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(1855 Apr.?)
Mina, Father Ve. M(odest)e: (Bonnet Carré, Louisiana?)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Blanc's advice will be followed. Instead of the 18th, First Communion and Confirmation will take place on the 25th. The neighboring places have a number of children; there are a dozen from Vacherie, 7 or 8 leagues from here, several from Bayou Boeuf, Cannes, etc. On this side Mina has 62. He is going to have some of those from other side, about 15, and do all he can to prepare them. Yesterday Father Basile was seen going down on the steamboat; he must be at Father (J.M. Morisot) Morissot's. It seems that Father (Jean) Martin of St. James ruined himself by paying for a bottle of whiskey; it is the talk of the coast.

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1855 April
(Rappe, Louis) A(madeus) Bp. Cleveland: Cleveland, Ohio
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Rappe has received Purcell's letter and he will be happy to assist at the Provincial council. He will have Father J. Luhr attend him as theologian. He will submit to him the questions to be discussed so that he may go into them and be ready to discuss them at need. P.S. Father (Philip) Foley has been with them for some days.

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1855 (Apr. 2)
Mullon, Father J(ames) I(gnatius): (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to (Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A statement of the returns for March, 1855 from (St. Patrick's Church). $458.62 remitted to Father Rousselon.

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1855 Apr. 3
Kenrick, Archbishop Francis Patrick: Balt(imore, Maryland)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

Kenrick transmits (no enclosure) the formulary of faculties recently received, which he asks (Blanc) to communicate to his suffragans.

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1855 April 3
Kenrick, Francis Patrick, Abp. Baltimore: Baltimore, Maryland
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He encloses a copy of a Rescript concerning the continuation of the faculties. As Purcell's council is to be held soon, Kenrick suggests that something certain be determined on as the annual contribution to the Relief Fund. The Pope has expressly recommended Dr. (Levi Silliman) Ives. The Council of New York promises $400. Baltimore will do as much. The case cannot be neglected. (No enclosure)

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(18)55 Apr. 5
(Beers), Julia: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to (Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley: Newark, New Jersey)

They have just returned from the Cathedral. The singing was all by the priests in the sanctuary. They left New York at 2 o'clock on Monday afternoon and at half past two got stuck in the Jersey mud. At 6 P.M. the tide came to their relief and they reached Philadelphia at 11:30 P.M.. The rooms were ready for them with good fires, and she found many people there. They left at 12 the next day and arrived in Baltimore between 4 and 5. First they went to the Eaton House, but the rooms were not to Charles Nesmith's liking and they removed to Barnum's, where they are now. (Beers) called at Miss (Emily) Harper's yesterday but she was ill. Will Bayley come to join them? (Beers) will go back the last of next week with Nesmith. Frank's cough is bad. Madame also has a very bad cold. (Beers) hopes Bayley will be able to come. It would make them all happy.

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1855 April 6
Marie Eutropius, Abbot of Gethsemany: Gethsemany, Kentucky
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He thanks Purcell for the invitation to assist at the Provincial Council to be opened in Cincinnati on the 5th Sunday after Easter. If nothing intervenes he will be there to complete the number and to learn from the bishops as he can contribute neither knowledge nor light on the session. He expresses his sincere respect for the Archbishop.

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1855 April 7
Hecker, (Father) Isaac T.: New York, N. Y.
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

He tells Brownson that he is interested in the new tone of the Review. Brownson's article on Chostel opened the thought in his mind, that he had communicated with Brownson at Manhattanville. If he were to write another Book, it would be on the "How the Dogmas and Mysteries of the Catholic Faith in a Manner Answers the Requirements of Reason as the Sacraments Do the wants of the Heart". The chapters would be as follows: 1) Excellence, the dignity and rights of Reason; 2) Beatitude of Reason; 3) Duties of Reason - these three chapters would be a sort of premise and would give the general tone of the whole contents of the book; 4) Wants of Reason; 5) Necessity of Revelation; 6) Divine Authority; 7) Miracles- then he would come to the answers of Philosophers and then of Protestantism; and the Church and finally Catholic Worship. He then asks Brownson to help him on it. He tells Brownson that he will find a comparison to his article on Liberalism in the preface to the Heroines of Charity by Audrey De Vere and published by Burns. It recalls to Hecker's mind that the evil o the Protestant heresy has become social, which has given rise to Socialism. The author, De Vere, thinks the Church will meet the special demands in modern society. He says he thinks so too, but the church will need a body, whose object will be to give aid to the miserable and needy, and do it as a work of devotion. He will be leaving for Kentucky soon and if Brownson has any letters to send between the 15th and 23rd to send them to Rev. Butler, Lexinton, Ky. He is also sending Brownson the 2nd edition of the Question of the Soul with fewer mistakes.

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1855 Apr. 9
Bertin, Charles: Paris, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

In December 1851, (Blanc) loaned Bertin 15 piastres; he also received 50 cents from his vicar general or secretary. Bertin thanks (Blanc) and asks what he should do with this money.

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1855 April 9
Raymond, Father G(ilbert): Opelousas, Louisiana
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

After coming to New Orleans, Raymond was kept busy preaching retreats. They are having success in their work in Opelousas. There is a general wish to have an organ. Will Purcell' have his organist inquire about a good organ? They wish a fair size one and would like to have one immediately. Raymond would be exceedingly obliged to Purcell.

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1855 Apr. 10
Lucas, Father (Peter): West Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

William Very and Margarita Larisse ask for a dispensation.

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(18)55 Apr. 11
Tabor, Martha W.: Lafourche, Int(erieure, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Tabor (addresses Blanc as her godfather). There has been some interval of years since their last correspondence. Her brother-in-law whom she looked on as a father, died some 12 months ago. He left an only child, a little girl about 8 whom Tabor's sister is now preparing to send to those Ladies who cherished them like mothers. They are left alone without protection; their health is very feeble and has been for years which will eventually terminate with diseased lungs. About the 15th or 20th of this month, Tabor expects to be married to J.M. Salles, a fine industrious young man. Situated in life as she is, she thinks she has done right to choose one who will love and protect her. She hopes (Blanc) will soon pay them a visit; it is about the time.

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1855 Apr. 11
Carlioz, Dr.: Oajaca, (Mexico)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Carlioz informs (Blanc) of his marriage to Miss Régulez. (Blanc)'s kindness to him makes Carlioz certain that (Blanc) will hear of it with pleasure. Besides ending an uncertain future to a roving life this union will give him another advantage in a companion whose virtues and qualities cannot be praised enough. Mrs. Régulez's illness has completely disappeared. In Mexico there is nothing new except the civil war and the earthquakes.

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1855 April 12,
Bourk, R.A.: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Bourk who accompanied Brownson to (Thomas) Semmes' residence invites him formally to dinner the following Sunday evening. Mr. Bourk will meet Brownson at the Odd Fellows hall on this very evening (April 12).

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(18)55 Apr. 12
(Beers), Julia: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to (Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley: Newark, New Jersey)

(Bayley)'s note was received saying he could not be away this week. Mr. and Mrs. (Charles) Nesmith were really disappointed. Mrs. Nesmith broke down on Good Friday and has been confined ever since. She is very weak and nervous. Nesmith left when he found out that (Bayley) was not coming and (Beers) could not Leave Mrs. Nesmith while he was absent. The services at the Cathedral were beautiful. Miss (Emily) Harper is quite well again. (Beers) has breakfasted or dined with them every day this week and meets such pleasant society, Catholic society. Yesterday she and Harper went to see Archbishop (Francis Patrick Kenrick) and in the afternoon he returned the visit. He is very kind and affable in his manner, and very holy. (Beers) was surprised to see Archbishop (John Joseph) Hughes in church yesterday. He spent a day here on his way to Washington. At dinner yesterday, (Beers) saw Mr. Eastman. Eastman asked her if she had any regrets for changing her faith. They had a long talk and Eastman seemed happy that (Beers) was happy in her faith. There is a convert here from Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Miss Sedgewick, a niece of the Anthonys. (Beers) should call her disagreeable and she would be if she were a Protestant, but they have become very good friends. (Beers) will get home by the last of next week, stopping one or two days in New York. The Nesmiths will go farther south, either to Richmond or the eastern shore of Virginia. Frank sends his love. He thinks he could bring (Bayley) to Baltimore.

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1855 Apr. 12
Choiselat, Ch(arles): Paris, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

In the midst of sufferings of all kinds in 1854, the receipts of the Association of the Propagation of the Faith have not fallen below their estimates. The allocation for New Orleans was 15,000 francs. Father (Rousselon) Rousselot has received and remitted to Blanc, 4,500 francs; following Blanc's instructions, Choiselat paid Father (Anthony Basil) Moreau, (C.S.C.) 1,200 francs on January 30 and 2,300 on February 19. (P.S.) Choiselat recalls the talks he had with Blanc in the past months.

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1855 April 13
(Baillargeon), C(harles) F(rancis) Coadj. Abp. Quebec: Quebec, Canada
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

The name of Father Noiseux has always been highly respected in Quebec, but the same cannot be said of the manuscript which he left. It contains numerous errors. Noiseux gathered historical documents from which he made extracts, but he was not sufficiently versed in deciphering the writing of the ancient missionaries. Hence many errors are to be found in his "liste Chronologique". At his death Noiseux left it in the hand of the late Archbishop Joseph Signay with the strictest injunction of never allowing a copy to be made until it had been corrected. By some means a couple of copies found their way out of the archives. One has gone as far as St. Louis. Drocoux is not to be found in the Relations and the Journal des Jesuites, nor is to be found in the register of N.D. de Quebec begun in 1621 nor of Three Rivers, (Canada) begun in 1634. Baillargeon suspects the name Allouez may have been translated as Drocoux. Father Claude Allouez who had been at Three Rivers was one of the first missionaries who penetrated into the far west. As for the name of Deguerre or Dequerre, it is most probably made to represent the name of Father Dequen. Documents preserved at Quebec show that in 1673 Louis Jolliet was commissioned by M. de Frontenac to discover the great river. Jolliet chose for his companion, Father Marquette whose name was thus connected with the discovery of the Mississippi. The best authorities for the earlier portion of the history of Canada, are besides Champlain, Ducreux, the Relations des Jesuites, Journal des Jesuites, and the valuable letters of la Mere de L'Incarnation. The provincial legislature has determined to have a part of these works reprinted. Baillargeon is sorry that he could not give a more favorable opinion of Nosieux's work. The health of Mgr. (Pierre Clavier) Turgeon has improved slightly.

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1855 Apr. 15
Colliere, L.C.: Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

The blessing of Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc and Rousselon have drawn down on Colliere and his family the grace of being children of the Church and of God. His good friends here are the Jesuit Fathers; Colliere has become in all things of design and music, the servant of the servants of Mary, the Sisters of Notre Dame. Colliere gave a concert on Easter Monday. The first part was dedicated to religious music; he interpreted for the first time, an Ave Maria, an O Salutaris, and an Easter Alleluia with the Choir, all composed by an artist of this city with a great future for religious music. Colliere gave $5 to two pastors here; he asks Rousselon to dispose of 5 others enclosed here for whatever work he pleases. He only asks some little offering at Mary's altar. Colliere's daughters are near him; they fulfill their duties every two weeks. He asks Rousselon's prayers for himself and his weeks. He asks Rousselon's prayers for himself and his three children. His son, 7 1/2, is still in France. Colliere asks God every day to bring him his child; he wants to form his heart.

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1855 Apr. 15
Chalon, Father G(abriel): Mobile, (Alabama)
 to (Father Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Some time ago, Chalon sent a bill of lading for a barrel of Beaujolais wine consigned to (Rousselon) which was sent from Havre on board the American ship Baden, Capt(ain) Stilphen. Chalon sees by the newspapers that the ship consigned to Messrs. Baxter, Lovell and Co(mpany) arrived at New Orleans 2 weeks ago. When (Rousselon) can get this wine out of customs he is to send it to Louis Guéringer at Mobile. Chalon has not received a bill; (Rousselon) is to pay and Chalon will reimburse him.

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1855 Apr. 15
Gelot, Father Paul: Chatillon sur Loire, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Loiisiana)

If Gelot seems to stray from the fidelity he owes to (Blanc), it is because he wishes a more direct flight to God. Bishop (Thaddeus) Amat informed (Blanc) about Gelot's trip to Rome and the causes of his departure. In spite of the noble motives which took Gelot away from (Blanc); on leaving the Lazarists, it was impossible to return to (Blanc). Bishop (Felix Antoine Filibert) Dupanloup is a friend and father. Today Gelot sends (Blanc) his thanks and also wants to relieve (Blanc) of any anxiety about the future of a priest who is proud of having been ordained by him. The ordination letters (Blanc) gave Gelot were lost in Rome; Gelot asks (Blanc) to send him new ones. In the diocese of Orleans they must show all their letters twice a year. For fifteen months, Gelot has been in default; all searches at the Lazarists in Rome have been fruitless. He believes that thanks to (Blanc)'s benevolence he can present his papers at the next visit in September.

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1855 April 16
Hecker, C.S.S.R. (Father) I(saac) T.:
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Hecker left Pittsburgh with Bishop (Michael) O'Connor for Cincinnati who was at Rome at the declaration on the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Lady. He informed Father Hecker that he made objections to the wording of the Bull as it was read to them because it seemed to counteract developments Father Perrone made in an address on what he considered the true and false doctrine on the point. Bishop O'Connor took notes on the speech and has them at home. The words in the Bull were changed. There is a capital statement of the true doctrine of development in the Bull but as he could not find the document he was not able to point it out. It is only found in the Latin Bull. Bishop O'Connor thought of sending Brownson a note on the subject but refrained from doing so. The Irish Prelates and priests have become mighty tender on the point of nationality since Brownson's article on native Americanism. Brownson gave them another dose in another form in his article on the "Question of the Soul". The American element is increasing steadily in numerical strength and will in due time predominate. Father Hecker believes what Brownson has already done will do the work, and all he wanted to do was give him an idea of the state of feeling now existing. Many people have expressed their complete satisfaction of Brownson's last Review. Father Hecker feels Brownson caught the right spirit to accomplish the most good. A program of another book is enclosed and Hecker wants Brownson's opinion of it.

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1855 April 17
Quigley, Father H.: Lansingburgh, New York
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Boston, Massachusetts)

Quigley, long a reader of the Review and an admirer of Brownson, objected to Brownson's review of his "Cross and the Shamrock" as discouraging to a beginner, but he accepted the criticism. His next book "The Prophet of the Ruined Abbey" was ignored by the Catholic press until Brownson criticized it severely and then all turned against the book. He goes not object to Brownson's criticism but does object to the incorrect English for which Brownson credits him as an example of his style. This Quigley says, is an injustice. The Catholic Press has followed Brownson's example as the sale of the book has stopped. Brownson knows his duty of restitution.

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1855 April 17
Chambige, Father F(rancis): St. Thomas' (near Bardstown, Kentucky)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Mr. Fuchs left St. Thomas' yesterday. His health has been very bad since he entered the seminary. But this is not the main reason of his leaving. During Chambige's absence, Fuchs asked permission to go to town to see a doctor and when he returned it was perceived that he had been indulging in spirits. Fuchs attributed his condition to a strong medicine which had been given him by a druggist of Bardstown. Chambige told him he better go back to Cincinnati. Fuchs said he would get a certificate from the druggist which he did. Fuchs may be innocent. He has always been submissive and regular in his duties. He has not been formally dismissed. If Purcell thinks it proper to return him, they will accept him. They are cheered by the news of a visit from Bishop (Michael) O'Connor.

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1855 April 17

Orphan Boys of St. Mary's Asylum (New Orleans Louisana)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: New Orleans, Louisiana

This letter invites Dr. Brownson to visit the Orphanage before he leaves the city (name not given). The writes commend Brownson's devotion to the Church and his bright example. The writers feel that Brownson's visit will be an inspiration to the orphan boys.

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1855 April 18
Baraga, Frederic Bp. of Am. And V. A. of Upper Michigan: Mackinac, Michigan
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He received Purcell's note announcing the opening of the Provincial Council on May 15. He hopes to be able to escape from his winter prison early enough to reach Cincinnati on that day. The ice is still thick. He wishes to remain in Cincinnati for two months in order to publish an ascetic work he wrote in the Ptchipwe language. Besides a fifth edition of his Indian prayer book is needed. Can Purcell arrange for him to live with him during that time? Baraga did not receive a copy of the Questions to be discussed. He read of the acts of the different legislatures which will cause the Church great tribulations. He will have nothing to suffer in his half-Indian diocese. Purcell will have much to suffer because Cincinnati is the most adverse place to Catholicity in the Union. P.S. It seems that the ice will remain a few more weeks.

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1855 April 18
Kenrick, Francis Patrick, Abp. Baltimore: Baltimore, Maryland
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Having mentioned Purcell's intention to propose F. to his Grace of York, he stated that he is wholly unfit to manage a diocese. Kenrick is entirely opposed to Purcell's resignation. They must not yield to the enemy. Native prelates will please their anti-Catholic countrymen no better. Kenrick received a scolding letter from the Cardinal Prefect, intimating that no action will be taken on the appointments for Savannah and Charleston until they are presented more conformably to the plan already laid down. Kenrick will submit the matter to the Council in May.

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(18)55 Apr. 19
Praz, R.S.C.J., Madame A(nnette) St. Michael, (Louisiana):
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Having has no news of the Archbishop to give them hope of seeing him soon again, Praz asks (Rousselon) for permission to have three of their coadjutor (Religious of the Sacred Heart) make their first vows. They are Sisters Catherine van der Haide, Mary Van der Haide, and Mary Cossat. These are 3 Germans who speak and understand only English. Father (Charles) Chambost, pastor of Plaquemine, having promised to visit them the first days of May, perhaps could examine them. Praz is anxious that the affair of a chaplain be settled; Father (Cyprien) Vénissat while believing he is doing well, is setting the children against him. P.S. Madame (Louisa) Leveque, (R.S.C.J.), Superior at Grand Coteau, is here and asks for permission to have M(adam)e Watson, M(adam)e Amy and S(iste)r Lassance make their first vows and to appoint someone to examine these three novices. Leveque is ill and unable to write. If she is well enough to return to Grand Coteau next week she will ask (Rousselon) to send her the per mission here.

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1855 Apr. 21
Raymond, Father G(ilbert): Opelousas, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Raymond hopes his letter will find (Blanc) back. He wrote a long letter some days ago but did not send it; he thought it would be better to talk face to face. One of the principal things is the church at Washington. If Father (John F.) Raviol makes any proposal before Raymond gets to New Orleans, Raymond would be obliged if (Blanc) would give no reply before Raymond sees him. He will tell (Blanc) something about Raviol, in confidence. They will soon have been here 3 months. They have been received like angels. The parish has taken a new turn; the church is filled twice on Sunday. They have all worked a lot but Raymond's health is perfect. They need two dispensations for marriages; one for Isaac Guillory and Marie Franciette Guillory and one for Louis Simier(?) and Cithanais Guillory. Raymond assures (Blanc) of his devotion and his happiness in working in his diocese. He will go down to the city the first free days that he has.

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1855 April 22
Rousselon, Father (Stephen) V.G.: New Orleans, Louisiana
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

At last Archbishop (Anthony Blanc) has arrived after 55 days of monstrous navigation. They will not let him be away so long often because it was scarcly bearable for them. The council which was to have been held the third Sunday after Easter had been recalled according to the Greek calendar. The heat is getting bad and they do not know yet what they will do with their seminarians. He encloses the note of M. Hurley and warns Purcell that conformably to Purcell's instruction Father (Cyrus) De la Croix has drawn on Father Edward Purcell at 10 days sight for $84.

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(18)55 Apr. 23
Gouch, Walter V.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to The Widow's Protector:

Gouch is not in the habit of answering anonymous communications such as he received last Saturday, believing them written by men void of honor. The whole letter is a tissue of falsehoods, written without the knowledge or consent of Mrs. G. Gouch (gives his address) as 12 Rampart Street or the Custom House.

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1855 Apr. 23
Durbin, Father E(lisha) J. St. Vincent's (Kentucky):
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Some months ago, Duroin wrote to Father (James Ignatius) Mullen concerning a Mr. Coffy; his Christian name may be Andrew (Coffy). He has taken as a wife a Mrs. Ellen O'Mealy, maiden name (Ellen) Callaghan. She has a son and daughter. Her husband, the father of those children, lives in this county. She would be glad for those children to be sent to him. And if the woman should die it would be well to inform him. It may be that Doffy and she are wicked enough to approach the sacraments. They are Irish but may not belong to Mullen's congregation. The husband is John O'Mealy. If those children could be sent to him, care of the wharf master at Uniontown he would pay their passage. They came from Ireland by his means. These people are said to live in N(ew) Orleans. If (Blanc) can find them he is to let Durbin know. O'Mealy would like to know about things. P.S. The girl is about 16, Catherine (O'Mealy); the boy about 14, Michael (O'Mealy).

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1855 Apr. 25
Delente, Olympe St. Martinville, (Louisiana):
 to (Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

What joy on reading in the True Delta that (Blanc) had returned. But she will perhaps be deprived of seeing him for a long time. She wrote to (Blanc) at Rome. She informed him that she had left Mrs. St. Laurent's on December 16 as she told Olympe that she no longer needed a French teacher. She went to Mrs. Freéhaut's, and on the closing of the school, Olympe has since Saturday been at the home of one of her pupils' parents. The father has built a little school house and with 4 or 5 day scholars, Olympe is going to manage. There are too many schools here but she thought it would be better to stay at St. Martin; she will have no expenses. She knows that (Blanc) has many other things to do besides reading her letters but she is happy that he is in (New Orleans).

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1855 Apr. 25
Christian Schools, Pupils of the: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They congratulate (Blanc) on his return from his journey to the Holy City where he saw the Chief of the Church. (Blanc)'s presence delights them and stirs up prayers for the prosperity of his flock.

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1855 Apr. 25
S(acred) H(eart), Religious of the: Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The news of (Blanc)'s return is a real consolation. Mother (Louisa) Leveque, (R.S.C.J.) would like to assure (Blanc) of their good will but her health demands absolute rest. See asks (Blanc) to come for May 10. He will find a good boat the 6th or the 7th; Captain Louaillier will be proud to offer his services and they will send their carriage to Port Barré. The Reverend Mother who replaces the one they lost in now among them. She reminds one perfectly of the sweetness and goodness of their sister. She earnestly desires (Blanc) to preside at their festival for his seminary and their sanctuary. She is the niece of Mother (Philippine) Duchesne, (R.S.C.J.) and is Mother Aloysia Jouve, (R.S.C.J.).

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1855 Apr. 26
Byrne, Bishop Andrew: Little Rock, (Arkansas)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Being long contained at Fort Smith, Byrne did not receive Rousselon's favor until this week, communicating the intention of the Archbishop to call the first Provincial Council on the 3rd Sunday after Easter and that the Archbishop would address an official letter to the effect immediately after his return from Europe. Having heard nothing of his return, Byrne presumes no council will be called at that time. Byrne has sustained a great loss at Fort Smith in the destruction by fire of $1500 worth of lumber for building a convent.

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1855 Apr. 26
Smith, Lodviska: Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

How happy they are to learn of his return to New Orleans and that he will soon be among them. They are to have a concert May 10. There will also be a fair and the proceeds will go to (Blanc)'s seminary and the two little sanctuaries which Madame Louisa) Leveque, (R.S.C.J.) wishes to set up. (Blanc) is to come and to bring Father Rousselon and some other priests.

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1855 Apr. 26
Darby, Constance: Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Constance asks (Blanc) to attend the concert on May 10. Lodo (Lodviska Smith?) and she will be at the door and no one will get past without a piastre. Madame (Louisa) Léveque, (R.S.C.J.) returned from St. Michael; she brought Madame (Aloysia) Jouve, (R.S.C.J.). Constance's mother asked why they had not brought her; she would have kept her at the house. Alice returned with Félicie; they put up such a shout; Madame Léveque came around(?) to make them stop. They will leap with joy when they see (Blanc) come. Constance signs as one who comes to see (Blanc) every Sunday.

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1855 Apr. 26
Mina, Father Ve. M(odest)e: St. John Baptist, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Mina congratulates Blanc on his safe trip. Valsin Clement wishes to marry Honorine Dutré(?), his sister-in-law, who serves as a mother to his 2 small children. Célestin Millet wishes to marry Amanda Millet. They ask for dispensations. P.S. Next week, Mr. Rybiski, Mina's neighbor, will bring Blanc the seminary collection of $65 and the $100 pro Mensa. He has received almost nothing for the Propagation of the Faith; poverty here is at its height.

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(18)55 Apr. 27
Martinez, R.S.C., Madame V(ictorine): Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mother (Louisa) Léveque, (R.S.C.J.) has been for several days in a state they do not understand. Two weeks ago, Reverend Mother (Aloysia) Jouve, (R.S.C.J.), arriving at St. Michael, asked for her. Leveque, although ill, left; all the time she was at St. Michael she had fever every day and returned to them in a very weak state. She no longer has her senses (?); she feels called to reestablish the College and (Blanc)'s seminary; she wants to have a fair for this purpose. Only several hours after her return from St. Michael, she wanted them to write to inform (Blanc) of all her projects, and they obeyed and sent the letters. Their Reverend Mother could not be more embarassed. Her intention was to make Léveque Superior of this house; she would also have charge of the novitiate. Imagine Jouve's distress!

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1855 Apr. 27
Guesdon, (C.S.C.), Father Isidore: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Guesdon asks (Blanc) to come to give the habit to two of their Sisters (of the Holy Cross) admitted in Chapter this evening. The day of the ceremony is to be next Sunday. They will lose the assistance of Father (M.P.) Rooney, (C.S.C.) who does not wish to remain at the (St. Mary's Catholic Boys') Asylum. In talking with the children, Guesdon found several who had not been to Confession for a long time and several who had not made their Paschal duty and Rooney does not want to hear confessions which he is not sure of finishing. Guesdon understands the children well enough to hear them if he could do so in his room where they could speak more distinctly.

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1855 Apr. 28
Gautrelet, S.J., Father F.: Sp(ring) Hill, (Alabama)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): N(ew) Orl(eans, Louisiana)

Gautrelet hastens to reply to the letter he received last night. They are willing to receive the two seminarians. They have 4 just now; they can form a little community together with one of their priests to direct them. They will do all they can for the English; they have at least one class a day. They have theology twice a day. Gautrelet thinks they can receive the two (Blanc) speaks of for next year. They must always keep some here. Those they have from Natchez and Natchitoches cannot finish this year and the more numerous they are, the easier it is to form them. Father (A. Pierre) Ladavière, (S.J.) was grateful for (Blanc)'s remembrance; he has regained his strength in part.

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1855 Apr. 28
Myers, Alexander: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Myers addresses Blanc as president of the board of directors of St. Mary's Catholic Orphan Boys Asylum. This institution is indebted to Myers for a considerable balance for the new building, finished since July 15, 1854. He expected differently from statements made by Messrs. (Ag.) Rasch and Layton. Layton said that Dr. Mercer's subscription would be paid when the doctor returned from the north. Myers learned that after Mercer had been in the city some weeks, the subscription was not paid. Mercer said he could not pay until he could sell his cotton and that the condition was that whenever the directors raised 15 or $20,000 Mercer would then give $5000. At the time the contract with the building committee was made the condition was that when $15,000 was raised, Mercer would then give $5000. Upon the strength of these statements Myers entered into the contract in good faith. There has been a deception somewhere. Myers is clearly of the opinion that he has been wronged. He has had difficulty in prevailing upon the parties to whom he is indebted to await Blanc's return to the city. He could not have done so had it not been that Blanc's reputation for justice was beyond question. If the directors do not settle with Myers it will be impossible to prevent the parties to whom he is indebted from presenting their claims in court.

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1855 Apr. 29
Tholomier, Father (Claude Anthony) St. Michael, (Louisiana):
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Madame (Annette Praz, R.S.C.J.) Pratz having told Tholomier that (Blanc) had written that he would come to see them this past week, Tholomier thought he would then express his felicitations on (Blanc)'s safe return. Since they were denied their hope, he writes this letter. Could (Blanc) let them know when he can give Confirmation to the children who are to make their First Communion. He has already asked Father Rousselon about this.

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1855 April 30
Hallinan, Father M(ichael): Dayton, Ohio
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

During the last week Hallinan was expecting an answer to his letter to Father (Charles H.) Stonestrect. It has not yet come. Hallinan is weary of being tossed about. Will Purcell send him a letter of permission to remain with Bishop (John) Fitzpatrick or Bishop (John) O'Laughlin until his health will enable him to become a member of some religious order. Purcell should address his letter to Father (Thomas) Boulger. N.B. If Purcell be willing, he requires not an exeat.

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1855 Apr. 30
Lucas, Father P(eter): West Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Two weeks ago, Lucas left a note about the dispensation for Guillaume Perez and Marguerite Morice. They are impatient to have the Archbishop's reply which Lucas is to give them next Sunday. (On the back of the letter): Mrs. H.C. Simm(s?; the paper is torn off here).

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