University of Notre Dame


1850 Aug. 1
Female Orphan Asylum: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipted bill for $30.50 for milk. (Signed by Sister M. Irene, (S.C.).

V-5-n - A. Bill S. - 2pp. - 32mo. - {2}

1850 Aug. 2
Boué, Father: Lyons, (France)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Boué has had no information about their young student of Propaganda passing through Lyons. Father Jouve has been expecting him since the end of the month. Jouve has obtained the authorization of his bishop to give up his canoncy and go to work in Blanc's missions. Jouve plans to leave September 7 for New York. Boué has learned the prices of vestments; as soon as Blanc instructs him he will supervise their making. If he had known sooner he could have taken advantage of a young priest of Bishop (John Mary) Odin who came looking for recruits. Boue has found it impossible to enlist any but neither have Bishop (Mathias) Loras and Bishop (John) Timon or several other bishops. He does not think that even Bishop (Armand) Charbonnel, former director of St. Irenee Seminary, got a single one. Blanc must try to be at Lyons in the first days of November. Last month Boué saw Father (John Boullier), C.M., Bouiller. Boué regrets that Blanc is deprived of the services of this excellent missionary. He was at Lyons the day of the opening of their provincial council. Besides the Bishops of the Province they had the Bishop of La Croix at Miolan and the Bishops of Puy and Valence. One can expect no great practical results but it is at least a sign(?) of religious liberty. Nothing new in the family whom he has not seen since the first of May.

V-5-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 4to. - {7}

1850 Aug. 2
Chanche, John Joseph, Bp. of Natchez: Natchez, Mississippi
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Chanche sends Purcell a letter for Father (Theobald) Mathew who probably will be with Purcell soon. Purcell has again been visited by the dreadful scourge. Chanche received the list for Savannah from Bishop (Ignatius) Reynolds. Chanche does not like the first name on the list; he does not like to see ex-Jesuits promoted. If they were worth keeping, the Jesuits would find a place for them. Chanche does not like nominations made by letter. It reflects no credit on the most numerous Council held in America. If Purcell sends a copy of Mr. Schwartz's letter, Chanche will have it signed by the Bishop of the South.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {7}

1850 Aug. 4
Gaudet, O.M.I., Father A(gustin): Galveston, (Texas)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: N(ew) Orleans, L(ouisian)a

For a long time they have awaited news of Bishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.) and have received none. He should arrive in New Orleans soon. As soon as he seen Odin, Rousselon is to tell him that his presence is necessary at Galveston. Father (James A.) Miller of Brazoria who came to replace Father (Richard Hennesy, C.M.) Hennessy, has left again for his mission. Gaudet is left alone with the convent and parish which is beyond his strength and capacity for he is far from familiar with the English language.

V-5-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 12mo. - {4}

1850 Aug. 4
(Kenrick), Archbishop Peter Richard: St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Kenrick) returns the letters (Blanc) had sent him at the request of Bishop (Ignatius A. Reynolds). Father Flavianus was barely tolerated by (Kenrick). (Kenrick) was not inclined to think him an imposter; in consequence of the strong recommendation of the Bishop of New York, etc., he thought the Bishop of Charleston's notice had an official character and did not wish to do anything that might appear to diminish its authority. Flavianus had an introduction to the Jesuits here from Father (George) Blackney, (S.J.) of New Orleans; (Kenrick) permitted Flavianus to say Mass as the Jesuits saw fit. Bishop (James Oliver Vandevelde) of Chicago who was here at the time, subscribed for a small sum and gave him a letter. (Kenrick) gave neither name nor money and strongly suspects him to be an imposter. He has two letters from the Archbishop of Baltimore; the writing exactly resembles his. An Irish priest from Montreal has been in 2 or 3 dioceses and shows a letter from the Bishop of Montreal, who, in reply to inquiry denies ever having given him a letter. He has not yet come to St. Louis. (Kenrick) mentions this to put (Blanc) on his guard.

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

1850 Aug. 4
L'homme, Father F(rancis): Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

It is almost a month since Louis Lucien Arsenaux arrived at the seminary to continue his studies, armed with a letter from Father (Stephen) Rousselon who gave him a good recommendation and added that, on Blanc's return from his pastoral visit he would no doubt write at length on this subject. Since they have received no letter L'homme thought it his duty to write. Blanc is to tell L'homme whether Arsenaux came with Blanc's permission and whether he considers him as belonging to his diocese; whether his conduct was irreproachable at St. Vincent's; and what were his faults. Arsenaux says that Father (Anthony Désiré Mégret) Maigret, pastor of his parish, had promised to pay his board and room and provide for his other expenses. If this is so, Maigret should say so in writing and pay at least part of his board and room, which is $150 a year, but especially to furnish Arsenaux with winter clothes for he arrived without money.

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

(18)50 Aug. 5
Layton, Th(oma)s: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

The Superior of the Asylum called to see Mr. Rasch this morning as regards replacing the Sister who has to return to France. Rasch on behalf of the Executive Committee will approve any arrangement the ladies make if Blanc approves.

V-5-n - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {2}

1850 Aug. 6
Franzoni, James PH. Card, Prefect: Rome, Italy
 to Archbishop-elect John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

According to the decrees of the VII Council of Baltimore, Cincinnati is erected into an archdiocese with the dioceses of Louisville, Detroit, Vincennes, and Cleveland as suffragans. Purcell will find the letter containing this decree in the form of a brief enclosed with this letter. Franzoni congratulates Purcell on his promotion. Father Albert Barnabo, Secretary.

II-4-k - L.S. - 1p.(Latin) - {7}

1850 Aug. 6
Martin, Father Aug(uste): Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Martin sends a copy of a letter he wrote to Fathers (Joseph) Guistiniani, (C.M.) and (Anthony) Andrieux, (C.M.) in reply to the one they wrote to Theophile Tauzin, who had power of attorney for Father (Roman) Pascual, (C.M.) for the house bought from Ph Prudhomme. These men are acting in a very strange manner. As Martin is their successor as the pastor of Natchitoches he wishes to have (Blanc) tell him what is best to do. If he had one fourth of the money they took out of here, Martin would have liked to give them $100 rather than get involved in money difficulties. The (Judge) Taylor property was awarded to Martin for $2000. His security is Mr. Boyce and A. Deblieux. Would it not be prudent to put this property in (Blanc)'s name?

- A.L.S. - (French) -

 (On the same paper:) 

1850 Aug. 2
Martin, Father Aug(uste): Natch(itoches, Louisiana)
 to Fathers Giustiniani and Andrieux:

Martin learned a week ago about a letter which Giustiniani and Andrieux wrote to Tauzin about the property adjacent to the presbytery acquired by Pascual. As they know, the land and buildings of St. Francis presbytery were the legacy of the late Father J(ohn) B(aptist) Blanc, bequeathed in usufruct to the pastors of Natchitoches, his successors, on condition that they hold a solemn service each year and say a Mass every three months for his soul in perpetuity. Pascual deemed it suitable to rid the presbytery of an intruding neighborhood and bought, to add to the house, the house in question and the land on which it is built. The owner sold it for $200. The presbytery, thus enlarged, was cleared of the accessory buildings of the residence of the late Father Blanc. His superiors having recalled him from Natchitoches, Pascual wished to sell the addition he made. That may be his right but now Giustiniani and Andrieux, acting like owner forbid Pascual's proxy to sell his property for less than $300 and order him to sell or rent immediately in order to repay them a sum spent by them in necessary repairs. Here they are no longer in their rights. Instead of improving the property of which they have had the use for 10 or 12 years, their Society has let it deteriorate to the point where Martin was forced to spend more than $500 to restore it. For they leave him without kitchen, storehouse, or servants' quarters. All those were there. In their letter they said they would like to give the preference to the trustees. But it is the pastor, not the trustees, who is the proprietor of the presbytery. Martin wishes to repay them the $200, since they claim it, out of his own money, to assure the usufruct of this house for his successors. Andrieux formally promised that Martin could become the purchaser on payment of $200. Father (Anthony) Verrina, (C.M.), remaining here as a representative of their order for the liquidation of accounts, has several times repeated these same words. If they ask a higher price he cannot buy it. In that case he will be forced to put a judgment on the sale and require of Tauzin that the accessory buildings as well as the cistern and fences be restored.

- Copy - (French) -

V-5-n - A.L.S., Copy - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {12}

1850 Aug. 8
Tumoine, Father H(yacinthe): Avoyelles, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

The people of Marksville are making efforts to have a church and some Methodists would like to get ahead of the Catholics and make it difficult later to build. Because of this Tumoine has thought it his duty to show that he wishes to do his part. A very fine piece of land at the edge of the town, toward Cocoville has been placed at Tumoine's disposition. The donor also gives 3000 feet of wood and $50. They say they could easily raise a subscription of $1500, sufficient to build a frame church. Tumoine believes it is almost useless to think of building a house next to St. Paul's church. All the neighboring land is threatened to be engulfed by the large plantations because of the wood. Tumoine asks the permission necessary to build a church, if Blanc approves, and to get possession of the land in Blanc's name or Tumoine's as there are to be no trustees. At Thibodaux Tumoine had the faculty to give the scapular; he asks Blanc to renew it, if necessary. He also would like to know when Father (M. Francis) Mazzuchelli is to return as Blanc said Tumoine was to replace him during his absence which he counted on not being more than 6 months.

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

1850 Aug. 9
Chalon, Father G(abriel): Mobile, (Alabama)
 to (Father Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana?)

(Rousselon) will find enclosed a draft for 145.65 which he advanced for Chalon. He regrets that he cannot add the amount of Bishop (Michael Portier?)'s note. (Portier) has just told him to hold this note and as soon as he can he will give Chalon the amount. (Portier) added that he must face many details of his cathedral. In the first draft Chalon discovers that the amount is written "frs. 75.0" and on the face is written seven hundred fifty francs. (P.S.) If (Rousselon) wants Chalon to send (Portier)'s note he is to let him know.

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

(18)50 Aug. 9
Irene, (S.C.), Sister Mary: (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Sister would be delighted to see Blanc but it is not practicable. She deems it too long to wait until the expiration of her two weeks' penance, she means, in being away from home. Since her arrival in B(aton) Rouge she received a letter from Sister (Francis) Regis, (S.C.) who begs that Blanc will offer Mass for her. Irene has mentioned to Blanc Regis' fears of exposure concerning the managers; she feels sure of a change and is only waiting to hear from Father Maller. Regis adds that Irene must give up the idea of her return to the south and look forward to their union in eternity. Irene has heard from other sources that there is no hope of her return, without her health should fail. Blanc is to pray for a being so good but put to trials in her old age. Could Blanc not write to her? Bishop Chanche told Irene that Blanc was going across the lake and she did not know how long he might be absent. As Irene has left in obedience she must stay her time out. As Sister Emily, (S.C.) thinks of going down, Irene may stay a day longer for her accommodation. Sister M. Ambrose, (S.C.) will go, anyhow, with Irene. So instead of the 14th, she may reach home on the 15th or 16th.

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

1850 Aug. 9
Mazzuchelli, Father Ma. F(rancis): (Milan, Italy?)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

His journey and the reception his parents gave him have been happy. On arriving on the frontier of Lombardy, he was repulsed as not having entered during the time of the amnesty. However he was allowed to have the town of Sesto Calende for his prison upon his word of honor not to leave. During his detention he wrote a petition to the military governor of Milan asking to be allowed to enter his native city. After 4 days he saw his parents again after 9 years. The new Archbishop gave him permission to officiate in the whole diocese. Affairs here are beginning to settle; military laws are still in vigour. He has decided to stay in Italy; Blanc knows the reasons and besides a second departure would cause the death of his mother. At the same time he feels a great sorrow in parting from a Bishop who saved his life. Of course it is necessary to have his exeat sent to the Bishop of Milan. The exeat from Milwaukee has been lost. He hopes Blanc will give such information as may be advantageous to him. He lives retired in his room studying the Italian language according to the advice of Mr. Aloysi, a monsignor of the Duomo who takes a great interest in his welfare. His effects are to be given to whomever comes with a letter from Mazzuchelli, to be forwarded to him in Italy. He sends his address (no enclosure). Best wishes to Father Rousselon. He also wishes to have the enclosed letters put into the post office.

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

1850 Aug. 9
Mina, Father Ve. M(odest)e: St. John Baptist (German Coast, Louisiana)
 to Father S(tephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana

Mr. Robert, bearer of Rousselon's letter of the 4th, will bring back this one. Robert, at Rousselon's recommendation, was received at the unfinished presbytery and country hospitality was shown him. Mina cannot remember whether he told Mr. Meridier or Rousselon about the subscription of Widow Valsin, or Jacob Ursin which was to be discontinued last November because her sister Widow Chiron had subscribed. However they continued to send it. Francoise Pouponne (of?) St. Martin, who subscribed almost a year ago, has never received a single number.

V-5-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {7}

1850 Aug. 10
Robillard, J.C.: New York, (New York)
 to (Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Robillard addresses to (Blanc) a circular of the articles he has on hand (no enclosure. On the back of this letter is a list of) articles expected from Europe on September 15, and October 15, 1850.

V-5-n - Printed L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {1}

1850 Aug. 10
Beauprez, Father P(eter) F(rancis): Milwaukee, (Wisconsin)

Beauprez desires his personal effects to be disposed of as follows: 1. $100 to St. Rose Asylum. 2. $100 for the chapel in the burying ground. 3. $100 for Masses for his soul and a monument in the chapel. 4. The kitchen furniture and what he expended in the house to St. Gall's Church. 5. His vestments to St. Gall's. 6. $31 received from Father (Martin) Kundig for Andrew McNeely of Troy. 7. $50 on deposit for Mrs. Pauline Lebere. 8. 10 sovereigns, less $1 for Patrick Delany. 9. The balance from his watch, books, etc. for Masses for his soul.

- D.S. -

 On the same paper: 

(1850) Aug. 29
Delany, Patrick: Milwaukee, (Wisconsin)

No. 8. Delany received the deposit from Bishop (John Martin) Henni.

- A.D.S -

(1850) Sep. 10
Libert, Pauline: Milwaukee, (Wisconsin)

No. 7. Libert received from Henni, the $50 deposited with Beauprez.

- D.S. -

(Henni, Bishop John Martin?: Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

No. 6. These $31 were sent to Troy, N(ew) Y(ork) for part payment for a bell for St. Joseph's Church, Waukesha by Kundig. Beauprez used to deal with McNeely through Father (Peter Havermans) Havermann of Troy. This document is in the papers of (Archbishop Anthony Blanc).

- A.D.S. -

V-5-n - D.S., A.D.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {10}

1850 Aug. 12
(Mudd, S.C.), Sister M(ary) Austin: (Donaldsonville, Louisiana)
 to (Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The Lord has laid his hand on Austin. During retreat her mind was but desolation and obscurity. Doubt and perplexity prevent the influence a director's words ought to have. She asks (Blanc) to say a Mass for her. All are well at St. Vincent's; can (Blanc) not visit them before going on his long visitation.

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

1850 Aug. 12
Voegele, Professor: Boston, (Massachusetts)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson: Chelsea, Massachusetts)

He writes to Brownson instead of seeing him personally, because of lack of money to get to Chelsea. He has collected subscribers in the country for the "New York Lion" of which he is editor and will attempt to secure more in Boston. He was received the day before by his friend, Rev. G. Eak, Holy Trinity. He was happy to get the few subscribers he did, but they are far too small, and will attempt to get more on the feast of the Holy Virgin. Another cause of his longer stay is that he was, in February, accused of having written a libel against a ringleader of the red Republicans in New York, Metternich. His counsellor at law, Tux, some months ago secured an order squashing the proceedings and for redelivery of bail, but proceedings have again been instituted against him in New York, and a return to New York is refused. He begs Brownson for his protection and advice in this situation, since Brownson better knows the law and has had more experiences.

I-3-j - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {1}

1850 Aug. 12
O'Connor, M(ichael) Bp. of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

O'Connor forgot to refer to Purcell's kind offer to visit them. He regrets very much that he will be out of the city at the time Purcell mentions. He has arranged a conference with the clergy of the eastern portion of the diocese. Sister Xavier has been at Youngstown (Pa.) for some time.

1850 Aug. 13
Bonniot, Father J.M.: New York, (New York)
 to Bishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Father (Stephen) Rousselon has asked three times whether it was in June or July that his annuity on 2000 piastres was due. Rousselon told Bonniot not to fail to write from New York to give him his address. The length of Bonniot's letter prevented him from seeing his request in the margin. This modest revenue is the result of his savings in Louisiana during his ministry in America where he suffered so many hardships at the secular hospital in New Orleans, at the Orphan asylum, and in St. Vincent de Paul parish where at last he was forced to ask for a withdrawal from his toils. Bonniot is sure that Blanc will not let him suffer. If there are expenses attached to sending it, they can be taken out of the 200 piastres pension. If Blanc wishes to send it by a person authorized by a letter from Bonniot, he asks that Blanc keep the money until Bonniot finds someone. His address is 44 2nd Avenue, in care of Father (George McCloskey) Maccloski, pastor of Nativity Parish.

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

1850 Aug. 13
Wood, Father James F.: Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

At the request of Ven. Father (Stephen V.) Badin whose hand is not very firm, he sends a pamphlet of a controversy between one of their western priests and an Episcopalian parson on the origin of the Church of England. Fr. Badin has put his name to the pamphlet and has underscored the passages, not however, to instruct and direct Brownson in his remarks, for he had done so before he thought of sending it. Fr. Badin would rather see Brownson do an exposure of the parson's ignorance than a commendation of the priest's wisdom, but still he leaves it to Brownson's judgment.

I-3-j - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. -

(1850 Aug. 14)
Paulinus, (O.C.S.O.), Father Mary: Gethsemani, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Paulinus wrote more than two months ago to ask Blanc to give Mr. Ravenau a letter addressed to him from France. Ravenau left here for New Orleans believing he could find money there to go to France. He has now returned here. It was when he left to return to Gethsemani that the letter reached Blanc. They are, Paulinus thinks, as tired of keeping him longer as Ravenau is of remaining with them. Paulinus asks Blanc to send him to letter so that Ravenau will have no excuses to prolong his stay among them. They are daily expecting Father Eutrope (Proust, O.C.S.O.). Paulinus believes it is Eutrope's intention to come by way of New York. They are all in good health. Their grain harvest is very good and the corn is much superior to that of last year.

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

1850 Aug. 14
Laprime, A.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipted bill for $4 for having taken care of 8 barrels of white wine.

V-5-n - A. Receipt S. - (French) - 1p. - 16mo. - {1}

1850 Aug. 14
(Rappe), (Louis) A(madeus), Bp. Cleveland: Cleveland, Ohio
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He has just returned from Europe with four priests, five seminarians, and five religious Ursulines, but with a less abundant collection of money. He thanks God that Purcell is good enough to visit Cleveland after consecrating the church at Canal-Dover. The people will be delighted The sisters are happy to see again Mother of the Assumption, the meeting having been arranged by Purcell. The sisters are grateful to Purcell for that as it has taken away some of the costs of their journey and work. He has asked Father (John) Luhr to give this to Purcell, as he does not know what day Purcell will be in Canal Dover.

II-4-k - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - (French) - {5}

(18)50 Aug. 14
Praz, R.S.C.J., Madame A(nnette): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Sister Eugénie, (R.S.C.J.) died today. Madame Delahoussaye, (R.S.C.J.) cannot last much longer; she is very weak. None of the children are sick; the boarding school is growing. The foundation at New Iberia will be set up in October. Praz thanks (Blanc) for his letter; she hopes he will preside at the distribution of prizes. Praz asks him to arrange with Mrs. Placide Forstall not to send Laura (Forstall?) back to school; she gives had example.

V-5-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {6}

1850 Aug. 17
Byrne, D.: New Orleans, Louisiana

License is granted to Father C(onstantine) Maenhaut to marry Michael Noonan and Mary Doolan, widow of O. Maun(?)

V-5-n - License S. - 1p. - 16mo. - {4}

1850 Aug. 17
(Chanche), Bishop John Joseph: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

It was not convenient for (Chanche) to leave Natchez before the 15th. On that day he looked for an up-country boat which would have taken him to the Pass Christian by Saturday evening but no boat came. He hopes Blanc went over with the other gentlemen. He will not forget his appointment on the coast for the middle of October. He expects soon to give the tonsure to Mr. (Peter) Holton; he supposes no dimissorials are necessary. Holton has fixed his residence in this country; he is naturalized and renounced all intention of returning to Ireland. Has Blanc heard nothing yet of (Chanche)'s box of vestments from Belgium; it is more than three months since it left Europe. (Chanche) fears Bishop (Ignatius A. Reynolds) has made a poor choice in the first name he sent to Rome. When they know in Rome that he is an ex-Jesuit, he will be cast off.

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

(18)50 Aug. 19
O'Reilly, Father John: Little Rock, (Arkansas)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

O'Reilly received a letter from Archbishop (Anthony Blanc) informing him that the old Catholic church of this city has been transferred to Bishop (Andrew) Byrne and that because of his absence, O'Reilly should inform (Blanc) of its receipt. (Rousselon) will confer an obligation by sending the deeds by return mail. The lease of the man now occupying the place expires on the first of next month by which time O'Reilly anxiously desires possession. Father (Constantine) Maenhaut has not as yet informed his agen(t?).

V-5-n - A.L.S. - 1p. - 16mo. - {4}

1850 Aug. 19
Dupuy, Father Enn(emond): Iberville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Dupuy has just buried Father William Ivers, former assistant as St. Patrick's. For a long time he roamed along the coast and finally established himself as a schoolteacher at the home of Thomas Brown, across from Plaquemine. On the 7th of this month, he came to Dupuy's; Dupuy did not know him. He said he was going down to talk to Blanc and that he wished to go to confession to Dupuy. He told a long story of his fall, involving Timothy C. Dupuy did not know of his degradation. A little later he said he was leaving. Dupuy gave him $4 telling him to take a boat. It seems he went as far as Donaldsonville and returned to Brown's where he became ill and lost consciousness. However, it seems he had time to ask to be buried at Iberville and to make known that he was a priest. He left several letters, one addressed to Blanc, one or two sermons and a reply to the Protestant minister, Brownlee. All this is at Brown's. It seems he had a notebook in which described his fall, his interdiction, etc. Dupuy fears this will cause a scandal at Plaquemine.

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

1850 Aug. 19
Gartland, Bishop-elect F(rancis): Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

He is indebted for the current year of (Brownson's Quarterly) Review. He refused to pay (James) Fullerton as agent since he thought Brownson had withdrawn the agency or else was unaware of Fullerton's practical failure. He thinks Cumiskey or McGrath will suit if the agency is changed. He thinks it would serve the best interests of the "Review" to have it in the hands of such high-standing, even though Protestant houses, as Appleton or Pennington. Enclosed is $6 for either the present and following year's subscription to the "Review" or for the present year and the volume for 44 of the back numbers. Also he asks for the July number which Fullerton refused to leave with him. He knew that Brownson has lost by Cunningham and that he was destined to lose by Fullerton also. Fullerton's brother-in-law, Murphy, of Baltimore told him he had lost considerable by him. He is a well-intentioned, worthy young man, but has not true business habits.

I-3-j - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {3}

1850 Aug. 19
Jenkins, J.C. and Buddendorff: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipted bill for $5.90 for freight and primage on the Orlando. (Signed by) A.F. Henriquez.

V-5-n - Receipt S. - 2pp. - 16mo. - {3}

1850 Aug. 19
Henni, Bishop John M(artin): Milwaukee, (Wisconsin)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The mail brought two letters, here inclosed, for Father (Peter Francis) Beauprez, who died a week ago as Henni has already informed (Blanc) by sending at the same time his amendment to his will of which a copy should be in (Blanc)'s possession as executor. The enclosed letters might assist (Blanc) in settling Beauprez's affairs.

- A.L.S. -


1850 Jul. 12
Chavaete, Father P.S.: Woumen, (Belgium)
 to Father (Peter Francis Beauprez: Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

(Beauprez)'s cousin told him the contents of (Beauprez)'s letter, received several days ago. Chavaete also received the letter from (Beauprez) dated May 23. Chavaete has been waiting for definite news on this question which is still pending. He was surprised to learn that (Beauprez) suffers from the cold in his new post; the lakes must be responsible. (Beauprez) wrote that Mr. Ryan had sent a letter to Chavaete's brother-in-law about an arrangement with his family and that he had given him full power. It would be well for Ryan to abandon this affair as there are minors in the family and it could result in a lawsuit. As for the 100 francs claimed, he cannot be held responsible. All the buyers counted exactly the amount owed, as Beauprez knows, being present. Concerning the little farm of Notary Teys(?), Chavaete has done all he could to buy it and has not succeeded. Last year he wanted to sell it for 20,000 francs, but not having authorization from Beauprez, Chavaete offered him 19,000. Teys, thinking Beauprez would buy at any price, raised it to 22,500. The way to do is to wait 5 or 6 months and then not let him know that it is for Beauprez. This land runs along the sea-wall for 4 or 500 feet. On information from Louis Selschutter, Chavaete learned that there would be a way to make an exchange with him. The 1200 feet of depth also ends at Broull Street. (P.S.) Best wishes from Beauprez's family and all his acquaintances.

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1850 Jul. 20
Claerhaud(?), Hend(ric)k(?): Bruges, (Belgium)
 to Father P(eter) F(rancis) Beauprez: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

He received Beauprez's letter of May 30 on June 29. He hopes his health will be good enough to allow him to remain in Milwaukee where he seems to like it. Affairs in this country are about the same. (He gives details of the economy and a procession). The Catholic party headed by the Bishop of Bruges and the former governor, Mr. De Muelenaere, tried to overthrow the liberal party but at Bruges Bishop Malou lost a great part of his influence. The assistant, Father Isac, has left Beauprez's house and gone to occupy that of another assistant of St. James, Father Maes, who has gone to England as director of a Sisters' Convent. Dissension arose between Maes and Mr. De Schoulmeester who said he should give 6 months notice before leaving Beauprez's house. This was settled in a friendly way as there have already been several occasions for renting it. Mrs. Van de Woumere has had stones sunk across the street to form a sort of gutter which brings the waste water from her house in front of Beauprez's house. They have appealed to the Regency, but in vain. Mr. Decrombrugger, owner of the house next to the one Isac occupied, has had a sidewalk built which keeps back all the water until it can sink into the ground. It is indispensable to do the same in front of Beauprez's houses. He has received 900 francs from Schoulmeester who says he has a little sum still in the treasury. Out of this, Claerhaud has taken the 519.28 francs paid to Grossé. Chavaete has told nothing about the farm at Woumen. Money is scarce and Claerhaud has found no one here or at Ghent to make the loan Beauprez proposes. Claerhaud's parents and brother send Beauprez their best wishes. They hope he can recover his health and return to his native country. Louis De Smet's brother-in-law came to see Claerhaud, who believes all will be settled satisfactorily.

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1850 Aug. 20
Chambost, Father C(harles): Jackson, L(ouisia)na
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

As Chambost is about to let the contract for his church and as his contractor is an American who has built only Protestant churches, Rousselon is to have a plan drawn by Mr. (T.E. Giraud?) Gireau. The church is to be 60 by 40 feet. The contractor says he will deliver the church, finished, at Christmas. He asks 3000 piastres. They want to start by September. The Bishop said he would like Chambost to be able to hand over the $150 of which Chambost talked to Rousselon, but it is impossible. Last Friday he had a violent attack of cholera-morbus. He took a dose of the drugs the Ursulines gave him. He does not have a cent; alms or mass offerings would be of great help to him. He will soon have 4 stations which would perhaps furnish his daily bread. If there are any letters for Mr. Larate, Rousselon is to mail them to Chambost; he is well and helps.

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1850 Aug. 20
Albert, N.(?) and others: Portland, (Kentucky)
 to Father N(apoleon) J(oseph) Perché: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

The trustees of Portland, together with their pastor, Father J.J. Vital, informed Perché of the resolution taken at their August 12 meeting: to invite Perché, benefactor, first pastor, and founder of this church to act as god-father of the new bell and to consent to have his name engraved on it. It was also resolved to invite Madam Captain Rudd to be godmother. A trip to Kentucky would do Perché good; they wish to show their gratitude. If Perché cannot come he is to point out whom he wishes to represent him, either Captain Rudd or Mr. Ritchie from Louisville. As to the $100 Perché subscribed for their steeple, he may deposit it with Christopher Pasquier. Messrs. Maguaire and Villier will draw on him. (Vital adds in a postscript that) on August 15 the contract was made for the building of the steeple and that they are preparing for a sacred concert on August 25. (Signing with Albert are) Vital, Charles Maguaire; Philip Mater, and William Banon.

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1850 Aug. 21
Chaffee, O.T., Bark: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

A receipted bill for $20.48 for freight and primage. Signed by Aug(us)te Molier(?) and Probité(?)

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1850 Aug. 21
Mènard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: Lafourche Interieure, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Someone has offered Mènard $40 or $50 to buy a chalice which they urgently need. He asks Rousselon to send one if he can find one at New Orleans. Perhaps some priests coming from Europe will bring some. In case he does not find one, Mènard will wait for Messrs. Delpeuch and Chataigné toward the end of October. If Rousselon finds one, he is to send it by the Houma. On the 3rd, Mènard blessed St. Mary's Church; it is the fourth and finest after St. Joseph's 43 by 50 feet. On the 4th he installed the Way of the Cross in St. Joseph's; it is the most beautiful one in the diocese. Mènard had intended to ask Rousselon to come to install it but when he learned that Rousselon was at the lake and the donors being impatient, Mènard had to put off the pleasure of Rousselon's company. He rejoices in advance at the blessing of the bell which Delpeuch and Chataignè are bringing from France. The godfather and godmother are preparing for the solemnity. Blanc is to tell Father Perché that Delpeuch and Chataignè have carried out all his commissions.

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1850 Aug. 21
Miles, George H.: Emmitsburg, (Maryland)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

He asks to trouble Brownson again. He wants either to sell the copyright of "Loretto," or have it published yielding him a percentage. He asks Brownson to see Donahoe of Boston, as there is every prospect of a large sale, thanks to Brownson's kind notice. He'll sell the copyright for $250, the lowest he will take — or can take the other course allowing him a percentage such as Brownson will consider fair. He will be greatly obliged if Brownson will attend to this. Only a thousand copies have been printed and they are already sold. He asks a quick answer.

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(18)50 Aug. (22)
Emily, (S.C.), Sister: Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Mother has requested Emily to go home with Sister Ambrose, (S.C.) as soon as a Sister (of Charity) arrives to take her place. Perhaps Blanc knows all about it. Father (Mariano) Maller, (C.M.) is at home but Mother says he looks badly since his return. Emily will go to New Orleans before she goes home. Sisters Theonella, (S.C.) and Mary Theobald, (S.C.) have just arrived here from New Orleans.

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1850 Aug. 23
Rousselon, Father E(tienne): N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc):

Blanc is to receive on the St. Anthony the 8 barrels of write wine which Rousselon was to take from customs. (The total of the bill is) $96.48. (On the back in pencil in Blanc's? hand, a list of names).

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1850 Aug. 24
D'Aquin, Thomas: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipted bill for $49.30 for groceries. (Signed by) Edouard Sigg(?).

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1850 Aug. 24
Fransoni, Cardinal (James Philip): Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The Master General of the Jesuits says that in the territories east of the Rocky Mountains, there are only scanty missions and that it would be opportune if the missions in the Rocky Mountains were to be included in the apostolic vicariate already constituted. Fransoni asks Blanc to inform him and also have the bishops and churches make their opinions known to the Sacred Congregation.

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1850 Aug. 24
Keely, P(atrick) C.: Albany, (New York)
 to Bishop John McCloskey: (Albany, New York)

Keely informs McCloskey that it would not be prudent to enclose the Cathedral (of the Immaculate Conception, Albany, New York) without all the battlements completely finished. All the stone work must be finished this fall with the exception of the towers and pinnacles. Keely ordered the stone and has the men working on it without McCloskey's consent, but he could not do otherwise. Although it will cost $2,000 more this year, it would have cost 20 per cent more next year beside injury to the slating.

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1850 Aug. 24
Matton, Ch(arles):
On the banks of the Salado
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Matton is writing on a box full of tobacco, sitting on a wheelbarrow on the banks of a river at least five feet wide. Beside him is his tent, or rather Giraud's who has given him temporary lodging. Jouve is stretched out in his hammock waiting for Matton's letter to be finished. Matton's farm is on the banks of the Salado, on a little hill he has his house, a poor cottage. The Indians have done damage around here; Matton sleeps with his pistol and gun. They are 5 men and sleep peacefully enough. In 6 weeks he plans to leave for Mexico. He will have for his companion a man who was a prisoner of the Comanches for 9 years. Giraud recommended him as the best guide. If Rousselon has any letters for Matton, he is to leave them at O. Klemmes, 99 Canal Street.

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1850 Aug. 25
Lucas, Father P(eter): West B(aton) Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Lucas asks for a dispensation for Jean Baptist Richard and Marie Celima Daigre. In spite of the great heat, Lucas' health is very good. There is little sickness in his parish.

V-5-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 12mo. - {3}

1850 Aug. 27
Donahoe, Patrick: Boston, (Massachusetts)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts)

He does not want to purchase "Loretto," as he believes he can buy better stories for less money. He is estimating on the "Review," and will be able to give Brownson an answer soon.

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1850 Aug. 27
Horan, Father E. J.: Quebec, Canada
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

In reply to Brownson's letter, they will accept his son into the seminary. It would be well if his son should expect greater severity and stricter discipline than really exist. The term begins on September 17. He had better come provided with everything except coat and cap. His bed and bedding may be purchased there, sheets, pillow cases and napkins he might bring with him. He cannot say what books he may require, but if he has the classics he should bring them. A certificate from Worcester is not necessary but would have a good effect. He hopes that Brownson's son will be prepared for the horrors of the Inquisition so that he may find their regime tolerable. They hope they will see no more lads of the description of Smith's nephew who thought the seminary to be like a prison, for although they admit heretics, they do not admit unprofessed Christians.

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(18)50 Aug. 27
Regis, S.C., Sister Francis: Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Sister received Blanc's letter yesterday. Until now she has been no more than an idle spectator. Her feelings are such that she can scarcely suppress them. It was a sacrifice the Almighty required. Everything here (St. Joseph's Female Orphan Asylum) is so different from what she had been accustomed to. There are managers here but as yet she has had very little to do with them. What a time the Sisters (of Charity) have had. She knew that Blanc would have in Sister Irene, (S.C.) one would do all in her power for the Institution. She is far more competent than Regis was. When Regis was at home, Mother Xavier (S.C.) inquired about Blanc. She is always delicate but she has her hands full. Regis has not seen Father Maller yet. Will Blanc say Mass occasionally for Regis' deceased mother? Sister Fanny (Barrett?) desires to be remembered to Blanc. Regis sends respects to Fathers Rousselon and Mascaroni. If Blanc sees the Misses La Battu he is to give them her love and to the Sisters also.

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1850 Aug. 28
Henni, Bishop John M(artin): Milwaukee, (Wisconsin)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The inclosed letter (no enclosure) being the latest from Father (Peter Francis) Beauprez's home, might be of some service to (Blanc) as executor. This is the third note Henni has sent; he has a copy both of his testament and codicil, also letters from his agent, Mr. Ryan and receipts(?). What should Henni do with all this?

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1850 Aug. 28
Latapie, H(eloi)se Decuir: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipt for 12 piastres for the hire of Fanchonnette.

V-5-n - A. Receipt S. - (French) - 1p. - 32mo. - {1}

1850 Aug. (28)
Heudebert, James: Lyons, (France)
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

As a Frenchman originally, but a naturalized American citizen since 1822 at New Orleans, and named Consul of the United States at Lyons by General Taylor who has died since, people often came to Heudebert for information. Mr. Poi de Bord of this city asks Heudebert to send his respects and to ask Blanc to send his rent or tell him why it has stopped. This man appears to be in want. He asks Blanc to send it in the usual way or to Heudebert, in care of L. Draper, U.S: consul at Havre.

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(1850 Aug. 29)
Priour, Father J(ulien): (New Iberia, Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, L(ouisia)na

Priour received (Blanc)'s letter of the 5th of this month announcing his coming on September 29 to give Confirmation. He is a little slow in replying as he wanted to see the Ladies (of the Sacred Heart at Grand Coteau as the rumor is that they will not have their school again this year. Priour has not been able to go because of his people and the instructions for First Communion and Confirmation. (Blanc) is to send a confrere whom he judges most suitable. Priour asks for a dispensation for Peter Lassalle and Marie Theriot. (P.S. to) Father E(tienne) Rousselon: He is addressing his letter to Rousselon because he hears the Bishop has gone. He asks Rousselon to enter a subscription to the Propagateur (Catholique) for Joseph Boulé and Celinienne(?)Decuir, both of New Iberia. Several others hesitate because of the lawsuit(?). etc. He has the subscriptions of several of his parishioners which he will give to the Bishop when he comes to retreat.

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1850 Aug. 30
Lecoffre, Jacques: Paris, (France)
 to Mother Ste. Clair, R.U.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

They have received her letter of June 15 as well as the letter of exchange for 1287 francs. She is mistaken in sending this amount unless it is for a service not yet performed. After settling the bill of March 29, including the subscriptions for Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché, Ste. Clair owes only 146.05 francs. (Lecoffre copies their last bill here). Perché owes nothing. They will hold the 1140.95 francs in excess at her disposition.

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1850 Aug. 30
Whelan, Father David: Wheeling, Virginia
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

During the entire period of his residence in Cincinnati, David was contented and happy as could be expected. He discharged his duty faithfully. The chief and only motive that decided him to leave Cincinnati was the hope that he could contribute to the happiness of his brother; but the short time that he was here was enough to convince him that he acted unwisely. Conditions here are not as they were represented to him. He is to have charge of the entire congregation besides teaching the seminarians an hour a day. This duty is very disagreeable to him. David decided he must have leave Wheeling He asks if Purcell will accept him again for Cincinnati. If Purcell declines, David will be obliged to make application elsewhere.

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1850 Aug. 31
Reynolds, I(gnatius) A., Bp. Charleston: Buffalo, New York
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

A young man named Bernard Morris has applied to Reynolds for admission into his seminary. Morris gives Purcell as reference. Has Morris talents and other qualities to make a good priest? Purcell is to send his reply to Louisville, Kentucky.

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