University of Notre Dame


1851 July 1
Babad, Father J.: Roanne, France
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Of Cincinnati, Ohio at Paris, France

Babad has just received that day Purcell's letter of June 5 at Roanne and hastens to answer. He regrets his last letter sent by M. Desgorges, because he has received from the Marist Fathers the manuscript he had entrusted to Purcell but he did not know how to acknowledge its reception as he did not know where Purcell was. Babad regrets that Purcell cannot come to Lyon and there remain awhile. He has spoken very much about Purcell to M. Gaffrai of Maynooth who is spending a fortnight at Vichy, and who is a close friend of Purcell's. Gaffrai spoke to them on the feast of the Blessed Sacrament on the love of Christ in the Eucharist. He will await Purcell in Ireland. Babad thanks Purcell for his expressions of affection and promise of prayers. He asks Purcell, should he pass through Baltimore, to ask the Superior of St. Sulpice or Father Raymond for the original letters of Mrs. (Elizabeth) Seton. He has written for them 3 months ago but received no response. They can give them to Purcell at least until they are completely finished with them. He wishes Purcell a safe journey. P.S. Purcell is probably amused that the Abbe Desgeorges complained about not being able to get into a desk in his room. He had given the key to Babad but he will have it tomorrow.

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

1851 Jul. 4
Guinand, R.S.C., Madame A(dine): Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She apologizes for not replying sooner to (Blanc)'s request for the insurance of the house. She abides by the decision of Mother (Annette) Praz, (R. S.C.J.); Mother wrote what she and (Blanc) had decided together. (Blanc) is to let Guinand know what she owes. She received a letter from Mother (Maria) Cutts, (R.S.C.J.) who urges her to insure their house. One does not know when the Methodists could carry out their threats against them. Today, the two Gusmans entered. Their parents' separation has taken place, the father pays their board, the mother looks after their clothes. Since their First Communion, these children have not been to the sacraments. Guinand asks (Blanc)'s blessing for all and especially for the 7 who will make their First Communion on the 15th.

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

1851 July 4
Migne, Jacques Paul Abbe: Paris, France
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio at St. Sulpice, Paris, France

He informs Purcell that he has sent the painting ordered by Purcell and that it will be at Havre in a few days. He asks that Purcell pay him the next Monday as he has much need of funds on that day, to pay his workers and tradesmen, that being the reason for selling the painting to Purcell. P.S. If Purcell cannot pay that day if he will give his note he will discount it and thus raise some funds. (The letter-head mentions the Migne publications.)

II-4-l - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - (French) - {2}

1851 Jul. 5
Schacht, J.: Nashville, (Tennessee)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

Schacht leaves $15 with Blanc for a poor woman named Bridget McCue who will shortly arrive from Ireland. It is not in her husband's power to come down for her.

V-1-b - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {2}

1851 Jul. 7
Ménard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: Lafourche Interieure, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ousian)a

Reflecting on the promise Blanc made to come to Thibodaux after ordination on July 19, Menard thinks it would be great satisfaction if Blanc could spend Sunday, July 20, at the church at Thibodaux. Ménard could attend the ordination and Blanc could to go St. Joseph on Saturday and Ménard's carriage would be at his disposal for whatever way Blanc wanted to go as well as for his return to Donaldson. As Ménard has felt better for two days, he proposes to gegin a subscription next Sunday around St. Mary's to build a presbytery. He spoke publicly on June 29 about secret societies. He limited himself to speak only to Catholics who were urged to get out of them. As far as he knows, none have left the society except some young people on the point of joining. The newspaper here, which is devoted to these societies, said nothing. In private conversations, Ménard has had only good response and almost promises but no results. Father Jordain sends respects.

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

1851 Jul. 7
Thirion Father H.: Abbeville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Thirion asks for a dispensation to validate a marriage contracted civilly a year ago, by Clairville Dubois and Carmelite Hebert. He also asks a dispensation from banns. (On the same paper, in Blanc's hand): Father Ferdinand Gomez, O.M. Cap., having lived in the diocese of Cambray for the last 3 years, left in April. Gomez showed testimonial letters from the Bishop of Cambray, in France, in which diocese he exercised his ministry with zeal. Blanc gives him permission to say Mass in the city of New Orleans.

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

1851 Jul. 8
Cullen, Archbishop Paul: Dublin, Ireland
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Cullen introduces Father Alex(ande)r Peyton and recommends him and the mission in which he is engaged. Peyton proceeds to America to solicit aid for a Catholic University in Ireland. This project has been warmly received by the Holy Father. The undertaking is beyond their strength but the Bishops of Ireland place the utmost confidence in the cooperation of their brethren in America and trust to be able to restore Ireland to the position she occupied in other ages when she afforded a safe retreat for learning and piety.

V-1-b - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {3}

1851 Jul. 8
Cullen, Paul, Archbishop: Dublin, (Ireland)
 to Bishop Peter Paul Lefevere: Detroit, (Michigan)

He begs to introduces to Lefevere Father Robert Mullen who is soliciting aid for the purpose of establishing a Catholic University in Ireland. This project has been warmly recommended by the Holy Father (Pius IX), has been adopted by the National Synod of Thurles, (Ireland) and is most necessary for the preservation of the Faith in Ireland and important for the influence it is calculated to have in the countries it will affect. The undertaking is beyond their strength but the bishops of Ireland place the utmost confidence in their brothers in America. He begs in his own name and the name of his colleagues for Lefevere's cooperation and assistance.

III-2-h - L.S. and sealed - 2pp. - 8vo. - {3}

1851 Jul. 8
Perché Father N(apoleon) J(oseph): (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Tomorrow Perché will bring 1500 piastres which Mother St. Michael, (O.S.U.?) Puts at (Blanc)'s disposal. It is all she has at the moment but if he wants more she could have 500 in a few days, which would make 1000.

VI-1-b - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1851 July 8
Cullen, Paul, Abp. of Armagh,: Ireland
Catholic University of Ireland
 to Bishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

This letter will introduce Father Robert Mullen and recommend him and his mission to Purcell. Father Mullen proceeds to America to solicit aid for the purpose of establishing a Catholic University in Ireland. The Holy Father recommends the project; it is necessary for the preservation of the faith. The Irish Bishops place the utmost confidence in the cooperation of their brethern in America. They hope to restore Ireland to the position which she occupied in other ages as safe retreat for learning and piety.

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

1851 Jul. 9
Perrin, Father N(icholas): Kaskaskia, (Illinois)
 to Father (A.H.) Gandolfo, (C.M.): Bouligny, Louisiana

Perrin thanks Gandolfo for his steps at the Archbishopric in his behalf. Gandolfo writes that Archbishop (Anthony Blanc) invites him to come down at once and that perhaps he would be placed in the city. Perrin cannot leave here without obtaining the consent of Bishop (James Oliver) Vandevelde who will not oppose it since he has no suitable place to offer. But Perrin would like to know what position he would have and what the support would be. He would be very pleased to be in the city and the Archbishop need not worry whether he could head a parish. At his age it would be too hard for Perrin to serve in second place. After receiving this information, Perrin will write to Vandevelde for his exeat. The church, his house, and garden have not been flooded. Almost everyone has returned to the village. All the crops are lost. The misfortune has only made them more impious (In Blanc's hand): Replied July 24.

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

1851 Jul. 10
Bonnecaze, Blanche: Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Since she has been at Sacred Heart, she is studying her catechism better. She like these Ladies much better than the Sisters. Her father and mother are well and send respects.

- A.L.S. -

 On the same paper: 

1851 Jul. 10
Guinand, R.S.C., Madame A(dine): Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

For more than 2 weeks Blanche has pressed her teachers to let her write. All of them would like to be able to lessen (Blanc)'s troubles. They pray for him. Mother (Félicité) Lavy (Brun, R.S.C.J.) is at St. Michaels; her head and imagination has not changed. Guinand got hold of a postulant in Baton Rouge, Mary Moore, an orphan. She is now at St. Michael waiting to leave for the novitiate. Guinand is preparing 7 children for First Communion which is to be August 15. If (Blanc)'s trip on the Red River could take place at that time, Guinand might ask that they receive for the first time at the hand of their First Pastor. Their Way of the Cross has not been erected yet; Father (Hippolyte) Gache, (S.J.) says it cannot be without permission from (Blanc).

- A.L.S. -

VI-1-b - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 8vo. - {5}

1851 Jul. 10
Jan, Father A(nge) M(arie): St. Martinville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

As soon as Jan received (Blanc)'s letter addressed to the President of the trustees, he gave it to him. These gentlemen seem fully satisfied. Jan thanks (Blanc) for the advice he gave at the start of a ministry totally new to him. Up to now, he has encount red no obstacle. The jubilee exceeded all hope. Communions are more numerous than last year; the Archconfraternity of the Heart of Mary has 132 members. 71 made their First Communion; more adults than children. Jan will not forget (Blanc)'s recommendation about Coteau; it is the same for Pointe, Fausse Pointe, and Ile des cypres. He also proposes to visit Ile, Labbé Bayou Chène, etc. Since Father. (Anthony Désiré Mégret) has announced at Pont-Braux that he will not return to say Mass there, the people imagine that they are returned to the status in which they were before being separated from St. Martin. They ask Jan to act toward them as Father (Louis) Dufour did; he cannot convince them that the case is different. (Adrien?) Dumartrait has told Jan several times that he should set one day a week to come to say Mass, etc. Jan promised to refer it to (Blanc). He is far from wanting a heavier load but he will not refuse the work.

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

1851 Jul. 12
(Chanche), Bishop John Joseph: Natchez (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

It appears by the telegraphic dispatch of Thursday that the scoundrels have consummated their wickedness by burning Trinity Church. The whole was done so secretly that (Chanche) fears the perpetrators will not be discovered. (Blanc) had as much before as he could bear in worry of mind and sickness of body. If he could have foreseen it, (Chanche) would have remained in New Orleans. He arrived here Thursday safe, but with a bad cold in his eye. He hopes it will be well by August 1; he would like to spend a few days with (Blanc) at the Pass; it would do them both good.

VI-1-b - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1851 Jul. 13
Fontbonne, Father James: Philadelphia (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

As he went to Philadelphia to see his sister, Bishop (Francis Patrick) Kenrick invited him to stay a while, saying that the climate of Philadelphia could be as salutary as his trip to France. He gave Fontbonne a room at St. Joseph's Hospital where he could say Mass for the Community. Several times he has been tempted to go back to New Orleans but he was stopped by the thought that he could not be of use. His health is not much better although no one wants to believe that he is ill. He no longer has those bad attacks in the night which he had quite often at St. Martin. The nervous trembling is a bit less. Fontbonne saw Father (J.M. Bonniot?) Bogniot who said he was going down to New Orleans but since then Kenrick has received a letter from him from New York. Bishop (John Mary Odin, (C.M.) was here about 10 days ago. Fontbonne sends respects to Father Rousselon and all his confreres.

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

1851 Jul. 14
Blin Father J.E.: New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Camille Broussard and Liseméne Broussard, ask for a dispensation to marry validly. Blin has not offered Widow Burke the sum (Blanc) fixed to get her to vacate Father (Julian) Priour's house immediately. Blin thinks it is useless. Blin would rather lend her a small sum to pay the rent in advance on a house being built. Mrs. St. Marc (Darby) has just received a letter from Grand Coteau which afflicts her deeply. It is a formal refusal to accept the house she proposed to build with the advice to approach another order. But in her opinion no other could replace the (Religious of the Sacred Heart). Poor New Iberia where there are so many discouragements.

VI-1-b - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - folio - {7}

1851 Jul. 14
Legrand, Father F.: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They recently learned of the catastrophe which will complicate or perhaps end (Blanc)'s troubles. They were filled with indignation. (Blanc) should take precautions for his personal safety. Bishop (John Joseph) Chanche arrived here, well, except for an eye infection. If (Blanc) wants Legrand to return soon, he is to write him so that he can accompany Chanche who is to leave on the 30th. If not, Legrand asks to remain until (Blanc) comes to Natchez the middle of August when he can return with (Blanc). He is redoubling his work with English. It would be good to study less and talk more. But when Chanche is gone, and that is too often, he hears no English. He sends respects to Father Rousselon and thanks him for the $25 he sent.

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

1851 Jul. 15
Darby, Constance: New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

She has just seen their pastor, Father (J.E.) Blin, to whom she showed Madame (Maria) Cutts, (R.S.C.J.)'s afflicting letter. She advises Darby to find Sisters of another order. It is impossible for Cutts to promise to come to New Iberia. Darby asks Blanc to help her in choosing Sisters to educate their children. As soon as she has hope of having them, she will build.

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

1851 Jul. 16
Rousselon, Father E(tienne): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc):

He sends (Blanc)'s correspondence. (Octave?) De Armas said the directors of the insurance house met and passed a resolution not to pay (Blanc)'s insurance since it was because of a riot that the disaster took place. (Blanc) can see, on his return, what is to be done. Father (Charles?) Chambost went to the convent; Father (John) Chandy, (C.M.) has arrived. Father (Edward) D'Hauw's house is finished. Father Brunet is the same; this morning he was able to hear Mass in the chapel. Rousselon sends his respects to all.

VI-1-b - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 8vo. - {6}

1851 Jul. 17
Pierz, Father Francois: Little Traverse, Michigan
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere: Detroit, Michigan

Pierz is back form a visit to the missions as far as Machkigong and sends Lefevere a report of his trip. From Kachagens-Ondibaning to Machkigong, Pierz did not meet very many Catholics, but he visited 40 pagan families now becoming Catholics. He baptized only the babies and a few adults because he did not have sufficient time to stay longer. All these savages promised Pierz to come to Grand Traverse or Kachagens Ondibaning, the home of their parents who are now Catholics, where he will instruct them. At Machkigong Pierz found almost 200 Catholics. Pierz took care of them and advised them to come to one of the 3 missions. In his trip along the Lake (Michigan), Pierz found around 50 families: French, German and English and took care of them. As to the Irish, Pierz promised to send Father (A.) Vanpamel because he speaks English. Pierz, however, tells Lefevere that it would be much better to send another priest, able to speak three languages. Next Sunday, Pierz is leaving for Grand Traverse and Kachagen Ondibaning; he expects to convert many pagans to the Church. If he has to consolations in his affiliated missions he had many troubles at Arbre Croche. During his absence as son from Pedasige called Michel came to Van Pamel to marry a girl newly baptized at Grand Traverse; but another girl from Little Traverse declared she had been seduced by him. Consequently, Van Pamel asked the bad boy to marry the girl from Little Traverse or at least to sign a paper declaring that he will pay her $50. The bad boy did not dany his conduct but refused to sign anything or to pay anything. He went back to Mackinac where he married before a magistrate the girl from Grand Traverse. This boy went to a Protestant school. After his return to Little Traverse, Pierz met Michel's father who asked him to marry his son the right way. Pierz told his father that this was a great scandal for the entire congregation and that for this reason, Michel and his wife are barred from the sacraments until the Bishop decides their case. He asks Lefevere to tell him how to act in such a case, since he wants to make a salutary impression on the savages. Something new is happening in the nation of the Ottawas. Indeed, following the Chippewa, Menominee, and Potowatomi expropriations it is the turn now of the Ottawas. There is a village, Kitchinibising, 30 miles from Grand River where the Americans loaded all the savages into 17 wagons to be sent to the Mississippi. Mr. William Lasly from Machigong coming from Detroit told Pierz that the government plans to leave only the savages of Waganakising, Arbre Croche, Middletown, and Lacroix in their own land. And that the Catholics with a certain education will be able to join these missions. Pierz is satisfied with such a situation. Indeed, he says that he will be able to gather and take care of all the good savages and to reject the bad ones. Pierz believes that no white should be allowed to buy any land near the savages' missions. It would be fine if Lefevere could do something with the government at Detroit to prevent the sale of land between Lacroix and Arbre Croche. The savages would be good citizens if kept away from the whites. Van Pamel and Pierz are very good friends. Pamel acts with very much prudence and has all the qualities of a good missionary. Van Pamel is also in charge of the English school for adults. The deed concerning the land of the Church has been lost at Mackinac. Pierz asks for a new man to survery the Church property for a new deed.

III-2-h - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 8vo. - {3}

1851 Jul. 18
Doyle, Father A.: Biloxi, Missi(ssippi)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

They arrived here on the day of his departure from the city. Dr. Flaget (Dr. Faget?) was on board with him. Doyle's health has improved; the swelling is gradually leaving his feet. He has been able to walk to church although it is some distance from his boarding house. He was very kindly received by the family to whom he was recommended. Doyle could recommend it to any priests coming down here. Father (Angelo) Mascaroni talked of coming. Father (Nicholas?) Petesch, (C.SS.R.) is not much improved. Father (Symphorian) Guinand is well; he asks Doyle to tell (Blanc) that he has but one chalice and if he takes it on the mission next week, Petesch and Doyle cannot say Mass. Doyle hopes Father (Francis Xavier) Brunet is better. Doyle has not gone bathing since he came down; he would like to know if Dr. DuBourg would permit him.

VI-1-b - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {8}

1851 Jul. 18
Brownson O(restes) A.: Boston (Massachusetts)
 to (Archbishop) John Hughes: of (New York, New York)

It was mentioned to Brownson at Hughes' request that Brownson would prepare for publication the two articles from the Dublin. Brownson said Hughes was the man to write them, because Hughes had all the collateral information. Brownson had a high opinion of himself for writing articles for Reviews but Brownson lacks practice in writing an introduction to a book. He promised to do all in his power to publish notices and material about the book. Brownson begged Hughes to do it himself.

I-4-g - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {1}

 (Photostat, New York Archdiocesan Archives) 

1851 Jul. 19
Boué Father: Lyons, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Blanc)'s letter of May 28 with a draft for 2600 francs, reached Boué on June 25. He called Mr. Poidebord, (Blanc)'s creditor. Boué paid him 1500 interest and 3000 as repayment on the 11,000 which (Blanc) still owes him. So a balance of 8,000 remains. On August 29, 1850, Boué received 3645 francs. He paid 1500 for interest, 150 to (Blanc)'s brother Pierre (Blanc) and 450 to Mr. Choizelat, a total of 2100 leaving 1545 which added to the 2,600 makes 4145. Boué paid out 4500; (Blanc) owes him 355 francs. He was not able to act sooner as he had advanced 2000 francs for Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell) Porcel of Cincinnati and advanced 1800 for young Dubourg. Now Boué has received 1500 francs for (Blanc)'s young protege but he must pay 90 francs every month for his board and room. The young man is very sad; he has received no reply to all the letters he has written to his father. Business here is paralyzed by fear of the future. Many are reduced to charity. Their ordinations were very few. All the priests have been placed. This will not be favorable to Bishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.). If Odin had come himself last year, he would have succeeded better than the young man he sent. What confidence could the superiors and bishops have in such a chargé d'affaires? Boué sends regards to Fathers Rousselon and T(h)èves.

VI-1-b - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {6}

1851 July 19
O'Connor, Jeremiah:
Irish College, Paris, France
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Bishop Egan permits O'Connor to go on Purcell's mission on the condition that he vacates his place in College to make room for another young man. He leaves it to Purcell's discretion whether he is to go to Ireland or not. He thinks it proper to inform Purcell that he is in debt 65 francs.

II-4-l - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {1}

1851 Jul. 19
(Chanche), Bishop John Joseph: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

(Chance) has been uneasy since the burning of Trinity Church. They have not yet learned the exact state of the question; whether the courts were able to fix the guilt on those guilty of this outrage. The Propagateur will probably contain the account. (Chanche)'s health has been good since his return; his eye is still inflamed. Is there a vacancy in the asylum in New Orleans? There is a boy here, four years old, who will probably be sent to the Protestant asylum if they do not manage to take him. Father (Paul) Guerard writes that he will be ready by the first Sunday of August; (Chanche) will leave in time to be there.

VI-1-b - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {3}

1851 Jul. 20
White Father Charles I.: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

As the time is approaching for publication of the Metropolitan Catholic Almanac, White asks that an accurate account of the state of religion in Blanc's diocese be forwarded before August 20. (He lists) 19 items of particulars.

VI-1-b - Printed L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {1}

1851 July 21
Sadlier, J(ames): Montreal, (Canada)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

He sends Brownson a copy of the "Life of the Blessed Virgin" and asks him to glance over it in order to see whether there is anything in it contrary to faith and morals. Some objected to it on the ground that some of the miracles related therein might scandalize Protestant readers. Brownson's friends are anxious that he come and deliver a course of lectures; after Christmas would be the best time, but if the fall would be more acceptable it would suit them too. They will secure him better audiences than formerly.

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

1851 Jul. 21
Ménard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: Lafourche Interieure, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Today, seeing clearly that the actions in question are known publicly and knowing from experience that advice is useless, Ménard decided to tell Father (Philibert) J(ordain) that he is to leave the presbytery as soon as possible. J(ordain) replied that when Blanc writes, he will leave, Ménard told him that he was master in his own house. Ménard can no longer tolerate such disagreements. He is going to try to have a priest from the seminary during vacation. Otherwise he will have to suspend Sunday Masses in the chapels until Blanc appoints a replacement. He would willingly wait for the ordination of Mr. (J.B.) Jobert whom he would consider as a favor to have. P.S. July 22. Jord(ain), who was to leave this morning, has just said he would not leave until Saturday because he had affairs to settle. If his actions are not suitable, Ménard will shorten the time. (On the address side of the letter): Favoured by Father C(ornelius) Moynihan.

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

1851 Jul. 24
Vincent, Father Pat(ric)k: Carrickmore, Ireland
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc) White: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Vincent writes regarding a young man named Arthur Kiernan who went some years ago to America. The last account his mother had from him, some years ago, was that he was in New Orleans. At present there is rumor that he was stabbed by some foreigner, in a hotel, and died immediately. Vincent asks (Blanc) to have inquiry made. He is Kiernan's uncle; Kiernan was tall and a fair complection. His first situation was barkeeper in a hotel in New York. He went to Washington and then to New Orleans.

VI-1-b - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 8vo. - {2}

1851 Jul. 25
Ménard Father Ch(arle)s M.: Lafourche Interieure, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Father (Philibert) Jordain's departure, which is to take place tomorrow morning, necessitates some details to be given to Blanc. The last four days have passed very quietly. Jordain has been very sad and silent. Tonight he came to thank Ménard and said he recognized his faults. He said there was some company that made him deviate from the path he should have followed. Ménard was moved to tears; he was very much surprised. He asks Blanc to have a little more indulgence; there is hope for the future. Ménard is very unhappy to act thus toward a confrere with whom he has lived for 16 months. Ménard supposes that Father C. Moynihan brought his letter of last Monday.

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

1851 Jul. 28
Hicky, Dan: New Hope, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Hicky has been deputed by the Board of Church Wardens to write to ask Blanc to send a suitable clergyman. Father (Peter?) Luca(s) left quite unexpectedly, in such bad health that he could not remain. They have been nearly two months without a priest. For any services they are obliged to get the pastor form the adjoining parish. They are making some repairs to their church. Hicky was in B(aton) Rouge yesterday for that purpose; they hope to have everything completed by the time Blanc sends them a priest. Some who have purchased benches told Hicky they hopes Blanc will come up with the priest and establish him.

VI-1-b - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {3}

1851 July 29
Alphonsus a Tata O.C.M. Father Prov.: Vienna, Austria
 (Addressed to the readers, but apparently accepted by Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): of Cincinnati, Ohio

The Capuchin Provincial of the Austro-Hungarian Province gives this dismissory letter to Father Edward Lieb of that Capuchin province who is setting out for America in the role of missionary, praising him as a preacher and asking that he be received with Christian charity.

II-4-1 - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - (Latin) - {3}

1851 July 29
O'Connor, Rev. Subdeacon Jeremiah:
Irish College, Paris, France
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

O'Connor writes to inform Purcell of the step that Dr. Muley has taken in this affair. Muley feels bound to write to Dr. Egan to inform him that it was not through Muley that O'Connor thought it proper to make these arrangements with Purcell. O'Connor cannot anticipate what the result of his representations may be; but he thinks that Egan will not change his mind. Will Purcell write to Egan on the Subject? O'Connor will follow the advice of Father Carriere.

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1851 Jul. 29
Hecker C.SS.R., Father I(saac) Th(omas): New York, (New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson:

Did Brownson receive the Gorres which Hecker sent soon after his return from Boston? He has been expecting Brownson with his sons for some weeks. Hecker leaves the coming Friday for New Jersey to take care of a small English mission there. Often his mind is seized with the idea of a future development of the holy Faith is this country.

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1851 Jul. 30
Lefevere, Peter Paul Bishop of: Detroit, (Michigan)

An agreement by Lefevere by which he gives over and transfers all ownership and benefits to Father Francois de Toule Henry Tempier, (O.M.I.) Vicar General of Marseille(s), (France) and Father Etienne Edouard Chevalier, O.M.I., living at Montreal, Canada, that land owned in the said city of Detroit situated in the district of Hamtramck, Wayne County, Michigan, commonly called the Church Land, cut in two by the river road, the same land formerly given to him by (Francois Paul) Melcher; Lefevere stating that he sold and disjoined one arpent (1 acres) of this property. The property faces the Detroit River on the south for a length of four arpents and the river road for a frontage of five arpents and extends back in the same width up to the road to Fort Gratiot, forming the north boundary of that property. It is given over with the understanding that Fathers Tempier and Chevalier and their successors will conduct a school on this property for the benefit of the children living near this district without ever being obliged to give free education. Tempier and Chevalier take ownership as of today. However, they will not take possession until the end of next October. This document is also signed by Tempier and Chevalier.

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1851 Jul. 30
Ménard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: Lafourche Interieure, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Ménard thinks Blanc received a letter through Father C(ornelius) Moynihan Specifying the reasons for Father (Philibert) Jordain's leaving. He will also have received through Jordain some lines in regard to the admissions Jordain made on the 25th, the eve of his departure. Today circumstances force Ménard to relate an affair which makes Ménard appear like a thief. Jordain had asked Ménard several times to buy his horse since he had no cash. On the 25th Ménard decided to buy it to oblige him; he had no real need of it. He bought it for $100 cash. He even offered Jordain to find a buyer who would give more; Jordain refused. But Ménard did not ask for a receipt. Today a Joseph Devillard came and said Jordain, who owed him quite a sum, had told him at Donaldson that he could take the horse in payment, that Ménard had not paid for it and that if Ménard wanted to keep the horse he could give Devillard 100 piastres. If necessary, Ménard will defend himself but it is shameful. Blanc is to ask Jordain, if he is in town, to give Ménard a receipt. If he is no longer in the diocese, as he said he intended to leave, Ménard will defend himself, if necessary, but it will be humiliating.

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1851 Jul. 31
Blin, Father J.E: New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

On the 15th, Blin, wrote to the Bishop for a dispensation from second degree relationship for Camille and Liseméne Broussard, who, against Blin's advice, set the date of their marriage before the arrival of the dispensation and were married by the judge. Can pastors grant such dispensations, "quoad praeterita matrimonio?"

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1851 July 31
Olone, John J.: New York, (New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

He received Brownson's letter which approved of the selection of his name for the "Brownson Association." All appreciate his kindness in granting permission, and will endeavor to do honor to his name and to themselves. He informs Brownson that he has been elected an Honorary Member in the association; they hope he will accept it with the sincere vote of thanks which has been tendered him for his kindness and good wishes.

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