University of Notre Dame


Brownson, Orestes A.:
 to Father James Corcoran:

Brownson thinks the Irish a little touchy. They run down all nationalities but their own. It is impossible to conceive how offensive in this respect they are to the American. At times the Catholic Irish clergy encourage them. It does not bother Brownson for them to abuse his nationality but if Brownson opens his lips about Catholic doctrine of unity, then he is accused of stirring up National animosities and disturbing the peace of Catholics. Brownson would like to know why his Review is supressed. He does not like the Irish as editors, politicians, or as critics but he like them in all the private relations of life. The Irish as a whole, have done much for religion in this country. Brownson does not write what he does not honestly believe. The faults of the Irish are the most offensive to the Americans. Brownson has many more things to put up with from his fellow Americans. Brownson has not written one sentence which was written in bitterness, in anger, or in a sarcastic spirit. Brownson has opened his heart for Father Corcoran's good opinion. Father Corcoran's paper had done Brownson injustice.

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Mulligan, James A. O'Reagan, Bishop Anthony A. and others from:
(Chicago Catholic Institute) Chicago, Illinois
 to Orestes A. Brownson:

Mulligan and his associates take advantage of Brownson's visit to Chicago to thank him for his work in advancing Catholicism and sound political and historical views. They promise to do all they can to stop the reports currently circulating to Brownson's discredit. They send him a list of subscribers to show their approbation of his work.

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 to (Orestes) A. Brownson):

P.S. Mrs. Frilk presents her felicitations on Brownson's happy escape from that terrible accident. Brownson is always welcome at her house in New York.

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Dupuy, Father Enn(emond): (Iberville, Louisiana?)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

If Rousselon finds someone to sing, he is to write to Dupuy before sending him. (This is evidently a postscript cut from a letter, possibly one sent to Bishop Blanc).

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Benson, Joseph: New Orleans, Louisiana

Benson received from Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc two notes of $500 each, bearing six percent interest, being the balance in full as per bill rendered.

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Faure, Father J.A.: (Galveston, Texas)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Faure had scarcely arrived in Galveston when Louisa, Bishop Odin's servant, asked if he had brought the barrel of apples. She was very unhappy at not seeing them arrive with him. She said they were hers, that she had asked Father (John?) Lynch, (C.M.?) for them and he had promised them to her. Faure asks (Rousselon) to send this barrel. Faure profits by this occasion to wish Rousselon a happy New Year and to thank him for the many marks of affection shown him on his way through New Orleans.

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(Blanchet), N(orbert Francis) Abp. Oregon City: Oregon City, Oregon
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He desires to ask Purcell 1st how the clergy of the Cincinnati archdiocese are supported and how much they are allowed each year; 2nd how the revenues of the Church are used; 3rd if the parishoners are held to the support of their pastors and how they are treated if they neglect that obligation; 4th whether the rector or pastor is allowed to appropriate the revenue of the church and to what amount. Purcell's pastoral on marriage he regards as admirable and wishes to have some copies of it. He expresses his sympathy for Purcell in his recent trials.

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Miles, Geo. H.:
New Freedom, York County, Pennsylvania
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Chelsea, Massachusetts)

Miles cheers for Brownson because of Brownson's article on Nativism and his warning to Ireland. He calls him a leader and says that now he knows his position and is willing to fight for it. He regrets that Brownson's son had to return from Europe, apparently because of insufficient money in his father's account. He would send him "Gerald Griffin" for publication but it is written in lecture form.

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Brownson, O(restes) A.: (Boston, Massachusetts)

… the immigrant population to be on their guard against things which had excited it, Brownson very likely told some harsh truths, for when he has a disagreeable thing to say he generally says it in such a manner that once saying it will suffice. His Irish Catholic friends might have known he was their friend and incapable of offering them an insult or betraying them. He is happy that there are among his Irish Catholic friends (some) who have comprehended his motives and heartily approved. Of what race his correspondent is, he does not know or care. To him and Brownson's young friend, the Editor of the Western Tablet, he is grateful, and especially to his correspondent's correspondent "Z." The storm will not last long.

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(Brownson, Orestes A.):
 to (Father John P. Roddan) Editor of (Boston) Pilot: (Boston, Massachusetts)

He receives many papers in exchange for his Review and he has a right to drop any of them if he so desires. No one has a right to interrogate him as to his motives. He does the publishers no injury by dropping the paper. He is receiving some Catholic exchanges which have at times treated him with unnecessary hostility. The public has a right to criticize what he says in public, but he cannot allow it to penetrate into his private rights as a man. He does not understand why his Catholic friends should always be on the lookout to find something that will enable them to hold him up to the scorn of the Catholic community. He asks if they propose to sacrifice him to appease the Know-Nothing wrath. There is no Catholic in the country who does not perfectly well understand that the Know-Nothing attacks upon Brownson have for their express object to induce Catholics to distrust and to disown Brownson. Brownson's articles on the papal power was the chief cause of the present excitement. But had he not written them the attacks would have been more serious. Brownson has experienced only what every man experiences who seeks to follow truth rather than public opinion. The storm now raging against them will soon subside.

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(Brownson, Orestes A.: Boston, Massachusetts)

(Fragment labeled pp.3 and 4). Where flows the great current of American national life is obvious enough. (Brownson) asks who are assimilated--the Anglo-American population, or the Celtic and Teutonic. The very physicque of his correspondent's countrymen after one or two generations becomes assimilated to the Anglo-American. In the public schools the children of Irish parents are gradually assuming the lang(uage) and sharp features of Americans. His correspondent dislikes the Anglo-Saxon race. (Brownson) does not. He dislikes the English government since it became Protestant. In his very article on Nativism he says he knows and loves the Irish Catholics. Their greatest fault is that of being too suspicious of their friends unless they flatter them. (Brownson) has chosen to treat them as full grown men and shall not alter his course in this. He has read his correspondent's paper weekly and felt proud to rank its editor among his friends, but, while his correspondent was pleasing his own countrymen by proving almost every man celebrated in the history of (the United States) to have been Irish, he was only exciting Anglo-American hostility against them.

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Brummer, Father J(ohn) W.: (Zanesville, Ohio)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Brummer recalled the regulation he made of paying at the door and required all to remain below that have no pews. This will perhaps do the same service without keeping any out of church. In general this congregation is not bad, but he would need the skill and politeness of Father (William) Deiters to bring them about so that they would no longer oppose him. It is hard to take charge of a people who are accustomed to a much superior pastor. Brummer thinks he has no tact in recovering respect and love which he loses by the blunders he makes. But he is not discontented. He feels bad because he is not as capable as Father Deiters. If he does not succeed Purcell can put him as an assistant where he will not be exposed to make blunders. He will try to bring his subscription for the Seminary when he comes to Cincinnati next month.

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(1854 ?)
L(ucretia, S.C.), S(ister) M(ary): (Detroit, Michigan ?)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere: Detroit, Michigan)

(Alderman William H.) Craig, on the occasion of a visit to the (St. Vincent's) Orphan Asylum, examined some of the books in the classrooms and asked whether only Catholic ones were used. He also remarked about the statue of the Blessed Virgin. He expressed himself satisfied with all he saw and said, "So far as the Sisters are concerned nothing could be found fault with. They are truly Charitable Sisters." Craig asked how the house was supported and who owned the property. He voiced his objection to the spiritual authority of the pastors over the laity thinking it detrimental to national government and likewise objected to the influence of Catholic teachers over children. He asked if it were true that Catholics could be pardoned from their sins by paying money to the priests and remarked that this practice might account for the fact that Catholic countries produced a greater amount of crime than Protestant ones. He thought that emigrants, the Irish in particular, were most indebted to the government - not only are they welcomed to the country but schools are established for them and it is the money of the Americans which hired persons sent to bring to this country their friends and relatives from Europe. Sister apologizes for mistakes in her letter because of the interruptions by the Sisters.

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Moll, Sr., Doctor: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Late of the Civil and Military Hospital, Algiers, and formerly physician to the Pacha of Tripoli and Barbary; decorated with a Medal of Honor and one of the Founders of the Society of Medicine and Surgery. Office at the Drug Store of his brother, Ursulines Street, corner of Old Leveé. (On the reverse side of the paper, the same thing in French)

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