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1852 Dec.
Five Wounds, (M.S.C.), Sister Mary of the: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

From the time (Blanc) said the could go to France, Sister has thought seriously of it. And when Father Superior promised to give her permission in writing, she hesitated no longer. If the work is supported by her Superiors (Sisters, Marianites of the Holy Cross) in France under the direction of the Superiors of the orphan asylum, if her sacrifice is unnecessary, she will remain in France. If on the contrary, she obtains the application of their rule on the subject of this establishment, that is, its complete separation from the orphan asylum, and permission to have a novitiate later if means permit, she will return to devote herself to this work. She is perhaps indiscreet but the great desire she has for this work, which (Blanc) encourages her to undertake, and the hope that she can obtain permission to make a collection, makes her desire to have a specific recommendation from (Blanc) which she can present.

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(1852) (Dec.)
Kenrick, Francis Patrick, Archbishop of: (Baltimore, Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He sends Dr. Newman's acknowledgment. He requested Bishop (Michael) O'Connor to forward to Purcell a copy of the new faculties. Kenrick asks Purcell to send his copy to his (Kenrick's) brother and to request him to send one to the Archbishop of New Orleans. The Archbishop of New Orleans would prefer Father (John) Martin for Natchitoches, not being acquainted with Father (Louis) Senez proposed by Bishop (James) Vandevelde. Will Purcell send the Archbishop of New Orleans some information on Senez. Dr. Nevin is on a visit to the Redemptorist Fathers in Philadelphia which may terminate in embracing our communion.

 Enclosure: 

1852 Dec. 15
Newman, Father John H(enry): Birmingham, (England)
 to Archbishop (Francis Patrick Kenrick: Baltimore, Maryland)

Newman received with gratitude the draft of 20 pounds forwarded to Kenrick by the Archbishop of Cincinnati who gave Newman his blessing when he was in England. He asks Kenrick to convey his thanks.

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(18)52 Dec. 1
Jamey, Father V(ictor): Savognin, (Switzerland)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Rousselon) knows that Jamey handed over several works to Father (Auguste) Martin of Natchi(toches) at the price they cost in Paris. He told Mr. Lecoffre of these arrangements and asked him to give (Rousselon) these same prices. If (Rousselon did not receive the invoice, Jamey sends a copy. (He lists titles and prices of 9 books). He asks that Martin either pay this amount or send him the works mentioned above. If by the end of March 1853, Martin has not done one or the other, Jamey would sooner return to Louisiana to put him under oath, than to let his bad faith go unpunished. He knows that Martin accused him of inflating the prices. Father (Cyril De?) Lacroix also owes Jamey $12 for a set of books he gave him; (Rousselon) is to remind Lacroix. Jamey will not speak of politics but (Rousselon) knows that if he writes under one form of government, (Rousselon) will receive it under another, and his reply will be under still another. But (Rousselon) is hardly better situated than they. The money Jamey was expecting from New Orleans came too late to use for the trip Jamey had planned. But he made up for it by making himself a present of a 12th century encyclopedia; he paid 360 francs for it. His health is very good; he works hard and does not tire; something he could not do at New Orleans. The baths at Luxeuil halped him. He has a good library. He dare not hope for a long reply with news of the city but only a word about his business and about Martin and Lacroix. P.S. His respects to the Bishop.

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1852 Dec. 1
Julian, Gabriel: Havana, Cuba
 to Father (John F.) Cambiaso, (S.J.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Foreigners are forbidden by law to teach in a school. To obtain permission they must have many friends and prove their good conduct and their Catholic religion. It will be easy for Cambiaso to find out that Julian has always fulfilled his religious duties and his family has also done so. Julian lived at Jefferson College for 8 years. Father Ladavière, Fathers Gilles, Ab(b)adie, and Rodui(t) and even Father Jourdant can confirm this. He even had some meals at the presbytery at St. Michael graced by the presence of Archbishop (Anthony) Leblanc(!). Several days before his departure, Julian asked him for a recommendation for this country but in going through New Orleans, he did not dare disturb him. His recommendation to the Bishop of Havana would have opened the doors everywhere. He asks Cambiaso to ask Blanc for a letter to the Bishop of Havana telling that he and his whole family of 8 children have always lived up to the principles of their religion. With this recommendation Julian can work with his children and live happily.

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1852 Dec. 3
Dicharry, Father F(elix): Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They arrived on Monday; so Dicharry and Father (J. Guy) Gui could not hear or celebrate Mass. A Sunday on a boat is sad! Mother read the Mass, said the rosary and sang vespers, thinking about the last vespers sung by Father Audrey and Brother Cone(?). They tried to sanctify the day. At Natchitoches, nothing extraordinary except the arrival of Mrs. Dicharry. Dicharry thinks he has the finest room in the future episcopal palace. Does Father (Auguste) Martin intend to make him vicar general; it is enough to be an assistant. Dicharry is continuing his retreat by himself.

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1852 Dec. 3
Larkin, Pat(rick): Washington, K(entuck)y
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Larkin sends $10 for his boys; he had to borrow that. (Blanc) is to tell them not to stop at Cincinnati but come on to Maysville and walk out to Washington and inquire for the postmaster who will give them directions.

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(18)52 Dec. 3
Martin, Father Aug(uste): Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Martin's last letter to (Blanc) arrived a little old; it will probably be the same with this which he is giving to Ovide Buard who is going to New Orleans to seek a position in the Land Office of which he has great need. Martin hopes he will succeed; his presence here will have a good influence for religion. Father (Felix) Dicharry arrived Monday with his mother; he seemed happy to resume his post. Dicharry said things went much better than 2 years ago and that Father (John F.) Cambiaso, (S.J.) outdid himself. Dicharry has the room (Blanc) occupied. His mother takes her meals with them except in the evening. She sleeps at Th. Tausin's. Her intention is to remain until the arrival of the new Bishop, which could be 3 or 4 months. Martin has a letter from Father(?) Gavouyère of Rennes, asking the same information about Father (Isidore) Cuny that (Blanc) asked for. Father (Philibert) Jordain came Tuesday to invite Martin to bless his church (at Campté) on the 21st. It is finished outside and the pews are almost finished. Jordain wants to undertake the floor at once at an expenditure of 5 to 600 piastres. Martin fears he will do as all the others do, contract a debt above their power to pay. Jordain still intends to go to (New Orleans) in January. Lately Jules Sompeyrac received Holy Communion and his wife, away for years, followed his example and made her first Confession. The Jesuits in postponing from time to time, the establishing of Natchitoches has put Martin in a disagreeable position with the public. Martin has not even thought of contracting a loan of $1000 which he needs for the last payment of the property. It is due in August and the present notary of the inheritance, appointed in place of Mr. Lemée, says they cannot grant a delay. Mr. Boyce is the joint surety. Judgment is to be rendered at the next court which begins Monday. Boyce will pay and take the place of the creditors in the mortgage and has promised Martin all the time he needs.

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1852 Dec. 3
(Taguemet), Alexandre Bp. Nantes: Nantes, France
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

It has been some time since he has written to Purcell but his heart has always been full of affection. He looks with special care to the seminarians Purcell has confided to him. They seem pleased, and Taguemet thinks that the worry Purcell has about them in unfounded. Taguemet learns with pleasure that Purcell's works go on. He asks if the new presidential administration will affect the church. France has passed from a republic to an empire and God alone knows what the future of the church there is. They remember affectionately Purcell's visit and all offer their homage to him.

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1852 Dec. 4
Allison, Misses: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

They ask Blanc to depute a priest to come to their school at 83 St. Louis Street to prepare a few young ladies to receive their First Communion.

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1852 Dec. 4
Johnston, W(illiam) I.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Received from Archbishop (Anthony Blanc) Blanche $105.36 on account of John Hart, being in full of all demands. (Signed) by J.W. Black.

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 On the same paper: 

(18)52 Dec. 4
Keeling, H.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Received from (Blanc) $55.30 on account of Hart in full of all demands. (Signed) by Black.

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1852 Dec. 5
Slade, Charles: Ogdensburgh, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts)

He has soon in different papers extracts from an article in Brownson's Review in opposition to the so called Maine liquor Law. He desires to procure the article referred to. Many of the newspaper men, himself included, think the law is based on a wrong principle and is calculated to retard the cause of temperance.

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1852 Dec. 6
Borgess, Father C(aspar) H.: Columbus, Ohio
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Borgess writes to give the explanation Purcell desired in reference to the charge of Father James Meagher. Meagher was appointed pastor of the English portion of the congregation. By virtue of this appointment Meagher told the congregation to have nothing to do with Borgess and to come to him for Baptism, marriages, etc. Borgess was not supposed to be a curate to Meagher. It is true that Meagher could not always be home to attend his flock but he did not notify any of the local priests of his absence. Notwithstanding this Borgess attended to a great many sick and buried 42. Bur Meagher grows more and more furious, so Borgess resolved to do no more for the poor Irish. Hence fourteen were allowed to die without the Sacraments. The chapel at Delaware is ready for blessing.

P.S. Borgess asks several questions with regard to marriage, baptism, etc.

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1852 Dec. 6
Darby, J.: New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Darby saw Théodore Leduc who came to ask about the legacy of the late Father J(ulien) Priour. Darby told him that according to the wills that were found, he had nothing to hope for, as all belonged to Blanc. Darby's aunt, Mrs. Joseph Dabuclet had told Darby that Priour owed Leduc 600 piastres from the legacy of his father and mother but Darby always forgot to mention it. This morning Darby went to see his aunt who said that Priour had often told her that he owed this. Darby has advised Leduc to talk to Blanc; he seems disposed to settle as Blanc wishes.

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


1852 Dec. 6
Grignon, Father M(athurin) F.: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

As he had announced to Blanc, Grignon passed over Woodville; there are very few Catholics and most of those who manufactured cotton in the last years, have disappeared. It will not be easy to build a chapel there. The only Catholic living there, Mr. Elder, does not dare take the responsibility. The ground is bought and paid for but yet registered in (Blanc)'s name. Elder says there is no danger in waiting for the new bishop. Grignon has let the affair about the choir rest up to now. The organist failed to come for two meetings without excuse; Grignon cannot count on him even on Sundays. Last week Grignon talked to (J.T.) Owens and (John B. Quegles) Quiegless; another musician has accepted. Grignon has more confidence in him as he counts on 2 young German Catholics and he is a German. The affair of the lot adjoining the cathedral and the garden is still adjourned to the next meeting. The Sisters (of Charity) are all very well. Father (Julian M.) Guillou is getting better. Marguérite is still lanquishing.

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1852 Dec. 6
McSweeney, Father John Fran(ci)s: Maysville, K(entuck)y
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Patrick Larkin sent $10 to Blanc's care to defray the expenses of his three sons, lately from Ireland and landing in New Orleans. It appears they called on Blanc at the time the money had not arrived. Should Blanc receive the money, he is to transmit it to McSweeney. (In Blanc's hand): Sent back December 17.

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1852 Dec. 8
Keating, William V.: Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

Brownson is announced for a lecture before the Philpatrian Society on Dec. 23. He asks the subject so he can give it publicity.

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1852 Dec. 8
Lutz, Father Joseph Anthony: New York, (New York)
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Lutz introduces Father Buggler, an Irish clergyman whom his Bishop, Dr. Vaughan, sent to America for purposes of peculiar interest, which Buggler will explain. When he arrived in New York a year ago, Lutz introduced him to their Archbishop who received him. Buggler found many friends here who had known him in Ireland. While here, he said Mass in Lutz's church. His health being rather delicate, Buggler has been advised to spend the winter in the South where so many have been relieved and cured.

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1852 Dec. 10
Chambost, Father C(harles): Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Chambost sends the extract (Blanc) asked for (no enclosure). Since retreat, he has been very busy. His house is being repaired and all his furniture exposed to the rain but soon they will be well housed. He made a trip to Grosse Tete for the sick, baptisms, and a marriage. The people want a chapel; they are keeping the subscription list started by Father (Casimir) Mouret. Father (Louis) Dufour has never visited the mission; his longest trip was to Mr. Daigre's at the entrance to the bayou. It was through a third person that Dufour sent Mr. Jelusseau (Blanc)'s letter authorizing the purchase of land to build a church. Chambost hopes that before the end of spring they will have acquired or built a chapel. Chambost has advised them to buy a fine little Methodist church which is for sale. He will go to spend a week there after Christmas and try to settle this project. All is going well and soon they will begin their schools. He has appointed the administrators and written their little constitutions which he will send to (Blanc). They will rent the pews on Christmas Day and then see about cemetery lots. Father (John) Rogall(e) stayed here a day waiting for a boat. He bothered Chambost, as well as(?) three poor Jesuit Brothers, and then Rogall(e) left for Pointe Coupée where he has his negress again, etc. He strikes Chambost as being a little insane.

VI-1-d - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 12mo. - {7}


1852 Dec. 10
Peyroux, Félicie:
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Or(leans, Louisiana)

For some months she has thought of asking for an orphan to help her care for her little family but always hoped to do so in person. Now that she has been ill for a month, she realizes the good a young person could do. Mr. Peyroux will be in New Orleans for the 25th of this month.

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(18)52 Dec. 10
Praz, R.S.C.J., Madame A(nnette): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mother (Anna) du Rousier, (R.S.C.J.) and Mother (Maria) Cutts, (R.S.C.J.) have been here several days. They are to leave next Friday for Grand Coteau but will return in mid-February and remain several weeks. They brought the news that Mother (Philippine) Duchesne, (R.S.C.J.) had gone to her reward on (November) 18. Praz is sending 11 piastres for 11 Masses for her soul. The boarding school is growing; there are 128. But the Community is growing smaller; Mother Simoni, (R.S.C.J.) and a Sister left tonight for Natchitoches, and tomorrow Mother Point, (R.S.C.J.) and Roman, (R.S.C.J.), with Mother Murphy, (R.S.C.J.) here from St. Louis, leave for Grand Coteau. On Monday, two others will go to Baton Rouge. Father (Louis) Dufour has told them he would not stay in the parish.

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1852 Dec. 10
Spalding, Bishop M(artin) J(ohn): Paris, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

At the request of the host of the Bon Lafontaine Hotel, Spalding introduces Miss De Lac Feniere(?) who goes to New Orleans on business. Spalding reached Paris on the 7th; they had a stormy passage of 14 days on the Humbolat. In the same hotel is Cardinal Goupel of Rheims; Spalding expects to see him today. The Empire is proclaimed and the new Emperor seems almost Universally popular. Spalding views him as a special instrument of Providence. Should Spalding be able to serve Blanc while in Europe, he is to write, care of Mr. Choiselat Gallien.

VI-1-d - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {4}


1852 Dec. 11
Blanchet, Widow C.: New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Blanc is not to condemn her, her conscience is clear for Blanc, for the church, and for Father (John Etienne) Blin. Blin has been silent about what she had done for the church. She did more than the work for Blin; she believes everyone acknowledged that. Blin insists that she return 20 piastres, which she will not do. Blin's conduct toward her is inexplicable. If she had received only the 20 piastres from Blanc and nothing from Blin, she would have been satisfied. It did comfort her although it did not satisfy the same end for her because of her sad position before(?) her advances last year to (Mr.) St. Marc. She has nothing for this year because(?) of a five months' illness and she is in debt for almost 300 piastres. She bought a little land in order to have a small garden and 2 or 3 cows. Blin causes irritation between her and her family. His sacristan is incapable of cleaning because of his laziness, he has not been at the church for five months, since(?) the arrival of Father (Anthony) Thève(s). Blin said many times he would like to see him go.

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1852 Dec. 11
Eutropius, Abbot Marie of Gethsemani Monastery: Gethsemani, Kentucky
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

A priest has come to them without papers claiming to be from Purcell's diocese. Father Richard Murphy, an Irishman, says he has been ordained 7 or 8 years, 2 years ago met Purcell in Rome and joined the Cincinnati diocese, being assigned to Portsmouth, Ohio. Having left the diocese scandalously he neglected his priestly functions, finally getting a job in a store in Memphis, Tennessee. There he lost his papers in a fire and being touched with penitence came to Gethsemani. The abbot has admitted him as a postulant but will not give him the habit until he hears from Purcell. Eutropius takes this occasion to ask Purcell's aid for Gethsemani. They have neither church nor monastery. Purcell has read in the Catholic Almanac for 1852 of the state of their house described by an American visitor. They have a chapel too small for those who come there on Sunday to Mass and to hear the sermon by one of their Fathers, formerly a missionary in Canada. Nevertheless the Trappists have decided to build a monastery. They have paid $410 to have the stones dug up and will begin to build in the spring. He asks Purcell to use his good will and that of his friends in Cincinnati to obtain aid promising certain spiritual benefits from the masses and prayers of the Trappists.

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1852 Dec. 11
(Timon), Bishop John: Buffalo, (New York)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, Louisiana)

Forced to start today on a visit to part of his diocese and not having had (Blanc)'s answer to his request for advice, and fearing for next spring, (Timon) has ventured on a step he hopes he may never have to repeat. He has requested Father Serge de Schoulepnikoff to solicit (Blanc)'s permission and collect for St. Joseph's Cathedral. As (Timon)'s efforts last winter were in part frustrated by the University collectors, this might be considered a supplement of that. (Timon) asks (Blanc) to favor this priest, a convert from the Greek Church. As he speaks French, English, and German, with (Blanc)'s approval, he may help (Timon) much in his difficulties.

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1852 Dec. 12
(Odin), Bishop J(ohn) M(ary): Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He has been back since last Wednesday. Father (James) Giraudon; destined to replace Father (Michael) Calvo, (C.M.) at San Antonio, could not go to his new post until around mid-November. Father (Claude C.M.) Dubuis was with (Odin) but he does not know Spanish and does not know English well; he could serve only the convent and the Germans. Before leaving the west, (Odin) visited Fredericksburg, 70 miles from San Antonio. It is a very interesting German parish. They have built a chapel and a house for the pastor. He also went to Castroville where there is a large Catholic population with a church, presbytery, and a school all of stone. On his way, (Odin) visited Goliad. This American town is coming alive again. During the year, almost 60 Mexican families, originally from there, have come to reestablish their houses after being driven out at the time of the wars. Their former church is the only building left standing but the Americans have taken possession of it and (Odin) does not know if he can succeed in having them restore it. In 1847, 5 or 6 Americans settled across from Goliad on the opposite bank. With the aid of a charter they obtained from the Legislature they took possession of all the lands of the old corporation, selling and distributing all as they wished. The church was rented to the secretary of the new municipality; he still has it at his disposal. It is the only American family living in the old Goliad. (Odin) has to say Mass in a private home. He makes no allusion to the church and the Americans of the new Goliad seem to be ashamed of this open evil. Perhaps they will restore the church to (Odin). He told them he has no intention of starting a suit, that he will send a report to the Legislature. This old church is necessary to (Odin); in a year or two there will perhaps be 300 families at Goliad. The school of the Brothers (of Mary) at San Antonio is going very well; they have 90 students. The house (Odin) had built for them was almost finished when (Odin) left. The land and the building cost almost $6500. Mr. Cassiano loaned (Odin) the money for 4 years. The Ursulines at San Antonio are doing well. The two Irish Sisters have a good education and perfect religious spirit. Their school has 75 children. Many Catholics are arriving from Mexico and Germany. All their priests should speak English, Spanish, and a little German. The four Franciscan Fathers who came from Bavière seem trustworthy. They are pastors at Fredericksburg, New Braunsfels, Castroville and Dhanis. Mother (Jane) de Chantal, (O.S.U.), new Superior at the convent in Galveston, is firm and capable. These Sisters are a little weak for teaching, because of bad health. (Odin) will write a little oftener this winter. He plans to stay here 4 or 5 months. Father (Louis) Chambodut, (C.M.) will make the trips.

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(1852?) Dec. 13
Martin, Father Aug(uste): Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The bearer of these lines, Father (Antonio Severo) Borrajo, is already known to (Blanc). Borrajo says it is with Bishop Odin's consent that he comes to New Orleans to be directed either by (Blanc) or the Jesuits to some place where he can learn English. He knows he cannot do much good without it even in Texas. Perhaps Martin has been wrong in not informing (Blanc) about the pastor of Cloutierville. Martin did not think six months ago, that he could finish the year out, he is so despised. Alwo, although he can do no good unless he changes his ways, Martin thought he was a good priest but that he should never have left his mountains. He comes here only every 2 or 3 months and only for a moment. Martin hazarded some advice; he is one of those who do not want it. In February, Martin hopes to go to New Orleans; he will talk better than he can write. (P.S.) The humber of boarders at the convent is 60; 15 are expected in January. Madame (Telcide) Landry, (R.S.C.J.) told Martin the real reason which will be the obstacle to the establishment at B(aton) R(oute) is that G(rand) Coteau draws from there its best students and best paying. If Martin were at B(aton) R(ouge) and they refused, he would take a gamble on the (Sisters of Charity of?) Nazareth although he believes them to be quite inferior the (Ladies of the) S(acred) H(eart) according to all reports.

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1852 Dec. 14
Darby, J.: New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Mr. Avery of Baton Rouge offers Darby $1200 for the property at Spanish Lake. The railroad cuts through the property. It seems to Darby that in Blanc's place he would accept this offer. Darby promised Avery to give a reply in 10 days. P.S. Theodore Leduc must have brought Blanc a letter in which Darby told that Leduc claimed the sum of $600 coming from properties of his father and mother, since Darby discovered 3 other witnesses affirming the same thing as Darby's aunt (Mrs. Joseph) Dabuclet.

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(18)52 Dec. 14
Lynch, Father P(atrick) N(eeson): Charleston, S(outh) C(arolina)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

Lynch presents L.C.Duncan; he is a convert and from one of the most respectable families of the state; one that has given more than a dozen converts during the last dozen years.

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1852 Dec. 14
Horan, Father E J.: Quebec, (Canada)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson: Boston, Massachusetts)

Brownson would confer a great favor if he will answer these questions of Mr. Muir, a fervent Catholic ever laboring in a good cause.

1852 Nov. 27
Muir, G M.: Quebec, Canada
 to Father E(J.) Horan: Quebec, Canada

He takes advantage of Horan's promise to write to (Orestes A.) Brownson on the subject of the Catholic Institute which was opened by the Catholics of Montreal. Twelve others were soon formed in Upper Canada. One of the objects is to combine the efforts of the Catholics to obtain the free enjoyment of their political rights which in some instances, especially the school question, are withheld from them. A lengthy correspondence on the subject will shortly appear in the press between Bishop de Charbonnel and the Superintendent of Education, Dr. E. Ryerson, a Methodist minister. All the institutes have received the approbation of the ecclesiastical authority. In Quebec, the institute originated by men of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. In their reading room there are now 600 volumes. They carry on the instruction of Catholics by their libraries and lectures. He list ten questions.

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1852 Dec. 14
Sadlier, J(ames): Montreal, (Canada)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

Mr. Clark was at the consecration of the cathedral at Albany when he met (James) McMaster. Sadlier called his attention to Brownson's article in the Tablet at which he was rejoiced. Clark was quite indignant at Mac and Bakewell for their impertinent remarks about Brownson. Sadlier heard that (T. Darcy) McGee's lecture in New York was very successful. Brownson did a good work in bringing McGee back to the right track. The Catholics of New York were Shocked by the opinions put forth by (Thomas Francis) Meagher in his lecture. Miss Sadlier is working on Callot's Catechism. Sadlier was glad to see by the Pilot that John (Brownson) has been successful as a lecturer. Brownson's daughter is looking well and anxiously waiting for the holidays.

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(18)52 Dec. 15
Gandolfo(?), Lanata: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A bill for $15 for candles and oil. Receipted by A. Masseau.

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(18)52 Dec. 15
Praz, R.S.C.J., Madame A(nnette): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Praz has just received (Blanc)'s letter. Their Superiors had intended to go down to the city but thought it would be better to until they returned from Grand Coteau. She has showed (Blanc)'s letter to their Assistant Mother who thinks, as (Blanc) does, that they should have a chaplain exclusively for their house. Their children need solid instruction and their negroes also need attention. Their chaplain could assist the pastor and arrange for him to come for those who do not understand French. They think it would be best for the chaplain to room at the pastor's Mother (Anna) du Rousier, (R.S.C.J.) and Mother (Maria) Cutts, (R.S.C.J.) assure (Blanc) of their deep respect.

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(18)52 Dec. 16
Guinand, R.S.C.J., Madame A(dine): Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Guinand arrived from St. Michael where Mother (Anna) Du Rousier, (R.S.C.J.) and Mother (Maria) Cutts, (R.S.C.J.) have been for 12 days. Baton Rouge must wait until spring for their visit. Talking with Mother du Rousier about their affairs, Guinand did not forget their debts. The Mothers are of the opinion that Guinand should not pay the note due January 17, 1853, if the mortgage is not lifted. Nothing has been settled pending knowledge of (Blanc)'s opinion. The Mothers fear that later they will be obliged to pay a second time, which happened before. If they do not pay the $1000 more, $300 interest, does the interest on this $1000 still go on? It seems to Guinand that the interest should stop on the 17th since she has the money ready and if she does not pay it is because the conditions of the sale have not been fulfilled. After (Blanc)'s reply, Guinand will see Mr. Knox. (Blanc)'s letter of December 6 gave Guinand great pleasure. Mother du Rousier believes it would be better to withdraw from the town but Mother Cutts doubts if this would be an advantage. They have 25 students, 20 or 23 day scholars. A great number of the latter went to the school started by Father (J.) Lavay, (S.J.).

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1852 Dec. 17
Delahoussaye, L.: Franklin, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

In order to finish their church, they have decided to have another fair on January 18. She thought that perhaps the ladies of New Orleans might come to their aid. Mrs. Fréret helped them for the last fair. Also, could not (Blanc) send them something? She is sure they would sell at double the price. Their church is well along, will he not come to see it?

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(18)52 Dec. 17
Kelly, James: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

The last time Kelly saw Blanc, he requested him to pay $2.50 for him to Mr. O'Donnell. Blanc is not to mind it as Kelly has paid it himself. Should anyone deposit money for Kelly, Blanc is to pay Father (Stephen) Rousselon $2 for Kelly and to thank him. Should any letters come from the old country, Blanc is to give them to the priest who attends Charity Hospital.

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1852 Dec. 18
(Blanc), Archbishop Ant(hony): N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Auguste Martin?: Natchitoches, Louisiana)

Father (J.) G(uy?) came this morning to tell (Blanc) the step he had taken in regard to (Martin) with the aim of a sincere reconciliation, which would prescribe an entire forgetting of the wrongs. G(uy?) said (Martin) had seemed satisfied as (Martin) was to begin the retreat for the Communities on Monday. (Blanc) would like to hear from (Martin) himself how far he is satisfied. (Blanc) believes G(uy?) is sincere. (Blanc) cannot tell, in a letter, how he brought G(uy?) around(?) yesterday. (P.S.) (Blanc) believes that if things are arranged, no time should be lost in informing the Father Rector. (Blanc) will write him, himself, as soon as (Martin)'s reply authorizes him to do so.

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1852 Dec. 18
Glajeux, Bérard des: Paris, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

The Association of the Propagation of the Faith has allocated 7000 francs for the diocese of Natchez for 1852. Attached is a letter from their treasurer giving an account. Glajeux sends on a recommendation of the Sacred Congregation of the Propaganda which states that the allocations are not to be applied exclusively to the heads of missions but to the support of all evangelical workers. J. Choiselat Gallien signs as treasurer, (The letter is addressed to) Blanc as administrator of Natchez.

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 On the same paper: 

(1852 Dec. 18)
Choiselat Gallien, J.: (Paris, France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The Paris Council has learned with sorrow of the loss sustained by Natchez in the death of their Bishop. Choiselat Gallien knew Bishop (John Joseph) Chanche and appreciated his qualities. The amount decided by the Councils for Natchez is 3,500 francs; added to this is a special gift of 1,005.40 francs, made in the diocese of Rennes by a priest, a former missionary in the United States. Choiselat Gallien sends (Blanc) a draft for the amount of 4,505.40 francs. If there have been alms given for the Propagation of the Faith for the Jubilee initiated by the Encyclical of November 21, 1851, (Blanc) is to inform Choiselat Gallien of the amount. P.S. By his letter of September 14, (Blanc) informed them that he held for the Councils the sum of $2,060 or in francs 11,021, collected for the Association; it would be simpler to authorize (Blanc) to take from this sum, the 4505.40 destined for Natchez. So he will not enclose the draft he spoke of above. He will inform (Blanc) of the decision of the Councils concerning the rest of the money in (Blanc)'s hands. He has just received from the Seminary of St. Sulpice, 700 francs of Jubilee alms from Natchez.

- L.S. -


1852 Dec. 18
Choiselat Gallien, J.: Paris, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The kind words (Blanc) wrote him touched him deeply. This question, which seems so simple in itself, is part of a vast whole, the subject of a present deliberation between the Councils. Choiselat Gallien would not permit this intimate confidence except that he has the hope which momentarily could become a reality. He does not want the official letter about Natchez to go without letting (Blanc) know that 3,000 francs have been allocated to New Orleans for 1852. (Blanc) would not know officially until the Councils had agreed on the question of which Choiselat Gallien spoke above. The allocation for Natchez is 7,500(?) francs, plus a special gift of 1,005 francs. In the hope of receiving a document from the Leveque heirs, the man in charge of the settlement of this estate has sent a deduction of 1.75 from the expenses, 368.90, which Choiselat Gallien will send with the first money he sends for Natchez.

- L.S. -


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1852 Dec. 18
Kenrick, Francis Patrick, Abp. Baltimore: Baltimore, Maryland
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Kenrick has received from the Cardinal Prefect of the Propaganda a letter dated Oct. 28. The letter of the Cardinal opened with a mention of the discussion in the Plenary Council of 1852 on the question of the support of bishops. Kenrick is to obtain through the metropolitans the opinions of the bishops. A similar case having been presented by the bishops of Canada and the cardinal states the decision of the Holy See on their proposals. Kenrick suggests that Purcell write his opinion after consulting his suffragans. Kenrick gives a synopsis of the faculties which the Holy See has renewed for the bishops, some for 2 years, the general faculties for 10 years. Leave is given for 5 years to ordain titulo missionis but lacking a mission these priests remain suspended. This Kenrick says is the opinion of Bishop (Michael) O'Connor. The later letter Kenrick has received from the Cardinal prefect was dated Nov. 8, and the Cardinal had received all the documents except the acts of the council which Bishop (John) McGill carried. Kenrick sends his Christmas greetings.

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1852 Dec. 20
Flaget, R.(?) J.: Billom, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Flaget wrote about 2 years ago Bishop (John Baptist) Lamy's niece who has been placed with the Ursulines of New Orleans. On June 26, Lamy wrote to his brother, father of Marie (Lamy) giving him news of his daughter, saying that she wrote often, and that he had had her portrait and his own made to send to him. Since that time Marie has not written and the portraits have not arrived. The child's grandmother, Mrs. Brun, who took the place of her mother who died last year, is very anxious about this little orphan and wants her to return to France. Mrs. Brun says it is true her granddaughter will receive an education in America and make acquaintances she would not have in France, but what good will it be later when she sees her education is beneath her position in this country. If, Brun says, this child was with her, she would bring her up as she did her sister and her brother. Brun would like (Blanc) to have Lamy send back the child. She also asks (Blanc) to have the Ursulines give news regularly of the child. Lamy, in his last letter to his brother, in August, talked of a trip to France; perhaps that would be a good time for the child's return. Flaget takes this occasion to be remembered to the pastor of Baton Rouge; Mrs. Flaget asks to be remembered. Brun's address is Widow Brun, née Jaffeux, near Clermont Ferrand.

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1852 Dec. 20
Mènard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: Lafourche Intérierre, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He has just arrived from Houma from the commission (Blanc) gave him; he regrets not being able to do it completely. Everyone was excited in the capital of Terrebonne at the news of the departure of their ex-pastor. Sentiments were mixed; the Catholics were glad. The Protestants said he was a good fellow. Mènard recognized that it was a deliverance from public calamity. It was impossible to make the list of articles necessary for services and those for the use of the priest. Father (Edward) Barthe supposedly had the key to the presbytery with him; Mènard went to the record office to inform the trustees, J. Aycock and Verret of his mission and to find out if it was possible to get an inventory of articles belonging to their church. Aycock, clerk of the court, made the visit in the presence of five witnesses. The presbytery having been opened, they could verify as belonging to the church only some glass candlesticks, a cross, and two lanterns, a bedstead and 3 mattresses. The chalice, vestments, linens, etc. were thought to be in 4 trunks for which the keys were lacking. It was impossible to proceed further as Barthe had creditors who were complaining loudly. Some put the total of his debts at 200 piastres, others at 3 or 400. The creditors purpose to take action for fraudulent bankruptcy as soon as they are sure Barthe is out of the state. It would be imprudent to live in the presbytery before clearing up this affair. (Blanc) could send a statement attesting that he had left the state. Mènard could hasten the conclusion of this affair indirectly. They are about to put the floor in the church, at the expense of 4 subscribers. P.S. Mènard sent Father Rousselon the procuration asked for.

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1852 Dec. 20
Shafer, P.W.: Mercersburg, P(ennsylvani)a
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

He forwards a $3 for a subscription to the Review and inquires how much it will cost to buy all the back numbers of the New Series.

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1852 Dec. 21
Miles, George H.: New York, (New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

Brownson's letter reached him in Baltimore. He is now a New York lawyer. He will send the article for April. He left Brownson's lectures in the hands of Mr. Scott. Indeed there is so little spirit and so little faith in Baltimore that they think it may drop. Parkin Scott is the only man on whom Brownson may count, and he is worked to death by an extravagant family.

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(18)52 Dec. 21
(Mudd), S.C., Sister M(ary) Austin: Donaldsonville, (Louisiana)
 to (Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

All at St. Vincent's send wishes of the season. All are well. They have 29 orphans. For their annual retreat, they will ask Father (Blaise) Raho, (C.M.). Father (John M.) Delcros, (C.M.) has too much to attend to, to accommodate them this year.

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(18)52 Dec. 21
Praz, R.S.C.J., Madame A(nnette): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

This evening Praz received Father (Louis) Dufour's letter and sees that there is no way to get along with these gentlemen in spite of trying not to hurt them. From the enclosed letter (no enclosure) one could think she had done an outrageous trick; she only asked to change the intention of the Wednesday Mass for the last 2 weeks of this month. She asks (Blanc) to settle their affairs. A number of their pupils have not been to confession since their return and several are in the infirmary. They await (Blanc)'s decision about a chaplain; they are a heavy burden on the pastor of the parish. She is sorry to give (Blanc) so much trouble.

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(18)52 Dec. 21
Timon, Bishop John: Buffalo, (New York)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Timon thanks (Blanc) for his kind remarks on his journey to Mexico. As all whom he consulted, either warmly or like (Blanc) more doubtingly, approve. Timon will start on January 1. He asks (Blanc) to furnish him with a letter. He thinks he will go through New Orleans. He will then mention more about the Catechism. O'Donnell will lose nothing as to price; it will be from 20 to 25 per thousand.

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1852 Dec. 24
Clarke, Father M(ichael) J.: Lafayette, Indiana
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Clarke encloses a check for $30 to be handed to Timothy (Maney) or Ellen Maney who will call for it. Their friends would send it direct but feared they might not get it.

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(18)52 Dec. 24
Praz, R.S.C.J., Madame A(nnette): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Blanc) will be surprised to receive another letter from her this week. But their situation is so painful that they cannot endure it longer. Yesterday Praz went to the sacristy to talk with Father (Louis) Dufour about the sudden departure of the assistant. The pastor replied that he would explain all to Mother de Barbarin, (R.S.C.J.) without Praz. It is urgent that they have a chaplain attached to their house. Dufour finds it a heavy burden to come to hear confessions but their pupils and they need the sacraments. About the Mass which Father (Edward E.) Legendre spoke about, there is no uneasiness as the Wednesday Masses of each week will be compensated for by the others they will have said instead of sending them elsewhere. Perhaps (Blanc) knows that Dufour and Legendre do not get along; it could be. Dufour's illness is perhaps part of it. Praz sends greetings from the Community for the New Year.

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1852 Dec. 26
Esseiva, S.J., Father J.: Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Esseiva has received (Blanc)'s letter of the 18th. There is no going back on the arrangements made with Father (Anthony J.) Jourdan(t, S.J.) in regard to the child in whom (Blanc) is interested. Jourdan(t) informed them that the affair is settled. It is understood then that they will take care of this child. Esseiva hopes this charity will bring them only good.

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1852 Dec. 26
Jamison, Father Fr(anci)s B.: New Madrid, (Missouri)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Jamison recommends his young friend, Luther Paul Martin who visits New Orleans with a view of making it his residence. Martin is a Catholic; his exemplary moral conduct will afford much pleasure.

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1852 Dec. 27
Fuselier, G.L.: St. Mary's
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Fuselier received (Blanc)'s letter of the 18th. He has been racking his brain for the date of the sale to the late Father (Julien) Priour and the notary who took care of it. But his memory fails him. The sale would have been entered in the Register of Deeds office in Martinville and (Blanc) could have it looked up. Fuselier's family appreciated (Blanc)'s remembrance.

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(18)52 Dec. 27
Praz, R.S.C.J., Madame A(nnette): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

The letter of their pupils will not leave without Praz adding a line of New Year's greetings. After her last two letters, she returns to the subject in order to console (Blanc) a little. Father (Louis) Dufour seems to return to his prejudices toward them. They have tried to explain and Praz thinks he is no longer angry at her. However, Praz insists on her request to (Blanc) to give them someone full time for their house. Dufour's health does not permit him to do the things as he would like to. They have 130 pupils. The infirmary is always full but nothing dangerous. All are well at Baton Rouge; Mother Doremus, (R.S.C.J.) and a Sister went to augment that family. At the last news from Natchitoches Mother Antoinette (Pizarro) Martinez, (R.S.C.J.) was better.

- A.L.S. -


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1852 Dec. 27
Sacred Heart, Pupils of: St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They send New Year's greetings and express their gratitude.

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


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1852 Dec. 28
Byron, Andrew: Maysville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He asks Blanc to keep this money and letter until Bridget Ryan calls for it. He hopes that when she comes, Blanc will encourage her not to delay because she is afraid to travel in strange places. Byron remits $16 in this letter to bring her up without delay. There are $2 in this letter which was objected to; Byron was told it would not pass in Blanc's neighborhood. She is to pass it if she can, or if not, she is to bring it back again.

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(18)52 Dec. 28
Hardey, Father R(ichard) B.: Vicksburg, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, Louisiana)

Since writing (Blanc) all Hardey's apprehensions about Father S(tephen) H. Montg(omery) have been realized. The man is stubborn and proud, sly and treacherous. No sooner had Montg(omery) arrived from New Orleans than he sent to Hardey for the key of the church. Hardey was on the way to the church, opened it and remained for some time. As Montg(omery) did not enter, Hardey paid him a visit and asked him what he wanted in the church. Montg(omery) observed that he found it inconvenient to say Mass at a late hour and wanted the key of the rear door left with him. Hardey would not consent. He told Montg(omery) that in consequence of his holding on to the lot which ought to be used for the service of the rector, Hardey was obliged to live at a distance and was very much uncommoded. As things had been taken from the church and several of the organ pipes broken, Hardey found it necessary to keep the church locked. Hardey said his Masses as announced on Christmas; Montg(omery) said no Mass. On Christmas Eve he observed he would say Mass at 12; Hardey said he would not permit it. Montg(omery) fears him but it is too much to effect what may be done (only by?) episcopal authority. It is an injury to religion for him to be here. Father (Julien) Guillou has just started for Yazoo. He looks well but is feeble. Hardey hopes to see Father (Andrew) Fierabras here soon. Father (Peter) Holton may wish to stay here but neither his disposition nor education would suit this place, especially now. Hardey has a vast deal to do.

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1852 Dec. 28
Martin, Father Aug(uste): Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

On the 21st, Martin blessed the new church at Campté, finished on the outside only. Father (J.) Guy sang the Mass; Father (Felix) Dicharry kept the house. The attendance was considerable; many Americans came out of curiosity. A priest could do much good here; there are more advantages then at Cloutierville. Convinced that immediate repairs to the house are indispensable, Martin made an appeal and the same day the subscription mounted to 180 piastres which he thinks will be enough. As for checking Father (Philibert) J(ordain) in his expenditures; it is quite difficult. He has already contracted for the finishing of the interior of the church. He owes $1100 for work done and the interior will cost about $1000. Martin is told that Jordain still drinks; he denies it. If (T.E. Giraud) Girault is in the city, Martin asks (Blanc) to ask him to come up here soon. The front of their church threatens to fall. January 3, 1853: This letter was begun in time to convey New Year's wishes. It was interrupted by a stomach upset which forced him to rest. Madame (Telcide) Landry, (R.S.C.) has received in Madame Simoni, (R.S.C.) a help and support she badly needed. The advice Martin gave Landry at the reopening of the school has borne fruit. The young ladies seem so happy with their teachers that many of the parents have noticed it. He regrets that Landry still has the desire to retire; she has said many times that with Martin going, it will be impossible for her to remain. (Blanc) must help to convince her that his going will be one more reason for her to remain. Martin continues to be satisfied with Father (Felix) Dicharry; the more he is known here the more he is appreciated. But he is too affected by the general anxiety about the change in administration. He has begun to carry out the Vicar General's instructions in the establishment of the Way of the Cross and the Propagation of the Faith at Ile. They will probably lose the Graneaux family if it is true that Graneaux has been appointed State Treasurer. In return, Ovide (Buard?) hopes to succeed in the steps he has taken. When (Blanc) see (the Jesuits) he is to tell them that for more then 2 years he has kept here the flower of their youth in expectation of a college. The families are at the end of their patience and 12 or 15 are going to leave in the spring for the East or Kentucky. The public school is temporarily dismissed for lack of teachers after changing 4 times in 3 years. Martin is writing to Father (Julian) Benoit; he regrets that Benoit did not come and that he did not see Father (Edward F.) Sorin, (C.S.C.). The Lecomte family who lived at Cloutierville this winter, came to spend the holidays here. They leave tomorrow. Lecomte gave $200 to the subscription against which Cote Joyeuse decided en masse. It will hardly reach $1500. Martin foresaw this opposition; later they will yield.

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1852 Dec. 28
Roduit, S.J., Father Joseph: Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Onésime Nerant wishes to marry Arthémise Caruthers. In the absence of the priest who serves this parish, Roduit asks for the necessary dispensation.

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1852 Dec. 29
Guérard, Father P(aul): Franklin, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

In one of Rousselon's last letters, he told Guérard to write to him about the pews for St. Anthony's Church. It is said that Rousselon is going to Lafayette next month; Guérard would like him to stop at Franklin. Here is what could be done for the freight. The Ursulines have written a young lady here that they still have $100 for them; Rousselon could perhaps take that money and pay the freight and send them the surplus with the pews by Captain Labarthe of the Anna 2. Guérard is undecided about the altar; he will wait for the results of the fair.

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(18)52 Dec. 29
Guinand, (R.S.C.J.), Mother A(dine): Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The Community unites with their little flock to express the wishes of the season. Isabelle Du Breuil (writes this) as secretary for Guinand.

- L. -


 On the same paper: 

(1852 Dec. 29)
Duplantier, Augusta: (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The pupils of Sacred Heart send (Blanc) their best wishes for the New Year and for January 17.

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


(1852 Dec. 29)
Guinand, R.S.C., Madame: (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Guinand was about to seal this letter when (Blanc)'s came. She will find out from Mr. Knox who must have the note, how things stand and if this mortgage can be lifted. It is the intention of their Mothers not to pay the interest of $1000 due, nor the interest on the interest which amounts to $300, which would make $1300. If the holder of the note consents or prefers that the sum be placed in the Bank of Louisiana, Guinand will inform (Blanc), as she will also do if she can settle it at Baton Rouge. She has $1000 at present; she hopes to be able to send the rest. Then she will send it to (Blanc) by Mr. Trinidad if it is better to have it in the hands of a notary in (New Orleans). Next week she will inform (Blanc) of the result of her inquiry and consultation.

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


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1852 Dec. 29
Ludington, Mrs. D(aphne) A.B.: Sweden, (New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

She stayed with Samuel until fall but she and the boys are now keeping house close by. She had everything to buy as she left almost everything with the old man in Michigan. He would not let her have anything and she was glad to get away with her clothes and child. He must be satisfied now that she will never live with him again. He tried to make all the trouble he could, went to several lawyers but was told he could do nothing. He has taken a family in to live with him. She asks Brownson whether she is doing the right thing.

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1852 Dec. 29
Thèves, Father (Anthony): New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Thèves sends wishes for the New Year to (Blanc) to whom he owes the inestimable gift of the priesthood. He asks God to bless (Blanc) and to make his own parish the most flourishing in the diocese. P.S. The church needs a new roof. Since Father Priour's time there has been nothing done. Thèves asks for a dispensation for Joseph Numa Lange and Cecelia Provost, already married civility.

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1852 Dec. 30
Gallagher, Francis: Roxbury, (Massachusetts)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

Father O'Byrne having announced from the pulpit that Brownson would lecture before the young Catholic Friends Society not specifying the time, Brownson would oblige him by telling him what Sunday would be convenient.

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1852 Dec. 30
Blin, Father J.E.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Blin bestowed on little Jules Blanchet, twenty piastres which he received twice by mistake as (Blanc) will learn by the enclose note. Blin could use the surplus 20 for the poor sister of Father (Julien) Priour; (Blanc) sees Mrs. Jules' letter, as his note was collected by the latter. As (Blanc) will see by her letter, she insists on claiming the complement of $150. Blin is just as insistent in believing that she should content herself with the courtesies shown her and her family. There was never any agreement between her and Blin. He does not know of anyone who could claim a debt from him. He has advanced more than $500 for the church of New Iberia for debts which would not have to be paid until next March, the collection for fees and pews not having been made since last March, an observation the collector omitted. Another error is that his coming to New Iberia should be dated March 1, 1850 instead of the 11th. At the last retreat, Blin asked Father (Nicholas) Francais for 20 piastres for a wedding held in Blin's parish; Francais asked Blin for 60 on the pews at L'Anse. This claim would not have been out of order if Blin had received all the money for these things, if he had paid Blin for his furniture, and if since Francais was pastor there, Blin had not finished off the debts on his church, even though he had not been fully paid. So, Francais kept the $20 as a payment on account. Is it just that Blin pay this 60 after he spent more than $3000 at L'Anse, not counting the subscription, nor his furniture, nor pay for the sacristan, singers, altar boys, etc. At the time of Mr. Darby's trip, (Blanc), startled when he saw a debt of more than $500 due the pastor, observed that, whatever the loss of the church, the pastor always did his part and nothing remained for the church. Blin repeats that he collected almost nothing in fees from March to last July, nothing on the pews at New Iberia, rented last Easter for 1120, nothing on those of Mrs. Patou(t?)'s church, opened last April, and rented for $300. He has left no debts. Past records prove that he did do his part; the observation hurt him deeply. He remained at New Iberia in spite of his desire to come to St. Augustine's, a new proof of his disinterestedness. He thanks (Blanc) for transferring him to a post where he finds himself as happy as a priest can be in this country. He left things at the presbytery at New Iberia to the value of $72; this could go for the wine. He does not count three new surplices and two fine banners(?) at the church. Pat(t)erson paid (Blanc) only 50 of the $191 owed him. He gave an equal donation to Mrs. Patou's church with 18 acres of land. The church is under the patronage of St. Nicholas.

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 Enclosure: 

1852 Nov. 21
Blanchet, Widow J(ules): (New Iberia, Louisiana)
 to Father (J.E. Blin St. Augustine's: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

How can Blin reproach her for being too concerned, surrounded as she is by 6 children and aged mother to support. Blin has made her very sad; her illness comes somewhat from that. But she pardons him. On a sum of 100, he gave her 50; 70 unwittingly, and he wants her to give back $20. If she had wanted only 50, and with the approval of the Bishop, she would have said nothing more about it. She can give him no other receipt after the request Blin made through Mrs. Goujon for $20. Blanchet thought the 70 was what Blin had agreed to give her. Blanchet made a nasty reply to Goujon for (Blanc); she is sorry. (Enclosed in this letter is a) receipt for 14 piastres, received from Blin through Messrs. R. (?) Blanchet, Darby, and Thrémoulet(?) for a barrel of sugar sold to Blin, plus 20 piastres which he believed he owed her son Jules but which S(?) Darby had already paid him and which Blanchet will keep as a payment on what is still owed her.

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(Written on the above letter in Blin's hand): 1. He never reproached Mrs. Jules as being too interested; he has never written her since the letter she sent (Blanc). 2. He did not distress her when he told her of (Blanc)'s wishes. 3. She has nothing to pardon him for. 4. She should give back to Mrs. Gougeon the $20 too much.

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1852 Dec. 30
Guérard, Father P(aul): Franklin, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The letter Mr. Gates sent (Blanc) should not give him the least uneasiness. It was a little attempt on (Blank)'s pursue in the hope that his interest in the church would extend to the debts contracted by Kinsela as a person. When Kinsela got the contract for the church, Mr. Dartigue placed the account for the lumber with Gates. Dartigue assures (Blanc) that there is nothing to fear. The church still owes Kinsela $1250 but this money is already due the workmen: $400 to Gates for the balance of the wood; $200 for the roof(?), and at least the rest of the $1200 for the floor. They have 400 piastres on hand and the fair the 18th of next month gives them hopes of clearing the church.

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1852 Dec. 30
Guillou, Father J(ulien): Yazoo city, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Guillou returned 3 days ago. Father (Peter) Holton left without a word to him. After receiving (Blanc)'s last letter, Guillou wrote to Holton to tell him that he had the intention, approved by (Blanc) of having Holton remain here where he could teach 16 Catholic children. Holton replied that he did not see where the scholars were to be found, the schoolhouse, the house to live in or the other means. He said he left the teaching business to join the ministry. His health is not fit for it and he is resolved never to teach a school. Holton is thankful he is so well in health; when he left Natchez he was apprehensive that he would be prostrate here, coming in such feeble health. (Blanc) can see that after a reply like that, Guillou could not think of keeping Holton. He believes Holton left without warning for fear Guillou would try to keep him. Guillou's health has improved and he hopes to be able to fulfill his duties. The doctor told him when he left Natchez to take care of his health and avoid a fatal relapse. He asks (Blanc)'s prayers to enable him to overcome some difficulties Holton's presence left. He intends to endure it all until (Blanc) gives him another post, if necessary.

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(18)52 Dec. 30
Léveque, R.S.C., Madame Louisa: Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Knowing his former daughter so well, (Blanc) will understand how happy she is to be chosen to offer him their New Year wishes. Mother (Anna) du Rousier, R.S.C. has been here for 10 days; she seems to like Grand Coteau very well. They already love their new Mother very much; Mother (Maria) Cutts, (R.S.C.) seems delighted to have someone share her burden. They hope Mother du Rousier will not leave Louisiana without making (Blanc)'s acquaintance. Madames Boes(?), (R.S.C.J.) and Jenkins, (R.S.C.J.) and Sister Louise, (R.S.C.J.) will soon finish their two years of novitiate. For January 25, will (Blanc) appoint someone to examine them. (Blanc) already knows that Madames Point, (R.S.C.J.) and Roman, (R.S.C.J.) are living at Grand Coteau. Léveque hopes that their climate will be salutary for them. Up to now, they seem delighted.

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1852 Dec. 30

Marziou, V(ictor) and Company Havre, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

They send the bill of lading (no enclosure) for a package of books sent by D(ominique) Meynis of Lyons on the American ship Wurtemberg, Captain Ford. Signed by L. Reynaud.

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1852 Dec. 30
Mégret, Father A(nthony) D(ésiré): Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mégret sends New Year's greetings with Sister St. Paul, (O. Carm.).

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1852 Dec. 30
Sacred Heart, Pupils of: Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

They express their deep gratitude for his kindness toward them. They expect to see him before the termination of the ensuing year.

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1852 Dec. 31
Abbadie, S.J., Father J(ohn) F(rancis): Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Abbadie joins his wish for a good year to the numerous ones which will be coming from all parts of the diocese for a happy 1853. He hopes that (Blanc)'s devoted workers from here will contribute to it, whether those who serve the parish or those at the College.

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1852 Dec. 31
Cusachs, P.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Anthony) Andrieu, (C.M.): Assumption Seminary, (Louisiana)

Bill for $16.40 for medicines. (Receipted? by) J. Petit.

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1852 (Dec. 31)
Lauveau, J.: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Assumption Seminary: (Lafourche, Louisiana)

A bill for $106.25 for wine from November 12 to December 31. Signed by Armand Perilliat(?).

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1852 Dec. 31
Mégret, Father A(nthony) D(ésiré): Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Mégret wrote yesterday by Sister St. Paul, (O. Carm). Last night he received a visit from Father (John) Rogalle, pastor of Abbeville. Rogalle cannot remain at Abbeville. Rogalle would like to do good at Abbeville; he has already made a good start. They have discussed it; they would live at Lafayette and serve Abbeville. Mégret would give Rogalle $1500 a year. Rogalle would furnish the sum, without interest, for the building of his church. These sums would be given back to him from the income of the two churches. Mégret would be the depositary. Is this agreeable to (Blanc)? P.S. Father Rousselon has no doubt told (Blanc) that Mégret made a request to Rome and does not think he will be more than a year under (Blanc)'s administration. Before going he will do his best to serve Vermillionville and Abbeville.

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1852 Dec. 31
Mènard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: Thibodaux, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mr. Trahent, mechanic on board the Downs, will deliver this letter. (Blanc) can safely give Trahent all the keys as well as instructions. According to what Mènard can judge of Father (Edward) Barthe's accounts and his furniture, they would not come to more than $150. If his debts amount to more, it will be difficult to settle this agreeably. Something of this nature, especially at Houma, would lead to a lawsuit and difficulties for the future. Mènard will have to see what circumstances will suggest. As furnishing services for Terrebonne, Mènard would claim the use of the presbytery as well as the things belonging to the church. Then the creditors could arrange things among themselves. Thus they would have to distinguish between the real creditors and the alleged ones. (Blanc)'s name of Mènard's would not appear. B(arthe?)'s reputation would add nothing one way or the other. Mènard sympathizes in all the trouble this affair has given (Blanc). He sees it will be impossible for (Blanc) to be reimbursed for the $120 advanced. If (Blanc) sees fit, heis to send by the bearer, a note for the sum which might be useful. As soon as Mènard receives the keys, next Thursday, he will go to Houma. On his return he will give (Blanc) the results of this trip. Father (Amédée Beccard is doing well; he sends respects.

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1852 Dec. 31
(Odin), Bishop J(ohn) M(ary): Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

(Odin) wishes (Blanc) a happy new year. Yesterday he fell and his knee is badly swollen; the doctor does not think it will last long. Father (Louis C.M.) Chambodut is going to leave for the eastern part of Texas; he will not return until the time when (Odin) must resume his pastoral visits. Their population is growing prodigiously. The new colonists come by sea and by land, by the thousands, every week. Mother (St. Jane) de Chantal, the new Superior at the (Ursulines) convent is succeeding well; she is loved and respected. They need to build but their resources are so small (Odin) dares not authorize it. (Odin) sends new year's greetings to Father Rousselon.

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(18)52 Dec. 31
Praz, R.S.C.J., Madame A(nnette): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Blanc)'s last letter demands particular thanks. She wants to open her heart about her motive in writing so promptly and a little bit too warmly. They had been Wednesday and Thursday without Mass and on the eve of Christmas, she feared they would be without Mass on that day. They will be patient in the hope that (Blanc) can soon realize the plan he is making for them. Father (Louis Dufour) Duffour has sent word that he is going down to the city and will take care of any commissions for them; Praz sends this with him. If there is anything not going right, (Blanc) is to tell them. Their sick ones are getting better; the children are well disposed.

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