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1851 Jan.

Michigan, Supreme Court of Detroit, Michigan

The judgement of the Supreme Court on property of St. Mary's Church, Detroit, Michigan, Judge C(harles) W Whipple's opinion, delivered at Detroit, January Term, 1851. A reprint from the Detroit Catholic Vindicator.

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1851 Jan. 2
Lucas, Father P(eter): West Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

He asks for a dispensation for Jean Baptiste Fullier(?) and Appouline Célima Breau and another for Eloi Dupuy and Marie Edilia Hebert. Lucas' jubilee began last Sunday. Father (C.) Mouret is with him and Father (Jean) Rogalle has not come; perhaps because of the bad weather. The roads are so bad.

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1851 Jan. 3
Tumoine, Father H(yacinthe): Avoyelles, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Tumoine sensed the reproach in Blanc's letter of (December) 27. Things are going slowly in the parish. Tumoine had asked Blanc several times whether he is to replace Father (M. Francis) Mazzuchelli or to await his return but has never had a direct reply. When Blanc wrote to Father (Charles M.) Menard he told him to tell Tumoine that he was to replace Mazzuchelli during his absence. Having been able to collect absolutely nothing, his desire to remain here is very slight. He could not go to the retreat because he had nothing with which to pay his expenses. His health is delicate but he is not ill. The Marksville church is at a standstill because there are too many offers of land and each one wants the church near him. The subscribers gave him the power of choice but if he chooses, some will refuse to pay. Tumoine is stopping at this point because he thinks it is time for Mazzuchelli's return.

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1851 Jan. 3
Blin, Father J.E.: Charenton, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Blanc) would have embarrassed Blin less if he had simply sent a letter for New Iberia. However, he accepts the heavy burden. If his successor wants the furniture of the presbytery Blin will give it with moderate conditions but he should procure some spermaceti candles. His confrere should get off at Bernard's Landing opposite the presbytery and Francis will bring him across.

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1851 Jan. 3
Dupee, James A.:
 to (Orestes A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts)

Mrs. Anita George desires an introduction to Brownson. Her ability, as shown in "Queens of Spain," her sympathies with many of his views, and her social qualities will probably make the acquaintance mutually agreeable and valuable.

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1851 Jan. 4
Chambost, Father C(harles): Jackson, L(ouisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Chambost reached Jackson on the 22nd and prepared his people for their Christmas duties. Everything he got in New Orleans came safely. He hopes to open a mission at Bayou Sara this month. Mr. Reilly, book binder, is far better for his health but his mind is heavy yet. He requests Chambost to tell his mother that he is well satisfied with the asylum and would like to see her in a visit. The asylum is in the same poor condition. Mrs. Aubord is sensible enough to do some light work but the conquest of the United States by the Mexicans gives her trouble. The Methodists were struck with panic when they saw the same old priest coming to build a church. Mr. Crenan, they say, must be a mean man to bring priests among them.

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1851 Jan. 4
Dupree, James A.: Boston, (Massachusetts)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

With great pleasure he introduces Mrs. Anita George. He is sure that Brownson will extend those courtesies due to her as an historian and as a lady of highest worth.

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1851 Jan. 5
Fontbonne, Father James: St. Martinville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

This is the third letter Fontbonne has written; the other two are in the hands of the Sisters (of Mount Carmel) Lafayette but the steamboats are not running. The reading of Father (Julian) Priour's will has been made. Blanc is universal heir and executor. What could lead to quibbling are the notes added to this will. Father (H.) Thirion has been at New Iberia since Christmas eve. Thirion has said that he does not wish to remain at St. Martin and Fontbonne does not wish to cause any trouble. If Thirion goes abruptly Blanc is not to think Fontbonne has given any occasion. Fontbonne's health is very weak; he cannot sing or preach. He hopes Blanc will give him a successor in May.

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1851 Jan. 5
George, Anita: Boston, Mass(achusetts)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Chelsea, (Massachusetts)

While last in New York, her esteemed countryman, Senor de San Martin, gave her the October number of the "Review." Her reading of the article on the "Cuban Expedition" inspired the wish that she might be able to express, viva voce, her enthusiastic admiration and fervent gratitude. This manifestation from one among the many, and that one a woman, will be of little moment to Brownson, but they all stand by those whose good opinion is of far more importance. His courage in exposing in their true light these things that if acted upon would stamp eternal disgrace upon the American name is deserving of high praise and the vindication of the aspersed character of her countrymen secures him the esteem of the wise and good of all nations. It would be well for humanity of honor, justice and truth had many such champions, but in this country the voice of the majority — and his eloquence becomes a veritable heroism.

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1851 Jan. 6
(Chanche), Bishop John Joseph: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

This note will be handed to Blanc by Sheppard Reynolds who built the altar in their Cathedral, an excellent piece of workmanship, much admired by all. Reynolds goes to New Orleans, with the intention of settling there if he can find employment.

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1851 Jan. 6
Darby, Constance: New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

She received Blanc's letter several days ago; Blanc promised her the Sisters and she thanks him. She asks him to talk to Madame (Maria) Cutts, (R.S.C.J.) to dispose her in Darby's favor so that she can carry out her plan. Blanc speaks of this house at Baton Rouge which he counted on establishing. He could tell them that there is a thousand piastres for New Iberia. The church and all around it has never coat Blanc anything; there is still 2000 piastres due her on this debt. If she had this, it would help here with her convent since her husband is dead. Her children would help her if they could but they owe 60,000 (?) piastres for the house they have bought. This purchase was made for settling the estate(?). Father (Julian) Priour had begun the subscription; she is going to finish it. Before the fire at the convent she had put more than 2000 piastres on this land and she must begin again. Blanc says he will make a trip to France; if he gets Sisters they could hope to have them this fall. She would like to justify herself in regard to those Ladies whom he asked for for New Iberia. He told her through St. Marc (Darby?) that he had asked the (Sisters of?) St. Joseph for Sisters and that is was useless to count on them. Darby herself asked them and they replied that they were going to refuse the Bishop and they told her to apply to the Ladies of the Sacred Heart. That is why she went to Grand Coteau. (P.S.) She believes Father (Louis) Rocof(f)ort, (S.J.) will replace Priour; they need someone alert who can take care of all Priour did. Mrs. Jules (Darby?) and she are doing everything they can to take care of the church. It is important to have their pastor; they cemetery is in a desolate state, all the fences are down.

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1851 Jan. 7
Foley, Dan(ie)l: Cincinnati, Ohio
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Foley asks Blanc to let his brother, Denis Foley, know that his wife and Dan(ie)l are in Cincinnati. Denis will call at Blanc's to know if his wife called there as she promised.

Denis' wife is stopping to Sweetman's.

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1851 Jan. 7
Sorin, (C.S.C.), Father E(dward F.): Notre Dame, (Indiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Sorin informs Blanc of something their chapter of priests believes necessary both for the good of Blanc's orphanage and for the honor of their Congregation (of Holy Cross). It seems that Father (Francis) Gouesse, (C.S.C.) has caught the Motherhouse unawares by having himself appointed local superior in spite of all the chapter at Notre Dame due Dac. They want to apprise Blanc of their surprise and sorrow at an appointment so compromising to the general welfare. They believe it their duty to send their protests to Holy Cross or rather to inform Blanc that they no longer consider him as one of theirs in America. They wait only for a reply from France to replace him. As a simple chaplain, he could do much good but beyond that he could offer nothing but fears. (P.S.) The Chapter further desires that Sorin complete the contract made in 1848, including the priest and the Sisters (Marianites of the Holy Cross). Up to now nothing positive has been settled for the support of the priest. They have recently been told of the church which Blanc intends to build at the asylum; they would like to know Blanc's plans before sending a new priest in order to give assurance to the administration of the asylum both for the future and the present. Sorin does not need to tell Blanc how happy they were to read of the almost prodigious results of the charity of the Catholics of New Orleans.

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1851 Jan. 8
(Odin), Bishop J(ohn) M(ary): Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

This will be brought by Mr. Kennedy, administrator of Mr. McIntee's estate. Bishop (John Baptist) Lamy arrived here yesterday and is going to continue on his way tonight. (Odin) would like to keep him at least a week but he seems anxious to get to San Antonio. If Father (Antonio Severino) Borrajo comes through New Orleans again, Blanc is to tell him that his trip is to be paid by Lamy. He has already cost (Odin)'s poor mission of Texas enough, not to expose (Odin) further to new expenses with his fanciful plans and inconstancy. He is not the man for Lamy; (Odin) warmed him. If (Odin) could have trusted him, he would have put him in charge of the Mexicans of the Rio Grande but his administration of those at Nacogdoches was not such to make (Odin) do so. Father Rousselon sent only 8 ordos; he want six more.

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1851 Jan. (?)9
(Blanc, Archbishop Anthony): N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

A dispensation granted to Felix Christoval de Armas and Marie Emilie Laure de Armas; St. Louis Church.

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1851 Jan. 10
(Chanche), Bishop John Joseph: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Chanche) received Blanc's letter of December 31 and the preceding one enclosing the $20 sent by Father (J.P.) Bellier. (Chanche) thanks Blanc also for the wine Father Rousselon is to send. (Chanche) is happy that the pallium has come; he hopes it will arrive in New Orleans while (Chanche) is with Blanc. Blanc would of course invite the Bishop of Mobile to perform to ceremony and the Bishop of Galveston to be present. Perhaps Bishop (Andrew) Byrne will have arrived by that time. If the palliums have arrived for the Bishops of New York and Cincinnati, they will feel flat when they reach Rome. Father (Louis Regis) Deluol said, "The Bishop of New Orleans, is too wise to expose himself to such a blunder." Poor Father Pitrat must have been a great hypocrite and something worse, he was writing his book when Blanc was so kind to him and receiving (Chanche)'s hospitality and administering besides the functions of the priesthood. But all apostates have been in the same case. (Chanche) intends to leave Wednesday by the Natchez.

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1851 Jan. 10
(Vandevelde), Bishop James Oliver: Chicago, (Illinois)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

He should have written a long time ago about Father (J.) Masquelet. He has put it off, thinking he would return to the right path. By his previous letters, Blanc knows that Masquelet contributed to the schism at Teutopolis, (Illinois), where he has property. Learning that Masquelet planned to come to Teutopolis last fall, (Vandevelde) wrote him at New Orleans telling him that if he appeared in any part of the diocese before repairing as best he could the damage he had done at Teutopolis, Vandevelde would forbid him even to say Mass in his diocese. He did not come but he corresponds with his family and perhaps with others. The way prepared by Father (Francis J.) Fischer, Vandevelde two months ago sent Father (Joseph) Zoegel to take care of the congregation. Zoegel has brought back nearly all the unruly ones, especially the postmaster Uptman who seemed to be at the head of the Masquelet party. Blanc will see Zoegel's zeal by his letter and the sentiments of the Masquelet family stirred up no doubt by their relative at New Orleans. It seems it is not the first time he has caused trouble. Bishop (John Martin) Henni, who knew his previous history in the diocese of Cincinnati, assured Vandevelde that there has never been a more speculative priest. All his proceedings since he plunged into the company which planned the town of Teutopolis, confirm Henni's statement. The letter Masquelet wrote last year to prove to (Vandevelde) that he was not a speculator is a strong proof. (Vandevelde) believed he should write Blanc so that if he deems it proper, he could give Masquelet some good advice.

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 Enclosure: 

1850 Dec. 31
Zoegel, Father (Joseph): Teutopolis, (Illinois)
 to Bishop James O(liver) Vandevelde: Chicago, Illinois

Since he wrote last, Zoegel has had two letters, one dated December 9 and the other December 2. The collection was made and he presents $22.50 which in order to reach Chicago safely, he has had one of his parishioners take to Father (Arnold) Damen, (S.J.) of St. Louis University. All is going very well here. Last Sunday he exposed the advantages of union and peace. After the service, a great many even came to the presbytery to assure him of their reconciliation. The Masquelet family will probably grow old in their revolutionary dispositions. One of Masquelet's brothers said neither he nor his brothers and sisters would ever submit. Five other families have refused but Zoegel hopes that they will follow the example of the others. He has been able to inspire the family of Uptman, the postmaster, to submit and this good family is doing all they can for the good cause.

- A.L.S. -


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1851 Jan. 11
Shannon, (R.S.C.J.), Madame A(nna): Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Their Mother being compelled to commence her retreat today, Shannon answers (Blanc)'s last letter. They had written to Mrs. St. Marc and endeavored to convince her of the impossibility of making an establishment at New Iberia for some years. Mother will accompany the ladies to Baton Rouge but because of steamboat regulations they cannot arrive before February 3. Madame (Adine) Guinand, (R.S.C.J.) is to be Superior, Madame (Félicité) Lamy (R.S.C.J.) will give music lessons, Madame Dubreuil, (R.S.C.J.) to teach the first English class, Madame McDonough, (R.S.C.J.) the second, and two Sisters. Dubreuil knows French nearly as well as English and has a knowledge of music. Shannon hopes (Blanc) will be pleased with his foundation. They will be happy to receive Mrs. Blanchet's little daughter, being recommended by (Blanc). They had also intended taking Father (Julian) Priour's niece but no application has been made since his death. So (Blanc) is to inform those ladies of New Iberia that they will take both their children gratis. Mother (Maria) Cutts, (R.S.C.J.) presents her regards.

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1851 Jan. 11
Spalding, M(artin) J., Bp. of Louisville: Louisville, Kentucky
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Spalding sends Purcell a statement of reasons for the returning of Covington and Newport to the Diocese of Louisville which Purcell will have the goodness to lay before Cardinal Franzoni. They will abide by the decision of the Holy See.

P.S. A miserable apostate, Pitrato, is publishing an infamous book in Louisville.

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1851 Jan. 12
Abbadie, S.J., Father J(ohn) F(rancis): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Abbadie writes at the request of Dr. De Poorter who wishes to know if the accident at Cape Girardeau has changed anything about the fate of the Barrens, whether he should send his children, and when. He hopes, in passing through New Orleans to take them there, that Blanc will give him in introduction. They announced their jubilee today; Abbadie hopes to give it at the same time to the parish, the convent, and the two chapels. Father (Vital) Gilles, (S.J.) is well, the two Brothers also. P.S. Does Blanc need a new supply of tobacco?

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1851 Jan. 12
Jourdant, (S.J.), Father Ant(hony) J.: (Grand Coteau, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father (Anthony Désiré) Mégret has just told Jourdant of the objections he would have to the election of Zénon Broussard as one of their arbitrators. Although Jourdant cannot agree that Mégret's reasons are sound, he asks (Blanc) to substitute either Ursin Bernard, or Placide Guilbeau, this good father of a family whom (Blanc) confirmed at his last visit. Broussard is quite ill. The two Jourdant proposes were proposed by Mégret himself. He thanks (Blanc) for the mandate for the jubilee. On the basis of what was done at New Orleans, where the Ember day fast served for the jubilee, they have announced the opening for the first Sunday of Lent. Their station at Plaquemine-Brulé is under construction. All the priests and Brothers Join in offering their respects; all will reciprocate with prayer on the 17th.

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1851 Jan. 12
Ryley, Mich(ae)l: Piqua, Ohio
 to (Mrs. Michael Ryley: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received her letter dated October 17, 1850 and she requested him to send some money to meet her wants on the voyage. Sickness has prevented him from doing so. He hopes to receive an answer by return mail. He wrote as she directed more than once; she wrote she was going to sail for New Orleans. He will be able to send as much as will bring her to Piqua.

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 On the same paper: 

(1851 Jan. 12)
Riely, Michal: (Piqua, Ohio)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon?: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He asks (Rousselon?) to make some inquiry and send an account. His wife's name is Catharine Ryley and she wrote from Ireland that she would sail for New Orleans. He wrote twice and got no answer.

- A.L.S.(?) -


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1851 Jan. 13
Francais, Father (Nicolas): Abbeville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: Mew Orleans, Louisiana)

He received (Blanc)'s letter of December 31. This letter would puff up anyone inclined to pride. It is impossible for Francais to make the people understand that they should build a church. Another priest night do better here: Father (Isidore Cuny). Cuni would do wonders. He knows the people of New Iberia, having served there a year. If he asked (Blanc) for this post, it was not for human considerations but rather to be nearer a confrere. He was far away but he had the consolation of seeing often, his friend Father (Julian) Priour. At New Iberia he could see the priests at Grand Coteau from time to time. Here Francais sees only Father (Anthony Désiré) Mégret who is so occupied with things of this world. Francais feels the infirmities of age; he is deaf in one ear. He is supported so far only by the offerings of the people of the third municipality. At New Iberia he noticed that all the fences were down at the cemetery; St. Marc Darby promised to have them put up. Francais also told Father (H.) Thirion to look out for the deceased's papers. Francais was at St. Martinville for the opening of the will and he asked Judge Simon, who was to go to New Orleans, to give (Blanc) a copy. (Blanc) was made executor and universal heir; all the vestments and his library were given to the church. P.S. He asks (Blanc) to give the $50 he has to Emile Veazey of keep it until further orders.

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1851 Jan. 13
Lamy, Bishop J(ohn Baptist): Indianola, Texas
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Before receiving his letter, Blanc will have learned about their shipwreck. No one perished but Lamy lost all his books, two other boxes, and his Jersey wagon. He saved the few vestments he had and his linen. For eight hours they were between life and death. The stage is waiting to go to San Antonio; he will write from there.

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1851 Jan. 13
Taylor, Jacob: Springboro, Ohio
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Taylor wishes to get information in regard to Dennis (Foley) Foaly, an Irishman who had sent to Ireland for his wife. She was to report to (Rousselon) when she landed at New Orleans. Dennis left Taylor's house in October to go for his wife. Taylor feels solicitous as the cholera was on the river when he started. Foaly rented a house and engaged to work the coming season. His letter may have miscarried.

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1851 Jan. 14
Byrne, John J.: Dublin, (Ireland)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Byrne encloses a letter for Bishop (Andrew Byrne) of Arkansas who is likely to meet Blanc about the time this will arrive. If late, Blanc is to forward it to Little Rock.

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1851 Jan. 15
Foulhouze, James: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Foulhouze saw Ch(arle)s Bienvenu last night who told him of Blanc's anxiety about the imprudent steps of Oscar (?) Arroyo. There is nothing to fear; Arroyo wrote to the judge of the parish to withdraw his affidavit. Father (A. Savelli) Zavelli is not at all guilty and Foulhouze successfully defended him but in these times it is better that a priest does not made his innocence conspicuous; his conduct is irreproachable and he merits the highest regard. When one displeases the world, he becomes the victim of many accusations. But also one is sustained by upright men and Foulhouze will always defend the cause of Blanc's representative in the parish of Plaquemines.

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1851 Jan. 16
Chavaete, Father P.S.: Woumen, Belgium
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Chavaetre received (Blanc)'s power of attorney and his letter of December 5 as well as the one of December 20. He also received the lawyer's letter with an excerpt from the will and codicil. Chavaete will sell the houses as soon as possible but his notary says that (Blanc) must send him a special power of attorney like the sample inclosed (no enclosure) to pay the rights of succession at the registration which will amount to 5 percent. He also needs an extract from the will only as to what relates to the estate in Belgium. As for the dividing of the proceeds from the houses among the relatives of the deceased, Chavaete asks (Blanc)'s opinion of those words in the will. The nearest relative is an aunt on the mother's side and three first cousins on the paternal side. There are more distant cousins but Chavaete believes they will be excluded by the closer ones. (Blanc) asked the amount of rent from the house reserved by an anniversary (remembrance?) and about 25 Masses: the rent is 45 francs a year. This house could probably be sold for 900-1000 francs. Chavaete would consent to sending $1000 to Bishop (John Martin Henni) of Milwaukee. Could they not move back four years the legacy of 1000 piastres for the poor of Woumen? He also thinks he should give (Blanc) the information found in a letter written by Father (Peter Francis) Beauprez, dated December 12, 1849, at Milwaukee: "I have just disposed of my estate in favor of a church being built here. The Bishop finding himself very embarrassed in fulfilling his contracts, has asked me to lend him the money and I have finally consented." (Blanc) asks about the hospice: the purchase of the land amounts to 22,000 francs, 1000 is already paid. The buildings will probably amount to 28,000 francs; 50,000 francs in all. As for the support of the poor the first years, since the hospice depends entirely on the Sisters under the directions of a priest director, this support will not be gratis. It is hoped that at some time the institution would be self-supporting. Chavaete asks (Blanc) to let him know approximately the annual revenues and at what time they would be available.

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1851 Jan. 16
Dupuy, Father Enn(emond): Iberville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Affairs here are not yet settled. The trustees have asked Dupuy to remain as he was before his election. The levee is finished; it cost $800. The trustees thought they could get the money to pay for this and the transfer of the buildings. But since it is contrary to the people and the electors, they got almost nothing. They talk again of selling the land and taking the revenue. It would take about 12 years to pay for the main things to be done. When asked for money, people reply: "Why don't you make the transfer? Don't you see we are going to lose the priest." If (Blanc) can convince them not to count on another priest, Dupuy thinks they will come around.

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(1851 Jan. 16)
Rogalle, Father J(ohn): (Pointe Coupée, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Rogalle has just received Blanc's letter of the 12th. It was he who sent the haughty letter for the trustees. He did not send an explanation because from day to day he hoped to receive the result of a new decision on the part of his antagonists. He talked to the two trustees most opposed to him, Valery Ledoux and Belzous(?). They said they stood for reducing him by $160 a year. So Rogalle drew up the letter in question. After sending this letter to each one, Charles Poydras, Baptiste Bergeron, Villeneuve Gasserant and Alexandre Chitz, all said they were opposed to the reduction of his salary. On the day of the meeting Belzous and Ledoux arrived with a series of resolutions against the subject of Rogalle's letter. All these resolutions were rejected. Poydras said he was withdrawing Rogalle's letter without any resolution. Two days later Rogalle wrote another letter, a copy of which is enclosed; he will send it only at Blanc's order. If the decision is not in his favor, he will explain everything to the parishioners who seem dissatisfied with these trustees and he will build his church at Chenal without the least idea of quitting the parish. Next Sunday they will begin the jubilee with Father (C.) Mouret; he has already arrived. Father (Peter) Lucas will replace Mouret in his parish.

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 Enclosure: 

1851 Jan. 11(?)
(Rogalle, Father J.): P(ointe) C(oupée, Louisiana)
 to The President and Trustees: Point Coupée, Louisiana

The discussion of his interests, within his rights, and without striking at anyone, was the object of Rogalle's letter last week. If he offended anyone he will do all he can to repair it. By this letter he wishes to inform them that he cannot accept any reduction in salary. Rather than oppose them he will leave the area of their administration on March 1. He asks them to name someone at that time to inventory the church furnishings, receive them, and relieve him of them. He asks them to pay him as soon as possible for the three quarters due him. The present quarter not being ended, he will receive that when due.

- A. Copy -


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1851 Jan. 17
Irene, (S.C.), Sister Mary: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Sister offers her congratulations on Blanc's feast day. A gentleman called this morning and said that the American Theater is no longer used for that purpose but at present for a circus. The gentleman whose note she will send (no enclosure) told others that some years ago he gave a circus benefit for their orphans. Some of the friends of the institution think it would be very impolite to refuse. It rests with Blanc to decide; she will act on his decision and not on her Sisters'.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {1}


1851 Jan. 18
Blanchet, Widow C.: New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

She has had no word from Blanc about what she asked him to do with the Sisters of Sacred Heart for her Octavie, eleven years old, who can no longer attend the convent at new Iberia. She asks Blanc to help her to have them take her at Grand Coteau. She is hard pressed to get what is necessary for six children. She goes to the church often; she cleaned it all recently. For three years she has been the only singer in the organ loft. Father (Julian) Priour did not pay her since she did not with the intention of helping so that an organist could be paid later. Mrs. St. Marc wants Blanchet to tell Blanc that the presbytery is still locked and that the assistant from St. Martin, Father (H.) T(h)ir(i)on, stays at the home of Mrs. Goujon(?), Priour's sister. He has been here since Christmas. Mrs. St. Marc says if Blanc will give her the keys, she will arrange a room and furnish some white wine. (P.S.) L. Darby has unlocked the presbytery and offered the priest some wine.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {6}


1851 Jan. 18
Fontbonne, Father James: St. Martinville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Blanc's letter gave Fontbonne great satisfaction. Both the proposals Blanc made are agreeable to him. If he chooses the second one, he is to give this priest a little note stating in what capacity Blanc is sending him. Fontbonne will give him the baptismal registers. They will share the revenue equally, as they do at St. Augustine's. A sad accident happened to old Dumartrait; fire destroyed all his houses at the far end of his yard. They were very fine and well furnished, and were occupied by his servants. There was a time Fontbonne feared that part of the village would be burned, the wind was so strong.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {3}


1851 Jan. 18
Roduit, S.J. Father Jos(eph): Grand, Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Alcide Dekerlogon wishes to marry Justine Robin, his relative in the third degree, and Roduit hopes Rousselon will give the necessary dispensation.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {3}


1851 Jan. 19
Borrajo, Father Antonio Severo: Nacogdoches, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

After leaving here, Borrajo stayed a few days in places where there were Mexicans and that is why he received (Blanc)'s letter at Natchitoches. He waited to reply to see if he would come back here or take the land route to San Antonio. Since (Blanc) wrote, Borrajo also had a letter from Bishop (John Baptist) Lamy, telling him that he could ask Father Rousselon for $50 in his name. In order to make the trip, Borrajo had asked to borrow it from Mr. Chevallier. Usually one can get from here to San Antonio in 6 or 7 days for $40; he can return whatever is left over to Lamy. Borrajo left at Natchitoches a valise with some books and other things; he will write to Father (Auguste) Martin to bring them when he comes so that Lamy's vicar general can take them to San Antonio.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (Spanish) - 3pp. - 4to. - {4}


1851 Jan. 19
Jourdant, S.J., Father Ant(hony) J.: (Grand Coteau, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He hastens to reply to (Blanc)'s letter of the 13th about the last wishes of Father (Julian) Priour. St. Charles owed him nothing, neither $500 or anything else. Father (John Baptist Léon) Maisounabe, (S.J.) borrowed from him, 2- years ago, this sum at 5 percent. But in July 1849, Priour gave Maisounabe's debt in payment to Father (Anthony Désiré) Mégret who gave it back to pay what he owed the College. This obligation, paid 18 months ago, is in the hands of Father (John F.) Cambiaso, (S.J.). Priour, last October, owed the College $271.65 which he asked of them for the purchase of a piece of land on Spanish Lake, between St. Martin and New Iberia. First they gave Priour an obligation on Judge C. Voorhies of $205 and secondly, $25 due from the late Mr. Blanchet. They have no receipt for these advances but if necessary, Father (James) Fontbonne could testify about Voorhies and Father (A.) de Chaignon, (S.J.) was at St. Martin with Priour on April 6, 1850 when Priour gave the seller of the land the obligation accepted by Voorhies. Jourdant awaits (Blanc)'s instructions about the thousand Masses of which (Blanc) spoke. At the convent, they have asked Jourdant to receive the first vows of a novice, one of those they wrote to (Blanc) about last July. Jourdant does not know is Father (L.) Rocoffort, (S.J.) did wrong in blessing the corner stone of the chapel of the convent. If so, Jourdant asks forgiveness for him.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {11}


1851 Jan. 19
Legrand, Father F.: Pont Breaux, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Blanc said in his last letter that he had written Legrand three times since the retreat. Legrand has received only two; the first dated November 29 and the third received today through Father (Anthony Désireé) Mégret's negro. He wrote after the holidays and put it in the post office the 15th, where he found it today and took it back. He submits to the decision announced in Blanc's third letter. The principal accusation is what was to have taken place at St. Martin and on his trip to the city. It is much exaggerated and he knows nothing about it. When he sees Blanc he is confident that he can clear up all doubts. Blanc gives him a week to leave. To settle affairs, he asks to have another week. He has the confidence of his parishioners; he has committed no crime or scandal. He would leave on February 3. Mégret would be looking for him at his house. Legrand shed bitter tears on receiving Blanc's letter; he does not believe he deserves such severity. P.S. Monday: Mégret has just arrived; he has promised to support Legrand's request for another week.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 4to. - {2}


1851 Jan. 19
Ludington, D(aphne) A. B.: Sweden, (New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

It is a long time since she has heard from Brownson and she is curious to know the cause. She hopes he has not forgotten her, but knows that such can not be the case. She has so many sorrows that she would like to open her heart to Brownson. What the Spring will bring she doesn't know; but it is certain that she will not go to Michigan with him who has made her so miserable. She would rather go to the poorhouse. But there is no fear of that at present. She still holds on to the promise that Brownson made to her last Spring. She wrote to him last Fall requesting a dollar, but she received no answer. If she was impertinent at asking, she hopes he will forgive her. She wants him to write as soon as he receives her letter, in order to relieve her anxiety.

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


1851 Jan. 19
Morehead, Edward: St. Louis University, (St. Louis, Missouri)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Boston), Massachusetts

The members of the Philalethic Society have elected Brownson an honorary member of the society. They have been directed in their course by the energetic efforts that has characterized Brownson for the last six years in the defense of truth.

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


1851 Jan. 19
Mégret, Father A(nthony) D(ésiré): Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received (Blanc) letter of the 12th yesterday. He thought he should find out Father (F.) L(e) G(rand)'s dispositions before going to see him. Mégret sent (Legrand) this morning, by a servant, the letter (Blanc) entrusted to him, acceompanied by one from Mégret himself written as a friendly confrere. (Legrand) replied in a most satisfactory way, asking Mégret to come to see him tomorrow or Tuesday. Mrs. Zenon received a letter today from Mother Thérèse saying that classes would not resume until February 12. This is another mishap for the house; a publicly announced day should not be postponed. P.S. On Wednesday they began putting up the framework of their extension; they finished on Thursday. Mégret heard yesterday that New Iberia was deserted; they die there without the sacraments or Church burial. Some one by the name of Cabrole performs the functions of a pastor. Where are the two priests of St. Martinville? New Iberia seems to want Father (Louis) Rocof(f)ort, (S.J.) for a pastor.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 4to. - {7}


(18)51 Jan. 20
Cummings, Father J(eremiah) W.: New York, (New York)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Cummings obtained the pallium and forwarded it as the enclosed receipt will show (no enclosure). He knows no safer way than the express for small parcels. Even if the steamer sinks, after all he said to them, Stimson's people will try to save (Blanc)'s box. (Blanc) can claim the box if it is not delivered on the arrival of the Fanny.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 16mo. - {2}


1851 Jan. 20
Peacocke, J.S.: St. Cloud, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Some time ago Peacocke wrote Blanc congratulating him on his elevation to the archiepiscopal chair. Yesterday he had a visit from their friend, Father (Charles) Chambost who assures him that Blanc never received the letter. Chambost informs him that Blanc is to visit their parish; Peacocke asks him to make his place his residence during his stay. They are gradually making friends here and the Catholic faith is better received. Several persons think a branch of the convent here would do well. Peacocke is willing to give $1500 toward it. He was at the Sacred Heart a few days ago and saw his little daughter. He asks Blanc to remember him to Madame (Eleanor) Gray, (R.S.C.J.). Peacocke wishes to be the first on earth in his daughter's mind and heart.

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


1851 Jan. 21
Collins, William B.: (New York, New York)
 to William Seton: (New York, New York)

A tenant's agreement: Collins certifies that he has "hired and taken from William Seton the House and enclosed ground named in the Landlord's Agreement signed this day by him". It is for one year beginning May 5, 1851, for a yearly rent of $550 payable quarterly. Collins is to be given possession on or before April 1 and will pay the rent punctually and leave the premises in a good state at the expiration of the term. Seton is exempt from repairs.

II-2-a - Certificate S. - 1pp. {1}


1851 Jan. 21
DeGoesbriand, Father (Louis): (Cleveland, Ohio)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He will tell what he knows of Father August Berger. Berger came to Cleveland recommended by Father (Francis D.) Brunner who did not think him fit to suit his Society. Berger gave full satisfaction while he was in the seminary. After his ordination in 1849 he was sent to Sandusky where he wished to separate the Germans from the Irish and become the pastor of an independent congregation. Rappe withdrew from him his faculties and requested Father Brunner to receive him not as a member of his community but for penance and solitude. From there he was sent to Minster for the time of the cholera. Two months ago Berger asked if DeGoesbriand would consent to him becoming a pastor in the diocese of Cincinnati in case Purcell would yield to the petitions of the Germans in Minster. DeGoesbriand refused thinking that Berger was in Minister by Father Brunner's directions. Berger knows enough theology to be a good priest but is head strong and obstinate. DeGoesbriand would be thankful if Purcell would receive Berger in Cincinnati. He hopes he will do better.

II-4-1 - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {6}


1851 Jan. 21
Kupfer, Father L.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Having received the written permission attached, Kupfer received the marriage vows of Jean Erasme, son of Paca in Guinea, and of Marguerite, slave of J. Jaques Lavigne, in the presence of Pierre Thiot, Victoire Bellouard, and Mouron Bernard who sign. (Attache are the permissions signed) January 20. Widow Castillon (signs the one for) Marguerite; Lavigne, grandson of the late Joseph Savary, (signs the permission for) Erasme.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - folio & 8vo. - {6}


1851 Jan. 22
De Blieck, S.J., Father J.: Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He was embarrassed to learn by a letter from Father (John Anthony) Elet, (S.J.) that (Peter) Cheri Noguès's account had been sent to Blanc. De Blieck went to see the treasurer, Father (Florian Joseph) Sautois, (S.J.) who said he had not sent it. Father (William) Mearns, (S.J.), his predecessor, must have sent it. In examining the College accounts with Mr. (J.) Roes, (S.J.), who was treasurer three years ago, they decided not to send any of Nogues's accounts to Blanc whether he entered the Society, as he talked about then, or not. Confident of Blanc's good dispositions toward the College of St. Xavier, he offers his services whenever needed.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 4to. - {6}


1851 Jan. 22
Doyle, Father A.: Millikens Bend, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Doyle left the 13th on the Montgomery and arrived here Thursday. He first went to C.B. Minnis, Esquire, who expressed his pleasure at the opportunity for himself and family to attend Mass. The church is roofed in, the flooring laid. The windows were in but nearly all the glass is broken. The few Catholics here have become very lukewarm. The priest sent here last year spent the greater part of the time in sapping the foundations of religion. Last Sunday Doyle said Mass at Minnis' house and at 3 p.m. preached in the schoolhouse. Minnis is the principal Catholic, all look up to him. The few families who built the church propose to have the windows repaired, the church cleaned, and temporary benches and alter put in. This week Minnis bought a house and is removing it to the church lot as a residence for the priest. There is no one to serve Mass but Mr. Fitzwilliam; if he could attend on Sundays, it is the most he could do. If Doyle had a boy from the asylum, it would be well. Minnis and others said if Doyle only remained 6 or 7 months, it would be necessary to have a boy. Doyle will write to Judge Byrne on the matter. It would be a great service of Blanc could come up to dedicate the church. Minnis and lady send regards.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 4to. - {5}


1851 Jan. 22
Kavanaugh, Morgan: Springfield, Illinois
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

About November 20, 1850, Kavanaugh wrote to (Blanc) inclosing $15 to be paid to Father Thomas Hase who landed at New Orleans with a colony of Irish immigrants intending to settle in the diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas, under Bishop Byrne. The money was for one of the immigrants, Eliza Corcoran, who arrived in Springfield on the 5th. She has since died. She said she had never heard of the money. Perhaps it has been paid to Hase who did not sail with the girl not did she see him after landing at New Orleans. A letter was addressed to Father S(tephen) Rousselon acquainting him of the affair. Kavanaugh asks (Blanc) to inform him.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {4}


1851 Jan. 22
(Kenrick), Archbishop Peter Richard: St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to Father S(tephen) Roussellon(!): (New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Kenrick) received the ordos and has caused the 75 Masses to be celebrated. He forwards through Father (Edmond) Saulnier the ordos for Dubuque.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {2}


1851 Jan. 22
Mégret, Father A(nthony) D(ésiré): Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father (F.) L(e)G(rand) has his set ideas; he is not lacking in intelligence but his faith is lacking. If (Blanc) ever gives Mégret a similar mission, he will ask for other powers. L.G. merits a formal interdict for resisting (Blanc)'s wishes; there is no other way to get his entire submission. Following Mégret's advice L.G. will leave his post without anyone knowing of his disgrace. L.G. said that he had no money, that he had 5 marriages to perform this week, that he must settle his affairs, (etc.). Mégret told him that H. Dupré, his friend, would make his personal collections. He will leave Pont Breau and follow (Blanc)'s itinerary because he hopes for a better post from (Blanc). It was fortunate that Mégret knew the contents of (Blanc)'s letter for he was continuing his faculties to February 3 as he said he would stay to settle his affairs. Mégret told him he would come on the thirtieth to get the inventory and keys. The example of a bad priest is terrible, even for his confreres and it will be difficult for (Blanc) to know the truth; although the friends of debauchery always reveal themselves. Mégret will write next week. After High Mass Sunday, Mégret plans to go to say a second one at Pont Breaux. He also plans to go there Thursday during the vacancy. P.S. He has let L.G. know that he thought his letter would be useless and that (Blanc) would probably not reply.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {4}


1851 Jan. 22
Murray, J.: Charleston, (South Carolina)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Murray has written twice enclosing the bill for the Cath(oli)c Miscellany and received no answer. Very probably Blanc did not receive them. P.S. The Bill did not receive them. P.S. The bill is $7 for 2 years. It is to be directed to Father T(imothy J.) Sullivan, Catholic Seminary. (In Blanc's hand): $10 sent January 31.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {3}


1851 Jan. 22
(Kenrick), Archbishop Peter Richard: St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Nothing is changed of what his predecessor established in regard to matrimony in this diocese. The passage of the letter refers only to parishes properly so called. Where the parties live only 9 or 10 miles from the priest's residence, (Kenrick) would incline to think marriages invalid, if not performed before him. Two conditions are necessary that the district be a canonically erected parish and that there be a priest residing in the parish. He doubts there was a canonically erected parish before (Kenrick) made the division of the city 6 years ago. Bishop (Joseph) Rosati is said to have been asked would a marriage be valid, celebrated at Carondelet, 6 miles from St. Louis before any person if no priest resided there. Rosati answered in the affirmative. (Kenrick) inclines to think that (Blanc)'s case is a valid marriage. (Blanc) is the only one who has not had the appearance of running away from the Pallium. Archbishop (John Hughes) had it left for him at Paris; Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell wrote (Kenrick) from New York that his had been brought to Boston but he seemed to intend to have it sent to Cincinnati before receiving it. Bishop (Michael Portier) ought to get a gold medal from the next council as proof of his brethern's admiration for his having built such a magnificent church without getting into debt. (Kenrick) could not be present at the consecration.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - 3pp - 4to. - {7}


(18)51 Jan. 23
Richards, J.E.: Brownsville, Texas
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Some few months ago, Richards left a crucifix in Blanc's care at the time Blanc lent him $10. The crucifix was to be given back whenever the sum was repaid. The bearer of this letter, Father (Adrien Pierre Telmon, O.M.I.,) Tillman, will give Blanc the $10.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {2}


1851 Jan. 24
Francais, Father (Nicholas): Abbeville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

In Blanc's letter in reply to Francais' letter from New Iberia, Blanc said that he thought of Francais for New Iberia. In Blanc's last letter he says he had already proposed this post to Father (J.E.) Blin before receiving Francais' first letter. If the unanimous choice of the people is a manifestation of Providence, it has happened to Francais, at the third municipality, at Iberville, and at New Iberia. Blanc offers him Blin's post; Francais accepts it in order to get away from Father (Anthony Désiré) Mégret. He thanks Blanc. P.S. Blanc asks if Father (H.) Thirion and Company could live here. Francais believes so, for being two they could do more work and increase their income.

VI-1-a - A.L.S - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {4}


1851 Jan. 25
Blenkinsop, Father Peter J.: (Worcester, Massachusetts)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

Were he not in great need of funds he would not trouble Brownson. But in necessities, friends must be applied to. If convenient, would Brownson remit a part of his bill and do him a great favor? He has a large bill to pay Feb. 3, and no money to meet the payment. He is delighted to hear that Brownson's lectures in Philadelphia were so successful and well attended. All here are well except Fr. George who has unwell for a day or two. He is well again.

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


1851 Jan. 25
Deblanc, Alcibiade: St. Martinville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Deblanc has been named, by their district court, to represent the abs(ent?) heirs of the late Father Julian Priour. Blanc will see by the copy of his will which Deblanc is sending (no enclosure) that Priour made two legacies, one in favor of Jean Marie Leduc and the other in favor of Francois Priour. If Blanc hears his plea and consents to pay the 700 piastres, left for those Deblanc represents, Deblanc's mandate will be accomplished and he will not have to begin proceedings to carry out the second part of Priour's will.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {4}


1851 Jan. 25(?)
Roger, J(ean) Baptiste: Thibodaux, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisia)na

Roger has asked Father Ménard to grant him a dispensation to marry his sister-in-law. But as the reply has not been satisfactory he asks Blanc again. Major reasons, known only to himself, oblige him to take this course. If Blanc cannot grant it, he will be sad as he intends to marry his sister-in-law, who is childless.

VI-1-a - L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {1}


1851 Jan. 26
Mégret, Father A(nthony) D(ésiré): Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received (Blanc)'s letter of the 18th today. Mégret sent (Blanc) the sayings of the families and not his own. But if (Blanc) is not careful the house will not get far; a day school alone is impossible at Vermillionville where two other free schools have been opened. (Blanc) seems to fear for the buildings; in 100 years they will still be standing without having hurt anyone. That is only a disclosure to stop the reopening or to abandon the establishment. Mégret went there with a workman and saw that Mrs. Zénon had made all the repairs called for. If the families complain of little order and little supervision, of which Mégret spoke to Father Rousselon, no one suspected the unsoundness of the building. (Blanc) has not replied about the Trappists. What is Mégret to do. If he does not receive word by February 8, they can longer count on it.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {3}


1851 Jan. 27
Maller, (C.M.), Father M(ariano): Emmittsburg, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He thanks (Blanc) for two letters dated December 13 and January 5. They agree with (Blanc)'s wishes in regard to Sister Ir(ene, S.C.). They expect Sister (Francis) Regis (Barrett, S.C.) from day to day. They fear she is too ill. They will have difficulty replacing her and the asylum at Philadelphia will also suffer although not from the same causes. Maller thanks (Blanc) for the suggestions for the greater advantage of the community. He will set them forth to Father (John Baptist) Etienne, (C.M.) especially the one about the acclimatation of the Sisters (of Charity) and the test of the postulants. Maller would like to prevent the difficulties between these two heads.

January 28. Sister Regis arrived from Philadelphia and will bring this letter.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 16mo. - {5}


1851 Jan. 27
Derbès A(lexan)dre: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

License is granted to Father (Lawrence?) Kupfer to join in matrimony Maximilien Mueller and Barbara Ragutt. (On the back of the license in another hand): Maximilien Miller, son of Mathias Miller and Crescentia Scheite and Barbara Ragout, daughter of Jean Ragout and Barbara Caprine.

VI-1-a - License. S. - 2pp. - 16mo. - {7}


1851 Jan. 27
Thirion, Father (H.): New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Thirion has just received (Blanc)'s letter of January 16, expressing his satisfaction in seeing him at New Iberia. Thirion is happy enough here because he does not have time to think of anything but his duties. On January 24 he held a solemn service for the late Father (Julian) Priour. (Blanc) need not worry about the cemetery; Thirion remedied all that it needed even before he sent the letter that it was in disaster. He has just learned that Mrs. Jules Blancky has written about the chanter's place. Mr. David (?) usually sings with her. Thirion replied that not being the pastor he could do nothing and they would continue as in Priour's time. Thirion is busy with St. Cyr(?) Darby in going through Priour's papers and letters; there is nothing pertinent in those between confreres. They found the wills, one of which seems in order. One gives (Blanc) the money in France; the other appoints Mr. Goujon executor and universal heir. In this one Priour asks for 1500 Masses at 1 franc 50 each. Thirion asks (Blanc) not have more than ordinary anxiety for the present administration at New Iberia. They are not suffering; many come to Mass, and they come to confession before getting married. He began catechism classes the first Sunday after Christmas. He sees with pleasure that Priour did a lot of work.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - folio - {7}


1851 Jan. 28
Gache, S.J., Father H(ippolite): Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Gache went to New Orleans last week to see Blanc but he was away. The trustees have finally understood that under their direction the building of a new church will take 10 or 15 years. They have asked Gache to propose to Blanc that he take over the direction, the funds and revenue and build the new church. They prefer a simple Gothic style. They ask Blanc to make his propositions in writing so it may be done in a legal manner. Gache believes that Father (John F.) Cambiaso, (S.J.) would have no objection if Gache did, in Blanc's name, all he could if he were a secular priest. Good is being done at Baton Rouge and there is much hope for the future if they have a fine church and a pastor who speaks English well.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {3}


1851 Jan. 28
Lucas, Father P(eter): West Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Lucas asks for a dispensation for Robert Dumouy and Alzire Mahier, related on the maternal side and both free persons of color.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 8vo. - {3}


1851 Jan. 28
Rocoffort, (S.J.), Father L(ouis): Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Rocoffort has lost the box for the Holy Oils; it fell from his pocket and he wil probably not be able to find it. He asks Rousselon to get him another. He would like one in the form of a case with three divisions. Rousselon is to give it to Mr. Kenisson, commander of the Anna which runs regularly from Washington to New Orleans.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {2}


1851 Jan. 29
Lamy, Bishop (John Baptist): San Antonio, Texas
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

He wrote a few lines from Indianola with a promise to send a longer one soon. He will not give details of his shipwreck; he thinks Father (Cyril) Delacroix will have shown Blanc his letter. Lamy saved his linen and other things given him by Blanc but his library, which was considerable, was lost as well as other things of value. Lamy has been here two weeks and is beginning to speak a little Spanish. He found his lieutenant here. He has become acquainted with a great many officers and even with General Brook. He has hopes that they will be of great service to him for his trip to Santa Fé. But when they will leave has not been decided; possibly they will set out the first of March. Blanc is to tell Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché it did not take Lamy long to see the "happy mistake" of the Ursulines. He thinks it was done on purpose and that instead of the 200 piastres he asked to borrow he found 300. He will write the Superior before he leaves. He sends respects to Father Rousselon and all the priests who were so generous. Lamy has had no letters from New Orleans since he left. He would not be surprised to learn that God had called his sister. He hopes his little niece, Marie (Lamy), is well.

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1851 Jan. 29
Ménard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: Lafourche Interieure, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Ménard asks Blanc to grant a dispensation for Paul Joachim Thibodaux and Elisabeth Boudraux. Ménard arrived last Sunday from a mission at Chenière. All went well enough but there is a profound ignorance of the truths of the faith of those who made their First Communion during the recent missions made by Father M.F.(?).

The parents and children themselves as much as said that it was Blanc's fault that they did not have enough instruction. Ménard admitted to the sacraments only 4 or 5 of a large number. Of those who made their First Communion in the missions made by Ménard and Father (Hyacinthe) Tumoine, almost all approached the sacraments. He announced Blanc's visit during the summer to give Confirmation; there are only five confirmed. Chenière has 68 households, about 450 souls. There will be about 100 to confirm. Father (Philibert?) Jo(u)rdain(?) sends respects. P.S. Ménard has just learned that Jean Bap(tis)te Roger for whom he asked permission to marry his sister-in-law, has written Blanc for the same purpose since Ménard did not want to write again.

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(18)51 Jan. 29
R(otchford?), P(hilip?): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to 

Reflecting on the conversation last evening taking into consideration his situation in money affairs, his connection with St. Patrick's Church, the interest felt that he should be paid, save and except by (Arch)bishop (Anthony Blanc), the feeling with regard to the amount made on the speculation, induces R. to say something he hopes may be the means of winding up his connection without giving any further scandal or ill feeling toward those who have the temporal management of the church. From the commencement he has been dissatisfied with the way things have been conducted. He considered it understood that he was to get one half his claim this January and half next provided he kept silent. It now appears he has little to expect this year or next. He proposes to take the proceeds of the graveyard till paid for his claim, now about $7300. (Jedediah) Leeds and Company $3000. There will then be pew rents, $2000, and ground rents $400. This with the collections in church ought to pay expenses. Should his Leeds and Company claim not be agreed on, he proposes for his own claim $7000 and adds two other propositions: if paid within 60 days to take off $1000, or to take notes payable quarterly until his claim is extinguished. He has almost strictly kept his word about the debt due him, much as he disapproved of the want of disposition to see him paid, excepting the Bishop. He will return to Leeds and Company the papers herewith enclosed (no enclosure). Before going into an arrangement about the revenue from the graveyard, he ought to have a line to the sexton to get information about its receipts. He feels how unjustly he has been dealt with. (P.S.) The interest commences August 1, 1841 on the $1951.85.

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1851 Jan. 31
Mina, Father Ve. M(odest)e: St. John Baptist, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Leaving him alone, Blanc has dealt him a terrible blow. Suffering more than ever, how can he fulfill his duties. Father (Francis) Mittelbronn could have had as much to do here as elsewhere; he is a good young priest but he needs to learn how to exercise his ministry. Mittelbronn will leave next Monday or Tuesday. Alone, Mina cannot prepare the children for First Communion nor dispose the adults for their Easter duties, especially those who are afraid to cross the river.

VI-1-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {2}