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1850 Feb. 17
(Gillet), C.SS.R., Father Louis: Versailles, Ohio
Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Gillet is pleased to announce that the people of Holy Family Mission have justified the good opinion he received of them during the mission. They are poor but make up in good will. When he returned they had cut down 200 logs. On Thursday they will erect a house and another building twenty feet from the church with a belfry of twenty-one feet. He has purchased a little bell at Dayton. Things regulate themselves. He has announced two instructions a week during lent, preceded by catechism which will be held each day, as soon as the house is habitable. Father (Louis) Navarron has limited himself to Darke County, and Gillet has left everything to him. Father (Joseph) O'Mealy has invited him to come to Dayton for five or six days during lent to take care of his french families. Gillet wishes Purcell's permission before he accepts. The contract for the land for the presbytery has been made in due form without any condition. He has paid for the Telegraph but has not received it yet.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - (French) - {6}


1850 (May)
(Gillet), C.SS.R., Father Louis: (Versailles, Ohio)
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He was pained by Purcell's answer of May 24 and would have set out at once for Cincinnati had not his duties and the fever detained him. His confidence in Purcell's impartiality prompts him to some words of explanation. Purcell will recall the condition in which he found the mission before he came. Father (Louis) Navarron could not take care of such a vast mission. Gillet determined to devote himself to the work. The church was decorated and a house built and from that time all the services of the church have been carried out. Since Navarron limited himself to Mass in his own room and sermons on Sunday many came to Gillet but he refused to receive them into his parish. The first cause of the trouble arose the day after Gillet returned from Cincinnati when Navarron announced that since his church was so near he intended to build another. Navarron was opposed by all with the exception of the contractor, one trustee Debross, and the man who gave the lot. Three times groups of 10 came to him asking that he settle the matter and saying that they would not pay the tax imposed by Father Navarron. Gillet spoke to them only before witnesses. At paschal time Navarron refused the sacraments to those who did not sign. Some came to Gillet to receive the Sacraments. The trouble is not in Gillet's parish and he has never said anything against Father Navarron or his enterprise. Purcell could open the church of St. Walbert and all would be over. But if he, Gillet, tried to impose the same tax as Navarron he would meet with the same opposition. A contractor told him that the church would cost $600 and his Sunday collection is about 200. For the rest he will do what the bishop asks. However he asks that the Bishop write a letter in answer since his only consolation, isolated as he is, is in the knowledge of work properly done. P.S. If Purcell wants him to come to Cincinnati for instructions, Gillet asks that he write him to that effect.

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


1850(?) May(?)
Thorpe, Elizabeth: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Thorpe asks (Blanc) to aid her in procuring a school or a situation as private governess. She would like to be near a church as she has been deprived of this privilege for many years. She has just returned from Cincinnati where she went last summer to restore her health and with the hope also of recovering part or the whole of her husband's estate which strangers have taken possession of. She would give half of the estate to those whose talents would recover the whole. It may now be worth $100,000. Her health became worse. During her stay in Cincinnati she saw Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell who told her to make use of his name for her interest. Her necessities are urgent. She asks (Blanc)'s influence in securing employment. Perhaps some convent would want a teacher. She can be found at her friend's Mrs. Cap(tain) Place.

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


(18)50 May 1
(Blanc), Bishop Ant(hony): On board the Hecla
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

(Blanc) left Avoyelles two hours ago. Tomorrow at 2 in the morning he will land at Pointe Coupée with Father (M. Francis) Mazzuchelli who will come down with him by the first boat after next Sunday. He may stop at Donaldson for Ascension Day. (P.S.) This letter will probably be brought to Rousselon by Mr. Louis, half brother of (Father Charles?) Dalloz, who is on board. Rousselon is to get from O'Donnell's, the Irish bookseller, 2 dozen English Catechisms and give them to Louis for Father (Hyacinthe) Tumoine; also, if they have been received from Baltimore, 2 copies of the abridgment of the catechism from Gaume.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - folio - {6}


1850 May 1
Female Orphan Asylum: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipt for $15 for milk served from April 1. Sister M. Irene, (S.C.) signs.

V-5-m - A. Receipt S. - 2pp. - 32mo. - {2}


1850 May 1
Giustiniani, C.M., Father J(oseph): Donal(d)sonville, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Their First Communion is to be on Ascension Day. He asks Rousselon to send him 50 holy cards and charge them to their account.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {1}


1850 May 1
Lambert, Rich(ar)d: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipt for $20 for the services of Lambert's son as organist for one month.

V-5-m - A. Receipt S. - (French) - 1p. - 32mo. -


1850 May 2
McLaughlin, Father Peter: Southport, Wisconsin
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

McLaughlin asks forgiveness for all the trouble he has given Purcell. The church of which he is now pastor is deplorably in debt. It is mortgaged to the Bank of Missouri. To redeem it the honor of Bishops (John) Henni and (James) Vandevelde is staked. Vandevelde is paying a ruinious interest. The sum is about $3000. The church is not near finished and the people are sorely crippled. The Bishops cannot suffer a sacred house to be auctioned. McLaughlin offered his services as a street beggar to relieve them. He shall leave on a mission doubly accredited. But what of this if Purcell will bid him away? McLaughlin is no part to the debts.

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


1850 May 2
Marziou,:
V(ictor) and Company Havre, (France)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

The inclose a bill of lading for a package of Annals of the Propagation of the Faith on board the Pyramid, Captain Lamb. (The bill of lading lists) James Henderson as Captain; (he signs).

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


1850 May 2
Mina, Father Ve. M(odest)e: St. John Baptist, (Louisiana)
 to Father S(tephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Zéphrin Millet, son of the late Jean Baptiste Millet, whishes to marry Héloise Millet, daughter of Vicotrin Millet, uncle of Jean Baptiste, and asks for a dispensation. Mina's trip was helpful as he suffers less than before. He arrived on the Lowndes the same night and the next day made 3 sick calls. P.S. Rousselon is not to forget the 4 dozen scapulars. The feast of the dedication of the churches of this diocese is transferred from the 3rd to the 5th Sunday for next year.

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


1850 May 3
Howard, Father (Maurice): Springfield, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Howard told Father (James) Kearny what Purcell and Howard had agreed upon; namely that he should have $300 a year for his services. Kearny is going down himself today and Purcell will know if he is going to remain here. Howard would be glad if Kearny would remain; he would make his labor as light as possible. Father (Thomas) Blake is under the impression that Howard said his place was neglected. Howard wishes Purcell to assure Blake that he is laboring under a false impression.

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


1850 May 4
(Odin), J(ohn) M(ary), Bishop of Galveston: San Antonio, Texas
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): Cincinnati, Ohio

(Odin) arrived at San Antonio the day before and informed the priests of the price of the organ. They are willing to give the $600, but that sum must include other expenses as they are in no position to pay for extras. The instrument is destined for the church in San Antonio, a town 140 miles from Indian Point. The man who is to accompany the organ should be told to take a ship from New Orleans is $20 for cabin and $10 for deck passage. (Odin) enumerates the other charges and incidents of the proposed journey so that the organ man will know ahead and cannot later bring charges for extras. (Odin) will allow Purcell to offer as high as $650 to cover these expenses. Purcell is to give the man a note to Father (Mark) Anthony, C.M. who will pay the bill. Major O'Brien, one of Purcell's devoted pupils, died Easter Sunday after a short illness. A German priest (Father J.A. Jacobs) happened to be at Indian Point (Texas) at the time and gave him the last sacraments. The priest himself died the following Monday. Major O'Brien's wife is in New Orleans, and grieves very much. (Odin) suggests that Purcell write and console her. She is left with little resources. They have three sons. The oldest is about ready for college but the widow will not have money to allow it.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {5}


1850 May 4
Pélissier, Father: Montreal, (Canada)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Does Rousselon remember the Sulpician who dined with him at Lyons, at Miss Jaricot's home in 1847? He is now in Montreal, replacing Father Fay, whose death occurred last January. Pélissier recommends Francois Bertrand Tironflet, bearer of this letter who was recommended to him by a chaplain of Laval more than a year ago. The Bishop of Montreal employed him at the College of Hambly(?) as a teacher but this college is now run by the Brothers of St. Viator. Tironflet finds himself without employment and hopes to find a means of living at New Orleans.

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


1850 May 4
Young, Father Josue M.: Lancaster Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Dr. Bigelow, the bearer of this, will be in Cincinnati for three or four days. His wife and children are Catholic but he is not baptized. He is on the point of becoming a Catholic but is just now expressing a hesitancy. Young considers him sufficiently instructed for baptism. Young cannot praise him too highly. If Purcell could overcome his scruples and induce him to receive Baptism, he would readily make the rest of his preparation under Young's guidance. But all events Bigelow deserves the hospitality of Purcell's house. Young cannot find any tidings of the father of Angeline Reese. There is no Catholic of that name in Lancaster. Young Would shrink from determining Miss O'Connor's vocation but she is fortified by the Counsels of Fathers (Henry D.) Juncker and Francis) Vespre. Young has written in aid of her application to Father (Claude) Gacon. Young asks for a supply of oils to be given to Dr. Bigelow.

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


1850 May 5
Clark, S.J., Father James: Worcester, Mas(sachusetts)
 to Father F(rancis) P. McFarland: Watertown, N(ew) Y(ork)

He answers McFarland's of April 8. Bishop (John) McCloskey and Father (John J.) Conroy were there last month. Clark was pleased to see Conroy who has not changed except that he was more fleshy than at the Mount. He is coming back to Holy Cross College in the summer. Clark hears of the Mountain through the students. Mr. Kenna left them, he thinks, for ordination. They lost Father (Philip B.) Sacchi. He says McFarland has a wrong impression of the Jesuits when he regrets that they did not devote themselves to the edcuation of the poor instead of the rich. He list their work especially in the cities, especially where the services are gratuitous. He is pleased that John McFarland is well. If the Catholics were faithful he thinks the country would soon be a Catholic country. He speaks of those he knows who have not been faithful in regions where the people are new Protestant.

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


1850 May 6
Mina, Father Ve. M(odest)e: St. John Baptist, (Louisiana)
 to Father S(tephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

In asking for the dispensation for Zéphyrin Millet, Mina made an error. The father of the man is the brother of the girl, so the dispensation for 2nd degree relationship

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


1850 May 6
(Prince), Coadjutor Bishop J(ohn) C(harles): Montreal, Canada
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Prince) introduces Ch(arles?) Michel Borne who leaves for New Orleans. He needs mentor. His father will be very grateful.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 16mo. - {2}


1850 May 6
St. Mary's Literary Society: Montreal, (Canada)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts)

They thank him for the valuable work he has sent them as a gift. They will peruse it thoroughly. They have not forgotten the honor he did them by appearing at the celebration in memory of the founders of this holy institution, and hope that he will soon return to the city in which he has become so dear to so many Catholics.

I-3-j - A.L.S. - 2ppp. - 16to. - {1}


1850 May 8
(Purcell), Bishop J(ohn) B(aptist): Cin(cinnati, Ohio)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana

This family came from Puebla, Mexico and has been a burden ever since. They now desire to return home; (Purcell) has paid money in addition to more from others. (Purcell) begs a recommendation to the authorities and kind friends to provide their passage to Vera Cruz. (P.S.) Their name is Perez.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {2}


1850 May 8
Llebaria, Father John Francis: Panama
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He thinks he made a considerable mistake in the letter he wrote (Blanc) in omitting where he is, Panama, but it was forgetfulness. He also spoke in the letter of the consideration (Blanc) had for him and this contributed to his success(?) after the death of his namesake; Bishop Jean Francois Manfredo, of Panama. He was asked to give the funeral oration. The result of this was that he was proposed to the Congress for a dignity to which God never destined him, especially for this country. He is going to confide to (Blanc) that in these regions of the south, the priests, except 2 or 3 that Llebaria knows have wives and children. The Coast of Lima is the worst. The sight of these evils makes Llebaria abandon this country. He plans to leave in a week.

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


1850 May 8
Dartigues, A.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipt for $9.29. for hay, corn, etc.

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


1850 May 8
Ratisseau(?): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipt for 100 piastres for the balance of the contract for work on St. Patrick's Church.

V-5-m - Receipt - (French) - 1p. - 16mo. - {2}


1850 May 8
Reynolds, I(gnatius) A., Bp. Charleston: Charleston, So. Carolina
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Father (John) O'Dwyer being now an inmate of Mount Hope, the Catholic Lunatic Asylum and Father (Charles P.) Montgomery being incapacitated by sickness, Reynolds made out another list for Savannah. 1st. Father James F. Wood, 2nd Father Edward Purcell, 3rd Father F.X. Gartland. Reynolds would place Purcell's brother first and has so written to Rome but he has been assured that Edward Purcell would refuse. Religion in Georgia is suffering for want of a Bishop. Reynolds asks Purcell to write to the Archbishop immediately.

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


1850 May 8
Schevells, Mrs.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Four months ago she and her husband left Vera Cruz for New Orleans. They had been in Mexico and Vera Cruz two years and had been sick continuously. They hoped the climate of the United States would be more favorable. But since their arrival their misfortunes have doubled and they are now without resources and without friends. They would have been dead were it not for a doctor who took care of them without charge. But they do not have the means to buy the necessary medicine for her husband. She works so little that it is only enough for food. If (Blanc) does not help them, her husband will not regain his health.

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


1850 May 9
(Portier), Bishop Michael: Mobile, (Alabama)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

(Portier) presents Father Flavianus, a Maronite priest who has come to this country to collect money to rebuild the churches and schools destroyed by the Druses in 1844. He has edified them by his piety.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - 1p. - 16mo. - {2}


1850 May 10
Blanc, Ant(hony) Bp. of New Orleans: New Orleans, Louisiana
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Blanc regrets to hear that Noguy has been sick; he hopes that Noguy has received the order for the printing of the French catechism. Blanc did not receive the word of the last list of candidates for Savannah. He found a letter from the Archbishop (Samuel Eccleston) relating to the list for Monterey. Blanc is not in favor of the appointment of professed religious. In regard to the Sisters, they have most cheerfully taken the new vow. Purcell's expressions on (Bishop Edward Barron) are of the right kind; Blanc could not improve upon them. Father (Stephen) Rousselon, the Vicar-General, asks for information of Joseph Alteman whose wife died in an Insane Asylum in Cincinnati. His two little girls were left in the school of the Carmelites but the sisters would not like to give up the girls unless the father was in favorable circumstances.

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


1850 May 10
Poincy,:
D. and Company New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to (Bishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipted bill for $36.94 for bread and flour. Receipted by A. Dufeye(?) for Poincy.

V-5-m - A. Bill S. - (French) - 1p. - 8vo. - {2}


1850 May 10
Winter, J(?) L.: New Orleans, Louisiana

License granted for the marriage of Wendeline Harley and Margaret Nunaman(?).

V-5-m - License S. - 1p. - 16mo. - {2}


1850 May 12
McCloskey, John, Bp. of Albany: Albany, New York
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

The case of Mr. Runnett which Purcell mentioned in his last letter grieves McCloskey very much and if it were in his power he would remit the amount for which he is responsible on Edward's account. McCloskey mentioned $1000 merely as the highest amount for which he was willing to go security; he had no idea of advancing that sum out of his own pocket. If Runnett endorsed Edward's note because of Purcell's recommendation or because of his desire to oblige McCloskey, McCloskey would consider it a point of honor to make good. But he does not wish to establish the principle that because he is a Bishop he is bound to pay the debts incurred by members of his family. Since Gough's departure rumors have got afloat injurious to his name and reputation. McCloskey fears that it is true regarding the money entrusted to Gough to be sent to Ireland. The money must have been applied to his own use. But Gough has enjoyed the confidence of the clergy and they themselves are now regarded with some distrust on his account. Purcell is getting on gloriously with his cathedral.

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


1850 May 13
Abbadie, S.J., Father J(ohn) F(rancis): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Father Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

If the Provincial of the Brothers of the Christian Schools comes to New Orleans, Rousselon is to ask him to come to St. Michael. At what time does the Bishop plan to come here for Confirmation? If the Bishop has returned Abbadie would like to know if he would authorize him to sell, at a profit to the church and for repairs thereon the houses occupied by Mr. Pieron and Mr. Andermann.

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


1850 May 13
Giustiniani, C.M., Father J(oseph): Donal(d)sonville, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

The directors of the public schools have asked whether the Sisters of Charity would like to enjoy the advantages of these schools; that it was their intention to confide them to the Sisters if they wished to receive them. Giustiniani replied that he believed the Sisters would receive this offer gratefully if there were not formalities contrary to their constitutions. The directors replied that they would have nothing to do expect to teach reading and writing and inspire good principles in the pupils, as they had done up to now. What is Blanc's opinion and intention? In spite of the scandal of the unfortunate Vigilant, all is calm in the parish. The editor only destroyed himself; the best answer is silence. Father (C.) Boglioli, (C.M.) left day before yesterday for the seminary; Father (Louis) Parodi, (C.M.) left yesterday for St. Louis; Father (Anthony) Verrina, (C.M.) arrived from Natchitoches.

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


1850 May 13
McFarland, J(ohn) A.: Tiffin, (Ohio)
 to Father F(rancis) P. McFarland: Watertown, N(ew) Y(ork)

He should have written sooner but they have been sick. Their youngest son nearly died but has now recovered. There is still fear of the cholera but there is now little sickness in the community. He had a letter from Jerome from which it appears that he has married a Miss Walker, a sister of James' wife. Jerome asked for some estate money in the hands of William. John said he could have all but $25 which he wanted Francis to get in place of some lost by "Uncle Sam's agents." They do not have an English pastor. Father (Maurice) Howard is now at Springfield in Bishop Purcell's diocese. Their own Bishop (Amadeus Rappe) is in Europe. He wishes that Francis could come and live in their community. Tiffin is now a city. Tiffin and Fort Ball are now united as Tiffin City. R.W. Shawhan is building a brick hotel of 3 stories. John is building a brick office on the same block. He has rented the half story of 2; to V.M. Griswold, a landscape painter. He has heard of two deaths of those who went to California. About a hundred went, half of them married men. He has been reading Brownson's Review, the Catholic Telegraph and the Pilot, but thinks he will drop the Pilot. Among the victims on the Anthony Wayne was Mr. Hart, formerly of Tiffin. He asks for an answer soon. He has seen a young man from Waynesboro. He asks about his mother.

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


1850 May 13
(Mudd, S.C.), Sister M(ary) Austin: (Donaldsonville, Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Sister Angelica, (S.C.) is not well. Austin has sent her down to be seen by Dr. (Wederstrandt) Wedderstrandt; it seems like a disposition to dropsy. She will return on Saturday. She is a very useful, edifying Sister. Austin begs through Blanc of Father (Mariano) Maller, (C.M.): as a regular noviciate (of the Sisters of Charity), cannot a regular officiating priest be granted to it? She craves the privilege of Mass every morning. She is sure the Congregation would not support a priest for their convenience but could they not contribute to it themselves She asks also for regular conferences. They esteem their Confessor, wise and discreet; they would not have him changed. Mr. Bonnecase of Baton Rouge sent a formula of the order for drawing the money appropriated by the Legislature for the Sisters at Donaldsonville. The 500 for the hospital he does not mention he offered to draw the $1000 for them. Austin endorsed the order. They have 7 little orphans; 80 pupils at the day school; all straight as yet with the directors.

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


1850 May 13
Praz, R.S.C.J., Madame A(nnette): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They are very happy to learn of his return and look forward to his visit. She is happy to say yes to his request about the child; they have a place for her. Madame D'Acquin, (R.S.C.J.) will pronounce her first vows during the month. Will (Blanc) appoint someone to examine her? Mother (Maria) Cutts, (R.S.C.J.) left for St. Louis last Thursday; she will not be back until the 12th or 15th of next month. The foundation at New Iberia is decided for October. They see with sadness the weakness of some of their workers upon whom they counted before. Madame Eugénie, (R.S.C.J.) is failing, Madame Delahoussaye, (R.S.C.J.) is also very ill. Sister St. Hilaire, (R.S.C.J.) is failing. Praz asks (Blanc)'s prayers for them and two others. At Grand Coteau all is well; they have 110 pupils. Mother (Louisa) Leveque, (R.S.C.J.) is quite well recovered; Madame Jacob, (R.S.C.J.) is a little like St. Hilaire. They write from St. Louis that Madame Riché (R.S.C.J.) is threatened with consumption; she was one of the strongest.

V-5-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {10}


1850 May 14
Hallinan, Father D(aniel) M.: Hamilton, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

A person representing himself as an Irish priest has been soliciting subscriptions to defray his expenses in going to New York. He has received nothing but promises. Hallinan informed the patrons of the undertaking that he did not believe the man was a priest and that he had no right to intrude himself in this quarter. The man left for the city being unsuccessful in his undertaking. Hallinan submits a case for Purcell's council. After publishing the banns of matrimony between parties, the man was claimed as having made promises to another female. Hallinan advised the other female of this; notwithstanding the two got married before the squire. If Hallinan could induce the woman who had the first claim to relinquish her claim, could he marry them? Father Nicholas Wackter, O.F.M. is the bearer of this letter.

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


(1850) May 15
Dufour, Father L(ouis): Paris, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Dufour received Blanc's letter sent through Father (John Boullier, C.M.) Bouillé on arriving in Paris; he was glad to see Bouillé and to talk about Louisiana. The poor man will regret it all his life; he is making a difficult sacrifice to obedience by remaining in his cell in Sevres Street. He said yesterday that they had spoken about his being a chaplain on a French frigate leaving for Valparaiso and California. Dufour also met Bishop (John) Timon, who is bringing 20 priests, not counting the chosen ones. He plans to leave in about 10 days. He asked Dufour to arrange an introduction to the president in order to obtain at least some pictures. Dufour also saw at St. Sulpice, Father (Lewis Regis) Deluol who is on a trip to his native land. Perhaps he will return to Baltimore in view of the change of General, brought about by the death of Father de Courson. Dufour is carrying out the orders of his doctor, who, on seeing him so miserable this winter, told him to try the south. Dufour had promised the Bishops of Alger, Montpellier, and Pamier to make a missionary visit. He spent Lent at Algeria(?) where he found natives of Léon who knew everyone, particularly Father Rousselon. He became well acquainted with the superior of the little seminary, called Count Calixtus. He wanted to visit the pastor of (Father Matthew Bernard?) Anduze, Blidah; he saw his successor and learned the details of his death, which was terrifying. He was placed there in a drying(?) cabinet(?) cabinet(?), at the foot of Atlas. Algeria is far from being worth as much as America, materially and spirituall. The Arabs are unassailable. The other dioceses he visited are, like the others, overflowing with priests so that the task of a Bishop is as difficult here as in America. Dufour returned here in a little better health which made the doctor conclude that the south is better for Dufour, which made Dufour decide to return to Louisiana; he believes he could still be useful. His intention if to spend these three months in his properties and to embark in August or September. However, if Blanc is filled up, Dufour or September. However, if Blanc is filled up, Dufour hopes he will act with the same frankness they have always used between them. If he returns this time, he will be completely at Blanc's service. He could spend the rest of his life here, fortunate according to the world but doing nothing in his own eyes. As for their political history, it is another volume of the story of Philippe; the denouement will not be long. The Pope has returned but he is not governing; there are intrigues and subdivisions in the high clergy. There is division in Montalembert's party and the party of the Archbishop of Paris. Bland is a hundred times more fortunate with his churches independent of men and temporal things. If there are commissions for Dufour, they are to send them. If Blanc wants 2 or 3 subdeacens, he could bring some. Care of Father(?) Bouchard

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1850 May 15
(McCloskey), John, Bishop of: Albany, New York)
 to Father F(rancis) P. McFarland: (Watertown, New York)

This will be handed to McFarland by Father (Maurice) Sheehan who has now been ordained. The Bishop admires Father Sheehan so far as he has observed him, and wants him to work in the missions of Jefferson County. Like Father (Michael) Power he is to reside with McFarland until the Bishop comes.

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1850 May 16
Miles, (O.P.), Richard Pius, Bishop of: Nashville, Tennessee
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere: Detroit, Michigan)

Last fall, Louis Doel came to Miles from Lefevere's diocese. Miles was unwilling to receive him as he had no letter from Lefevere and he thought he manifested a want of steadiness of purpose. Doel has since been staying with Father (Ivo) Schacht and studying theology under Schacht. Doel now asks to be examined preparatory to the reception of orders. Miles asks Lefevere to give him any information he can about Doel so that he may judge with more precision.

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1850 May 18
(Chanche), Bishop John Joseph: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

(Chanche) is happy that Blanc returned in good health from his visitation. In the parish of Tensas, opposite Natchez, the loss from high water is immense. (Chanche) had heard of this freak of Bishop (Richard Vincent) Whelan. He is told Whelan took his resolution in consequence of some trouble by a priest in his diocese. Very few would remain at the helm if they were to abandon it for such a reason. (Chanche) hopes Whelan has thought better of it and quietly returned home. The Archbishop wrote (Chanche) about Monterey, (California). (Chanche) sent three American names as at the Council it was observed that because of the mixed population, an American would better reconcile all parties. (Chanche) did not write to Rome. He has not heard from Bishop Reynolds. (Chanche) thinks Father (James M.) Lancaster would be very good for Savannah. (Chanche) is not surprised at Father Pitrat's leaving the diocese but he thought Pitrat had more regard for his own interests than to leave Blanc the way he did. He was writing a book when he was here. He kept it a secret, at least from (Chanche) and Father Raho. Milliken's Bend will be an interesting mission. Pius IX has returned; his hearty welcome proves the assertion that his flight was occasioned by the brutal outrages of a mob of foreigners. (Chanche) hopes this Lebanon monk, good or bad, will not come to him. (Chanche)'s splendid bell has arrived. The Prince gave directions to send the bell free of all expense. The duties amounting to $250, freight, were paid by Mr. Byrne, $300. It was brought up the Hill for nothing and will be hung for nothing. He is going to call it Maria Alexandrina after Prince (Torlonia) and Princess. (Chanche) sends regards to Father Rousselon. Blanc will have heard of the death of Father De Courson, their superior general. Father (Mariano) Maller, (C.M.) left Cincinnati on the 7th for Detroit, Milwaukee, and St. Louis.

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1850 May 18
Ménard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: Lafourche Intérieure, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Ménard wants Blanc to administer Confirmation in St. Joseph's church as well as St. Philomena's. The number preparing for it is great. Since Confirmation will be at Thibodeaux on Sunday, it could be held on Tuesday or Wednesday at St. Philomena Chapel. The last Sunday of June or first of July would suit them very well. Father Jordain is very well; he is beginning to get acquainted with the functions of the ministry. Last Saturday there was a violent storm with hail. St. Mary's Chapel was damaged. Today Ménard is having 180 window panes replaced in St. Joseph Church which were broken by the storm. St. André Chapel at Lockport is served every third Sunday. He has written to Father Stephen) Rousselon, through Father (Emmanuel) Domenech, (C.M.) about the Communion rail for St. Joseph's but has heard nothing. Ménard will pay for it as soon as it is received at Thibodaux; the money is already deposited with Lefebvre and Lauveau.

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1850 May 19
Lafin, B.: Point Coupée, (Louisiana)
 to Father John Rogal(l)e: Pointe Coupée, (Louisiana)

Lafin sends the resolution taken at the meeting of May 16: The secretary gives notice to the pastor that for the year beginning March 1, 1851, his salary will no longer be what it is now. The salary was allowed because of his expenses in establishing himself in the parish.

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1850 May 19
Orcel, Father: (Grenoble, France)
 to (Father Stephen Rousselon?: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father Crochat, director and bursar of the little seminary of Grenoble states that he willingly surrenders the claim of 956.50 francs which with the interest since 1844, 1845, exceeds 1100 francs, for 900 francs. So it will leave the fath er 200 francs and more if he can retire this claim.

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1850 May 20
Borgess, Father Otho H.: Zanesville, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Borgess feels it his duty to write something he has long observed. This congregation is in good condition and may remain so if properly provided for. Father (Henry) Herzog is an excellent priest but his infirmity disqualifies him for Zanesville. Borgess cannot see why others of a healthy constitution are not send on missions where they would get acquainted with affairs. Some are placed at churches which are equal to or superior to any in the country which they have left. They cannot be called missionary churches. Borgess is not ashamed to show his face in whatever congregation he has been, but every priest that peeps into this diocese knows something to calumniate his character. Borgess is indebted to on one; he studied with his own money and was ordained in Europe. He has been in this country for twenty years and has not heard so much as just now. He has a feeling and a character like others. Father Herzog may recover if it is not consumption.

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1850 May 20
Coudrain, P.: New Orleans, Louisiana

License is granted to Father (Lawrence Kupfer?) Küpher to marry Mathias Rath and Maria Reis.

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1850 May 20
DeGoesbriand, Father L(ouis): Cleveland, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Bishop (Louis Amadeus) Rappe wrote that he was about to wrote Purcell concerning the money which he has advanced for him in France. It must be something like 4800 francs of which Purcell has already refunded 4000 francs. Would Purcell transmit the balance? DeGoesbriand is uneasy about the property which they purchased for the Ursulines. They have to pay $2500 on it beofe the 1st of June. He asks if they could borrow $2000 in Cincinnati. As Rappe promises to send money the loan would be paid back immediately. DeGoesbriand visited Niagara Falls last week. That is something worth seeing.

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1850 May 21
Déroche, Aloysius:
St. Mary's Seminary (Barrens, Missouri)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Although he wrote not very long ago, Déroche sends this letter. Yesterday, the corner stone of the new seminary was laid. An angel has departed from among them, Thomas Halpan. He was taken ill on the 13th. He had told Father (T.) Burke, (C.M.) that he left he was dying. Halpan was good, fine, innocent of the malice of the world. Hippolyte Chataigné thanks Blanc and presents his respects.

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1850 May 21
Blin, Father J.E.: Charenton, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Godefroy (Mendosa) and Carmélite Mendosa, cousins and minors, have obtained their parents' consent to marry. They ask for a dispensation.

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1850 May 22
Anthony, (C.M.), Father Mark: San Antonio, Texas
 to Bishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Anthony is requested by Bishop (John Mary) Odin, who is on the eve of starting for the Rio Grande, to ask Blanc whether he would admit into the boys' asylum, a child who lives here. The father has no religion, the mother is a Catholic. The father had him put into a Protestant family some years ago.

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1850 May 22
Hitselberger, Father A(lexander) L.: Norfolk, (Virginia)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

At the request of Mr. Mulholland, and for the benefit of his daughter Margaret (Mullholland), now a resident of Centreville, Hitselberger asks that a priest speaking English be sent to hear her confession and those of other Catholics as the pastor there speaks only French.

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1850 May 23
Chambost, Father C(harles): Jackson, L(ouisian)a
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Chambost writes but gets no answer. In his last two letters he wrote that he had not received his wine and that the Princess had not been to Bayou Sara since the three boxes were sent. Rousselon is to get a certificate from the captain saying that he delivered the wine at McCombs and Claus'. Chambost is still without a church or land on which to build. One cannot do what one wishes with these Yankees. His health is not good. He has yet Mass in town. He is about to buy a suitable piece of ground but cannot examine the title before next Friday. He has no more Mass offerings. No one wants to answer him, neither Rousselon nor Father Perché. He wrote to Father Boiteux and Duplay to ask help for his mission. He will have no rest until his church is built and the Sisters of Charity come. If he had been at New Orleans, he would have taken the pledge until his wine came; he could take many pledges here.

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1850 May 23
Gache, S.J., Father H(ippolyte): Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana

Gache imagined that Rousselon would send the holy oils to the different parishes without the pastors asking for them. Father (John F.) Cambiaso, (S.J.), who was here some days ago, set him straight. Gache is sending with Mrs. Anatole Villere, the three bottles which perhaps she will see that Gache gets. If she cannot, Rousselon is to send them to Father (Aloysius) Curioz, (S.J.). Gache received the letter from Bishop (Anthony Blanc); they will not fail to be at West Baton Rouge the day the Bishop wishes. P.S. The Easter collection for the seminary was 62 piastres. As the Bishop is to come soon, Gache will not send it.

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1850 May 23
Lambert, X.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Angelo) Mascaroni:

Receipted bill for $12.25 for brandy. Signed by Theo(dore?) Commagere. (On the back, in another hand): Edouard Joseph, Irma Bienvenu.

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1850 May 24
Reynolds, I(gnatius) A., Bp. Charleston: Charleston, South Carolina
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Some of the bishops are so opposed to Father (James Frederick) Wood that Reynolds has withdrawn his name, and as the Archbishop wishes (Father Edward Purcell) for Monterey, his name is still second on this list. 1. Father (Joseph A.) Schneller of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 2. Father Edward Purcell; 3. Father F.X. Gartland. Reynolds will explain things to Dr. Frost. The review of Bp. England's works had some curious things. After all Bishop (John) England was a great man.

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1850 May 24
Mina, Father Ve. M(odest)e: St. John Baptist, (Louisiana)
 to Father S(tephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Guillaume Garome Hymel wishes to marry Marie Athénais Hymel; they ask for a dispensation. P.S. Mina asks Rousselon to pay $3 for his subscription to the Freemann Catholique and $2 for the new paper Le Citoyen of Detroit. He wants to know the price of the scapulars

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1850 May 26
Coyle, Hannah: Londonderry, Ireland
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Hannah is a niece of John Doherty who was a magistrate in New Orleans. He was a native of a smal village near Letterkenny and emigrated to America about 31 years ago. He wrote letters from New Orleans to Hannah's father, still living. His father answered but it appears the answers never reached their destination. For some years Doherty has ceased correspondence and they are anxious to know if the is still alive. About 6 years ago she wrote to (Blanc) but received no answer. Her address is at Mrs. O'Donnell's (On the same paper) Bishop Francis Kelly writes on May 27 that he has know Hannah for many years; she is a young woman of excellent character. (On the back of this letter, in Blanc's hand): John Cook, his daughter organist in Cincinnati Cathedral.

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1850 May 26
Ludington, (Mrs.) D(aphne) A.: Sweden, (New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

Her heart was filled with gratitude when she received Brownson's letter. She shall appropriate the money to the benefit of her health which is very poor. She received letters from Benjamin and Sister Therina. Benjamin is in Michigan and is uncertain as to whether he'll remain. James returned perfectly sober. He has been to Michigan, bought a lot, paying all of the purchase price except $50, and turned out his horses, harness and wagon. He intends to take them all back in the fall if they are able. If they are not he will clear the land himself and get up a house. She knows she will never go. Her husband told her that he drank and behaved so badly because unless he were wrought up to such a pitch of intemperance he could not leave her. If anything else should happen she will let Brownson know. Her little girl's name is Ellen Augusta. She fears Brownson will not be pleased with what she has written.

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1850 May 27
Borgess, Father C(aspar) H.: Columbus, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Borgess' collection for the seminary is $50 instead of $40, ten more having been collected in the course of the week. The annual subscribers for the Telegraph are Mr. George Entert, $3.00 Mr. Jacob Reinhart $5, Mr. Michael Reinhart $3, and Mr. John Zimmer $1.50. Father Otho Borgess has just returned from Zanesville; he thinks Father (Henry) Herzog has consumption. Mrs. Mary Going is enjoying poor health; she will make her first communion Thursday. Mr. Rumlein asserted that Mr. Schmidt of the Daily Republican has offered the publication of "Thurston's Gems" for 12 cents in the German language; but a dispatch to the Reporter on last Saturday has contradicted this.

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1850 May 28
Lambert, X.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Angelo) Mascaroni:

A receipted bill for $14.50 for brandy. Signed by Theo(dore) Commagere.

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1850 May 28
Latapie, Heloise Decuir: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to (Bishop Anthony Blanc: New) Orleans, (Louisiana)

Receipt for $12 for hire of her servant Fanchonnette.

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(18)50 May 28
Margaret, (S.C.), Sister M(ary): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The little child Blanc saw so sick, is dead. Her mother has 2 more children. She wishes to have her interred in St. Patrick's graveyard. Will Blanc give them a certificate for this? Her name is Julia Cawfield, aged 6. They have just had a letter from home; Sister (Francis) Regis, (S.C.) arrived there on the 16th. She does not say anything of her destination.

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1850 May 29
Dupuy, Father Enn(emond): Iberville, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisiana)

Blanc's letter was taken to Plaquemine and did not come until yesterday. Last Sunday the church was packwith people and it would have been a good time to announce the day of Confirmation. If Blanc can send him help it would be a comfort. Dupuy did not bless the church at Plaquemine; it rains in too much in this masterpiece.

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1850 May 31
Borgess, Father C(aspar)H.: Columbus, Ohio
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

A man, Dennis Mannan, from County Kerry Ireland, who calls himself a Catholic priest, asserts that he has been appointed to collect for the church to be built in Millford, Ohio, at other times for the church in Hamilton. His strange manner of expressions about the Bishops and his behavior in the taverns made Borgess to believe that he is no priest. Borgess refused to certify his character for those who intended to donate. Borgess asks Purcell to take proper measure to expose Mannan if his opinion is correct. Borgess will endeavor to pay in the course of the summer as much as he can of the $1000 Purcell advanced. He is very anxious to begin work on the church in Delaware. Protestantism is raging. Tracts are flying in all directions.

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1850 May 31
Byrne, D.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

License is granted to Father (John Peter) Bellier to marry Josiah Alexander Paytin and Fides Ritter, widow of A. Troxler. (On the back of this license, in another hand): Josiah, son of Paschal Paytin and Sarah Rondeau, widow. Fides, daughter of Joseph Ritter and Marie Anna Muller, widow of J. Anthony Sidler. In testimony of this act, the couple has signed (no signatures here) in the presence of William (Duxbridge) and Jos(eph) Duxbridge and Mr. Fuchs.

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