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(1857) (Oct?)
Moutard, Father C(ornelius): (Jackson, Michigan)
 to Bishop Peter Paul Lefevere: Detroit, Michigan

Moutard sends this note so that Lefevere may judge (Julia N. Clark)'s temper. She never asked Moutard for money but what he gave her all she asked for. She can go now wherever she pleases.

 Written on the same paper: 

1857 Oct. 1
Borgess, Father C(aspar) H.: Columbus, Ohio
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Things are unhappily still in the same condition, the unfortunate men who had agitated the crowd being actively engaged in collecting money for Father (James) Meagher. Only twenty have signed the "Protest" since Monday, the total number being 240. A man came to Borgess to be married but did not return when told what must be complied with. Borgess since learned that he was married by Father (Aug.) Grogan of Urbana. Father Meagher left Saturday for Somerset. It is reported that Father H. said Mass in Marion for Father (John F.) McSweeney. The church was opened again last Sunday and the prayers were conducted by Terence Mahoney.

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


1857 Oct. 1
Kindekens, Father J(oseph): Adrian, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere: Detroit, Michigan)

Kindedens instituted the Society of the Living Rosary on the second Sunday of September. Upwards of 100 members have joined it. Kindekens wants to make the same society an altar society. He encloses the rules for Lefevere's approval.

III-2-i - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {1}


1857 Oct. 1
(Proust), Marie Eutropius Abbot: Gethsemani, Kentucky
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

A Member of the community of Brothers of Mary from Nazareth, near Dayton, Ohio has come to the (Trappists) with the desire of joining them. He says he has had the desire for a long time. The Abbot wrote to Father (Leo) Meyer, S.M. who sends the enclosed letter in which he says that Brother Joseph Bloisiard has need of a dispensation from his vow of stability and of working for the instruction of youth. This dispensation he asks of Purcell, the brother joining his prayer to that of the Abbot. Bloisiard has a firm resolution of persevering in the order of Citeaux. (No enclosure)

II-4-n - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - (French) - {7}


1857 Oct. 1
Raymond, Father G(ilbert): Opelousas, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Raymond hopes that by new (Blanc) is back in liew Orleans. Father (Henry) Picherit says that he has been received by the Jesuits. Raymond does not think Picherit will persevere. Raymond's bro|ther (Father J. Francois Raymond) has a severe at|tack of fever after (Blanc) left. He is fine at present. Raymond has not dared ask Picherit to go to Calcassieu for fear of a refusal. Raymond's brother will go. Raymond would like (Blanc) to send them a young seminarian at Cincinnati ready to be ordained. Raymond has talked to Father (A.) Beaugier about the arrangement of seen; he will see, Raymond believes, that he is mistaken in his calculations. Raymond spoke about Beaugier's conduct. (Blanc) told Raymond to speak to him but Raymond is convinced it would do no good. Beau|gier's cousin does him much harm; she talks and acts very unbecomingly. While Raymond does not approve of Father (John F.) Raviol's conduct, she treats him as a fishwife would. If Raymond were in (Blanc)'s place he would write Beaugier to send her away. If Beaugier was not at Ville Platte and the young priest (Blanc) sent was native, they could easily to there every nothing for the parish for 8 months. They would put the church in order and later put another priest there. Raymond is seriously occupied with the convent. The rumor spread that the prices would be raised. People well disposed told Raymond that this would have a had effect, that a little later when the convent was more established, people would see the useful purpose of the raise. With the sale of the crops in March, money would be more abundant. P.S. Raymond would copy this if the post was not ready to close.

VI-l-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 4to. - {5}


1857 Oct. 2
Kenrick, Francis Patrick, Abp. Baltimore: Baltimore, Maryland
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Some questions proposed by the Council of St. Louis (Missouri) led the Cardinal to suspect that Kenrick had neglected to communicate the renewal of the faculties. Kenrick thinks that Purcell had better print the acts of his council intimating that the original acts were so modified by the Holy See. Father (John B.) Byrne and Bishop (Michael) O'Connor have thrown on Kenrick the decision of acceptance or refusal, and he has decided for acceptance.

II-4-n - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {5}


1857 Oct. 3
Dunigan, Edward and Brother: New York, (New York)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

They cannot explain the irregularity in the numbers of the "Blessed Virgin" sent to Blanc except by the undertainty of the mails. The nonreceipt of the $3 sent for Dr. Brownson shows that money is not very safe in letters. It would seem that the letters of Bishops on the Mississippi are watched by the dishonest as a similar letter of Bishop Miles never reached them. (This letter is written on a printed circular advertising the publications of Dunigan and Brother, James B. Kirker.)

VI-1-m - A.L.S. - 9pp. - 12mo. - {2}


1857 Oct. 3
(Purcell), Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist): Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Blanc)'s letter of the 24th reached (Purcell) last night. (Blanc)'s orders respecting (Auguste) Earthelemy) Langlois and (Francois) Follot will be promptly complied with. (Purcell) is going this afternoon to a place about 90 miles from here where Langlois has prepared some 90 youths for Confirmation in a French parish. (Purcell) had previously sent a Belgian ex-Redemptorist who gave frightful scandal, a young priest from the Diocese of Meaux or Bijon, specially selected for (Purcell) by friends at St. Sulpice who cooly told (Purcell), on his return from that mission that he had never had a particle of faith, neither at his First Communion nor at his ordination. Still another, a venerable French-speaking but Swiss-born curé who proved to be a "filius diffidentiae". Langlois and all whom (Blanc) has entrusted to them will be a crown for (Blanc)'s brow. They carry away the respect and love of teachers and students alike. (Purcell) has heard nothing further of Bishop Brownell; (Blanc)'s letter gave him his quietus. Bishop (John Bernard Fitzpatrick) was on his way to see (Purcell) when arrested by a new attack of illness and he has lost the sight of one eye. The acts of the Cincinnati Prov(incial) Council are only now in the hands of the printer. (Purcell) has had some trouble with an intemperate priest in Columbus from (Purcell)'s own part of Ireland. Mrs. (Sarah) Peter has been received with distinguished favor by His Holiness and Cardinals Barnabò, Altieri, Antonelli, Reisach. She wants to bring the Little Sisters of the Poor and the Sisters of Mercy to Cincinnati. But Abbé Le Pailleur is afraid of letting his children come as Cardinal Wiseman has set an inimitable example of separating his from the Mòtherhouse.

VI-1-m - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 4to. - {9}


1857 Oct. 3
Rousselon, Father E(tienne): New Orleans, Louisiana

Extract from the marriage record of St. Mary's Church: On June 27, 1839 Father (Constantin) Maenhaut with a license from Judge Charles Maurian joined in matrimony Laurence Kerne and Anna Flinn in the presence of Ellena Spelling, William Smith, Marrie Flinn and Leon Vanlanoker.

VI-1-m - A.D.S. - 1p. - folio - {8}


1857 Oct. 3
Smith, Father B(ernard): Rome, (Italy)
 to Father John Corry: Providence, R(hode) Island

Corry's letters have arrived. He has followed Corry's instructions regarding letters and papers. The articles given to Dr. Foley will reach Corry before this letter. He forgot in his last letter to say that he had fifty masses said for the repose of the soul of (Father James O'Reilly) Nothing yet has been done about the see of Hartford. The Holy Father has returned in good health.

I-1-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {3}


1857 Oct. 5
Picherit, Father H(enry): Opelousas, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Picherit is sorry that he did not explain clearly in his last letter. When he asked to be admitted to the Jesuits it was his intention to join this Province; Father (Aloysius) Curioz, (S.J.) had no other thought. However at G(ran)d Coteau there is no novitiate properly speaking. Some novices have been admitted at Springhill but his is an exception. Curioz wants Picherit to make his novitiate at Florissant, near St. Louis. There is a double advantage there of a regularly established novitiate with about 15 novices and the chance to speak English. His novitiate finished, Picherit would return to this Province.

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


1857 Oct. 6
Aubert, Father Henry:
Point a La Hache, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

All is quiet, Aubert has fixed everything. The testament ought to be at (Octave) De Armas'. Blanc is to send his procuration to Theodore Lausade. Aubert will be home on Thursday. Two men are arrested.

VI-1-m - Telegram - 1p. - 12mo. - {3}


1857 Oct. 6
Cumming, C.C., Father William: Rothesay, Isle of Bute, (Scotland)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (New York, New York)

Father Cumming praises Brwonson's scholarly attacks on Gallicanism, of which he was himself once an adherent. He gives Brownson credit for his own acceptance of the Roman Supremacy and for the winning over of one of his professors in the seminary at Cambrai which he attended while preparing for the priesthood. Among the missionaries of of the country, Brownson's writings are poplar except with the Irish priests who have read only garbled extracts from them. One Irish priest after reading Brownson on the devotion to the Virgin Mary said "he was inspired". Cumming wants to get a complete set of the Review and will appreciate it if Brownson will sell him one at regular price. He has been told none are available but he hopes Brownson has some. If not, perhaps Brownson will reprint his Review as the "Civilta Cattolica" does.

I-3-m - A.L.S. - 8pp. - 16mo. - {1}


1857 Oct. 6
(Ray, R.U.), Sister Ste. Seraphine: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Their retreat will begin tomorrow evening. Several have expressed the wish to see (Blanc) during that time. She hopes (Blanc) will come.

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


1857 Oct. 6
Rousselon, Father E(tienne): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

On presentation Father F(rancis) Barbier, C.M. is to pay $20 to Mrs. Elise Lambert. Receipted and signed by Eloise Faivre Lanbert.

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


(18)57 Oct. 7
Saulnier, Father Edm(und): St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Rousselon) should have the reply to his letter in which he asked Saulnier if he should continue to send the ordos. Bishop Kenrick wishes (Rousselon) to send them as usual. Saulnier asks that the ordos be sent in good time so that he can have printed a little leaflet "Addenda for the Diocese of St. Louis." The year 1858 will be the same as 1847.

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


(18)57 Oct. 8

Jones Express N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

Received from Mr. Rousseau(?) (Father Stephen Rousselon?) one pac(ka)g(e) marked Messrs. Delachave and Bro(ther), Kankakee, Ill(inois).

VI-1-m - A.D.S. - 1p. - 32mo. - {3}


1857 Oct. 8
Neumann (C.SS.R.), John Bp. Philadelphia: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

By this letter Neumann grants permission to Sister Mary of the Annunciation of the House of the Good Shepherd in Philadelphia to leave the Philadelphia house for a house of the same community under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Cincinnati in Cincinnati.

II-4-n - A.D.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - (Latin) - {5}


(18)57 Oct. 9
Marco, Father M(arti)n: Grand Rapids, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Marco writes about his first mission. His German parish merits only praise. The affair of Mr. Trenk(?) the miller, has ended in harmony for the two parties. The sale of the pews was very successful. He has chosen seven men for trustees who gave him new quarters consisting of two rooms beside the church; the parish offers him the housing, furniture, wood and light with $300 a year without his asking for it. On Wednesdays and Fridays he teaches catechism to about 70 persons. He and Mr. Schickel chose 23 singers; Mr. Schickel instructs 10 adults, Marco the 13 children. Even the Protestants take pleasure in assisting at services on Sunday. Dr. Blumriez brings the coldest and most incredulous of his comptriots to the church. He has given Marco his two children for instruction. Marco has obtained from the doctor the favor of rebaptising the children. Marco also reports great satisfaction with Alpain (Alpena), Dorr and Selany (Michigan) which he visited.

P.S. Father (Francis) Krutil was at Grand Rapids but Marco did not see him. For the welfare of the young people they need a good schoolmaster who knows English and German. The one there now has not enough tact and is not good for singing; Marco found him a place at Dorr or Selany.

III-2-i - A.L.S. - (French) - 6pp. - 12mo. - {7}


1857 Oct. 9
Sojer, C.F.M., Father John Capistran Minister Provincial: Caldarii in Tyrol
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): Cincinnati, (Ohio)

The Provincial Chapter at their session of July 14 gave permission to the Franciscans in America to return to the mother province since there is little hope of a successful establishment in those regions. Probably Father Otho (Jair) has informed (Purcell) of this. However, the Minister General Father Bernardine de Montofranco does not want the American missions to end but that they increase and flourish. For this purpose they do not have sufficient vocation in the Tyrollese province and it is necessary that in the American missions there be started a college for boys to be erected with the aid and consent of the Bishop, from which they can expect to get vocations to carry on their work in America. For this purpose (Purcell) is to consult with the Franciscans already in the diocese. These vocations would not be for the Tyrol but for the American missions, the Tyrolean province being only helpers and the natives the masters in a religious sense. Sojer takes this occasion to thank (Purcell) for past favors and asks his episcopal blessing.

II-4-n - A.L.S. - (Latin) - 1pg. - 4to. - {4}


1857 Oct. 10
Hote, Ch(arle)s A.: Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Hote received (Blanc)'s letter dated October 1. He also received news of Papa in his letter dated September 5. Hote thanks (Blanc). If (Blanc) ever wishes to contact Papa, he can find him at the corner of Franklin and Custom-house. He runs a restaurant.

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


1857 Oct. 10
W(helan), Father D(avid): Wheeling, Virginia
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He regrets that he missed seeing Purcell. The Bishop (Richard Vincent Whelan) gives no hope of returning home for at least six months. The Bishop has learned something of the hospitality practiced by some of the Religious Communities in Europe, but was kindly received by the Redemptorists at Vienna. Father (John) Brazill is attached to the Pittsburg diocese. Father (Thomas) Sheahan is still retained in Wheeling diocose as Whelan could not replace him. The Redemptorists at Cumberland, (Maryland) with whom he made a retreat wrote strongly in his favor. Whelan sends a letter from Mr. Walker, Purcell's seminarian at the Mountain (Mt. St. Mary's College). Whelan thinks Purcell ought to take Walker to Cincinnati.

II-4-n - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {9}


1857 Oct. 11
Delpeuch and Chataigné: Dijon, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

They take advantage of Father (Constantine) Maenhaut's departure for New Orleans to write a few lines. They are planning a new undertaking and need part of their funds. They ask Rousselon to draw on what is due them from Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché. They thank Rousselon for his services to them. They will continue to entrust to Rousselon the two I.O.U.s of Father (John F.) Cambiaso, (S.J.) for the money they loaned him. It is a reserve they will keep. Maenhaut will give Rousselon news of France. Letters can be addressed to Dijon or Montrouge. The send respects to the Archbishop and Father Paret.

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


1857 Oct. 11
Pearce, Sister M. Eulalia:
Monastery of the Visitation, Wheeling, (West Virginia)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (New York, New York)

Sister Eulalis met Brownson several years ago at the Visitation Convent at Georgetown but she believes he probably has forgotten her. She intorduces to him the bearer of this letter, a Mrs. McNally, the widow of a distinguished Catholic physician of Mobile, Alabama, herself a convert to the Faith, and one who manifests all that Catholicity makes of an intelligent, high-minded woman. Sister Eulalis commends Brownson's unflinching stand against all who have attacked him because of his fidelity to his duty as a reviewer. Reading the Review has given her an insight into the persecutions Brownson has suffered. She thanks God for having kept him faithful to the glorious old Church.

I-3-m - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 16mo. - {3}


1857 Oct. 12
Dicharry, Father F(elix): Avoyelles, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Dicharry asks Rousselon to send Bishop Martin a half dozen holy oils cases. Dicharry believes he recalls that Martin asked for them in the letter which Dicharry received before he left. Dicharry cannot find this letter; if it is in No. 7, Rousselon is to destroy it. If the Bishop did not ask for them, Dicharry will take them. P.S. If Father Bellier is in New Orleans, Rousselon is to send them with him.

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


1857 Oct. 12
(Portier), Bishop Michael: Mobile, (Alabama)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Portier) received (Blanc)'s letter about the assassination of poor Savely (Father Nicholas Savelli). For two years (Portier) has had a seminarian named Doyen, son of a Frenchman and an American, who speaks English very well and French passably. His talents are average and his conduct at Spring Hill has not been too reprehensible. The only reproach (Portier) has is a certain taciturnity, a studied reserve. (Portier) has learned that he was dismissed from the seminary at Philadelphia for having read, without permission, Thomas Paine's work and took several books from the library. This happened more than two years ago. (Portier) thinks he would be a good acquisition for the college at Plaquemine; perhaps in time he could be ordained. If (Blanc) wishes to receive him, he is to write (Portier) at once. (Portier)'s health is neither good nor bad. The vicar-general has returned from his triumphant tour.

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


1857 Oct. 13
Dowley, C.M., Father P(hilip): Dublin, (Ireland)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Dowley presumes upon an acquaintanceship of many years to introduce his niece Mrs. M. Lenihan and her husband, dowley's nephew, who reside in N(ew) Orleans. She inherits a large portion of the faith and piety of her native land. Her ability and zeal may be turned to advantage.

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


1857 Oct. 14
(Bayley), J(ames Roosevelt) Bp. Newark: Newark, New Jersey
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He had reasons to suppose that Father (Philip) McMahon had been guilty of improprieties with women owing to the influence of drink. He is anxious however that Purcell give him another chance. McMahon came from Canada with excellent recommendations, but his unfortunate disposition for the bottle spoiled him. Bayley will quarrel with Purcell for having enticed good Father (Dominic) Senez away from his diocese. Senez will do good wherever he goes, and Bayley will console himself with the thought that Senez will be doing the Master's work. Bayley often remembers Purcell and his kindness when he had the pleasure of enjoying his hospitality and is glad to hear of the good that he is doing.

II-4-n - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {4}


(1857) Oct. 14
Hasson, Father James: Macon, G(eorgi)a
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Hasson wants Brownson to send him a reading list of books concerned with the Crusades, Galileo, a history of the Middle Ages and the Inquisition. His duties are to attend to the needs of the few Catholics in Macon and its outlying missions. He has no assistants or societies to aid him. When traveling he often preaches to Protestant groups that have requested him to speak. He finds that Protestants like to hear explanations of Catholic doctrine. He does not want to speak to Protestants but they are so sincere that he cannot refuse; these people are tired of the calumnies of Catholicism by preachers. Brownson's Reviews have helped him considerably and have confirmed what his teachers said at his alma mater, All-Hallow's College, Ireland. Although he is not a young man he is a priest but a short time and he feels the need of help acutely. He wants to help Mother Church and he is powerless without assistance. Of all the articles for which he is indebted for information he thanks Brownson specially for the critique on the "Aspirations of Nature". It was a review of the teachings of his professors. He hopes that Brownson will find time to answer him.

P.S.—If Brownson answers, Hasson wants him to tell him where the books can be procured.

I-3-m - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {1}


1857 Oct. 14
(Portier), Bishop Michael: Mobile, (Alabama)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A Father Shanahan, dismissed from Charleston and Chicago may present himself to (Blanc) or the Bishop of Natchitoches. (Blanc) is not to receive him; he is a drunkard and a thief. Bishop (William Henry Elder) arrived from Paulding and will leave tomorrow for Pascagoula.

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


1857 Oct. 15
Mailley, Father: Ain-Témouchent, France
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mailley asks to enter (Blanc)'s diocese. He has lived in Algeria 12 years; he came here with his family and beginning his studies at the seminary of Algeria with the Lazarists, he was ordained at the age of 22 years. After some time spent in teaching his Bishop gave him the direction of the College of Philippeville. Today at age 30 Mailley is pastor of Ain-Témouchent. The reason he wishes to leave is that one of his family members living near his parish is leading a scandalous life. His disgrace reflects on Mailley's reputation. Upon reflection, Mailley set his sights on the United States. Mailley's two sisters run a boarding school and the schools of the town. The eldest, a student of the Religious of the Sacred Heart and of the Normal School of the University of France, has a teaching certificate; the other is Directress of the infant school. They wish to follow Mailley. He could not go to America immediately; he owes much to his Bishop who will give his consent. He could not leave before July or August 1858.

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


1857 Oct. 15
Mailley, Cure: Ain-Temouchent, Algeria
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Mailley asks permission to enter Purcell's diocese. He has been in Algeria 12 years, having made his studies at the seminary there of the Vincentians, and being ordained at the age of 22 years. After some time spent in teaching he was placed in charge of the college of Aigue de Philippeville, and now is cure of the parish from which he writes. He seeks to leave his diocese because a scandal of a near relative has damaged his own reputation and endangered his possibilities of doing good. With him he has his two sisters who direct a boarding school and the schools of the city. They are well educated and have proper recognitions as teachers which he mentions. They would wish to come with him because he is their protector. They have the resources necessary to open a school. He can present besides a letter from his bishop a certificate from the Ministry of Instruction and the Rector of the Academy. He cannot change immediately. His bishop at first opposed his departure but has finally consented. He can leave his parish in August or July of the next year.

II-4-n - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - (French) - {2}


1857 Oct. 15
(Ray, R.U.) Sister Ste. Séraphine: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Sister sends (no enclosure) the prospectus to send to the person of whom he spoke in case she wishes to come after vacation which ends around November 10. They will hold their elections on the 22nd at 9 or 10 in the morning according to what will be most convenient for (Blanc).

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


(18)57 Oct. 15
Shannon, (R.S.C.J.), Madame A(nna): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

When they saw (Blanc) last August, Shannon spoke about Madam Smith's profession. Later Shannon forgot to ask (Blanc) to designate some person to examine Smith. Does this negligence annul her vows; if so (Blanc) is to name someone now and the ceremony will be made over privately. Their classes will resume with 104 pupils and 42 externs.

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


1857 Oct. 15
Spalding, Bishop M(artin) J(ohn): Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (New York, New York)

Bishop Spalding is preparing a review entitled "Common Schools" of Volume II of Kay's "Social Condition and Education of the People in Europe", which treats of the common schools of Continental Europe, as compared with the school system of England and Wales. He will have this ready to send to Brownson in a few days for publication in the January, (1858) Number of the Review. He may later review Volume II of Kay's work with an article entitled "Mammonism and the Poor" which will also be a review of Mayhew "London Labor and London Poor". The Bishop hopes Brownson is in better health and that he can accept the formal invitation of the Literary Association to lecture before them; if he comes, the Bishop will expect him to stop with him while in Louisville.

I-3-n - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {1}


1857 Oct. 15
Van Erp, Father F(rancis) J.: Grand Rapids, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Van Erp is discouraged to hear that Father (Henry) Van Renterghem is leaving for Europe, because he fears that Van Renterghem's place (Mt. Clemens) will be filled before Grand Rapids and Connonsburg when Father (Edward) Van Paemel left, Van Erp asked for Father (John) de Neef (Neve) but he was destined for Niles, and Father (Henry) Muifels (Meuffels) was promised. Although Grand Rapids is far distant, it is the most numerous portion of Lefevere's diocese, but the worst attended to. The missions that are many, grumble and murmur, for he cannot attend them; Grand Rapids in enough for him. He has twice as many sick calls as any other priest outside Detroit, and several in Cannonsburg, 20 miles distant, where there are 120 families, perhaps more than in Mount Clemens. He begs Lefevere to send the first priest available; it was first vacant.

III-2-i - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {9}


(18)57 Oct. 16
(Blanc), Archbishop Ant(hony): N(ew) Orl(eans, Louisiana)
 to Mother (Ste. Séraphine Ray. R.U.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mother will road on the other side of this a letter which she is to take under consideration. Phanor Prudhomme was the husband of Lise Metoyer. After her death he married her sister, Widow Archinard. The two children for whom Prudhomme asks a place are: one, that of Prudhomme and the late Lise Metoyer, and the other that of his present wife and the late Mr. Archinard. It is a rich family.

- A.L.S. -


 On the same paper: 

1857 Oct. 10
Prudhomme, Phanor: Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Prudhomme asks (Blanc) to hold two places at the Ursuline convent for his daughtorn, Henriette Prudhomme and Iréne Archinard. They are children of former students. Mother St. Angela will recall Lise and Caphaline Metoyer. Prudhomme's children will leave in a few days with Emile Locoul who has just married Désirée Archinard. All of them will be familiar to (Blanc) because of his visits here. A word of encouragement from (Blanc) would be very useful.

- A.L.S. -


VI-1-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 4to. - {10}


1857 Oct. 16
Fitzgerald, Father Edward M.: Columbus, Ohio
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Father (James) Meagher is in town and will leave next Thursday. The people appear to be sorry for the late occurrences. The school teacher whom the Sisters of Notre Dame say is a good pious man is ready to sigh the protest. Under these circumstances, Fitzgerald asks, can he allow him to continue as teacher? Mr. Collins signed the protest. Fitzgerald will try to get him to go to Purcell for absolution. The sisters are ready to open school as soon as Father Meagher leaves Columbus. He hopes things will be in full operation by next Sunday week. There is no account book of any kind in the church, no pew book, nor record of baptisms, deaths, etc. Meagher may have them at his house. Fitzgerald is staying with Mrs. Borgess until Father (Caspar) Borgess returns.

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1857 Oct. 17
Bruneaux, Ve. and C. Lamy: Havre, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

In compliance with the order given by Father F(rancis) Xavier Leray of Jackson, Mississippi, they are enclosing the bill of lading of a cask of white wine on the Nuremberg, Cap(tain) Schneidder, which leaves 18th or 20th. (On the address side): Given to Mr. Cavaroc.

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


1857 Oct. 17
Chambost, Father C(harles): Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

Chambost received Blanc's letter at the visit of Father Barthot(?). Barthot remained so short a time that Chambost did not have a chance to reply by him. Barthot hates college life; he does not want to be tied down; he does not went to eat with the students nor teach. After listening to his conditions, Chambost told him that he could not have a teacher for himself alone and that their ministry is mixed, that no totally French priest or totally English priest could serve Grande Rivière, Grosse Tete, or Marengouin. Chambost would not be able to take the young man recommended by the Bishop of Mobile at present but may be able to at the end of the month. Chambost has a real hospital here; 10 students and 2 servants are in the infirmary. Despite this epidemic they have more students than ever. 94 have returned, of whom 30 are boarders. The Sisters have 50 pupils, 10 are boarders. They have room for 30 boarders. Work on the college is going forward; they are already using part of the new construction. His brother and all send respects.

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1857 Oct. 17
O'Connor, M(ichael) Bp. Pittsburg: Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He thanks Purcell for his letter; he was afraid that he forfeited his friendship. What he wrote to Father (Sylvester H.) Rosecrans was dictated by a sense of duty. O'Connor is perfectly satisfied with what Purcell has to say. He has not seen Father (James) Keogh, but will let him arrange matters at he thinks best. O'Connor did not write to Purcell in reference to Father (James Meagher) of Columbus who applied for admission to Pittsburg. O'Connor believed his word to be correct since Purcell would not give him an exeat if he was unworthy.

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1857 Oct. 18
Kenrick, Archbishop Peter Richard: St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

Kenrick received Blanc's letter of the 7th enclosing draft for $132 which he has retained for Patrick Conway at his request. Conway appears to be a good boy, at present suffering from sore eyes. Kenrick send Conway's receipt (no enclosure).

VI-1-m - A.D.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {2}


1857 Oct. 18
Seton, Robert: Assisi, (Italy)
 to Will(iam Seton 4): (Newark, New Jersey)

Robert and Father (Bernard) Smith arrived here from Foligno yesterday and dined with the monks. There no good taverns here. The sanctuary is visited only by pilgrims and they always go to some convent. From Foligno they came the 12 miles in a vehicle to themselves. The Sagro Convento and the church of St. Francis from one establishment and is the most glorious thing Robert has seen in Italy, out of Rome. Robert served Mass and received Holy Communion from Dr. Smith. They leave after tomorrow for Perugia. Robert asks will to buy the largest pair of mocassins he can find if he is in New York or if their father or Emily are there yet. They are for Father Smith. Robert has promised him a pair before the winter. If they know of anyone coming to Pairs or Rome, it would be better to let them take the package. If not, they should send it to Smith. (The letter is continued from the) B(ene)d(ict) C(on)v(en)t of St. Pietro, Perugia, where Robert has just arrived from Caselino. He and Father Smith were driven in one of the carriages belonging to the monastery. They brought back the abbot with them this evening. The abbot takes the title of Count from this place.

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1857 Oct. 19
Clarke, T. P(eter?): Fort Smith, Arkansas
 to Father J(ean?) Martin: (Fort Smith, Arkansas)

Since Martin's arrival here he has given Clarks enough evidence of his kindness to make him ask new evidence. The great favor Martin enjoys with the Archbishop of New Orleans is no doubt the result of Martin's merit and Clarke would have liked not to have recourse to it. Clarke feels that after such a trial in this miserable school that he deserves another position. The last time Clark saw Martin in his room, Martin promised to speak to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc of whom the Fathers of Holy Cross spoke very highly, and with whom the decision rests and to present to Blanc, a copy of Martin's certificate which he encloses in this letter (no enclosure), the original of which Bishop Byrne has. Clarke asks Martin on his return to New Orleans to ask Blanc to take him of this slavery and give him the diaconate and priesthood. Clarke is sure that if Martin supports him and Hugh Donohue, who has just begun his studies here, things will take a happier turn.

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


(18)57 Oct. 19
Sarrat(?), B.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Authorization for the slave Maria to marry.

- A.D.S. - (French) -


 Attached to the above: 

(18)57
Freret, W(illia)m: New Orleans, (Louisiana
 to James Sarah:

As the boy Giles Henson has always deported himself to Freret's satisfaction, he has no objection to the marriage.

- A.D.S. -


 On the same paper 

1857 Oct. 20
Rousselon, Father E(tienne): New Orleans, Louisiana)

This marriage was celebrated October 20. Witnesses: Christophe Cassius(?), Henri Delmant(?), Charles Louis.

- A.D.S. - (French) -


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1857 Oct. 19
Wyse, Father John: Birmingham, (England)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Wyse is forwarding the last number of their London Catholic newspaper which contains a review written by Wyse of Mr. Oldknow's book. Wyse trusts that (Blanc) will approve of the manner in which he has striven to vindicate (Blanc)'s name as well as that of the two other Bishops in question. Wyse thanks (Blanc) for the letters received relative to this affair.

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1857 Oct. 20
Bauer, J.: Havre, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Bauer sends the bill of lading (no enclosure) of a box of books addressed to Rousselon on the Nuremberg from L. Migne of Paris. The amount is 22.75 f(rancs). (In Rousselon's hand): Father Francis Xavier) Leray, Jackson.

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1857 Oct. 20
Desconnet: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Desconnet writes to tell (Blanc) of the conversation with the pastor of St. James parish had with him about a widow who is the schoolteacher in this parish. This women acted badly toward Desconnet. In June the pastor had dinner with this woman at(?) Victor Forstall's house next to the church. The three stayed there from 3 in the afternoon until ll or toward midnight. This woman acted with them to dismiss him when they called him about 10 o'clock. The pastor assisted in the scheme instead of supporting a man who has to work for the family that this teacher had discharged him; the pastor told someone that Desconnet was to go this. The pastor would do better to attend to his own affairs (than to?) talk about Father (Jean?) Martin who is without reproach. (This letter is difficult to read; this calendar may not adequately represent it.)

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1857 Oct. 20
Dubuis, Father C(laude) M(ary): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

On December 1, 1858 Dubuis promises to pay to the Bank of Louisiana $1000.

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1857 Oct. 20
Hilton, G.H.: Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (New York, New York)

Hilton has been elected Probate Judge of his country, despite the Know-Nothing party. The office is one of the dignity and influence, worth between $5,000 and $6,000 a year. He was attacked bitterly. He feared attack not from the outside but from within, expecting the Democratic party to carry him through.Hilton says he had Sunday dinner at the home of Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell. In conversation Archbishop Purcell praised the books of Father Isaac T. Hecker.C.SS.R., praised the converts mentioning several but not Brownson. At the dinner Hilton said Brownson was the greatest of the converts but to this the Archbishop made no comment. When Hilton remarked that Brownson should take a trip to Europe and refresh himself at the Tomb of the Apostles, the Archbishop replied he thought Brownson was too poor. Hilton countered that he believed there were enough noble men in this country to subscribe money to send Brownson to Europe if he cared to go. Hilton would greatly enjoy a visit from Brownson. He can not come to New York because he is busy closing up his law practice before taking his seat on the Bench. The St. Xavier Circulating Library had invited Brownson, with others, to lecture but Hilton understands the Jesuits have abandoned the idea of lectures the coming winter because of some rivalry with the Cathedral.

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1857 Oct. 21
Cheevers, Tho(ma)s: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanke(!): (New Orleans, Louisiana)

He writes relative to his son John (Cheevers) whom (Blanc) took under his protection up to the time of his leaving Springhill College owing to ill health. He has been a burden to Cheevers with eight in the family to support. He has not the necessary means to get for John the medicines he requires for the restoration of his health. Even the clothes (Blanc) gave him are worn out and were it not for a charitable young man he would be naked and not able to get employment.

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1857 Oct. 21
Fitzgerald, Father Edward M.: Columbus, Ohio
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Father (James) Meagher showed Fitzgerald a bill of items amounting to about $2000 debts of church, school house and convent. Fitzgerald asks what he should do about the debts. Meagher received him kindness. The people are warmly attached to Meagher. So far Fitzgerald finds the people honest and sober. He has met but few who have not been at their duty within the past few months. He goes around a good deal among the poorer people and tries to gain their good will. He is still at Father (Caspar) Borgess'. The rooms in the convent are not yet ready for habitation. He would be obliged to Purcell for a ciborium for next Sunday. The pew rents are not yet collected.

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1857 Oct. 22
Avenard, Father J(ean) B(aptiste): Campté, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Avenard's family lives only 15 miles from the mouth of the Loire. A fine dock began several years ago at St. Nazaire is now completed and open. The railroad from Paris to Nantes links this spot to the capital. Avenard's father wrote that if he wished anything sent it would be easy to do so. About a month ago Avenard asked his father to send a cask of wine addressed to Rousselon. Rousselon is to address it to Mr. Mérot, a merchant who lives on the river. Rousselon is not to be surprised if it takes several months.

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(1857) Oct. 22
Walworth, Father C(larence) A.: Poughkeepsie, (New York)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

In Brownson's last number of the Review, Father Walworth thought he saw some symptoms of gloom and discouragement. Brownson may have some reasons to be. Brownson should accept the present note as a sort of return call of Brownson's visit at Newark. Their bank is not as yet certain, they are not discouraged but full of hope. Brownson's Review has served as the basis of interest and speculation. Father Walworth has listened with eagerness to the contents of the Review. He has never suggested topics on which Brownson should write. Brownson will last a fortnight will soon begin. Father Baker is the only one at his side. Walworth's regards are extended by Father Baker to Brownson.

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1857 Oct. 23
Chavaete, Father P.S.(?): Woumen, (Belgium)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The money (Blanc) sent last year was used to buy lend which is presently being cultivated to meet the needs of the hospice. The personnel is increasing and they receive new requests from the poor. He does not want to go too fast but there is nothing to fear about its solidity. This year there has been some trouble because of a law concerning charities which the government proposed and which would give a little more freedom to individuals to make charitable bequests and to administer them without intervention. This law was withdrawn. Chavaete wrote before that it is a good thing that the will of Father (Pierre Francis) Beauprez was to be executed in a foreign country. Without that the government would have taken possession in order to give its administration to lay people. If (Blanc) sends Chavaete the revenue from the inheritance, he can use it. It will suffice if he can get it around the first of September 1858.

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(18)57 Oct. 23
Marco, Father (Martin): Grand Rapids, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere: Detroit, Michigan)

Since nearly all those excommunicated for marrying outside the church are ready to do public penance, Marco asks Lefevere for the favor of absolving them. What he lacks in order to put the congregation on a flourishing basis is a good schoolmaster.

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1857 Oct. 23
Smith, E.S.: Reading, P(ennsylvani)a
 to (Orestes A.), Brownson: (New York, New York)

Smith, born and raised a Catholic, has been elected to the Pennsylvania legislature and wants to know the attitude of the Catholic Church on selling liquor on Sunday. He explains that there are at present strict laws prohibiting Sunday sales of liquor in Pennsylvania and some of his constitutents have asked him to seek the modification of these laws. He is a Catholic and will follow the teachings of his Church when he learns what it is; his personal sympathies are in favor of modification of the Sabbath liquor laws. He feels such laws a practical disadvantage to the laboring class, whom it seeks to benefit chiefly.

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1857 Oct. 24
Clarke, Mrs. C. E. T. Shelbourne: Chittenden Co(unty), V(ermont)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (New York, New York)

She is bewildered by the variety of criticism and advice she has received. She has written several Protestant stories that were approved by J.C. Headley. She sent them to Harpers and Putnams, but both periodicals failed. She has written a story while she has been ill, but she does not know if it is good, for there is nobody there to criticize it. She has read the last two numbers of Brownson's Review. Father (Isaac Thomas) Hecker's Question of the Soul, and Mrs. (Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson) Gaskell's protestant account of Miss (Charlotte) Bronte's life. She questions the Catholicity of Mr. Bronte himself, an Irishman who left his family when ten years old, and save Miss Bronte was a hater of Catholicity. She had had an unexpectedly kind letter from Mr. Austin, whom she thought would be merciless in his criticism. Mr. Clarke saw Doctor Hopkins. She thinks that Hopkins is jealous of Brownson. She is fearful that the work she has written, "Lizzie Maitland," has not been well received by the critics although she has seen a few flattering notices of it. She complains of a criticism of Catholic story writers by (James McMaster) the Editor of the Freeman's Journal in which he refers to "sentimental tales interspersed with Catholic small talk," feeling that it may represent the Editor's opinion of her works. Her Protestant stories have met a better reception than her Catholic stories. She asks Brownson to write to her when he is at his leisure; she would also be grateful for any suggestions as to what faults she should avoid in writing another story.

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1857 Oct. 24
Frenaye, M(ark) A(nthony): Philad(elphi)a, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Mr. Hote's son whom Blanc recommended to Frenaye has been here for some time. Frenaye has placed him in a French boarding house; he has also persuaded a friend, a business man, to take him into his store. The young man is liked by everyone. Frenaye has sent news of all this to his father to whom he has written twice without an answer. He had sent $50 with his son. Frenaye asked for more funds for the boarding house and winter clothes. The son had written that they would send him back to New Orleans, not having the means to make him a loan. They have addressed their letters to Gratian, Commager and Co(mpany). The young man is very intelligent; it would be regrettable to send him back.

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1857 Oct. 24
Hecker, Rev. I.T.: Rome, (Italy)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (New York, New York)

Father Hecker thanks Brownson for his letter and acknowledges his notice in the Review of a work by Father Hecker, "Aspiration of Nature". He says he fears that the article Brownson wrote reviewing "Aspiration of Nature" will be considered as further evidence against him by the General in Rome and the Provincial in America (of the Redemptorists); that their minds are filled with suspicion against him and nothing Brownson can say in his defense will exculpate him. He will have extracts from Brownson's letter relevant to the controversial points translated to counteract the influence of Brownson's article on the prejudiced minds of Fr. Hecker's enemies. He thinks it better to write one or two articles for the Civilta Catholica than to translate the "Mission of America". Father Hecker's own case is daily becoming more involved; he does not know just what is the present status of it. He is in the hands of Divine Providence and will follow where it leads him. He is worried about Brownson's affairs and prays for him.

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1857 Oct. 24
Kane, Father R(ichard): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

A dispensation from banns for the marriage of Agenor Martin and Justine Jean.

- D.S. - (Latin) -


 Attached to the above: 

1857 Oct. 24
Duplantier, G(uy): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

License is granted to Father Rousselon to join Martin and Jean in matrimony.

- D.S. -


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1857 Oct. 24
Spalding, M(artin) J. Bp. Louisville: Louisville, Kentucky
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He encloses the Roman Rescript of which he has taken a copy. Purcell acted wisely in reference to the matter for publication on the forthcoming Acts of Our Council. He thinks Purcell should insert the act of the St. Louis, (Missouri) Council in reference to the trial of ecclesiastics, it having been approved for the United States in general; likewise the decree of the Baltimore Council in relation to the increase of the Bishop's Counsellors. Spalding trusts that the Provincial of the Tyrolian Franciscans will regard to the Fathers in their province. Why should they not have a new province here with novitiate and thus be cut loose from the old fogies in Europe! He asks Purcell to do what he can in the matter. He will assist by what influence he can bring to bear in Rome. Spalding declined to take Bigelow, but Father (Francis) Chambige kept him at St. Thomas Seminary awaiting an answer from Purcell. Spalding does not know Keogh but rejoices at the prospect of his coming to Purcell's seminary.

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1857 Oct. 24
McGrane, C.SS.R., Father P(eter): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

McGrane asks for faculties to erect the Stations of the Cross in St. Alphonsus Church. (On the back): Peter(?) Luga, Genoese, aged 33 or 34, pockmarked(?); Joseph Grilo, Genoese, 28 or 29, brown haired(?); left here 5 months ago. $20 to the organist who must have at least 2 singers.

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1857 Oct. 24
Layton, Tho(ma)s: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Layton thinks it might be his duty, through (Blanc), to warn the Ursulines regarding their interest as he felt it incumbent on him to speak to (Blanc) about his own. The times are very foreboding and while nothing may happen, Layton is prompted to bear the interests of dear friends in mind, P.S. (Blanc) is not to fear the Southern Bank, if all were not right Layton would let him know. It is thought old Mr. Benoist of St. Louis will get through if anyone can, yet a brother of Mr. Shaw failed there the other day. Mr. Shaw here is considered a man of some property. As (Blanc) has funds at stake not belonging to himself it is reasonable that he be allowed to look after them in times like these.

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1857 Oct. 25
Seton, Robert: Perugia, (Italy)
 to (Henry Seton) Hal: (Carlsruhe, Germany)

Robert has been there several days with Father (Bernard) Smith. They have been traveling in the Papal States, particularly pilgrimages to the Santa Casa of Loreto and to Assisi. This month is the holiday of all the Roman colleges and Robert will not enter into the Propaganda until next month. It is more than a month since he and Hal parted on the steps of the cars at Carlsruhe. Robert has not received any letters from Henry or Mr. Filicchi. Henry is to tell what he hears from home and how he is getting along at Carlsruhe. Smith and Robert drove out to the villa of Count Conestabill whose wife is a most excellent Irish lady. Robert is living in the Benedictine convent here; Smith belongs to the order. There are two novices from Germany who are going back with them to Rome next Thuesday. Robert will write to Rome. He begs Hal to keep out of bad company and not run into temptation this winter. If he is lonely he should be off to Illinois where he would be near their father and the girls. He can of course stay alone in Carlsruhe or go home as he pleases. Robert hopes Hal is living with Mr. Richard; if John were staying longer than next year in Carlsruhe, they could be happy together. Hal is to give Robert's love to Johns and remember him to Griffin and the rest.

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1857 Oct. 26
Faivre, Father B.: Grand Combe-Du Bois, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Abbè Richard Bole, Faivre's cousin, died suddenly on the 5th. In his will, made in 1848 with Father Chatelain, he made Faivre the executor of what he owned in France. In a second will of the same date, he made the two of them heirs of all he possessed in America though the will of his missionary brother (Father Joseph Richardbole) in (Blanc)'s diocese on July 4, 1847. Faivre sees by the correspondence of Father (Claude Anthony) Tholomier with the deceased on January 26, 1846 that he gave (Blanc) 3000 piastres on condition that (Blanc) pay him interest at 8 percent for the rest of his life. In a letter of January 3, 1857, in sending the interest, Tholomier said that he had placed it all in (Blanc)'s hands. Then he added that 800 piastres had been given for the establishment of the Brothers of Christian Doctrine. Faivre wants to know if all is in order, for the deceased was harassed by his lay brother about this estate so if everything is not according to law it could cause trouble for (Blanc). Faivre asks (Blanc) to look into it with Fathers Tholomier and Paris.

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1857 Oct. 26
Fitzgerald, Father Edward M.: Columbus, Ohio
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He attended the Presentation Meeting because he thought to win the people by kindness. He has learned not to trust so much to appearances. He is teaching the school until he can get a successor for Mr. Kehoe. He told Father (James) Meagher that he feared a disturbance if he should say mass at St. Patrick's; but when he got Purcell's telegram, he immediately went to give Meagher permission. Meagher left an imperfect account of the debts. Fitzgerald asks if he is to take people at their word and pay all bills presented. He lists the equipment he has there.

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(18)57 Oct. 26
Hanlin, Patrick: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Hanlin came to New Orleans some two months ago in pursuit of employment but he has been unsuccessful. He has been unable to pay his board has walked the streets the last three nights. He appeals to Blanc to enable him to return to Pittsburgh.

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1857 Oct. 26
(Purcell), J(ohn) B(aptist), Bishop of: Cin(cinnati, Ohio)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Cardinal (Alexander Barnabo) Prefect of the Prop(aganda) Fid(e) has sent a rescript authorizing them to allow Requiem Masses to be solemnized on anniversaries of societies to pray for the departed. It is dated July 3 and will be printed with the acts of their Council, now in press. Today Purcell also received a letter from (Barnabo) asking the advice of all their prelates as to the nature of vows made by Visitation nuns. Are they solemn or simple? The greatest uncertainty exists as to vows of all religious communities in this country. Lefevere remember the scene with the Spanish superior of the Sisters of Charity in Baltimore some years ago. Father (Francis Joseph Rudolf) Rudolph of the Diocese of Vincennes has established a community of (Sisters) of the Third Order of St. Francis and pretends that only the Pope can absolve from their vows. The same seems to be held by the Superior (Father Leo Meyer) of the Brothers of the Christian Schools of Mary (Society of Mary) near Dayton, (Nazareth, Ohio). (Father James) Keogh has granted as professor at Mt. St. Mary's (Cincinnati) by Bishop (Michael O'Connor) of Pittsburgh.

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1857 Oct. 26
(St.) Louis de Connague, (R.U.), Sister: Montpellier, (France)
 to (Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

About the end of September, Sister wrote a letter which Aunt Irma was to give to (Blanc. Having to give a long response to the three last letters of her Aunt Policiana, She deferred her writing to (Blanc) until after the feast of St. Ursula. Sister thanks God that their Mother remains with them; Mother Assistant was also reelected. (Sister describes the procedures of the elections). Three weeks ago Sister made her debut as officiant at Sunday Vespers. Here they live as a family, no one says or does anything to offend their Sisters. Sister remains firm and constant in her new situation without any thought of return. Not long ago someone, whom (Blanc) knows, kept saying to her, "You need severity". Here she is guided by a firm and kind Mother. The 28th. Sister's aunt wrote that she had made a little trip with (Blanc); her aunt was very grateful to (Blanc) for his interest in Sister Louis. Sister's two sisters do not write to her; only her aunt writes. Sister is grateful for the details (Blanc) give to Aimèe and Anais. The young Sister whom (Blanc) mentions knows that Sister Louis is not unaware of some defections. Since last December there are no letters to Mother; a circular around the first of October announced the death of a novice. They also received a circular from San Antonio; Sister Ste. Marie, (R.U.) regrets very much her young professed Sister who bore Sister Louis' name. Ste. Marie did not learn of St. Louis' departure until six months later. The pastor of Ainey has the box containing Sister's portrait which Mother is sending to her family. Recently Father (Louis Claude Marie) Chambodu(t) left for the United States with a numerous group, her box is with them. At this time, September 21, the sea is very rough. A steamer was wrecked with 500 passengers, some were saved. Sister's ex-ship, the Empire City, battled storms fro 3 or 4 days. Her aunt told her of (Blanc)'s opinion of the portrait which Mother had made at Aunt Irma's request. Sister rejoices in the increase of churches in N(ew) O(rleans). The cultivation of vineyards is one of the principal industries in the D(epartmen)t of Hérault. There are quite disastrous floods in France. The Mother Superior accompanied the Marquise her, the assistant of a Congregation of Ladies under the title of the Institution of Ladies of Ste. Genevieve, established at Paris by the late Archbishop Sibour with the aim of forming a community of prayers for France. The directors are ladies of high birth. The Pope has approved their association. The Marquise was going around to Communities to have them join their prayers. The 29th. Last Monday Sister felt pressed to pray for her old abode, thinking that it was the day of principal changes. (Blanc) is to let her know whatever would interest her. If he sees the youngest of the two who have not forgotten her, he is to tell her that Sister keeps her in her prayers. Before Sister St. Louis left, Sister St. Gab(riel, R.U.) talked about Montpellier, her native city, and this monastery. Now Sister Louis would like to give St. Gab(riel) some of the changes her. The chapel has been completely restored by Mr. Constant, a benefactor of the house. (Sister gives details of the work and arrangements). On the 21st they celebrated the feast of their patroness. Sister will not wait for the change of duties to close her letter as she is here as an extra person. If (Blanc) sees Clotilde, he might mention the subject of Clotilde's silence. Her aunt writes that Félicie does not stir out of her house. Sister will have a special prayer for (Blanc) at the time of his retreat and for the 22nd. Her anniversary will be the 14th. On 21st she will renew her vows for the second time since her arrival.

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1857 Oct. 27
Purcell, Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist): Cin(cinnati, Ohio)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Purcell recommends to (Blanc) Miss Kate Duval, whose aunt was the wife of Reverend Pierce Connelly whom Purcell first met the day of (Blanc)'s consecration. Miss Duval is on her way to San Antonio to reside at her uncle's. (Blanc) is to introduce her to the Bishop of Galveston. (Auguste Barthelemy) Langlois and (Francis) Follot will leave for New Orleans on the last day of November. What does (Blanc) think of the binding force "votarum monialium V.B.M."?

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(1857?) Oct. 27
Meagher, Father James: Pittsburgh, (Pennsylvania)
 to  (Father David Whelan): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Father Meagher writes to the Chancellor stating that he is in Pittsburgh where he has been received with kindness by his old friend Bishop (Michael) O'Connor. O'Connor required no testimonial from him and has made him comfortable. It is possible that he will not remain since he does not like the country. He may not be so well known to the bishop to whom he will apply and since his present exeat from Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell) is objectionable he asks for another and a testimonial.

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1857 Oct. 28
(Brunner, C.P.P.S.), Father (Francis) de Sales: Kronburg, near Gams, Tyrol, Austria
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

(Brunner) has been pleased to learn from a letter from America that (Purcell) is well, but is sorry to her that some of their fathers(Precious Blood Fathers) have wandered from the straight and narrow path. He will pray for these priests. As to Father Maria Anton Meyer, deceived by illusions, if he continues he must be dismissed finally from the congregation. He has heard that others of the fathers do not obey their superior Father John of the Cross (Wittmer) and suggests that (Purcell) castigate and humiliate these men. Father Maximilian (Homburger) shares his sentiments. (Brunner) has not yet made his trip to Rome but is drinking the mineral waters at Kronburg. The bishop is a learned man. He thinks Kronburg a suitable place for a house for testing the brothers and sisters who intend to go to America. He health has been better. He again thanks (Purcell) for his many favors.

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1857 Oct. 28
Picherit, Father H(enry): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

In (Blanc)'s letter he gave Picherit permission to join the Jesuits a month later. Father (Gilbert) Raymond says that Picherit could leave a week sooner or later. Raymond hopes another priest will soon come to replace him. Picherit asks (Blanc) to excuse him for not coming to say good-bye. The boat is leaving in a minute. He sends his respects and gratitude.

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1857 Oct. 29
Seton, Robert: Rome, (Italy)
 to (Henry Seton) Hal: (Carlsruhe, Germany)

Robert arrived yesterday from his little journey to Loreto, Assisi, and Perogia. He regretted not hearing from Hal or Mr. Filicchi. This morning he went to Mr. Hooker's and found a letter from Hal. Father (Bernard) Smith went to the post-office and complained. Robert is sorry that the Ohio Life and Trust has failed. (Monsignor Seton adds at a later dates) "in which my father had $40,000." They are all to pray that the awful crisis in America may soon pass. Almost all Americans in Europe are hurrying back to America. Robert is not yet in the Propaganda but once he is in he will be able to help their father (William Seton 3). Robert supposes Munroe sent Hall all the October dividend. Robert is glad Henry is living with Mr. Richard. His congratulations are sincere about their noble horses. October is the holiday month with the Colleges; in the Propaganda they spend the month at the country villa of the college at Fraseati. Probably eight to ten years will bring Robert through Propaganda. He entered the Bay of Leghorn at six in the morning. Brigs were creeping out of port; just such ones as brought their grandmother (Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton) with her dying husband into the same town of Leghorn. Robert went to Pisa and stopped at the Hotel Victoria. He then went to the house where (Patrizio) Filicchi lives. Filicchi was going to leave for Gubbio in a day and had his sons home from college. If Robert had only received Mr. Smith's letter at Paris, he would have stayed near Filicchi and gone to his sister's villa. As it was, En told him to hurry to Rome. Robert left Pisa next day with his godfather for Leghorn. He saw the window of the room in which he was born and their grandfather's (William Seton 2) grave. Rome is nothing to what Robert thought it was. Nothing can give Henry an idea of St. Peter's. Robert told Hal long ago of his presentation to the Pope (Pius IX) when he came to dine at St. Peter's. Hal is to give Robert's best regards to the Richards, to Mr. Haas and to Hart, and to young Euchholz if he is living with Hal. All Soul's Day. Robert has just returned from ascending into the ball of the Cupola of St. Peter's. It is quite an undertaking, but one must be mighty thin to crawl up. None of the Natty Ogden boys could do it.

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1857 Oct. 30
Martinez, R.S.C., Madame Victoria: Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, Louisiana)

Almost all of the Community here have had a bilious fever. It left Mother (Amélie) Jouve, (R. S.C.J.) after two attacks but Mother (Elisa?) Cutts, (R.S.C.J.) has been ill for two months. The fever had left Mother Point, (R.S.C.J.) but she seemed to left herself die of starvation; she died on the Feast of the Holy Angels. Three of their novices have finished their two years of novitiate. If (Blanc) will permit them to make their first vows, he is to appoint a priest to examine them. Martinez asks (Blanc)'s blessing for the house at Grand Coteau and especially for the white group.

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1857 Oct. 30
Paret, Father J(oseph) M(ichael): St. Charles, (Destrehan, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

22 notables from both sides of the parish have accepted the invitation Paret extended in (Blanc)'s name and his own to dine at the presbytery on November 4 at 2 o'clock.

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1857 Oct. 31
Mullon, Father J(ames) I(gnatius): (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Returns for the month October for St. Patrick's Church.

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