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1854 Mar.
Mayer, Francis and Co(mpany): St. Louis, M(iss)o(uri)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

They have established a bell-foundry in this city. They promise the best and cheapest workmanship and appeal to the chimes of the bells made by them for St. Patrick's Church, Charleston, S(outh) C(arolina) as well as that at Cincinnati, Ohio.

VI-1-g - Printed L. - 1p. - 12mo. - {3}


1854 Mar. 1
Anderson, Henry Lees: New York, (New York)
 to Bishop J(ames) R(oosevelt) Bayley : Newark, N(ew) J(ersey)

Anderson encloses a check for $100 to defray the expenses of the crozier. He was much disappointed the other day on finding Bayley gone, but it was Anderson's fault. Their friend Jeannie says a letter from Bayley has strangely miscarried. They are all happy over the news that their loved and honored Superior will soon be in their midst again. Anderson wonders whether His Grace would have allowed them to smother their resentment of anti-popery spite. What Anderson regrets is that many Catholics have been misled by the furious vehemence of these charges. Anderson's mother desires to be remembered to Bayley. Jeannie and Teddy send their best love.

II-2-n - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {1}


1854 Mar. 1
Chambost, Father C(harles): Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Chambost does not write often but he does not forget (Blanc) and Father Rousselon at the altar. Father Baubé having decided to leave, Chambost asks (Blanc) to send his exeat so that he can join some diocese in France. His conduct has always been excellent.

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


1854 Mar. 1
Neumann, Bishop John N(epomucene): Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché: N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

Neumann has consulted several of the clergy about his wish to invite the Ursulines to this diocese and they all entertain the same desire. Mr. Lopez said that Perché intended to visit these parts; Neumann begs him to stay with them in Philadelphia and to see where a convenient place might be found to establish a convent. Perché's friend assured Neumann that the Sisters were willing to come. Neumann has a lot near the Cathedral 100 by 85 feet but Lopez says they would prefer a larger establishment than his lot would allow. They may settle in any part of the diocese they find the best. His means are too limited to offer more substantial inducement. He sends his regards to the Venerable Mother and the two of her daughters whom Neumann met.

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


1854 Mar. 1
Clark, Frank H. (and others): Jefferson, Texas
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans), Louisiana

The undersigned were appointed a committee to solicit aid in building a church. There are not more than half a score of them here and none are blessed with much of the goods of this world. They have subscribed $1000; they want $4000 more. Jefferson is a town of 2000, situated at the head of a navigable lake, a place of much business importance; a church could do much good here. Once, the cross was planted in every town but war and the sword have eradicated all traces of former godliness. (Signing with Clark): Antonio Glover, S.H. McFarland, James C. Scott, the Committee appointed by the "Catholic Association of Jefferson."

VI-1-g - Printed L. - 1p. - 4to. - {5}


1854 Mar. 1
Lambert, Rich(ar)d: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipt for $20 for one month's services as organist.

VI-1-g - A. Receipt S. - (French) - 1p. - 32mo. - {1}


1854 Mar. 1
(Gros), Bishop J(ohn Nicholas): Versailles, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Gros) has had correspondence with (Blanc) concerning Father (James Mary August Bonniot?) Bonniau who left (Blanc)'s diocese to come to Versailles. (Gros) now asks for information about Father (Philibert) Jordain who asks for a succursal chapel.

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


1854 Mar. 1
Vuillermoz, S.D., Placide: Lehavre, (France)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The three missionaries are leaving immediately on the ship, Le Vaucluse, going directly to New Orleans. They notify (Rousselon) so that he may send them word of their arrival.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}


1854 Mar. 2
Guérineau, Ch(arle)s and Co(mpany): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Ange Marie Felix) Jan: (St. Martinsville, Louisiana?)

A bill for $25.80 for catechisms, stationery, etc. Receipted by J. E. Peyroux.

VI-1-g - Bill - (French) - 1p. - folio - {2}


1854 Mar. 2
Randall, Stéphanie: Donaldsonville, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Randall sends with J.H. Ilsley 50 piastres which she and Ilsley have collected for Bishop (John Mary) Odin; she asks Rousselon to see that Odin gets it. She also sends the names of their subscribers (no enclosure). It is so smeared and dirty that she does not know whether Rousselon can read it.

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


1854 Mar. 2
Vialon, Father: Les Halles-le-fenouil, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

There is in (Blanc)'s diocese a French priest, Father (F.) Legrand but this real name when he was in France was Grand-Clement. He serves the parish of Pont-Breaux, Louisiana, on the Texas border, 50 leagues from New Orleans. He was obliged to leave the country about 10 years ago. At the time of his departure, he did not have time to settle a number of debts. Two years ago, Vialon received a letter from Legrand stating that he now could pay all the debts and asking Vialon to inform him of the amounts. Vialon sent them and has never had any reply. Has he changed places, is he dead, or did the letter go astray? If Legrand is alive will (Blanc) send on the enclosed. P.S. Vialon is pastor of Les Halles-le-fenouil.

- A.L.S. -


 Enclosure: 

1854 Mar. 2
Vialon, Father: Les Halles-le-fenouil
 to Father Legrand: Pont-Breaux, Louisiana

As soon as Vialon received Legrand's letter of January 28, 1852, he hastened to find out how much he owed each of his creditors and sent a reply. He has received neither a reply nor money. He has waited almost 20 moths. If Legrand's means allow him to fulfill his promises, he will give pleasure to certain people. Not long ago Legrand's friend Dupuy came to see Vialon. He renewed his account which is 400 f(rancs) and for 10 years he has paid 10 f(rancs) interest each year for a sum of 200 f(rancs) which he borrowed in Legrand's name. Legrand owes Widow Gouyet 120; Mr. Rusand 30 f(rancs) Vialon's efforts were fruitless in discovering if it was to Valonson, the innkeeper, to whom Legrand owes 70 f(rancs)or to Louis Guillet. Death has scattered these two families and the children know nothing positive about it.

- A.L.S. -


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


1854 Mar. 2
(Vandevelde), Bishop James Oliver: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

(Vandevelde) showed Father (Julian) Guillou the part of Blanc's letter concerning him. It seems he would like very much to spend some time in New Orleans. A change of air would do him good; the bad weather slows his recovery. (Vandevelde) leaves for Vicksburg this evening and Father (Mathurin F.) Grignon will not like being alone; he will have too much to do during Lent. Mr. Aylmer (Father W.? Aylward?) has just arrived. (Vandevelde) proposed Port Gibson to him; he refused. Milliken's Bend ad interim; no, these congregations are too poor. He wants to be in Natchez; he has asked (Vandevelde)'s permission to stay at his cousin's house, say Mass here, and render some little services, then to write to Cincinnati or Chicago to be received there. (Vandevelde) has no confidence in him. He plans to stay until (Vandevelde)'s return on Passion Sunday. (Vandevelde) foresees that in the meantime, he will be scheming and on (Vandevelde)'s return will have a petition to present signed by all the Irish and others to have him remain at Natchez. (Vandevelde) has told him that he will not employ him here even if Dr. (Father J.M.?) Ives did not arrive. (Vandevelde) has just learned that Father (Anthony) O'Regan, Superior of the seminary of Carondelet, St. Louis, has received the brief naming him Bishop of Chicago and Administrator of Quincy. (Vandevelde) proposed him, believing that only an Irish or American could bring about order among the clergy. He will have difficulties with the Germans and probably with the Americans who cannot stand Irish priests. In general they were attached to (Vandevelde) especially the latter but they gave much trouble to his predecessor and to his brother (Father Walter J. Quarter) each one letting himself be led by the President of the College.

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


(18)54 Mar. 3
(Henni), Bishop John Martin: Milwaukee, (Wisconsin)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefev(e)re: Detroit, Mich(igan)

In reply to Lefev(e)re's letter, (Henni) candidly states what he knows about Father Charles (L.) Tierney. He was not exactly pastor of St. Gall's but an assistant to Father (John W.) Norris, pastor of the Cathedral. (Henni) had taken him on trial and kept him for a few months only, soon finding that he not only lacks prudence but is also stealthily given to drink. These were probably the reasons why the Bishop of Buffalo advised him to go to some monastery. He went to the Trappists in Kentucky whom he left on the plea of ill health and went to the Dominicans at Sinsinawa where he conducted himself very well but had no faculties. Recommended to (Henni), (Henni) kept him near him with the other clergy. But on account of his almost childish ways, which proved him to be somewhat "cracked", (Henni) advised him to go to his Bishop at Buffalo who had ordained him. He is otherwise harmless and with the best heart. (Henni) hopes that Father (Anthony) O'Regan will not refuse his appointment. Things are in the most deplorable state without and within Chicago. The new Bishop never thought it advisable to make any changes not absolutely necessary. (Henni) would regret it if O'Regan sent his bulls back, (which is) not ordinarily done by Irishmen. There is scarcely a priest you can trust; the Irish all drink with the exception of some Lazarists and one or two other young men. One who, under suspension, had to leave Rockford, died of a broken constitution, though lately ordained by Bishop (James Oliver) Vandevelde who ought to have removed him long ago. The diocese of Quincy is nothing better, if not worse. The Archbishop of St. Louis has to send his own priests to repair the scandals, as for instance, given by Father (Nicholas Stehle) Staehle at Springfield.

III-2-i - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 4to. - {9}


(18)54 Mar. 3
Druyts, S.J., Father J.B.: St. Louis University, (Missouri)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

Blanc's favor of (February) 20 came a few hours ago. Supposing the youth to be Amelius Letorey, for they also had August (Letorey) and Victor (Letorey) brothers of the above, Druyts can give his opinion at once. While with them, Amelius was virtuously inclined but incapable of learning how to spell or read. In his simplicity he told them that he wanted to become a priest. Without something extraordinary from above, Druyts pronounces Amelius unfit for the ecclesiastical state.

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


1854 Mar. 3
Thirion, Father (Hubert): Pointe Coupée, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Thirion sends by Zénon Ledoux, one of his best Catholics, the little sum in question. Thirion intended to fill the little box and send it to Blanc, not as an extract from the revenues of New Iberia, since all that was returned to the altar at Abbeville, but as a gift. If Blanc wished to receive it as such, to put it off is not to lose it. Whenever they can, it will give them pleasure to aid, not Blanc personally, but rather the see. The roll contains $150.

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


1854 Mar. 4
Salmon, (C.S.C.), Father (Peter): (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

In urging Brother Dominic, (C.S.C.) concerning those "Resolutions", Salmon wished, without the knowledge of the rest of the Community (Brothers of the Holy Cross) to embarrass him a little, make him reflect on his indiscretion and to see the Archbishop or his Superior who then would have an occasion to give him a good dressing-down. This was the only means that Salmon had to make this Brother realize, that he is not free to act without rhyme or reason, while awaiting the arrival of the new Superior.

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


1854 Mar. 4
Southern Journal: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(nne)m(ond) Dupuy:

A receipt for $3.00 for one year's subscription. Receipted by Edward F. Morehead.

VI-1-g - Receipt - 1p. - 32mo. - {2}


(18)54 Mar. 4
Long, M(argaret) E.: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Blanc) will confer a favor by calling on Long's friend, Mrs. Page of Philadelphia and her sister, Pauline Davis. Miss Davis is a god-daughter of Archbishop F(rancis) P(atrick) Kenrick. They are on a visit to N(ew) Orleans and are staying at the St. Charles Exchange. Long intended to give them a letter of introduction but thought this would answer as well.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {4}


1854 Mar. 4
Reffi, Father J. G(eorge?): Burlington, Iowa
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Reffi asks for a burial certificate of a woman whose husband wants to get married again. Here name was Catherin Beaty, her maiden name was (Catherine) McGuire. She is referred to have been married at St. Mary's, New Orleans, in 1848, '49, or '50. Reffi can get no sure information here.

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


1854 March 4
Young, Josue M. Bp.elect Erie, Pa.: Lancaster, Ohio
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Young will come down next week. Mr. Casey is unable to pay anything just now but promises to pay $100 on June 1st. The chalice for the Nuns is now in their possession. Father James took it home. Mr. Wiseman willed the best part of his estate to the St. Joseph's Literary Society — about 5000. This is quite a help to the Dominicans for their new college building. Young has advised the Abp. of Baltimore that if he was to be consecrated Bishop of Erie, he should seek the performance of the function at Purcell's hands. If Purcell should decline it, it will be a controlling motive in Young's declension of the dignity itself.

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


1854 Mar. 5
Baraga, Frederick Bp. Amyzonensis, VicarAp. of Upper Michigan: Rome, Italy
 to His Holiness Pope Pius IX: Rome, Italy

He asks the Holy Father that he raise his Vicariate to the rank of a diocese under the title of Marianapolotaniae because the chief city of his diocese is Saut Saint Marie, Michigan. All his neighbors the bishops of Toronto, St. Paul, Milwaukee, and Detroit have this rank and he asks that he be given the same rank.

II-4-m - A.L.S.(Duplicate) - 1p. - 12mo. - (Latin) - {7}


1854 Mar. 7
Andrieu, C.M., Father A(nthony): Seminary (Lafourche, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Andrieu asks the necessary jurisdiction for Father (J.) Demarchi, (C.M.) who came to replace Father (Charles) Boglioli, (C.M.) and to send him a faculties sheet. Andrieu believes that Boglioli will do great good at Donaldson where he is very favorably known. His good manners and polished sermons have already attracted the esteem of many persons. There will be many complaints in the parish he leaves. At the seminary all are in good health.

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


1854 Mar. 7
Germain, H(enri): New Orleans, Louisiana

An extract from the minutes of the chancery of the French Consulate at New Orleans. There appeared before Germain, Charles L. Duquesnay, of New Orleans, acting as proxy for 1. Mrs. Marie Jeanne Julienne Blin, married to André Mathurin Lehuge(?); 2. Jean Francois Blin, both living at Rennes; 3. René Jean Blin, living near Nantes, sole heirs of Father J(ohn) E(tienne) Blin who died in New Orleans on August 15, 1853. They acknowledge having received from Father Etienne Rousselon, executor of Blin's will, the sum of $2,288.58 forming the balance, in cash of Blin's estate, after expenses. The above also acknowledged receiving from Rousselon 2 notes to the order of Blin one for $200 signed by Father Lacroix and the other for $100 signed by Mr. Bellaquet. This act was made in the presence of Edouard Roger and Nicolas Honoré Landreaux, witnesses living in New Orleans, who sign. Germain certifies that this is a true copy of the minutes in the archives of the consulate. Aimé Roger, consul, certifies Germain's signature.

VI-1-g - A.D.S. - (French) - 2pp. - folio - {12}


1854 Mar. 7
Kenrick, Peter Richard Abp. St. Louis: St. Louis, Missouri
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Father (Anthony) O'Regan declines Chicago; today he sent to Rome his motives for declining the burden which he deemed beyond his powers of endurance. Kenrick could not overcome his obstinacy. Kenrick will leave Rome to act as it may think proper. The Brothers are improving every day; at no time were they very seriously ill. Bishop (George) Carrell of Covington will visit St. Louis after Easter. Carrell is universally esteemed in St. Louis and will, no doubt, meet with liberal assistance. Bishop (John M.) Henni has been quite mystified by receiving the Circular of (Abp. Cajetan) Bedini without those Tables, of which Purcell gives Kenrick such a discouraging idea. It is not probable that Kenrick will fill the Table as he thinks that Bedini intends to write a book; he does not wish to have a part in the collection of blunders it will necessarily be. Besides the Cardinal Prefect wished them to give Bedini information when visited by him, and not by long written statements which can be misunderstood. Bishop (John) Lamy left St. Louis for Cincinnati. A happier selection could not have been made for Sante Fe. The late Governor Lane of Sante Fe has the highest esteem for Lamy whom he regards as a hero.

II-4-m - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 8vo. - {9}


1854 Mar. 7
Rouyer, C.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipted bill for $42 for plating spoons and candlesticks.

VI-1-g - Receipt S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}


1854 Mar. 7
(Martin), Bishop Aug(uste) M(ar)ie: Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Martin) has put off writing for a long time, expecting Ovide (Buard)'s departure every day. He cannot put it off any longer. Last Saturday, (Martin) received Archbishop (Cajetan) Bedini's circular, asking the Bishops of the Union to reply to a series of questions on the pages accompanying the letter. (Martin) has not received these pages and knows nothing of the nature of these letters. If (Blanc) has a duplicate, will he send (Martin) one? The time of (Martin)'s departure is drawing near and he is trying to leave everything in order in case of death. Ovide, who should arrive in New Orleans around the 16th, will bring (Blanc) his will. If it is adequate, (Blanc) is to keep it; he will leave a copy here in his desk. Perhaps he should add as universal heir, a third person, Bishop (James) Oliver) Vandevelde, for example. (Martin) scarcely has hope of seeing the unfortunate affair of Campté ended before his departure. Sherburne being still retained at Phanor's with the gout, (Martin) has put his interests as Bishop in the hands of Pearson, their best lawyer. They consist of $600 advanced by (Blanc); claims against the church are more than $2300. (Martin)'s desire is that the church be sold; a subscription to rebuy it is being organized. It lacks 3 or 400 piastres; (Martin) will give it. This sale would reduce all the claims to nothing and he could take his time to pay little by little without being forced by law. The affair is going to be appealed in court around this week but will probably be postponed to June. (Martin) cannot be in New Orleans until the 25th or 26th of (April) because of First Communion and Confirmation at the convent and at the Cathedral. They will be numerous and being alone, he cannot do as he wishes until after Easter. By taking a steamer at New York, he could still arrive in Europe at the beginning of June. He has notified the Bishops of Rennes, Nantes, and Brieuc, and some other persons, Father (Adrien) Rouquette has refused to come to help them; he cannot, he says, leave even momentarily, the path that God has set for him. Father (Felix) Dich(arry) for 2 or 3 days has had the grippe which almost everyone has had. Without being entirely rid of his chest infection, (Martin) is better and soon he will have a rest.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {11}


1854 Mar. 7
Paret, Father J(oseph) M(ichael): St. Charles (Destrehan, Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

Paret has received six sad letters about one of his younger brothers. Paret sends, by Mr. Henriette $400 which Rousselon is to send to Rousselon's nephew in Paris to be given to Claudin Paret, a silk thrower (?) at Viriere-sur-Pelussin to whom Paret will write. Their family is well. Father (Jean Arthur) Poyet left for LeHavre at the end of January. P.S. Yesterday Paret had a visit from Father Basile who came for confession. (On the address side of the letter in Blanc's hand): $500 instead of $400.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 8vo. - {5}


1854 Mar. 8(?)
Brands, C.M., Father J(ohn): Seminary (Lafourche, Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Sometime ago Brands wrote that he would send 100 piastres which Rousselon was to send to Father (Anthony) Penco, (C.M.) by a draft on Benoist and Company. He also notified Penco who writes that he has not received it. Up to now Brands has not had a favorable occasion to send Rousselon this money and he fears Rousselon has not sent the draft, and in case he has not, he is not to do so. Brands will send the money by his confreres. Brands has been ill almost all the time this winter. However the good weather has revived his health although he is very weak. He asks Rousselon to obtain for him the Bishop's permission to say the low Mass of their Community on Holy Thursday in the seminary chapel.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 4to. - {2}


(18)54 Mar. 8
(Hughes), Archbishop John: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to (Father Stephen Rousselon?: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Hughes) fears that Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché will not be able to read the enclosed (no enclosure). It will be no great loss; his own remarks will reach the case without any suggestion contained in them. As the case which (Hughes) foresaw has already happened in N(ew) York, perhaps Perché will do as well to keep back his articles on the subject for two or three weeks. (Hughes) hopes Perché will not lose sight of a topic so important and likely to become so troublesome.

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


1854 Mar. 8
Manucy, Father D(ominic): Apalachicola, (Florida)
 to Father Et(ienne) Rousselon: N(ew) Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Toward the latter part of last month, Bishop (Michael) Portier authorized Manucy to draw on Rousselon for $50 and promised to notify Rousselon. Manucy has this day disposed of this draft for $50 in favor of Jo(h)n A. Mitchell and Manucy hopes Rousselon will honor it.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {3}


1854 Mar. 8
Furlong, Andrew: Maysville, K(entuck)y
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Furlong encloses a letter for his wife (no enclosure) with $20 to defray her expenses to Maysville. He expects her to land at New Orleans; she will call on Blanc. (On the back of the letter in Blanc's hand): Delivered March 22, (18)54.

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


1854 Mar. 8
Thirion, Father (Hubert): Pointe Coupée, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Thirion asks for a dispensation for the marriage of Michel Francois Noff and Uranie Lejeune. P.S. They have just received the ordos for 1854. He asks to have one or two more as they have two churches and most of the time two priests.

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


1854 Mar. 8
Nautré, B. and Co(mpany): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Ange Marie Felix) Jan: (St. Martinsville, Louisiana?)

A bill for $52, receipted by T. Todd(?). Nautré and Co(mpany) are successors to S. Maspereau and C(ompany).

VI-1-g - Bill - (French) - 1p. - 8vo. - {3}


1854 Mar. 9
Lucas, Father P(eter): West Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Two weeks ago Lucas saw in the Propagateur that Rousselon had received the volumes of the Propagation of the Faith. When a new work is started, the contributors are very anxious to receive to first ones. Will Rousselon send two volumes; Lucas will send the amount of his two units at the first opportunity.

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


(18)54 Mar. 9
Sorin, (C.S.C.), Father E(dward F.): Notre Dame, (Indiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

They would like to have followed last year's prospectus to the end of this year but the high prices of bread-stuff, etc. make it necessary to raise their terms to $125 per annum. (This letter is written on the) Bulletin of the University of Notre Dame for P(atrick James) Conway. (This Bulletin describes the College, its location and terms.)

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


(1854 Mar. 10)
Pilcher, H. and W.: St. Louis, M(iss)o(uri)
 to (Archbishop) Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They are now located permanently with increased facilities for manufacturing organs and they solicit orders.

VI-1-g - Circular Letter - 1p. - 4to. - {1}


1854 Mar. 10
Raho, C.M., Father B(laise): Paincourtville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A colored woman has for many years lived with a colored man. Their respective masters were first unwilling but after(ward) gave their permission to be husband and wife. They are both Catholic. But the man refused. While here the woman made her First Communion and by an oversight, the confessor left them so. Some months ago, on account of ill treatment, the woman separated from the man and having told her masters that she never was married to him, she got permission to take another. She lives with the second and desires to be lawfully married to this second who is willing. But he is a Protestant. Raho concludes that she is free from the first man. But publicly it is believed that they were married. If Blanc says that she can be married to the second man, he is to grant Raho the power to dispense from disparity of cult.

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


1854 Mar. 12
Lavay, S.J., Father J(oseph): Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Will (Blanc) come soon for Confirmation? Lavay would like to prepare the children for First Communion before that time. They will resume work this week on the new church to finish it. It was suspended for several reasons; the principal one was lack of funds. The trustees all seem determined to go ahead. Mr. Thériot is no longer there with his narrow ideas. The schools are doing well enough, there are 100 to 120 children in the two. A house for the girls' school has been built; only it is not yet paid for. Lavay asks (Blanc) to let him keep the money from dispensations to pay these debts and those he would still have for this purpose. He is trying now to establish two schools for the negro children; they seem absolutely necessary. The ladies' society of Notre Dame de Bon Secours continues to do well. They have helped many especially during the epidemic; it was just incorporated 2 or 3 days ago. Some of these ladies have thought of establishing an asylum for Catholic orphans. Lavay shares the same idea; his principal reason is as much to furnish an asylum as to prevent the evil in the Protestant asylum. Of 24 or 25 children in this asylum, 10 or 12 are Catholic. Lavay saw them during the epidemic but they hardly dare declare themselves Catholic. One, an Irish girl, had apostatized. On being asked whether her sister had also done so, Lavay was told that she was still too young. The children are taken to the Protestant churches but never to the Catholic. Mrs. Harney said last year that her intention was to build it at her own expense.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 8vo. - {6}


1854 Mar. 12
Starrs, Father W(illia)m: New York, (New York)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Starrs recieved Blanc's favor of (February) 12. He had inquiry made with regard to the identity of young Raymond. There is no person of that name at present with L. Beldon and Co(mpany). Starrs also inquired of several persons about S(amuel) W. Raymond and they could give no intelligence. Starrs did all in his power to find out whether his wife was living or not. Starrs has drawn on Blanc for $35 to cover the claim on (Father Stephen Jules?) Foltier. Starrs received the letter sent to his care for Archbishop (Cajetan) Bedini and handed it to him himself. Bedini said he would write to Blanc.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {6}


1854 Mar. 12
(Odin), Bishop J(ohn) M(ary): Galveston, (Texas)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Their Sisters (Ursulines) wish to get a barrel of red wine like that which (Rousselon) bought for (Odin). He will send the money by return boat. They are busy with the building for the Sisters. They have already let a contract for the bricks. They hope soon to have a better and roomier convent to revive the courage of their Sisters. Their school is doing well in spite of great opposition. (Odin) thanks Rousselon for all his kindnesses during his last visit. If (Rousselon) can escape from his duties after Easter, he is to come to breathe the fresh air of their island. P.S. (Rousselon) is to add three boxes of macaroni to the wine for the Ursulines. Mr. Sambola, their neighbor, will put it on board the Louisiana.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 8vo. - {3}


1854 Mar. 13
Chambost, Father C(harles): Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Chambost finds in (Blanc)'s letter, the same sincerity and interest which he always finds in communications from the Sulpicians. He is beginning to feel that he will love (Blanc) as much and more than them. It is so rare to find Superiors who wish to warn people of their faults, as a friend! Chambost has in his memorandum, the names of the contracting parties with the disparity of cult. The names are Charles Robertson, not baptized, and Laura Kleinpeter, Catholic. He has never performed a mixed marriage in the church and these two marriages in homes were without ceremonies. As for Mr. Baubé, Chambost said that he did excellently in philosophy, not in the theology, but if Chambost had had (Blanc)'s advice beforehand, and hereafter in similar cases, Chambost will be much more circumspect. The seal he affixed to his certificate is the one (Blanc) approved for their church last year. He also put the title of president on this certificate which he saw (Blanc) had given him in the Catholic Almanac. He will not use it except for official papers for foreign parts. They now have 25 boarders including the orphans. Chambost has made a new dormitory over the store room, 25 by 15 feet. There he has placed the orphans who number 4; three of the smallest and the best pupils, with Mr. O'Reilly to supervise them. Now there remain in the large dormitory only 18 pupils under the safekeeping of three professors. The number of day scholars is 75; they have not received a single one. The number refused in 110 and every day there are new requests. Since the beginning he has made every effort to send them to the (Jesuits) at Baton Rouge; they received 6 or 7 and the rest went to the Protestant colleges of Yale, Cambridge, Jackson, etc. A certain number remain with their families doing nothing. The number of professors is 6: 1. O'Reilly for beginning English; his salary is 150 piastres; 2. Mr. Grace for specialty in English. As he is taking a course here in French and Latin, he receives only his keep; 3. Mr. Voignier, a graduate of the French University, sent by Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché; his salary is 200 piastres a year; 4. Mr. Chataigné who was at Cap G(irardeau); his salary from February 20 to the end of the year is 75 piastres; 5. Chambost's brother (Auguste Chambost) professor of Latin and assistant, his salary is a thank-you as is Chambost's. (August) is satisfied; it is all he desires. 6. Chambost teaches 3 to 4 hours, 2 classes in translation of French into English and English into French. They have 5 rooms for use of the school (College of the Immaculate Conception); the two large rooms, each 25 by 22 and three others including the parlor for classes. The parish is going well enough; there are almost always Communions every day and the number of persons who return grows larger. They have perfect peace since the Protestants know that they tell(?) the truth. They would like all their "children under Father Chambost, he is a good man after all." They have only about 15. Chambost would like to have a professor for higher mathematics although he can do without that. He hopes to be ready for Confirmation some days after Easter. He does not know what to say about his brother; he asks when he will present him to his superiors. He is preparing for his ordination; they could not go to the city before Easter. P.S. Respects to Father Rousselon.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 4to. - {13}


(18)54 Mar. 13
Praz, R.S.C.J., Madame A(nnette): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Praz would have written long ago if they had not been expecting him to come any moment. She informs (Blanc) that their First Communion will be the 25th of this month; she supposes Father (Auguste Simon) Paris has spoken to (Blanc) about it. Praz hopes that (Blanc) will come a little later to confirm their children. Today they have 142 in the boarding school; a week does not go by without receiving some. Mother Stanislaus, (R.S.C.J.) is not too bad for the season; Praz hopes she will be spared to them. They have so few and so much work. At Grand Coteau they have just lost a young novice who gave great promise.

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


1854 Mar. 13
Cretin, Bishop Joseph: St. Paul, (Minnesota)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

They have not yet received the ordos which Rousselon announced three months ago and have found no others. He has inquired at St. Louis and Dubuque. Cretin has said the Masses of which Rousselon spoke in his last letter. Father (Edward E.) Legendre owes Cretin $40. Whoever settles his affairs could keep this sum and give it to Father (Jean Arthur) Poyet to pay a note for a poor Irish family. Cretin will send Poyet $20 more to complete the $60 Cretin asks Poyet to advance to this family in distress. They say that many of Rousselon's rich families want to come to spend the summer here. They are preparing 2 or 3 large hotels. P.S. Rousselon is to pray for their poor mission.

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


1854 March 13
Fransoni, J(ames) Ph(ilip) Card. Pref. Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda: Rome, Italy
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio No. 2

Bishop Frederick Baraga of the Vicariate of Upper Michigan has petitioned the Sacred Congregation that his vicariate be erected into a diocese with his see at (Sault) Saint Marie, because the neighboring sees are so erected. Because this vicariate has been taken from that of Detroit which is suffragan to Cincinnati, the Sacred Congregation asks Purcell to consider this matter in a provincial synod and to report the decision of the bishops on the matter. The Cardinal adds that Purcell's letter of January 14 has arrived in which sorrow was expressed for the offenses offered to Cardinal Cajetan Bedini, the nuntio apostolic on the occasion of his visit to Cincinnati. The Nuntio has arrived in Rome and has not failed to mention the homage that the Archbishop and the Catholic people generally of those regions offered to the Holy See during his journey. (Signed also by) A1. Barnabo, Secretary.

II-4-m - L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - (Latin) - {9}


1854 Mar. 14(?)
Figari, (C.M.), Father H(ector): Alexandria, (Louisiana)
 to Father(Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Figari asks Rousselon to tell Father (Timothy O'Keefe, (C.M.) of Cape Girardeau, if he is in the city, that many people have talked of sending their children to (St. Vincent's) College and that it would be well to stop here if affairs permit. Their diocese is still as poor as ever. Bishop (Augustus Marie Martin) is full of courage; if his strength holds out all will be well.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {4}


1854 Mar. 14
(Bourget), Bishop Ig(natius): Montreal, (Canada)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

(Bourget) has just received the letter in which (Blanc) asks for Father (Francis) Cenas. Although (Bourget) has great need of him he is happy to have (Blanc) have someone to replace one of the martyrs of charity. How America needs good priests! (Bourget)encloses (no enclosure) a letter to Cenas which he asks (Blanc) to send on. It is no doubt agreed that (Bourget) will not give up all right over this subject; this is mandatory to their needs. All (Bourget) asks at present is (Blanc)'s prayers for the diocese of Montreal.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {2}


1854 Mar. 14
Herval, Father G.: Havre, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Herval is sending the pastoral letter for this year (no enclosure). The Bishops of France have worked together(?). The pastoral of the Bishop of Bayeux is admirable. All goes well at Havre. Sunday is a little better observed since the stores are closed. The workers are better than the merchants. Herval has formed a society of workers to instruct them in religion. The sheep-shearers(?) Society has a night school and a library. It is under the patronage of St. Francis Xavier. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has also grown extensively everywhere. (Blanc) is to send the bearer of this letter to some good soul so that he can find employment. (On the back of this letter, in Blanc's hand): Jean Honoré Dubernard.

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


1854 Mar. 15
Blake, Father James: Franklin, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Blake received (Blanc)'s letter of the 15th of the month(!) with one enclosed for Mr. Dartigue who was in the city when the letter came which caused the delay in answering. Dartigue says he does not press for the money but that he is pressed by Mr. Vassaile(?) who loaned the money. If Vassaille sues him, he must give up the church. If $500 could be paid April next, all confusion would be ended, the note for the balance would be renewed for a year or more and Blake would endeavor to meet it. At present he sees no favorable prospects for a subscription because the last money subscribed for a bell has not been accounted for. Blake will leave nothing undone to get the church out of debt. The people murmur about the $150 collected to purchase a bell. It would be well if Father (Paul Guerard) Guirard refunded that money; people are always ready to slander a priest. It would facilitate the opening of a subscription list and be a great means of succeeding in the collection.

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


1854 (Mar. 15)
Cavaroc, Charles: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A bill for wine for Father (Ange Marie Felix) Jan and for the (Ursulines) at Galveston. Receipted by Cavaroc.

VI-1-g - A. Bill S. - (French) - 1p. - 8vo. - {3}


1854 Mar. 15
Cretin, Bishop Joseph: St. Paul, (Minnesota)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

The wife of John Develin was to receive, shortly after (Blanc)'s letter of February 13, a draft on Father (Jean Arthur) Poyet. Cretin told Develin that he could draw on (Blanc) for $40 which Father (Edward E.) Legendre owes Cretin and which Legendre had promised to pay for the expenses at the Barrens(?). Cretin will send a banknote for $10 to make the $50. Cretin wrote to Father Rousselon about this.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 16mo. - {4}


1854 Mar. 15
Miller, Henry C.: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Received from Father Etienne Rousselon, executor for Father J(ohn) E(tienne) Blin, $288.20, being the 10 percent accruing to the state of Louisiana on the property in the succession falling to heirs not residing in the state and not being citizens of any other state in the union. Miller signs as attorney for C(harles) E. Greneaux(?), state treasurer.

VI-1-g - A. Receipt S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {3}


(1854 Mar. 15)
Guerineau, Ch(arle)s and Co(mpany): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to (Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipted bill for $125 for articles bought in February; $208.74 for articles bought since May 1852. Receipted by J. E. Peyroux.

VI-1-g - Receipt - 1p. - 12mo. - {2}


1854 Mar. 16
(Aucoin, O. Carm.), Sister St. Paul: Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mr. Emile (Veazey) is leaving for New Orleans; he will no doubt tell (Blanc) a thousand things about Father (J.J.) Duffo, (S.J.). Emile no doubt wants Duffo to consult him and not to do anything except by his orders. St. Paul thinks the pastor knows what to do without needing to consult a scatterbrain like Emile. Emile has good qualities but he does not fit in a parish. St. Paul sees many people and no one has ever appeared to be dissatisfied with Duffo. They regret that he cannot remain as pastor here. Only a priest with Duffo's virtues would accept Vermillion after the death of Father (Anthony Désiré) Megret. The pastor of St. Martin, Father (Ange Marie Jan?) has cleaned out all the Veazeys from his parish; all the pastors should do the same. They bring disorder wherever they are, at least Emile does. At present they have about 40 pupils. St. Paul no longer feels the same as she did the last time (Blanc) came; she no longer thinks of escaping Vermillion to go to the city; Duffo has changed all that. Can they not have him for a long time?

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


1854 Mar. 16
Benson, Joseph: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Benson received from Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc, $1000 on account for painting, etc. at St. Patrick's Church. (Written for Benson) by John Benson.

VI-1-g - Receipt - 1p. - 12mo. - {3}


1854 Mar. 16
Collet, L.: Rennes, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Collet has received Blanc's letter in reply to his last two, from which he took the waiver of Jean Marie Priour. It will be easy to have 100 Masses said, using a franc, 50 centimes as the stipend. He asks Blanc to send the stipends by Bishop (Augustus Mary) Martin. Collet regrets that he cannot obtain funds to have them said. Collet asks Blanc to send him the original of Father (Julien) Priour's will. He will have it given to Mr. Huillard by one of Collet's friends who is a deputy at the legislative assembly, telling Huillard that the receipt he sent Priour is lost. If Mr. Goujon has returned to New Iberia Blanc is to try to get his waiver and send it with young (Theodore?) Leduc's. As soon as Collet has these papers, he will ask for a judgment of possession after which he will cite Huillard for payment. Collet will write to ask whether Goujon has called on him since his return to France and ask him for his address so that he can ask for his waiver and learn his intentions with regard to Father Priour's will. Collet knew Martin before he left for America. P.S. The members of the Priour family living in Rennes are very grateful for Blanc's trouble in their behalf.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {7}


1854 Mar. 17
(Odin), Bishop J(ohn) M(ary): Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Odin) presents Mr. Johnson and his wife, two of their good Catholics of Texas and (Odin)'s best friends in this country. Johnson will bring a roll, the plan of the new (Ursuline) convent they plan to build. (Blanc) is to give it to Mother St. Seraphine (Ray, R.U.).

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 8vo. - {4}


1854 Mar. 17
Sambola, F(rancis)co: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipted bill for $5.50 for macaroni and drayage. Receipted by F(rancis)co Sambola, Jr. Attached is a receipt signed by F. L. Lamothe, stating that three boxes of macaroni were received from Sambola by C(harles) Cavaroc for the Ursulines at Galveston.

VI-1-g - Receipts - 2pp. - 16mo. - {5}


(18)54 Mar. 17
Hardey, Father R(ichard) B.: Vicksburg, (Mississippi)
 to Father S(tephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Hardey wishes to have a barrel of wine for the altar. It is so dear here that it is better to buy by the 20 or 30 gallons and have it bottled by Mr. Genella for the church. They are all well. He thinks Bishop (James Oliver Vandevelde) is improving in health. When Rousselon and others ascend the river they will be able to see the gilt ball and cross on the new steeple for 20 or 30 miles. He hopes also to have a clock in it. (P.S.) Send the wine to Antonio Genella, Vicksburg.

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


1854 Mar. 17
(Vignes), Henriette: Pointe Coupée, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Her family has had the neasles; her smallest one was the least sick. Marie (Vignes) is learning her catechism for her First Communion. Henriette is going to send Joseph (Vignes) in a few months to the College at Fausse Rivière; he is much changed and being ill quite often, is quite thin. Henriette hopes to see (Blanc) on his round of visits this year. P.S. She asks (Blanc) to let her know how she can get Joseph's linen from G(rand) Coteau.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {4}


1854 Mar. 18
Pellerin, D.: Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon?: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Pellerin intends to locate at Abbeville immediately. He asks (Rousselon?) to authorize his agent to give him the land in question. He will await an answer at Abbeville.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 4to. - {2}


(18)54 Mar. 18
Louise, S.N.D., Sister: Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Sister recommends Miss Mathilde Victor, one of their former pupils who wishes to find a place as governess as soon as possible. She does not have means to stay a long time at the hotel. Sister hopes that (Blanc) will assist Mathilde; one can have confidence in her.

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


(18)54 Mar. 20
Grignon, Father M(athurin) F.: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Grignon has just received (Blanc)'s letter and he accepts with pleasure the 200 Mass intentions (Blanc) proposes. He asks (Blanc) to keep the 100 piastres for the present. Bishop (James Oliver) Vandevelde has just visited Vicksburg, Jackson, and Madison; he is to be at Port (Gibson) gipson next Sunday, then return to Natchez. Vandevelde pleases everyone; they wrote that they were enchanted with him in Vicksburg where he confirmed some 40 persons. At Natchez all is going quite well also. The Sunday before he left, the Bishop baptized 12 persons whose conversion was due in large part to the epidemic last year. It will be too bad if the missionaries do not come to give a retreat here after Easter. Dr. Ives has been detained by illness in New York. Father (Julian M.) Guillou plans to leave for New Orleans very shortly after the Bishop's arrival. He is better but the doctor recommends a long rest. Grignon would like to go down to recruit his strength in another sense but he sees it will have to wait indefinitely. P.S. He asks to be remembered to Father Rousselon. He should have written long ago to thank him for sending Levin to them but he thought of giving Margaret the pleasure of taking the letter and now she has not yet gone. She will probably leave tomorrow evening for St. Augustine's; it is a loss for them here.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 8vo. - {7}


1854 March 20
O'Donnell, Jr.: (Portland)
 to Brownson, O(restes) A.: (Chelsea) Massachusetts

The sender asks Brownson to lecture Friday evening the 30th. The halls are engaged.

I-3-l - Telegram(signed) - 1pg. - 10mo. - {1}


1854 Mar. 20
(Purcell), Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist): Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The last noise as far as heard of at Freimanners' Hall, was the firing of 14 buckshot by one of the crew of atheists into the breast of another. They begin already to be the executioners of divine justice on one another. The Nuncio (Archbishop Cajetan Bedini) remarked to (Purcell)'s brother the night before he left that he had come to this country "ten years too soon." What it will be 10 years hence will be as hard to predict as it was to foresee that he could be treated as he was. He will appreciate the position of American prelates and let the Pope see that they enjoy no exemption from apostolic solicitudes. An eavesdropping fellow passenger of Archbishop (John) Hughes from Havana to New Orleans tells of Hughes' zeal for the annexation of Cuba to this country. It will require better proof to be believed. So Chicago is still a prey to uncertainty. Archbishop (Peter Richard Kenrick) says he will have no more to say to Prop(aganda) although he did not recommend Father (Anthony) O'Regan. (Purcell) will keep silence on the subject. Bishop Josue M. Young has appointed Low Sunday for his consecration. The ceremony is to be performed by (Purcell) in the cathedral of Cincinnati. Cannot (Blanc) come for that occasion? (Purcell) would, in strict confidence, have to consult (Blanc) about the propriety of dividing between certain Ursuline communities some truly excellent Ursulines of the band once at Charleston, as the Community seems incapable of self-government: (Purcell) has given those tables to a merchant to forward to (Blanc) a few weeks ago. He has put a word in the paper about the accident at the U(rsuline) Convent of Galveston which sets the matter right without offence. (Purcell)'s orphan asylums are doing well; the new building will be finished this next summer, part of it to admit the boys in June. Sisters Margaret (George, S.C.) and Sister Anthony, (S.C.) are doing wonders. (Purcell) has lately received instructions from Rome that a mission should not be given to any secular priest, coming from another diocese without his acquiring a title by taking the missionary oath.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {12}


(18)54 Mar. 20
Paris, Father A(uguste) S(imon): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mother (Annette Praz, R.S.C.J.) Pratz has just shown Paris (Blanc)'s letter giving them hope of seeing him here for First Communion for the children of the boarding school on the 25th. If Paris knew that (Blanc) wished to confirm the children he could prepare them but because a number of the newcomers are not instructed, it would be better to put it off until Confirmation is given in the parish. Father (Claude Anthony) Tholomier expects (Blanc) for church affairs; his presence will be advantageous for deciding what should be done. Tholomier has written to (T. E. Giraud?) Girod, the architect to come to make a plan for the repairs; Paris believes the architect is necessary to do things well. Besides, the collection promises to be good.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 8vo. - {5}


1854 Mar. 20
Poincy, D. and Co(mpany): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipted bill for $20 for buns(?). Receipted by M. I. Guerin.

VI-1-g - Receipt - 1p. - 16mo. - {2}


1854 Mar. 21
Andrieu, C.M., Father A(nthony): Assumption Seminary, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

Only a few days ago, seeing Mr. Casey, bearer of these lines, sad and suffering, Andrieu told him that he looked ill. Casey replied that he had been so for a long time. Andrieu sent him to a doctor; but it was useless. Since he intends to continue his ecclesiastical studies, a few words from Blanc attesting that it was only ill health that made Casey leave, will be of great service to him. Today their poor German came to Lynch saying that he could no longer live with these Irish. (In Blanc's hand here) "2 months." He says one said he wanted to kill all the Germans, another that he wanted to throw him in the Bayou. (He said) that Mr. Kane had been on the point, of leaving because of hypocrites. Lynch told him that it was not a proof of good judgment to believe such foolishness. Lynch for a long time has tried to find simple common sense in Mr. Wagner. However he has a good heart.

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


1854 Mar. 21
Jourdant, S.J., Father Ant(hony): Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Last November, at the request of Bishop (Augustus Mary Martin) Jourdant promised he would send two of their priests to help Father (Felix) Dicharry during (Martin)'s trip to Europe. Jourdant is thinking of sending, after Easter, Fathers (Vital) Gilles, (S.J.) and (J.J.) Duffo, (S.J.). Fathers (Louis) Rocoffort, (S.J.) and (Joseph) Roduit, (S.J.) could then more easily visit Lafayette regularly until (Blanc) could send a priest there. Jourdant would like to send someone from here to take the place of one of the two priests he had to send to Natchitoches but this will be impossible before vacation. Father (Claude Anthony) Tholomier writes that Father (Auguste Simon) Paris, Planning to make a trip to Europe for his health, hopes that Jourdant will send someone to help him. Jourdant told him that he could send someone from August 15 to October 1 and from the end of October to December 1 but that for all other times he could send someone only for a few days. Jourdant asks for the faculties for the convent.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 4to. - {9}


1854 Mar. 21
Dupuy, Father Enn(emond): Iberville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisiana)

Dupuy has received Blanc's letter of the 17th and leaves it to Blanc to fix the time and day of his visit.

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


1854 Mar. 21
Despouey, J.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Receipted bill for $10.10 for oats, corn, and hay.

VI-1-g - A. Bill S. - 1p. - 32mo. - {1}


1854 Mar. 21
Lamy, Bishop John: New York, (New York)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Blanc's letter was given to Lamy at St. Louis by the Archbishop. Lamy is now in New York about to embark. His affairs did not permit him to wait for his little niece (Marie Lamy); her parents will be a little surprised but they will understand that if the child does not go to France, it is for her own good. Lamy owes much to the Ursulines who take such care of her. Blanc is to thank the Mother Superior. Lamy regrets that Blanc cannot go to France now. He may come by way of New Orleans especially if he has a numerous group. He thinks this will be in September. He hopes he will find some good missionaries in Europe. He has with him a Mexican priest and two little Mexicans 12 years old for students(?) in Europe.

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


1854 Mar. 22
Brands, C.M., Father J(ohn): (Assumption, Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mr. Cusachs will present an order from the Seminary for 97 piastres and 42 cents which (Rousselon) is to place to the Archbishop's credit. Today they are losing two seminarians, Mr. Casey and Mr. Wagner. Brands is sorry to lose the first; he is an excellent young man but he believes the climate does not agree with his health. Brands hopes he will find a doctor in the city, capable of curing him. As for the other who is leaving by his own choice, they would have had to send him away because of a lack of vocation. He is a good boy but he has no judgment. Brands believes it would be a misfortune to make him a priest.

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


1854 Mar. 22
Brands, (C.M.), Father J(ohn): (Lafourche) Seminary, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Brands asks Rousselon to pay $97.42 to P. Cusachs. Endorsed for Cusachs by J. J. Cusachs.

VI-1-g - A. Note S. - (French) - 2pp. - 16mo. - {3}


1854 Mar. 22
Perquer, F. and Sons: Havre, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

They enclose a bill of lading, (no enclosure) for a box addressed to Rousselon on the Ocean Home, Captain Merriman, bearer of this letter. This box which came to them from Father Boiteux of Paris, is for Bishop (John Mary) Odin of Galveston. They also send the bills (no enclosure) with the list of the contents. They will see Boiteux about the freight.

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


1854 Mar. 22
(Purcell), Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist): Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Blanc) is to send this letter (no enclosure) to Vera Cruz by some safe means to Mrs. Anna Perez. The Spanish consul at N(ew) Orleans wrote to (Purcell) about his daughter who is in this city. He may know the street she lives in.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 32mo. - {2}


1854 Mar. 23
(Kenrick), Archbishop Peter Richard: St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Today (Kenrick) has sent the following names to Rome for the vacant diocese of Chicago, or should that have been provided for, for the see of Quincy: Father Tobias Mullen of Pittsburgh whom the Bishop commends in the highest terms; Father James Duggan of St. Louis whom (Kenrick) intends to send to Chicago as administrator in case the Bishop of Milwaukee declines to continue as administrator; Father Patrick O'Reilly of the College of St. Mary, Wilmington Delaware. (Kenrick) hopes Blanc will write to Rome on the subject.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {6}


1854 Mar. 23
Martin, Father J(ean): St. James, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

The last time Martin saw him at New Orleans, Rousselon promised to let him know when there would be a boat for Bordeaux or Havre. Martin would like to send his nephew back before it gets too hot. He sees that this young man can do nothing here and he would rather see him in France than in America. At St. Michael, Father (Claude Anthony Tholomier) Tolomé and Father (Auguste Simon) Paris are well. They say they are without a sacristan and that they are working on the church.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - folio - {3}


1854 Mar. 23
Thirion, Father (Hubert): Pointe Coupeé, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Thirion asks for 70 to 100 catechisms for Poydras College. He had expected to find an opportunity to get them but must ask for them to be sent by steamboat. He will send the money by the first occasion.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 4to. - {2}


(18)54 Mar. 23
(Portier), Bishop Michael: Mobile, (Alabama)
 to (Father Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father (Dominic Manucy) Manuci, pastor of Apalachicola, is to draw on (Rousselon) for $50. (Portier) does not know whether this draft has been presented; (Rousselon) is to inform (Portier) and he will send a check to cover it.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 8vo. - {2}


1854 Mar. 23
New Orleans Insurance Company: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father P(eter) F(rancis) Beauprez: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A meeting of the stockholders will be held on the 25th at the office of the company. Signed by J. Tuyes(?) as secretary and sent through Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc (On the back of the letter in Blanc's hand): Marianne Polenda(?), "tente" of Catherine Priou, 16 years.

VI-1-g - Printed Notice - 2pp. - 4to. - {5}


1854 Mar. 23
Lucas, Father P(eter): West Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Lucas will do all he can to be ready for (Blanc)'s visit on the 4th Sunday after Easter. Next week he will go to Lanse(?) to give the retreat for the First Communion which will take place the 1st Sunday of April. Once at Lucas', (Blanc) can set the day for Confirmation at this new church.

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


1854 Mar. 24
Adams and Co(mpany): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipt for $3 for freight on the Star of the South. Receipted by Arnold Wiltz.

VI-1-g - A. Receipt S. - 1p. - 16mo. - {2}


1854 Mar. 25
(Odin) Bishop J(ohn) M(ary): Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

This letter will be brought by Father (Michael) Sheehan whom Odin has given permission to make the trip to New Orleans: Sheehan has succeeded with much difficulty in having a church built at Austin, the capital of the state and he wishes to acquire a bell, candlesticks, and other articles he cannot find here. Sheehan, besides the mission at Austin, has charge of visiting the military posts of Austin on the frontiers of the country. The soldiers have been the greatest benefactors of the church built at Austin. After Easter, (Odin) will send Father (Antoine) Borias to Beaumont, a little town some distance from the Sabine. He will settle there to take care of quite a number of creole families. Father (Peter F.) Parisot, (O.M.I.), who already knows these people, will accompany him. If (Blanc) thinks it good, they could spend one or two weeks among the people on the frontier of Louisiana in the direction they are going. Parisot preaches well in French and English. The new Bishop (Thaddeus Amat) of Monterey is to visit Matamoras at the beginning of the summer and wants (Odin) to go there at the time of his visit. (Odin) will try to get started as soon as he can after Pentecost. Father (John Maurice Casimir) Verdet, (O.M.I.), who has seen (Amat) praises him highly. This poor frontier of Mexico needs such a pastor; what reforms to make in that sad country. Thieves entered the church at Brownsville and took the tabernacle with its contents, the ciborium and monstrance. The next day it was found broken, with the Sacred Species thrown here and there in the mud.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 12mo - {9}


1854 Mar. 25
(Odin), Bishop J(ohn) M(ary): Galveston, (Texas)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The boat "Louisiana" has brought the wine (Odin) asked for for the Sisters. They do not know the cost so (Odin) sends $40 by Father (Michael) Sheehan. (Rousselon) is to take out the cost of the wine and apply the balance on the purchase of slate for altar stones. They are asking for them on all sides and he is out. Sheehan will bring them back on his return; he is going to New Orleans to buy a bell, some candlesticks, etc. for a church he has had built at Austin. (Rousselon) is also to send some relics of martyrs for the consecration of these stones; (Odin) cannot get them here without ruining some fine reliquaries.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {3}


1854 Mar. 25
Thirion, Father (Hubert): Pointe Coupée, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Thirion is at the moment looking up several birth certificates. He is weighing the matter of one large register for baptisms, marriages, and burials. At the same time he sees the large gap mentioned by Blanc during his pastoral visit. With Blanc's permission Thirion would like to put the registers in more complete order. He would ask the trustees to buy three large registers, one each for baptisms, marriages and burials.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 4to. - {2}


1854 Mar. 26
Thirion, Father (Hubert): Pointe Coupée, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

At the last meeting of the trustees it was resolved to make great repairs to the two churches of the parish. For Pointe Coupée they see no difficulty as the changes will not alter the appearance of the church. But for Fausse Riviére instead of lengthening and widening it proportionally, it would be only widened. This would mean that the people on the sides now under the galleries would never see the main altar. The church would certainly lose all religious aspect if these gentlemen persist in their plan. They will have a church way too large and a sanctuary which would not have room for the episcopal throne, it is so narrow. Thirion has made several observations to these men but perhaps it would be good if Blanc made some on the subject.

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


1854 Mar. 27
Connelly, Thomas: (Cincinnati, Ohio)
 to Mount St. Mary's Seminary: (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He presents a bill for painting, and advises Purcell to give him (Connelly) credit for three years' pew rent and charge the balance to the Seminary. (Bp. David Whelan noted that Connelly be given credit for three years pew rent, and the balance be charged to the Seminary.)

II-4-m - 1p. - 8vo {1}


1854 Mar. 27
Lucas, Father P(eter): West Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisia)na

Lucas received Blanc's letter of the 25th. Blanc gives him a choice between the 11th and the 16th; he prefers the 16th. This week, in preparing the children for First Communion, to take place next Sunday, Lucas will announce Confirmation for May 16. (On the letter in Blanc's hand): $25 for the seminary; $25 for the Propagation of the Faith.

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


1854 Mar. 27
Paris, Father A(uguste) S(imon): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They expect (Blanc) for First Communion. Father (Claude Anthony) Tholomier is going to write about parish affairs and the time that the children will be ready for Confirmation. Tholomier is so busy he scarcely has time to write; he asks Paris to tell (Blanc) that he cannot give (Blanc) an estimate of the repairs to the church before having an architect. Tholomier asks (Blanc) to send (T.E.) Giraud; he will pay the expenses of his trip, in spite of his debt. He hopes that he will do his work by deducting from what he owes, at least in part. In his last letter to (Blanc), Paris spoke of his intention to go to Europe to visit his family. He will leave next May and return in October. Tholomier talked to (Blanc) about this before he left; he says (Blanc) does not disapprove. He talked to Father (Anthony J. Jourdan(t, S.J.) who promised provisionally to give Tholomier a priest to assist him during Paris' absence. Jourdan(t) has just written that he cannot do so as before Tholomier's request he had promised to send two priests to replace Bishop (Auguste Marie) Martin who also will be absent in Europe during the summer. This saddens Paris who knows (Blanc) will have trouble replacing him for four months. Father (Jean) Martin of St. James has just shown Paris a letter from Father Basile who is at St. John Baptist, who says it is impossible for him to remain there any longer. Would (Blanc) have any objection to sending him to Tholomier during Paris' absence? Tholomier would take the direction of the Ladies (of the Sacred Heart) and the confessions and instruction of the children. Basile would be generally employed in sick calls at a distance and saying Mass in the chapels. Paris does not know Basile; (Blanc) knows up to what point he merits confidence since (Blanc) has Basile's papers, etc. The reasons for Paris' trip are his family and his health. He will soon be 17 years in America. His father, mother, and several brothers and sisters, are dead. Besides the small inheritance from his father and mother, his brothers and sisters have left him, by their will, a good part of their fortune. His brothers still living need his presence to make a settlement. He could do this by proxy but it would be better to do it himself. His health, while improved, is still precarious. In two months he has had short, violent attacks. The trip would be a decisive remedy. The First Communion of the young ladies at the Convent was preceded by a retreat of five days; they edified Paris. All are well.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 4to. - {8}


1854 Mar. 27(?)
Mènard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: Thibodoux, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mènard delayed writing as soon as Father (F.) Tasset in order to give details about Houma. On the 12th, Mènard accompanied Tasset to Houma and installed him. Everyone was well satisfied. The work is not so advanced as it should be because of accidents and unforeseen disappointments. The contractor injured a foot about a month ago so he had to abandon work on the bell tower until a favorable occasion. The plastering(?) is not yet done; there will be a second subscription for this. Ceiling, columns, altar, and pews are finished and painted. The presbytery is one of the best in the diocese. Tasset is having fences and a kitchen made from the lumber of the old presbytery. Forty some children attend catechism at Houma. Could they have Confirmation on Trinity Sunday; it is First Communion day. On Monday (Blanc) could confirm at Houma, Tuesday or Wednesday at St. Mary's; Thursday, Corpus Christi. They would have the finest procession in the diocese. Saturday, he could confirm at St. Philomene. It could be put off until (Blanc) came to the seminary. Tasset and Father (Amédée) Beccard would be ready at Trinity. Father (M.) Lyons who does all he can to be useful, sometimes without much success, sends his respects. He is an excellent priest; it is too bad that he was not instructed better in French.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {5}


1854 Mar. 27
Mina, Father Ve. M(odest)e: St. John Baptist, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

First Communion and Confirmation. The number of children will not be as great as previous years because of the epidemic. He counts on a few more than 60. Mina cannot say anything about the estate of Father (Edward E.) Legendre but Mr. Maitreme, administrator, told him recently that if anything remains, it is very little. Blanc will see Maitreme at St. John Baptist and he will show Blanc the exact state of the estate. Maitreme is a man of recognized integrity.

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


(18)54 Mar. 27
Vetromille, S.J., Father Eugene: Boston, Mass(achusetts)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Vetromille asks news of Mrs. (Richard) Moore who is in N(ew) Orleans or was there 2 years ago. Her husband, Richard Moore is in Boston and has sent several letters but received no reply. He suspects that she is dead. She is a native of Galway, Ireland and was a widow, Mrs. O'Neill, when she married Moore. She left Liverpool in 1849 to see her first-born(?) son Patrick (O'Neill?). It is said she takes her first husband's name and that she lives in Fusher (Foucher) street. Peter and Margarit Moore, her children, also live in N(ew) Orleans.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 16mo. - {7}


1854 Mar. 28
Fuselier, Iphigénie: (New Orleans, Louisiana?)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The boat, Rosa(?), leaves today for Attakapas. If (Blanc) will send her his letters, she will commend them to Laclaire (Fuselier) who will have them taken to their address.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 16mo. - {2}


1854 Mar. 28
Curiel, Jos(eph): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tien)ne Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipt for 12 piastres for the hire of a servant for a month.

VI-1-g - A. Receipt S. - (French) - 1p. - 32mo. - {1}


1854 March 28
Henni, John Martin Bp. Milwaukee: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Father (J.A.) Stein uses the climate or Wisconsin as a mere pretext; his health is excellent. All Stein leaves for is a richer mission. His moral conduct otherwise has been good. Were Henni not so much in need of clergymen, Stein might leave at any moment. Henni is glad that (Father Josue M.) Young has accepted Erie. But Poor Chicago is still left vacant.

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1854 Mar. 28
(Portier), Bishop Michael: Mobile, (Alabama)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

(Portier) is sending a check for $310; Rousselon is to pay himself $50 and give the balance of $260 to Father Alexander (Cvitkovicz, C.SS.R.), Superior of of the Redemptorist missionaries. It is a gift of (Portier)'s Catholics to the American novitiate. (Portier) leaves Thursday for Charleston and will return the Wednesday of Holy Week.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {3}


1854 Mar. 28
Jacquier, Father Grand 'Anse, M(artini)que:
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Jacquier experienced so much joy on receiving (Blanc)'s letter of January 12, that he could not answer at once. He must excuse himself for the way in which correspondence with (Blanc) was done in 1848. He had sent a first letter of recommendation to an esteemed business man of P(ointe) Pierre, in which Jacquier gave (Blanc) details of their troubles and the events afflicting their unfortunate country. Several others came afterward to ask for passage through the city; he gave them a few lines written in haste, referring for the funds to his first letter. His first letter remained here and (Blanc) received only the others which he must have found very unceremonious. The last revolution changed their social and ecclesiastical situation. They have liberty which most of the former slaves abuse, and bishops instead of Prefects Apostolic. The abolitionist faction proposed some new men for bishops. They were adopted and since April they have Bishop (John Francis Stephen) Leherpeur who never gave a thought to the colonies. This worthy bishop suffers the consequences of his position; today he is in the greatest embarrassment. His two vicars-general, new men like him, offer no aid; his clergy is alienated and without confidence. The people who at first threw themselves at his feet are today almost all hostile. The local government is at war with him. The Archbishop supports him so indifferently that he seems to recoil before his own creation. At first Jacquier was in very well with the Bishop; he asked his cooperation and Jacquier gave it. But having refused the vicar generalship twice, Leherpeur is a little bitter. Jacquier continues to take care of his flock where he lives peacefully, loving and loved. (Blanc)'s letter added the memories of an old friendship, it gave him hope of an easier correspondence through the line of packet boats by way of Mobile. On his trip to France he saw some of their friends, Brunon, Frajet, Bishops Donnet and Dufetre, with whom he had been such friends. How Jacquier regrets that he is not 20 years younger. He would go to join in (Blanc)'s works and end his career near a friend with whom he would have been for 37 years, except for the malice of Messrs. Courbon and Bouchard.

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


1854 Mar. 28
Tholomier, Father (Claude Anthony): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Tholomier was surprised in reading (Blanc)'s letter of the 25th to understand that (Blanc) had set the second Sunday after Easter for his pastoral visit and on that day to confirm the children of the parish who had made their First Communion as well as the young ladies at the Convent of the Sacred Heart who have just recently made their First Communion. As Tholomier has only been here a short time and the children are not prepared, (Blanc) can understand that it is impossible to be ready. They were thinking of asking for the end of May. Tholomier has Father (Louis) Dufour's College (of the Immaculate Conception, Plaquemine?), an added duty. A number of the young people who attend this college have not made their First Communion. Tholomier must say that there are in this college, which is a real Babylon according to report, a good portion of children of good will who have need of someone who can visit them more often than Tholomier can. He asks (Blanc) for a good priest who can give them help in these numerous occupations. There is urgent need to establish a good school for the boys. They will talk of this face to face later. Tholomier would like to have an excellent man capable of running a school. Father (Thomas) Burke, (C.M.) who was here for a week, told them that he knew, in New Orleans, a young man who would suit them. If Burke is still in New Orleans,(Blanc) is to tell him to see this young man. Later they could have a school on a larger scale and then establish a Brothers' school or some other religious. For the repairs on the church, (T.E.) Giraud must come to appraise them. Tholomier has put 16 pews in the church; they are to be rented next Sunday. These pews were at the Convent of the (Religious of the Sacred Heart) who gave them to him. Father (Auguste Simon) Paris has told them of his plan to take a trip to France this year. (Blanc) knows how much Tholomier loves this good friend.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {8}


1854 Mar. 30
(Byrne), Bishop Andrew: Little Rock, (Arkansas)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Byrne) encloses (no enclosure) all he can do for the young priest who never had charge of a mission or congregation in (Byrne)'s diocese. When (Byrne) permitted him after years of trouble and expense, to visit his mother, he had had advisers among young priests in New York and he is stubborn. He told Father (William) Starrs that he took a wrong step. His design was to force (Byrne) for he wanted at the last Council to proceed with the Bishop of California. Three weeks ago, he was in excellent health, and visiting from place to place in New York and New Jersey. He was not one day sick for years before he left here and no complaint until (Byrne) insisted on his return. Father John Reilly, who has just returned from New York thinks Arkansas too small for his importance and has demanded an exeat, though like Father (John) Whelan, he owes his education and ordination to this diocese. He has a brother keeping a store at Fort Smith and last Sunday he proceeded up the river in direct opposition to a positive order. He is a very hasty and imprudent priest. (Byrne) was obliged to remove him when he started for New York without leave and for other acts, such as intercepting a most important letter of the Superior of the Convent. (Byrne) writes this lest he should pass (Blanc)'s way. (Byrne)'s impression is that he will move east. (Byrne) cannot find the materials to consecrate the holy oils and asks (Blanc) to consecrate for him. He will see (Blanc) immediately after Easter.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {5}


(18)54 Mar. 30
Praz, R.S.C.J., Madame A(nnette): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Praz would like to answer Rousselon's request favorably but the person interested has not reflected that expenses for music have gone up to $100 a year. The fees are only $100 and so this year it is almost impossible to make a reduction. She must ask $250. She sends (no enclosure) a letter of Rousselon's little protégé; she is beginning to be accustomed.

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


1854 Mar. 30
(Dupanloup), Bishop Felix (Antoine Filibert): Orleans, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A young priest, Father Paul Gélot, has just presented himself. He was ordained in (Blanc)'s diocese and shows an exeat signed by (Blanc) and by Father (Adrien) Rouquette. There are several corrections in this exeat which makes (Dupanloup) doubt its validity. This young man from Chambéry says he was brought to (Blanc)'s diocese by the Oblates of Marseilles. He has just spent some time in Rome at the Lazarists' house. P.S. (Dupanloup) would like to establish in his diocese the cohabitation and commensality of assistants and pastors. This measure seems all the more important since all the assistants here are very young priests. (Dupanloup) asks if this common life is established in (Blanc)'s diocese and province by ordinance and statute or simply by custom and for how long.

VI-1-g - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 12mo. - {3}


1854 Mar. 31
Andrieu, C.M., Father A(nthony):
Assumption Seminary, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

This morning about five o'clock, their parish had a terrible storm. They had nothing blown down except the chimney of the bakery, some trees, and fence. But at Paincourt, the church was entirely collapsed. Since they must have a new church, of brick, Andrieu asks permission to build two or three miles higher up. It will be more central for the people of Brusly and even the upper banks of the Bayou and they will be rid of the proximity of the taverns and the billiard halls. There will no doubt be opposition because the cemetery is at Paincourt and the fabrique has the right to rebuild on the site of the blown-down chapel. It would be for the good of the town to close the cemetery; those in the neighborhood must have cisterns. They had to fill in one well and a baker near there could not sell his bread. In the meantime, Andrieu asks Blanc to authorize them to arrange for a house for mass at Paincourt.

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


1854 (Mar. 31)
Daquin, Th(oma)s: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A bill for $41.56 for groceries. Receipted by J. Miard.

VI-1-g - Bill - (French) - 1p. - folio - {2}


1854 March 31
Blanc, Ant(hony) Abp. New Orleans: New Orleans, Louisiana
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Blanc acknowledges Purcell's invitation for the services of Low-Sunday. But he could not be in Cincinnati by that time unless he were to leave during Holy Week. The South is slow building the railroad. There would be no difficulty to have Purcell's Ursuline Nuns admitted in the community in New Orleans. Galveston and St. Antonio would be happy to receive some of them. In case they object to the French language, it would be well to let them know that most of the nuns speak English. Blanc will not write to Rome about the candidates for Chicago as he knows nothing about them. The first mover in (Father Anthony) O'Regan's case was Bishop (James) Vandevelde. Blanc read Archbishop (John) Hughes' opinion in regard to Cuba's annexation. He is satisfied that there is no injustice done to his real opinion in regard to the benefit to be derived for the people of the island from a regular annexation. It shows how prudent they should be in opening their minds with public men. Blanc would be sorry to be obliged to require a missionary oath from every secular priest. He is more afraid of being bound to doubtful characters than they are to him. It is astonishing how Rome appears to be in the dark with regard to the real position in this country. The Know Nothings are trying to take root in New Orleans. They have enrolled many Catholics.

II-4-m - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {9}