University of Notre Dame


1852 May 1
Chavaete, Father P.S.: Woumen, (Belgium)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Chavaete received (Blanc)'s letter at the end of April; it was not dated but he presumes it was written in March. (Blanc) writes that he did not receive a letter since he sent Chavaete the draft. Chavaete sent a letter as soon as he received the remittance. The draft arrived very opportunely. Last year (Blanc) sold some shares for almost 30,000, to pay the legacies in America. Chavaete does not know whether this sale included the legacy to the poor of Woumen and whether this amount was sent in the 10,000 francs he received by the draft. (Blanc) is to let him know. (Blanc) wrote that he had found a good chance to sell the house in Toulouse Street, rented for 13 months, and whose sale Chavaete had authorized because of the continual need of repairs. If the intentions of Father (Peter Francis) Beauprez are not carried out in the 4 years, they will be in 6 or 7. Chavaete's intention is to not diminish the principal but rather to augment it, if possible. Chavaete has many expenses. He will send everything necessary for the construction, he only asks that (Blanc) send him the revenue every year; that will suffice. He will begin with a few orphans until he knows how to act to advantage; he counts later on to get a higher interest. As he has written before, he approves of all (Blanc) has done to carry out the wishes of the testator.

VI-1-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1851 May 1
Dowley, (C.M.), Father P(hilip): Castleknock, (Ireland)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Dowley introduces James Walsh, an ex-pupil of St. Vincent's who proceeds to New Orleans to look after property there which he inherits from his late father, and also probably with the view of settling down. Dowley has no doubt that his superior abilities will insure him of a successful career.

VI-1-c - L.S. - 3pp. - 16mo. - {2}

(18)52 May 1
Martin, Father Aug(uste): Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: Baltimore, Maryland?)

Not knowing how to communicate with (Blanc) if he does not see him momentarily at Baltimore, Martin informs (Blanc) of his return to Natchitoches and the troubles awaiting him here. He arrived on Sunday. At the convent they have not only the measles but typhoid. The cases have multiplied so much the doctors judge it necessary to empty the establishment. Madame (Telcide) Landry, (R.S.C.J.) does not hope to reopen before the 15th. The rapid spread of the disease is due in part to the crowded dormitories. Landry understands the obligation to build as soon as possible. Another reason he hastened to return from (New Orleans) was the fear that Father (Philibert) J(ordain) would again forget himself. His fears were justified. His house was turned into a playground, with people Martin would never invite. When Martin arrived his servant informed him that 5 had been invited to dinner. But on learning that Martin had arrived, they did not come. That night he had a talk with his confrere who said that since became a priest, he has done everything with distaste because he was in second place, that he needed freedom and independence of action. The pride and independence of Mr. G. has won him over. J(ordain) has talent. His brain is sick. It seems to Martin that he is of such a nature that one would gain nothing by severity and he is inclined to be indulgent. J(ordain) is expecting a letter from (Blanc) by Father (Felix) Dicharry which will definitely settle his fate. He left this morning for Campté Kimball will probably be here today. Martin asks (Blanc) to let him know when he is coming so that he may inform the people, who, in June, will be quite scattered.

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

1852 May 2
Beccard, Amédée:
Assumption Seminary, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: Baltimore, Maryland?)

Beccard apologizes for writing in the midst of a meeting which is no doubt a holiday for (Blanc). But (Blanc)'s kindness, even in his reproaches, encourages him not to wait for (Blanc)'s return. After 17 months of interior pushing and goading, which has always advised him not to be discouraged and to keep on in his vocation and to regard it only as an expiation, he no longer knows where to put his hopes. But God will not permit him to abandon the state to which He has called him. On his departure from St. Martinsv(ille) he had very advantageous offers, which he refused. After his first letter to (Blanc) was unanswered, he began to yield to a natural worldly dissipation, but he was soon remorseful. In his first letter, when he went into the question of coming here, Beccard told that on his leaving the seminary at Lyons, Voluntarily, he had "put out to sea" but lasted only a short time. In their last interview they talked of the evil little boarding house; he only lived there 3 weeks. Although he has had some moments of consolation, 10 years of expiation, mingled with some happy days in his church at St. Martin. He sees in (Blanc)'s letter that a very unfavorable thing came to (Blanc) about Beccard from Attakapas. Father (James) Fontbonne gave him a certificate saying that he and the whole parish testified to his moral conduct. He suffered from calumnies from two people at New Iberia, Mr. C. and Po. He has seen the time when all of Father (Julien) Priour's enemies cast a stone at Beccard. Leaving the latter's house where he got nothing, February 1847, Beccard lived six weeks at New Iberia which cost him dearly. He passed years elsewhere without having a single word. He went every day to hold a class in a good house where Mr. (?) C. was having an affair, but Beccard did not know it. He was much attached to the brother of the deceived husband, a good man, the only one Priour had permitted him as a companion. Mr. C., to justify himself, accused his brother-in-law. It was said that Beccard was paid not to divulge the motive for his visits in this house and the public laughing about it, as Priour told Beccard later. Beccard did not go to the café and since Mr.(?) Po. was always there, he believed he was insulted. A young girl of 13 said Beccard has asked her to marry him. Finally he went into the church at St. Martin as an employé. His three years at St. Martinv(ille) gave the lie to all the stories. He lived apart from the world as much as possible, spending the days in the church and his nights in a little room in the church. At New Iberia, there was a family who had known Beccard since his arrival in the country, having lived at first at the father-in-law's house. It is Pierre Cabrol. Would (Blanc) be kind enough to write to Cabrol? Beccard is confident that (Blanc) will not send him out again into the world where he has suffered so much for 10 years. If (Blanc) wishes him to continue his vocation, he asks for reply.

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

1852 May 3
Giustiniani, C.M., Father J(oseph): Donaldsonville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Last Sunday he was to hold the election of a trustee, Narcisse Landry's term having expired. Mr. Marciage, who by his writing, words, and conduct, has, since coming into the parish, insulted religion and its ministers, came forward for the place in opposition to Landry who has occupied it so honorably four terms(?). But Landry won 60 to 260. Giustiniani had to almost abandon his ministry to go from house to house to force the Creoles to prevent the scandal he feared. He made them understand that the Bishops, meeting in Baltimore, would take steps to end such a violation as giving the administration to such unworthy Catholics. Giustiniani asks for (Blanc)'s support in this. Father (Anthony) Andrieux, (C.M.), for three weeks has been working at New River and Amite; Giustiniani expects him any day. (P.S.) (Blanc) is to let Bishop (John) Timon know that Giustiniani is sending him 55 piastres for his church.

VI-1-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {7}

1852 May 3
Hall, Henry C.: Woodville, Miss(issippi)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) LeBlanc(!): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Hall is requested by a young man, at present employed in the cotton factory here, to say to Blanc that on leaving Baton Rouge, he was so entirely destitute of means to get to New Orleans, he did not then wish to appear there to thank Blanc for his interest when most in need of a friend. However, he hopes to have that pleasure in 4 or 5 weeks. He wishes Hall to further say that he called on Gov(ernor) Walker the day he left Baton Rouge, with whom he had some difference which he will explain to Blanc. During the period he has been with Hall, his deportment has been uniformly correct. Among over 100 hands, there is no one in whom Hall would place more confidence; he believes in a short time he could manage a similar establishment. His initials are P.A.D., he had never given Hall his real name but says he will.

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

1852 May 5
Young, Henry S.: East Avon, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefevere,: (Detroit, Michigan)

Young received Lefevere's letter of April 29 covering a draft of the Michigan State Bank on the Ohio L. and T. Co. N(ew) Y(ork) to young's order of $59.70. This pays the interest to May 1, 1852 on the bond and mortgage for $200 on the property at the corner of Larned and Beaubien Streets which incumbrance Young holds as agent of H. Dwight. He has endorsed the receipt of this draft on the bond. The insurance on this property expired last September 1. Young supposes that it has been reinsured. If not, it is to be done and the assignment forwarded to Young as agent. The amount to be kept insured by the terms of the bond is "two thirds of the sum that may at any time be outstanding and unpaid of said two thousand dollars."

III-2-h - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {2}

1852 May 6
Weiss, Father: Vic-sur Seille, France
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Anette, or Eugénie Quéprotte, wife of Henry Bruant, lives in or near New Orleans. As she has not written to her family for a long time, her mother and husband asked Weiss to get her address through (Blanc). Annette applied to (Blanc) for a commission which was faithfully discharged by a missionary returning to France. It was to bring to one named Girard, 40 and some francs which Girard had advanced to her. So the family supposes that (Blanc) could find out where this young woman lives.

VI-1-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {4}

1852 May 8
Borgess, Father C(aspar) H.: Columbus, Ohio
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Borgess can no longer remain silent about the way Father (Jonathan) Furlong is acting. His conduct is disgraceful. No sooner had he received his letter of dismission, but he went about quite mad showing it in a most shameful manner, Furlong says, "The Bishop is no gentleman, no priest, etc." If Purcell wishes more information, Father J(osue) M. Young can tell more. Furlong calls meetings to excite the people by the statement of being ill treated by superiors, and promising to remain if they will keep and support him.

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1852 May 9
Abbadie, S.J., Father J(ohn) F(rancis): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Théodule Bourgeois wishes to marry Emilie Shexnaidre, and asks for a dispensation. The wedding is to be next Saturday.

VI-1-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 4to. - {3}

1852 May 9
Baraga, (Father) Frederick: L'Anse, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere: Detroit, (Michigan)

Baraga is constantly asked for the little Catechisms when he goes on a mission to the mining settlements. As he has none he asks the Bishop to send him a good number of them as soon as possible through Father (Jean Baptist) Menet (S.J.). He also wants the Almanac for 1852, and the $300 which he was to receive this spring. It should be sent to Father Menet who will find a sure opportunity in Captain Bendry to send them to Baraga.

III-2-h - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 8vo. - {2}

1852 May 10
Goodall, Warren N.: Yoncalla, Oregon Territory
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts

Brownson will be surprised to hear from him in that distant land. Goodall desires to know if Brownson has received the Catholic Doctrine in "an evangelical and experimental sense". Goodall is experimentally acquainted with Catholic doctrince. He speaks of his religious experiences during a visit to St. Louis. He considers all Christian religions good with Christ making up for the differences of each. He enumerates his beliefs and certain writers whom he admires.

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

1852 May 10
Graveraet, Sophie: Mackinac, (Michigan)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefev(e)re,: (Detroit, Michigan)

Mrs. Graveraet acknowledges the receipt of Lefevere's letter of May 3, enclosing $72 in full for her services as teacher to April 1. The school is doing as well as usual.

III-2-h - L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {2}

(18)52 May 13
Clarke, Father Edward A.: Houston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Clarke introduces Dr. Urban, one of his parishioners who has discovered a medicine and comes to New Orleans to make it known. It was intended to cure simply chills and fevers but is found equally efficient in simple fever. In a different form, it is effective in destroying an appetite for strong drink. After witnessing its effects, Blanc's word will help.

VI-1-c - A.L.S. - 2pp. - folio - {2}

1852 May 13
Klaholz, C.SS.R., Father Fr(ancis): Lafayette, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Francis Schlotterer and Elisabeth Keller wish to marry and ask for a dispensation. Klaholz (has sketched their family tree in the margin).

VI-1-c - A.L.S. - (Latin) - 1p. - folio - {3}

1852 May 13
John and Co(mpany) Baltimore, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

A receipted bill for $28.86 for stationery, missals, etc.

VI-1-c - A. Bill - 1p. - 8vo. - {1}

1852 May 18
Brownson, Henry F.:
Holy Cross College Worcester, Mass(achusetts)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts)

Father J. A. Ciampi has just returned from Georgetown where he found that the editors of "La Civilta Cattolica" has sent Brownson a copy of their work from the commencement except that the first numbers are wanting. The editors of the Civilta want Brownson to exchange with them. Henry's courses give him plenty to do. The 6th volume of Bailly's Theology would be very useful now that they are taking up a study of ethics.

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

1852 May 21
Canavan, Father P(atrick): Monroe, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

Knowing Blanc's intention off visiting Monroe on his return from the Council, Canavan hurries to inform him that their church will not be finished as soon as expected. The architect quit immediately after Canavan went to Shreveport; he commenced drinking. Dr. C.H. Dabbs thought it better to let it stand until they got mechanics from New Orleans. Canavan is going next week to Shreveport to procure the lots he has already bought. There are a few making a fuss about deeding them to Blanc. Father Rousselon told Canavan to regulate them immediately and Father A(uguste) Martin said the same, that he ought to get them at the sum of $850, fenced in and in a beautiful location. He has 90 days to pay; it will be difficult to raise it. Canavan's health is a great deal better.

VI-1-c - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {5}

(18)52 May 22
Browne, Father Joseph A.: Bellingham, Ireland
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

The individual who interested himself in the case of Anne Wehrle has asked Browne to write again to beg that any money Joseph Wehrle may be disposed to send to relieve the pressing wants of his sister-in-law, may be sent to Browne. Browne is staying in a small village for a few days for his health. His address is Newcastle on Type, England.

VI-1-c - A.L.S. - 1p. - 16mo. - {3}

1852 May 22
McMahon, Father Abraham: Fulton, Ohio
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He asks Purcell to pardon his late imprudence which he regrets exceedingly. He hopes he will give Purcell no more trouble and that Purcell will accept this apology.

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

1852 May 22
(Milde), Vincent Edward, Archbishop of: Vienna, (Austria)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefevere,: Detroit, (Michigan)

Lefevere will receive for his missions and for the pious institutions of the diocese of Detroit from the (Leopoldine Association) bank drafts to the amount of 4 million Austrian florins or 372 English pounds. In this sum are contained gifts destined for certain missionaries which he designates in Austrian money: 500 florins for Father Frederick Baraga, in L'Anse, 100 florins for Father Franz Pierz in Little Traverse Bay, 50 florins for Father George Godez in Westphalia, and 50 florins for Father Andrew Viszoczky in Grand Rapids, Milde expects to receive an acknowledgment of the receiving of these sums. He has waited long for a report on the condition of the diocese for the information of their churchmen, since such information is very necessary. (Lefevere notes answered, September 15, 1852)

III-2-h - L.S. - (Latin) - 1p. - 8vo. - {10}

1852 May 24
Choiselat Gallien, J.: Paris, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

(Blanc) will recall that in 1847, he authorized Choiselat Gallien to draw on E. Bertrand, agent, what was coming to the heirs of Mrs. Leveque, née Ladirac and that Choiselat Gallien received for them in August 1847 a sum of 1901.44 which he sent to Father (Stephen) Rousselon on October 1 of the same year. He has just received a letter from Bertrand, of which he sends a copy: Bertrand received for the heirs of Mrs. Leveque of New Orleans, the part of the 12th and 13th installments accruing from the certificate fo liquidation. He is holding this sum of 350 francs, 65 centimes at Choiselat Gallien's disposal as the agent of the heirs. But as two of them, Augustine Leveque and Manette Josephine Leveque have reached their majority, the first on September 2, 1848 and the second on March 27, 1851, it will be necessary to ask these ladies for a letter approving the payment. So Choiselat Gallien asks Blanc or Father Rousselon to ask the heirs to send a letter of authorization. (On the back of the letter in another hand): Evariste Lafitte du Prieux.

VI-1-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 8vo. - {8}

1852 May 24
Crey, Fred(eric)k: Baltimore, (Maryland)

This is to certify that Father A(nto) C. (Gendziorowsky?) Genserewsky has been stopping at Crey's residence for 3 or 4 weeks. He remained during a portion of that time at the instance of Archbishop (Anthony Blanc) Blanch of New Orleans by whom he was sent on a mission.

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

1852 May 25
Kifari, Father Flavianus: Mount Lebanon, Syria
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

(At the top of the letter, some lines in Arabic?). Before he reached Syria, Kifari visited the grave of St. Peter the Apostle and kissed the feet of the Holy Father. He was kindly received by His Holiness and by the Council of the Propagation. Kifari remembers Blanc's kindness and hospitality while in his city. He encloses a letter to P(hilip?) Ro(t)chford and Mrs. E. Lease, both of New Orleans. Their Superior and monks of their order are all well. (P.S.) If Blanc writes he is to send it in care of Messrs. Donnelly and Company, New York City, and they will send it to Kifari in Beirout.

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

1852 May 25
Lynch, C.M., Father John:
St. Mary's Seminary, (Barrens, Mo.)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He informs Purcell that the vacation begins on July 2, and ends on September 1st. The boys are free to return before the first of September. All are well.

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

1852 May 26
Cessent, Father P.F.F.: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He takes advantage of the departure of Father (Joseph N.) Brogard, whom business recalls to Louisiana, to ask pardon for what seems like ungrateful silence. It was through (Blanc)'s kindness that Cessent was to accompany Bishop (Joseph) Rosati to Haiti where Cessent returned in 1844 and of which he was named Ecclesiastical Superior in 1846. Haiti was very difficult but he tried to render himself worthy by devotion and by works which did not have the result he wished for. At first he had great hopes, the government seemed to wish to abandon its prejudices against Europeans and Catholics. He had received some good priests; the bad ones disappeared. He had almost stopped the powerful propaganda of Protestantism; he was even thinking of a seminary and Sisters. But alas, the sky darkened more than ever; the emperor, who had made such fine promises, made himself the supreme head of religion, after the fashion of the Queen of England. Cessent refused all titles which were offered him. The bad priests resumed their evils, happy, they said, to be relieved of the tyranny of the Church. Those who wished to do their duty were persecuted. If this state persists, Cessent will go soon to again ask hospitality in the United States where religion goes from triumph to triumph. Cessent is happy to learn of (Blanc)'s elevation to the archiepiscopacy.

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

1852 May 27
Baraga, (Father) Frederick: L'Anse (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere: (Detroit, Michigan)

Baraga requests the Bishop to send the little box (which he is sending with the letter) to Vienna (Austria) by the surest opportunity. He also wants to know what to do about sick-calls to distant mining settlements. There are many Catholics on Keweenaw Point and Ontonagon. If every one that falls sick calls for a priest, it will be very hard on him. He does not think that he is obliged to answer such sick-calls, as he is not the regular pastor of all these distant congregations. He does for them whatever he can. He visits them regularly 6 times a year; 3 times all the settlements on the Point, and 3 times those of Ontonagon. One of these visits is always at Easter time. They perform their Easter duty with surprising exactness. On these visits he preaches, hears confessions, says Mass and gives Holy Communion, baptizes and performs marriages. This, he thinks, is all they can expect of him, as he has his own regular congregation and mission, which he cannot neglect by leaving it too often, If the Bishop should advise him to obey every sick-call to the mining settlements, he will do so.

III-2-h - A.L.S. - (English) - 2pp. - 8vo. - {1}

1852 May 27
(Brunner), C.PP.S. Father F(rancis de Sales): Thompson, Ohio
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

By some accident either Purcell has not written to him or he has not received those written. Consequently he will await an answer to this letter at Thompson. Father Andrew Kunkler from Munster came to see about a certain Mutschler appointed school teacher, organist and sacristan there. This man had a reputation in Tiffin where he lived 8 months of drunkenness and of being imbued with dangerous principles. The presence of this man is due to a Doctor Schmeider a pupil of Dr. Bochler of Tiffin who wrote those letters against Father (Joseph) MacNamee. Father Kunkler asks Purcell to aid him lest some damage be done to the faithful. Already the school teacher and the doctor are persuading people to send their children to his school and Kunkler fears for his own girls' school.

II-4-l - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - (Latin) - {6}

1852 May 27
Purcell, John Baptist Abp. Cincinnati: Cincinnati, Ohio
 to Messieurs Em. Lafargue Cie.: at Bordeaux, France

He is slow to make an acknowledgement of the shipment of wine which Lafargue sent last July. The arrival was delayed by the lack of water in the river in the summer and the ice in the winter. He has used their wines before at the altar and at table and found them superior and could give 10 or 20 times as much to his friends if he had it. Consequently he asks for 4 times as much as the last shipment to be sent by the courtesy of the Bishop of New Orleans. Father (Joseph) Carriere is charged with the payment of these bills. Lafargue will please convey Purcell's good wishes to Cardinal Donnet on his elevation to the cardinalate and to the Sulpicians.

II-4-l - (Duplicate) L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - (French) - {6}

1852 May 28
Delahoussaye, Mrs. L.: Franklin, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Losing business obliges them to try to sell the house they now occupy. This house having been enlarged and arranged for a boarding school can scarcely suit for a residence. It will be bought, she fears, for a Protestant school. They would ask only a part cash payment, especially to see a religious school in their parish. She believes that Father (Paul) Guerard, assisted by two other priests, would succeed in setting up a college; everyone here desires to see it. The house next to them could be obtained at a good price later. Behind them is a large open ground which could also be had later. She could already have sold to Protestants but she cannot make up her mind. Their religion would suffer too much. But necessity is a cruel tyrant and they are forced to sell. By selling part of the church land, the money could be used for the college which would also serve as presbytery.

VI-1-c - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 8vo. - {3}

1852 May 28
Hargons, P.A.: Washington, (D.C.)
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, (New York)

Hargons received the number of the Freeman's Journal containing the article on Tehuemtepec. This morning he received another article from his brother which had been taken from this week's Journal, on the same subject. He thanks McMaster for this mark of attention and for the interest, shown by McMaster in a subject to which he, Hargons, has devoted some time. He believes his enterprise is of great national importance, and feels that McMaster's interest in it will advance the public good. He will continue to try to secure the Garay grants. Mr. (Daniel) Webster's absence suspends Hargons further measures, which will be renewed upon the return of the former in a day or two. Hargons and his friends are preparing for the crisis which is now approaching as Mexican diplomacy is fertile in inventions and unscrupulous inexpedients. He is grateful of McMaster's cooperation.

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

1852 May 29
Baroux, Father L(ouis, S.S.C.): Silver Creek, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere,: Detroit, Michigan)

Baroux has bee waiting for an opportunity to send Lefevere the contract for the Pokagan land. They have given 40 arpents. He has built a spacious house costing about $300. Two workmen came from South Bend, (Indiana). The Sisters are also comfortably housed. He has few savages at Pokagan; nearly twenty families are at Brushcreek, (Michigan) with Sinegowa. For a year Sinegowa has asked him to build them a church; he gave ten arpents of land to Lefevere. Baroux will send the two contracts. He asks permission to build a church similar to that at Pokagan. If they do not build, the savages will feel abandoned. He also asks permission to bless their cemetery. Sinegowa deserves aid. Baroux visits them frequently; they are very poor. Last week he found they had no food, only water. The cemetery at Pokagan is filled, Baroux wants to build a new addition. He asks permission to give benediction six times a year with the fragment of the true cross which they have. He awaits Lefevere's circular letter on the occasion of the new jubilee.

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