion of it is for the public. He acknowledges the receipt of McMaster's letter of (February) 18, (1849). He states that he first read the criticisms of McMaster's article relative to the Pope's visiting the United States which were written by Dr. Baker, editor of the "Miscellany", in the "Miscellany". Dr. Baker does not reside with Reynolds. Reynolds thinks that McMaster should not have written the article on the Pope's visit because his thoughts as expressed are unguarded, and tend to censure the people of the United States. Reynolds believed that Baker was to severe editors are so critical they can bear criticism. He enjoys reading McMaster's paper, and he feels it is, as it has been for several years, the best Catholic paper. He wishes the "Miscellany" were half as good. He tells McMaster that if the latter takes things easy his paper will hold its present high rank. Reynolds excuses himself for writing this letter and states his reasons.

P.S.--He sends regards to Bishop (John) Hughes, and he expresses wish that the latter had been in Augusta, Georgia to help him, Reynolds, break up the schismatic trustees and Catholics of this church. He approves of what has appeared in the Journal about the "Nation."

I-1-m - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {2}

1849 Feb. 25
Chalon, Father G(abriel): Mobile, (Alabama)
 to (Father Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received (Rousselon)'s letter yesterday with its contents. (Rousselon) should have received a letter containing a letter of exchange for $220 on Nourse and Harris. (Rousselon) can send the surplus by mail or some opportunity.

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

(18)49 Feb. 25
Dalloz, Father Ch(arles): Avoyelles, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Dalloz thanks (Blanc) for the reprimand he sent the trustees. Protestants and Catholics cried out in horror on learning that the fabrique had left Dalloz in need for 4 years. On the 15th he received $80, far from a thousand. He consulted Mr. Baillio, ex-judge. He had the president come and promise to hold a meeting on the 24th and they paid about $120. He sent 100 to Louis on his account of 235 which leaves 130 to be paid April 1. $705 is still due him; they have promised to pay half of the house rent soon. He would have abandoned everything in order to acquire the church, the cemetery, and the adjacent land but they did not want to sell. He attaches a note for $20 which he owes (Blanc) for expenses during his last trip to the city (which he itemizes). As he expects to leave here without knowing where he will be, he has asked his brother to address his next letter to the Bishop's house. Eugenie (Générès?) has asked Dalloz to reprimand her for her indiscretion.

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

1849 Feb. 27
Rappe, (Louis) A(madeus), Bp. Cleveland: Cleveland, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He acknowledges Purcell's letter of the 24th. The preliminary of the petition to the Legislature requires more time than Rappe can give to it now. Rappe will concur to the measure in the next session. He was thinking of collecting signatures in each parish, but it is too late to start. Rappe was on the point of starting for Cincinnati but Father (Louis) DeGoesbriand postponed the first communion of the children and Rappe promised to begin a retreat at Akron. He has been much disappointed by the Association of the Propagation.

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

1849 Feb. 27
V(ictor) and Company Havre, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

They send notice of a box containing books sent by L. Migne of Paris for Father (Auguste) Martin, pastor of Baton Rouge. It is on the boat Rockingham, Captain Fenhallow.

V-5-k - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 4to. - {4}

1849 Feb. 28
(Byrne), Bishop Andrew: Little Rock, (Arkansas)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Byrne) reached home this morning. He felt quite indisposed all the way up the Mississippi but hopes to recover. He would be glad if the clergyman who remains unoccupied would come before Easter that (Byrne) might place him in the college before he leaves for the Council. He leaves in a few days for Fort Smith to be enabled to return for Holy Week.

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

1849 Feb. 28
Vignes, H(enriet)te, née Nugent: Pointe Coupée, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Since her return from the city she has thought of writing but found nothing interesting. She has not left Mrs. Vignes' house and she hopes to receive Blanc after Lent. Henri is taking other nourishment for 2 weeks. She saw Father (F.) Rogalle Sunday and last night he had dinner with them, in perfect health. She has learned that Father (Victor) Jamey is at the bishop's house now; she sends greetings. Raymond sends respects as do the children. Joseph is not in school yet. They have established these public schools in the parish but for some reason theirs has not opened. They have great fear of the cholera; the water all along the Mississippi is terrible to see. If Blanc sees Mrs. Beauvais he is to remember Vignes to her.

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