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(1858 Feb.?)
De Sard: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

De Sard asks for the note on Lenten exercises.

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


1858 Feb. 1
Lamy, John B. Bishop of Santa Fe: Santa Fe, N(ew) M(exico)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

When he was at Covington (Ky.) he had a committee to manage the temporal affairs of the church. The headman was Mr. Doyle, father-in-law of Mr. McCloskey. Others were John O'Donnell and John White. In his time there was nothing more paid on the cathedral lot than the $600 Purcell lent him. Later he sold a small portion of the lot to Mr. Richard. Lamy hopes his subdeacon will be able to be ordained this year. Last summer he sent Purcell a check for $500 and he is uneasy whether he received it. If there is a Provincial council at St. Louis, he will go on to Cincinnati to see Purcell and his other friends. It seems that the Utah Indians are going to give them some trouble. The old Vicario (Juan Pilipe) Ortiz, brother of the priest who accompanied Lamy to Rome, died suddenly. Padre Gallego is living near the church and trying to do all the mischief he can. Padre Ortiz whom Purcell saw in Cincinnati is doing pretty well; he did not meddle in the difficulty Lamy had with his brother.

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


1858 Feb. 1
Lefranc, Father J.M.: Havana, (Cuba)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Their trip lasted 3 days and 3 nights. Not being able to keep Lefranc in their house, the Jesuit Superior found lodging for him with an old priest who speaks English and Spanish and who lately came from Trinidad. They went to Dr. Jules le Riverend whom Blanc had designated. He has a great reputation and is one of the foremost professors in the college of medecine. He made Lefranc make his general confession, acting as he said, as they do in Confession with scrupulous persons. This over, the doctor said that he did not like to take sick people who came there to die, that the climate of Havana was not for Lefranc, that he would die in the baths if he took them. He promised to come to see Lefranc every day for a week. Lefranc waited three days; he did not come. Lefranc applied to le Riverend's nephew, also a doctor, who said that if he took Lefranc he would never be reconciled with his uncle. He promised to send Lefranc a very good French doctor. This new doctor said that he feared that the climate would not be good for Lefranc; he reduced his illness to three things; weakness of his organs, dropsy, and a spinal complaint. He did not seem concerned about Lefranc's eyes or ears. The priest with whom Lefranc lives is 57, born near Pau. After his ordination he spent some time in the country and in Paris, lives 5 years in London and came to Trinidad as secretary to Bishop Smith and his successor for 14 years. He is uncertain whether he will stay here or go to Chile. They have a room 7 by 25 feet; four windows with bars like a prison. They pay 1 piastres a day. Spanish cooking does not agree with Lefranc too well. This is the life of Blanc's two servants. P.S. If Blanc replies, he is to address Lefranc at Belen College.

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


1858 Feb. 1
Lucas, Father P(eter): West Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Lucas asks for a dispensation for Jean Baptiste Labauve who wishes to marry for the fifth time. This time he wishes to marry Alida Dérischebourg.

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


1858 Feb. 1
(Proust), O.C.S.O. Rev. Marie Eutrope: Gethsemani, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

The abbot wants to know the address of a Mr. Renouile, who might be in need of spiritual and material aid. In settling the differences with his ordinary, he has to pay $345 to Bishop (Martin John) Spalding of Louisville to avoid a civil suit.

II-4-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 8vo. - {3}


(18)58 Feb. 2
Guinand, R.S.C., Mother A(dine): Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Someone brought this letter (no enclosure) asking Guinand to address it to the Superior of the Sisters of Charity. Not knowing this address, Guinand takes this opportunity to thank (Blanc) for his letter of January 4. She will follow his advice and bear her trial with patience. What she cannot accept without repugnance is not to be understood by the Mothers Superior, especially one. Her cross does not make Guinand forget (Blanc)'s heavy burdens. On January 17 her whole family offered Communion for his intention. (P.S.) The number of pupils does not increase; they expect some during this month.

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


1858 Feb. 2
Luers, J(ohn) H(enry) Bishop of Fort Wayne: (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Luers arrived safe and sound with the Bishop of Vincennes (Maurice de St. Palais) last Friday and was kindly received. Father (Julian) Benoit has acted generously towards him. Luers celebrated high mass on Sunday and preached in the English and German churches. The congregations are quite respectable but nothing in comparison with Cincinnati. He has not seen Father ( ) Tierney, but he has heard that since Luers promised to receive him Tierney has so acted that Luers cannot now accept him. Luers thinks this a pity for such a fine looking man. He asks that the enclosed Lenten regulations be published in the (Catholic) Telegraph. P.S.—The Bishop of Vincennes has been very kind.

II-4-n - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {5}


(18)58 Feb. 2
(Martin), Bishop Aug(uste) M(ar)ie: Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to (Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Martin) is very worried about the steamer Ariel. On December 30 the Sister (St. John Baptist, D.C.) Assistant of his Daughters of the Cross and two young Sisters sent from Tréguier embarked on it from Havre. With was Father (Stanislaus) Buteux bringing three Brothers for the schools of the diocese of Natchez and one or two Sisters of Charity for Canada. (Martin) fears the Ariel has perished; it is too weak a boat for the winter crossings. (Martin) asks (Blanc) to give him any news he has. P.S. (Martin) has received the oil; still no decrees.

VI-1-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {5}


1858 Feb. 2
Ste. Marie Magdeleine, R.U., Sister Elizabeth de: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Sister Ste. Marie Magdeleine's vows as an Ursuline.

VI-1-n - A.D.S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}


1858 Feb. 2
Wardy, Father C.: Toronto, (Canada)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Wardy has met Brownson twice and has read and defended Brownson's articles on Nativism. He wishes Brownson would write some articles to suuport the view that the education of a child belongs to his parents and not to the State. Horace Mann and (Daniel) Webster have contended for the right of the State to educate children but their arguments are "bad fallacies". So also Ryerson in Canada. Unfortunately, however, a great many people believe the arguments are valid. Something should be done by Catholic editors to refute the arguments of their non Catholic adversaries. The "Montreal True Witness" and the "Freeman's Journal" have articles on this point but neither have the power of Brownson. Father Wardy is always delighted with the Review and hopes Brownson will discuss this controverted, timely subject. Another necessary truth to be clearly explained is the obligation of Catholics to overlook temporal advantages to obey the church and to preserve the faith of their children. The Vicar General Father J. M. Bruyere has said that Brownson should write on this school question.

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


(1858 Feb. 3?)
De Sard: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father Perché told De Sard yesterday that as soon as the first copy of the pastoral letter was printed, it should be sent to the Archbishop to await his orders. (Rousselon) is to present them and send the Archbishop's orders, (no enclosures).

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


1858 Feb. 3
Healy, Father James A.: Boston, (Massachusetts)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Healy sends a bill of lading for goods left here by Father Stanislaus Buteux to be forwarded to Rousselon. They belong to three (Daughters of the Cross) under Buteux's charge.

- A.L.S. -


 Enclosure: 

1858 Feb. 1
Rivers,:
J.H. and Co(mpany) Boston, (Massachusetts)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Shipped by Healy on the J. Montgomery, Captain Hamilton, 2 boxes, 1 trunk, 1 bundle of mattresses, and 1 bag. (Signed for the master by) A.O. Morgan. (In pencil in another hand): W(illia)m J. Dewey.

- Bill of Lading -


VI-1-n - A.L.S., Bill - 2pp. - 12mo. & 4to. - {7}


1858 Feb. 3
Perché, Father N(apoleon) J(oseph): N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana

Perché does not know anyone at the Méridier press and he has no right to reclaim the seal of the Archbishopric. Rousselon must do it and do it today. Perché believes that a corrected proof of the pastoral letter will be sent to Rousselon today. It is to be given at once to Father (Richard) Kane for translation and Kane is to send it to the printing office.

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


1858 Feb. 4
Foltier, Father E(tienne) J(ules): Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

At the time of retreat, Foltier thought the note he left about the boundaries was enough. Now he has assembled the children for First Communion and would like to have only those who remain in his parish. In New Orleans, Foltier talked with Mr. Robert, the lawyer, about the title of the church. Robert said that it was invalid because the transfer was made without a regular meeting. The transfer being illegal, Foltier could not, if opposed, collect for the cemetery. Would it not be better to forestall the storm by renewing the charter of incorporation with additions (which are specified here) concerning the trustees. They have told Foltier that if (Blanc) takes the initiative they will pass a charter favoring the priest. Yesterday, in a storm, water entered on all sides into the church. To remedy this, so many changes would have to be made that it would be a reconstruction of the building. Since the trustees want so much to administer the temporal, it would be well to let them take charge; at least the debts would not fall on (Blanc). The convent is growing; there are 39 pupils of whom 20 are boarders. Foltier would have some complaints but he would rather suffer patiently. P.S. The English teacher has not yet arrived.

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


1858 Feb. 4
Rappe, A(madeus), Bishop of Cleveland: Cleveland, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

(Rappe) acknowledges Purcell's letter of the 3rd, and says that he knows of no priest in his diocese guilty of the abuses denounced by the propaganda. He has been told that Father (Maurice) Howard has been coming to Toledo, Tiffin, and Sandusky and giving scandal to some Catholics. He objects to the mutual visits of Howard and Father (Michael) Sullivan of Tiffin, but his quality of French Bishop interferes.

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


1858 Feb. 5
Glajeux, Bérard des: Paris, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The Association of the Propagation of the Faith has allocated 5000 francs to New Orleans for 1857. The last fifth of this will not be positive until the close of the present collection. They thank God that charity has responded in the midst of the business and financial crisis in all countries. At the beginning of the year a notable change has been made in the administration. Charles Choiselat, secretary-treasurer of the Paris Council, has resigned for reasons accepted with regret by the Council. Mr. Certes, son-in-law of (J.?) Choiselat Galien has accepted the office of treasurer. They have chosen Mr. Ducros as secretary. (Glajeux signs as) president of the Paris Council.

- L.S. -


 On the same paper: 

(1858 Feb. 5)
Certes: (Paris, France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The Councils have decided that the dioceses participating in the allocations of 1857 will receive two tenths of their allocations. This two tenths for (Blanc)'s diocese is 1000 francs. (Blanc) announced collections on hand of 4500 fr(ancs). Certes will send the 500 to complete the 5000 voted for New Orleans when the present collection is complete.

- A.L.S. -


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


1858 Feb. 5
Glajeux, Berard des: Paris, (France)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere: Detroit, (Michigan)

The Council of the Propagation of the Faith in Paris allocates 5000 francs for 1857 for the Detroit diocese. According to custom the last fifth of this will be withheld until the books are balanced for the year. In the midst of the business and financial crises, only the merciful God can help in aiding the Faith. At the beginning of this year a notable modification in the administration of the institute has taken place. M. Charles Choiselat, the secretary-treasurer of the Paris Council is resigning and (Adolphe) Certes, Choiselat's son-in-law will be the treasurer. Gonzele Garoine (?) may be appointed to fill the job of secretary to Mr. Dueros. (Added note) by Certes notifies Lefevere of the allocation for 1857 and sends a draft for 1000 francs on L'Abbe (Annet Lafont) Lafon of New York. (Note in Lefevere's handwriting says that he too) received a draft for 186.91 from Lafont.

III-2-i - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 8vo. - {5}


1858 Feb. 5
Marco, Father M(artin): Grand Rapids, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Marco belatedly extends New Year's greetings and protests his filial affections. His parish goes along fairly well. Father F(rancis) X. Weninger (S.J.) has been invited for the end of March to sow and reap the good seed of the Gospel. In spite of bad times there is general contentment. He has been ill some days, but not to interfere with his many duties. Three excommunicated persons have returned to church after public penance. He asks for a copy of the Lenten regulations; Father (Francis) Van Erp, for some reason, did not give him any rules on the subject. Dr. Blumriels, Mr. Schickel and Mr. Schaeffer present their respects. P.S. He asks Lefevere to give his best regards to Father (Edward) Dumont, Father (Leopold) Pawloski and ( ) Damitio.

III-2-i - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 8vo. - {3}


1858 Feb. 5
Spalding, M(artin) J(ohn) Bishop of Louisville: Louisville, Kentucky
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

Spalding had given permission to Sister Mary Gertrude of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd to go to Cincinnati, but he withdrew it when he found her indispensible to the Louisville house. He sent his brother down to investigate and he reported that she was head of a department which no other could fill. The have only 6 professed sisters who have to attend the Magdalens and penitents as well as the novices and the school. Sister Mary Gertrude has been professed only two or three months. They have given Purcell seven of their best now, they cannot give him more. That Sister Mary Gertrude was appointed to Cincinnati by the Mother General, despite the word of the Provincial, Spalding refuses to accept, as she would have been merely a novice at the time. As to the Cincinnati House being without a Mother, Louisville was in the same condition when the Provincial was away, since only the Mother-General can appoint one. The Louisville papers published that J(edediah) V. Huntington has been appointed minister to Rome. The legislature has prohibited marriage between first cousins, and Spalding hopes that the Governor will sign the bill.

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


1858 Feb. 7
Chambost, Father C(harles): Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Chambost writes amid smoking ashes of the college, the church, and the presbytery. The sacred vessels, pictures, vestments, etc. were all taken out of the church so that the church alone perished. The college with all its furnishings, books and provisions was consumed ty the flames. No one was injured. Most of the articles in the presbytery were saved. They have left only the old kitchen and refectory, the house acquired last year and the outbuildings. Tomorrow the trustees will meet with influential people of the parish to discuss what is to be done. They wish to rebuild everything at once. (P.S.) (Blanc) is to send Father (Napoleon) Joseph) Perché to them at once; he will be of great help. They would like to think the fire was an accident but it is all too true that it was the work of an arsonist.

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


1858 Feb. 8
Foltier, Father S(tephen) J(ules): Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Miss C. O'Riordan who accepted the place of English teacher at the convent had not yet arrived on February 1. Has she changed her mind? (Rousselon) is to send a messenger to Father Jeremiah Moynihan, pastor at St. John Baptist, who knows her home. It is urgent since Mrs. Ragazzoni has left. The Sisters (of Mount Carmel) have 40 pupils of whom 21 are boarders. If Miss O'Riordan cannot come they must send them one from Thibodeaux. P.S. Foltier has written to the Archbishop on the subject of the limits and the title of the church.

VI-1-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {4}


(1858?) Feb. 8?)
Thirion, Father (Hubert): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Thirion has waited so long to see (Blanc) because he wished to know if it suited him here. Mr. Manon (Father Constantine Maenhaut?) knows that the reason Thirion has not yet preached is because he did not wish to speak to an audience that he did not know. (Blanc) sent him to (Maenhaut), Thirion made the sacrifice of Pointe Coupée and preferred this place because it offers more diversions. Thirion deeply regrets the change but if he must leave he prefers Pointe Coupée and he will go tomorrow on the Camelot(?).

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


1858 Feb. 9
Degelos, Mrs. Emile (and others): Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans), Louisiana

After the great misfortune which befell them, the ladies of Plaquemine beg (Blanc) to ask all the priest of each parish to have a collection to enable them to rebuild another church. (Signed also by): Mrs. Matilda Cropper, Mrs. Scratchley, Mrs. Labauve, Mrs. Camille Landry, Mrs. Z.(?) Orillion, Mrs. H. Le Blanc, Mrs. M.J. Schlatre, Ernestine Robertson, Mrs. M. Hébert, Mrs. E.B. Trinidad, Mrs. Louis Petit, Mrs. A Estevan, Mrs. Désobry, Mrs. Zulma Beck, Mrs. Delphine Barker, Mrs. Adonis Petit, Mrs. Lucien Landry.

VI-1-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 4to. - {19}


1858 Feb. 9
Feltin, Father N(icholas): Houston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Feltin encloses a small gold piece for the orphans. It will do good both for the person who gives it and those who receive it. He hopes to send more later.

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


(18)58 Feb. 9
Grignon, Father M(athurin) F.: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Grignon has just learned that the priests in the north of the diocese have not yet received their ordos. (Rousselon) is to send Grignon four copies and eight copies of the Council of New Orleans. If (Rousselon) cannot send Mass intentions he is to give Grignon credit. He presumes most of those in the south have ordos but like Grignon do not know the decrees of the Council. (Rousselon) is to send a copy to Father Boheme at Palding.

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


(18)58 Feb. 9
Leray, Father F(rancis) X(avier): Jackson, (Mississippi)
 to Father S(tephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Leray has sent the bills which Rousselon asked for as soon as he received Rousselon's letter. Today he sends the manifest of the ship for the wine. Rousselon is to send these things to the care of A(ntonio) Genella, Vicksburg. As soon as Rousselon gets the books and the wine from customs, he is to let Leray know the amount. The Bishop of Natchez is to write to Rousselon for ordos.

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


1858 Feb. 9
Mazzuchelli, Father Samuel: Benton, Wis(consin)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mazzuchelli sends the 1st and 2nd articles on Mormonism to be published in the Catholic Standard. He will send two more next week.

VI-1-n - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {2}


1858 Feb. 9
Monaghan, Father Ja(me)s: Chauncey, (Ohio)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): Cincinnati, Ohio

Monaghan acknowledges (Purcell's) letter of Jan. 26, which he received the 5th, asking for records of Baptisms, marriage and deaths. He confesses his remissness in not sending it unsolicited. His health is neither good nor bad. He asks for a marriage dispensation for a couple married by a squire of which the man was not baptized, she was not well instructed. They are related to the Hays and Keenans. Formerly they lived in Virginia.

II-4-n - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {1}


1858 Feb. 9
(Proust, O.C.S.O.), Father Marie Eutrope: Gethsémani, (Kentucky)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

What has become of Father (Marie) Emmanuel. (O. C.S.O.). The last letter Eutrope received was dated Janu(ary) 2 at Baton Rouge. In this letter Emmanuel promised soon to announce a shipment of molasses and sugar. Eutrope replied on January 14 and sent him an 1858 ordo. Emmanuel also told of his coming departure for Chile. Eutrope asks Rousselon to tell him what has become of Emmanuel.

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


(18)58 Feb. 10
Barbier, C.M., Father F(rancis) M.: Barrens, (Missouri)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Barbier has received 14 piastres and 40 cents for the Propagation of the Faith, which he is sending to their procurator, asking (Rousselon) to allow it on the debt of Mrs. Lambert to whom they have sent what (Rousselon) asked in his letter.

VI-1-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {2}


1858 Feb. 10
Borgess, Father O(tto) H(enry): Zanesville, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

Borgess while visiting in Zanesville Father (August) Berger proposed that Borgess again accept the congregation which he desired to leave. Borgess has consented if the change received (Purcell's) approbation. The congregation is at present very quiet, the unwholesome persons have gone. P.S. (Purcell) is to send the letter in care of Father Berger.

II-4-n - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {3}


1858 Feb. 10
Elder, Bishop William Henry: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

Elder wants McMaster to insert a specified advertisement in the "Freeman's Journal" four times, and then to send the bill. He congratulates Mc Master on the success of the Journal and expresses his pleasure at finding it in so many parts of his diocese. He hopes the Journal's circulation will increase in his diocese and promises to aid its growth. He suggests that McMaster cultivate a friendlier spirit among the Catholic periodicals. The great hindrance to the growth and influence of the Catholic Press is the absence of the Catholic Spirit of union. Formerly there was open dissension and recrimination, which has given place to a sort of armed truce. Elder says the importance of their common interest requires a higher degree of Christian Charity. Some of the press are doing good in their own sphere, although they do not deal with the important questions of the day. He believes unity can be brought about by friendly discussion, such as McMaster has held with the "Miscellany". A good hearty Catholic union will bring the blessings of God. He begs forgiveness for his forwardness but believes McMaster will accept a friendly criticism. He wishes McMaster great success.

I-i-m - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {1}


1858 Feb. 10
Shanahan, Father Philip: Fort Smith, Ark(ansas)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Enclosed (no enclosure) Blanc will find Father (Patrick) Martin's bill which Shanahan got today. Shanahan was examining the record to see if there were any judgments against the property. As he was paying L.D. Allison the two men whom Martin sent from N(ew) Orleans to take charge of his property were introduced to Shanahan.

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


1858 Feb. 11
Paris, Father A(ugust) S(imon):
St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Paris received (Blanc)'s letter. He will go to Baton Rouge for some weeks with the reservation of returning to St. Michael on Father (Claude Anthony) Tholomier's departure. Tholomier still plans to make his trip in April. Tholomier will write to (Blanc) to express his wish to see Paris hold his place. Paris will not accept Baton Rouge because it is beyond his strength.

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


1858 Feb. 11
Savelli, Antoine Francis: Corbara, Corsica
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Savelli received, with (Blanc)'s letter of December 30, the newspaper article telling of the public demonstration in memory of his son (Father Nicholas Savelli), assassinated last October 3. Imagine his gratitude and that of his family when they found in these two documents the denial of the imputations of shame in his death. Savelli's son had never done anything for his family. When he was home in 1855 he said he planned to retire soon and bring all his savings which he had advanced for the building of the church and presbytery, a cemetery and a garden with 600 feet of oranges. He declared that the sale of all this should bring him enough to provide a good living for himself, his father and mother, his four brothers and a sister and that he paid 250 dollars(?) of insurance for this a year. He added that he had built several chapels and he wished to leave these as gifts to the locality. As from (Blanc)'s letter it seems that the ownership of the church and its outlying buildings is contented because of the subsidies made by the people and especially the 500 piastres furnished by (Blanc), Savelli does not know what to reply. But would it not be just to evaluate the property and to take into account what is over the amount? When everything is settled, Savelli will send the power of attorney. Savelli encloses (no enclosure) a letter for Mrs. Marciacq(?) who took such an interest for the honor of his son in the meeting at Pointe à la Hache.

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


1858 Feb. 12
Borgess, Father O(tto) H(enry): Newark, (Ohio)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): of Cincinnati, Ohio

Borgess feels obliged to tell (Purcell) what happened since he wrote from Zanesville. Father (August) Berger first announced his intention of joining the Benedictines. After Borgess said he would accept the congregation he said he intended to leave the diocese, but that since (Purcell) would not give him his exeat he would go no where else. Borgess became vexed and decided that Berger could keep the parish.

II-4-n - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {3}


1858 Feb. 12
Chambost, Father C(harles): Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Chambost received (Blanc)'s letter of the 11th. He has been busy repairing the ruins and he has just found lodging for all their people. The seven orphans are also housed; Chambost has made beds like steamboat berths. He has sent away a professor they can do without and all others are willingly submitting to the hardships inherent in their present condition. He has just about finished setting up the house away from the street opposite those which are left. It was vacant; Chambost rented it. It will give them 5 apartments; two will be made into a study hall. Almost all their boarders are at the homes of neighbors. On February 15 they will resume classes. The administrators have met twice; tomorrow, with Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché presiding, they will inaugurate their list of subscribers. There are 6 who wish to subscribe 1000 piastres each. Chambost has made it understood that before presenting any plan to (Blanc) for either the church or college, there must be some idea of funds. They are almost all agreed to turn the front of the church toward the river. They will get away from the Bayou and St. Jean Place where the foolish ones create disorder. They would place the College on one of the lots behind the Methodist Church; it would cost 5000 piastres but they would have a piece of land 350 by 325. They were preparing a fine surprise in calling (Blanc) here to bless what the people called the fine college but Providence arranged a very different surprise. They will do better next time.

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(18)58 Feb. 12
(Martin), Bishop Aug(uste) M(ar)ie: Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Eugène Fourot arrived yesterday. He has only a weak background of studies but seems intelligent. Eugène brought the decrees and Annals. (Martin) thanks (Rousselon) for the reassuring news about the Ariel although the announcement of the arrival of Father (Stanislaus) Buteux is not the announcement of the arrival of those placed under his protection; he could have(?) left them at Cork of somewhere else. What (Rousselon) says of Father A(ndre) C(auvin) does not surprise (Martin). C(auvin) is a good priest; he is the only priest who speaks Spanish and without him nothing could be done for their numerous Mexican population. C(auvin) lets himself get discouraged; he wants to convert the world in one day. He has a fiery temperament, speaks French badly and cannot carry on a conversation in English. Ardent in "young Italy" politics, he needs to be restrained. Here he certainly is an asset for the Mexicans. A deputation from the Mexican congregation at (Adayes, Texas) Adaes came to ask (Martin) to get a 100 to150 pound bell. They have 2 or 3 bells, or rather fragments of bells melted in the burning of their church 6 years ago. The metal is fine with a good amount of silver as in all bells cast in Mexico. Will (Rousselon) give him some information on this subject? (P.S.) Eugène asks (Rousselon) to tell his mother that he is very satisfied here. The rains have not stopped for two months; the river overflowed 100 m(iles?) from here. Their college is doing well, their convent is languishing.

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(18)58 Feb. 12
St. J(ea)n Baptiste, D.C., Sister: (Avoyelles, Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

On the 9th they received the three boxes and mattresses (Rousselon) sent them. They also received the large bell but not the two little bells for Mass nor the statues from the customs. Sister asks (Rousselon) to send them as soon as possible; she fears some of the contents may be damaged by the humidity. Their Superior is not yet in good health; she still has a fever. It is a heavy cross to have their Superior ill for almost five months; she sends her respects.

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1858 Feb. 13
Rea, David: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Rea permits his boy George to marry the negro girl belonging to Mrs. Peychaud.

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 Attached to the above: 

1858 Jan. 9
Peychaud, Widow Eugène:

Peychaud permits Mary to marry George. (On the same paper): Father E. Rousselon states that the marriage took place on February 13, 1858. (Witnesses): Hilaire, Thomas (Washington?) Washington, Louis.

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1858 Feb. 15
Foltier, Father E(tienne) J(ules): Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

After (Blanc)'s letter of the 10th Foltier understands that henceforth the limits of his parish remain as they were except for the concessions he made to the Fathers at Grand Coteau. Father (J. Francis) Ab(b)adie, (S.J.) plans to build a third chapel and has chosen a site in the vicinity of Emile Mouton's dairy farm. The pastor has already obtained a concession for (Carencro), is he going to demand another for this chapel? It would be better if Ab(b)adie built 5 or 6 miles from the limits of Lafayette. Why do they not build either at Queue Tortue or on the Mermento not far from Lake Arthur? It is their parish. Foltier does not think that the trustees will impose a charter on them by surprise since D. Pellerin, their senator, is for Foltier and would demand the deed of transfer. He will keep quiet if H(omère?) Mouton does not provoke him and act if the representative V. Guilbeau is influenced by Homère. (Blanc) talked of Foltier looking for some land. Near the presbytery, on the north, there is a fine lot of 4 pieces with 4 shanties. Mr. Revillon said he would sell it for a school for boys for 1400 piastres. The village is growing, the railroad will give it new impulse. The municipal council, wishing to have an English speaking person for teaching, has given Vermillionville Academy to Mr. Rand of Opelousas, an Episcopalian minister. Foltier believes the purchase would be necessary in order to open a Catholic school for boys. Foltier is sure there would be more than 20 pupils who at 3 piastres a month, would be good pay. St. Joseph Society will support this school. The thing is to find a teacher whose English is perfect; Rand, born an American, has the accent of the country. The signature of Valérian (Mouton) is probably sufficient to validate the transfer charter but there is no mention of the trustees. The act was passed in 1846, but the limitation does not give a title. It seems best that (Blanc) appoint the trustees, choosing parishioners who would act as agents in temporal affairs. If difficulties arose, (Blanc) could call a meeting of the Catholics of Lafayette parish and state that if they wished to have a priest, the title and administration would be in (Blanc)'s hands. P.S. The English teacher has not yet arrived. Olympe (Delente) is going to ask (Blanc) for an explanation of a letter Foltier sent her. (Enclosed is a note stating that) Foltier thinks it is not necessary to send a copy of the charter; (Blanc) will find it in the Acts passed at the second session of the Sixth Legislature of Louisiana on January 6, 1824 and renewed for 15 years in 1833.

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1858 Feb. 15
Prescott, M.R.E.: Alexandria, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Circumstances make it necessary to make inquiry relative to Mrs. Margaret Forbes who informed Prescott that (Blanc) was well acquainted with her. Prescott had employed Forbes as teacher in her family for some months during which she found her to be not the person she took her to be and had to dismiss her. (Blanc)'s communication will be strictly confidential. Forbes came quite destitute and as she had two children, a son in France and a daughter in the convent of Avoyelles, they paid her at the rate of $1000 a year. Forbes is a good teacher, the best musician Prescott has ever heard. Mr. Prescott and her family join in best wishes to (Blanc).

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1858 Feb. 15
Spalding, M(artin) J. Bishop of Louisville: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Spalding's absence in Indianapolis lecturing has caused delay in answering Purcell's of the 9th. He is much surprised that Dr. (Orestes A.) Brownson has learned of the affair of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, since he had communicated it to only three of his priests who were enjoined to secrecy. Brownson enticed the information, knowing of the house in New York. Spalding in his letter to the Mother General at Angers has indicated his surprise that the Provincial did not have explicit instructions. He has a right to know of a secret movement that so nearly concerns himself, and his diocese. But he does not see how the Mother General and her council can be blamed. He has given little thought to the approaching council, but will give Purcell timely intimation of his thoughts. He does not favor multiplying legislation. He has been forced to suspend for a time Father (Robert) Abell. He is so weak that it takes little to upset him. Abell submitted well and has done much better. Purcell is very right with the couple from Marion County, Kentucky. He does not know the case but he is sure there was something wrong. Bishop (Michael) O'Connor writes from Havana that religious conditions are bad in Cuba.

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1858 Feb. 16
Aubert, Father Henry: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

On this date with a license from J(ohn P.) Barnett Aubert received the vows of Louis Dolliole and Marie Eugénie Guénat(?) who sign. Witnesses: J(osep)h J(ea)n P. (?) Laune, F.E. Errié, and Julien Bodard.

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1858 Feb. 16
Aubert, Father Henry: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Aubert, with a license for, (John P.) Barnett, received the vows of Jean Houlay and Marie Fahy. (Marie signs as) May Fahy. Witnesses: Thomas Heary(?), Anne Leary(?) Micheal Howley.

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1858 Feb. 16
Barnett, J(ohn) P.: New Orleans, Louisiana

License is granted to Father Aubert to marry John Howlay and Mary Fay.

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1858 Feb. 16
Aubert, Father Henry: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

On this date with a license from W(illia)m Dixon, Aubert received the vows of marriage of Jean O'Connor and Marie Anne O'Connell. They sign with their marks as does Richard Case. Julien Bodard also signs.

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1858 Feb. 16
Feltin, Father N(icholas): Houston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Feltin sends another alms for the orphans. May God accord a particular grace to a poor suffering soul. (P.S.) If the note is not good, it is to be sent back to Feltin.

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(18)58 Feb. 16
Leray, Father F(rancis) X(avier): Jackson, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

If there had been a way to pay the captain of the Nuremburg, either at New Orl(eans) or Havre, Leray would have been glad to do so. But Leray believes Rousselon would do well to sell this vinegar. Leray has no confidence in the wine here; he asks Rousselon to send him a half-barrel of white wine. When the railroad is completed to Jackson, Leray will no longer call on Rousselon for these things. He will send a bill of exchange as soon as he knows the price of the wine.

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1858 Feb. 16
Mina, Father Ve. M(odest)e St. John Baptist, (Louisiana):
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Infirm in both legs, Mina asks Blanc for help during Lent. Father (Jean) Pierre who spent last year here, promised that he would come this year but he has not arrived. Mina asks for a priest or for consent to write to Pierre at Shreveport.

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1858 Feb. 16
Paris, Father A(ugust) S(imon): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Paris had told Blanc in his letter that he did not wish to accept the pastorship of Baton Rouge because he did not think that he was strong enough. He also had said that he could go there for several weeks up to the time of Father (Claude Anthony) Tholomier's departure. During Paris's visit to Amité River he had almost 30 Communions, ministered to two sick persons, baptized 28 children and one Protestant woman with two children. He stayed there 2 weeks.

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1858 Feb. 16
Spaldin,g, Bishop M(artin) J(ohn): Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

The Bishop encloses his second article reviewing Kay's "Social Condition of the People". He will appreciate Brownson's making any necessary verbal correction. He intends to send a third article, one dealing with Mayhew's "London Labor and London Poor", if Brownson approves his doing so. Brownson has embroiled Bishop Spalding with his Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell) by mentioning to him the affair of the Good Shepherd; Bishop Spalding has scolded his brother for having told Brownson about the affair.

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1858 Feb. 17
Lamy, Father George: Covington, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The offer (Rousselon) made to Father (Victor) Pivet on his last visit to the archbishop's house, prompts Lamy to address (Rousselon). They would like to live in the presbytery. 1. Because it is next to the church and is in good condition. 2. Because they fear becoming a too heavy burden for the people who have given them hospitality who refuse to accept any pay. 3. Because remaining a longer time with them, they could endanger the success of their mission. They would like another bed, some knives and forks and dishes and some extras for confreres and for (Rousselon) should he come. The Polar Star which makes the trip every week, could unload their shipment right at the foot of their house and church which is built on the banks of the Bog(ue) Falaiia. Pivet is happy; he loves Covington. Lamy is happy also, he and Pivet live as brothers. (P.S.) Pivet asks to be remembered. To tide th em over until Holy Week when they will go to the archbishopric, they will need two bottles of Mass wine.

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1858 Feb. 17
Tallon, John E.:
Kentucky Military Institute Frankfort, K(entuck)y
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Tallon is desirous of obtaining a position in Louisiana similar to his present one. He is a professor of chemistry here at $1000 a year but the Institute is not strictly disciplined and besides he never sees a Catholic clergyman. Tallon would prefer a Catholic college in the South. He gives as references Bishop Carrell, Father Butler, and Father Francis Di Maria, S.J. Tallon trusts that in the event of a vacancy, (Blanc) will remember him. (Letter in) care of Cap(tai)n (E.W.) Morgan.

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1858 Feb. 18
Mittelbronn, Father F(rancis): Pointe Coupée, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

For a week Mittelbronn has been waiting for the Lenten regulations; he has need of them. Up to now he has been able to announce only the times of fast and abstinence. He asks how Father Thirion is.

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


1858 Feb. 18
Parker, Luther F.: Rapides, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Desiring to dispose of the boarding school, Rapides Institute, Parker thinks that (Blanc) might deem it a favorable location for a convent or college. The buildings, nearly new, could be converted in a short time. They have cost Parker nearly$20,000; he will sell at $10,000. Father (Hector) Figari, (C.M.) knows the place well.

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1858 Feb. 19
(Elder), William Henry, Bishop of Natchez: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Purcell's letter came to Elder just as he was starting for the northern part of the diocese, intending to visit Moore's. He wrote immediately about Miss Townsend, but Mrs. Moore had decided to offer the place to a lady from Kentucky. She is afraid of young ladies because those they had were too busy marrying. Mrs. Elve A. Moore is at Port Gibson, Mississippi. (Elder) congratulates Purcell on his good fortune. Father (J) O'Connor is still at Vicksburg. The Redemptorists gave a mission there lately, (Elder) visited and inquired about O'Connor. He would not have admitted him had he known his antecedents, but since he is there he trusts Providence has arranged it so Mr. O'Neill called and offered his services but (Elder) has not heard of him since. If any of Purcell's "good" priests desire a better climate he describes the advantage of his diocese.

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1858 Feb. 19
Leonard, Anne: San Francisco, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Leonard asks (Blanc) if Mrs. Levies(?) is still living. Leonard owes her some money which she intends to transmit to her.

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$20,000; he will sell at $10,000. Father (Hector) Figari, (C.M.) knows the place well.

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1858 Feb. 20
Bonnecaze, L.: Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

In reply to (Blanc)'s letter of the 20th, Bonnecaze is sorry about the delay caused by Dr. Enders. Bonnecaze regrets that (Blanc)'s stay in the capital was not longer; when he came with Mr. Sheppen to see (Blanc) he was gone. Bonnecaze had made (Blanc)'s wishes known, citing the inconvenience of this delay with the Ladies of the Sacred Heart to the Doctor who has promised to honor his engagements as soon as Mrs. Barron pays. The Doctor will go to see (Blanc) at New Orleans.

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1858 Feb. 21
Devoto, Bridget M.: Glasgow, Scotland
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc) Belanz: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A few days ago Devoto received a letter from Father O'Donnell of Edinburgh informing her that a letter had been sent to Bishop Gillis from Mrs. Mettexa of Orleans, Devoto's sister, making inquiries about Devoto whom she had heard had been shipwrecked. The letter also stated that her sister, Eliza Delorenzis having died, had left some money for Devoto. Devoto had not received a letter from her sister in more than 10 years. About 5 years ago, while residing in Liverpool, she received a newspaper mentioning the death of Mrs. Delorenzis. Devoto has not heard from her sister Rose Mettexa since she left Edinburgh. Devoto made many inquiries from people from Orleans and Philadelphia concerning her sisters and brother-in-law but without success. Father O'Donnell has informed Devoto that she is to direct her letter to Mettexa to (Blanc)'s care.

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1858 Feb. 21
Maragliani, C.M., Father S(tanislaus) J.: Donaldsonville, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Having written to Father Delcros about a barrel of Mass wine and receiving no answer, Maragliani appeals to Rousselon. Will he put it on board the C.D.T. or some other boat as soon as possible.

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(18)58 Feb. 21
Mittelbronn, Father (Francis): Pointe Coupée, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mittelbronn has just received Blanc's letter of the 19th. Mittelbronn did not receive this year's pastoral letter nor the second copy of it. He has noticed that his letters have not reached Blanc. From the pastoral letter published in the Propagateur, Mittelbronn sees that he can give Benediction every Sunday during Lent and once during the week. As there are two churches in the parish, may he give Benediction in each on the days of instruction. He gives instructions on Tuesdays at Fausse Rivière and on Fridays at Pointe Coupée. Father (Hubert) Thirion is not yet completely recovered; it would be better if he did not return as yet. Thirion's lack of energy would only add to the difficulties. P.S. Next month his suit against the trustees will take place. He has warrants against them for $2,355.

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1858 Feb. 22
Chambodut, Father L(ouis) C(laude) M(arie): Galveston, (Texas)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Since his arrival here, Chambodut has been busy. Father Boué of Ainay sent him 1500 fr(ancs). Chambodut gave Boué 150 fr(ancs); for the passage of Father (George?) Lamy, 625 fr(ancs), a total of 950, and excess of 550 francs. Will (Rousselon) tell Chambodut how much Lamy gave him. He was so busy when he gave Lamy the money that he does not know exactly the amount. (Rousselon) is also to tell him how much Lamy gave to the Ursulines; they do not answer his letters. The Bishop has been somewhat fatigued; he is better now. (P.S.) Chambodut asks for Lamy's address.

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(18)58 Feb. 22
Poyet, Father J(ean) A(rthur): Abbeville, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Poyet asks for a dispensation for Rosiclair Landry, son of Maximilien Landry and Marie Marcélite Crahan; and Uranie Landry, son of Onésime Landry and Carmélite Landry.

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1858 Feb. 22
Wood, James F(rederick) Bishop of Antigonia: Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of Cincinnati, Ohio

He is delighted to hear from (Purcell) and expressed his optimism based on his faith in Providence. He will be delighted to visit Cincinnati again and hopes that Father (Edward T.) Collins will write to him. If he had not beared himself, he would be inclined to do so. He is pleased at the favorable decision of Judge Gholson. Mr. Chandler will not go to Rome. Whether (Jedediah V.) Huntington has a chance, he cannot say. Buchanan says he has taken as many as he could from Pennsylvania. He will esteem it a privilege to live with (Purcell) in Cincinnati. He sends his regards to Father Edward (Purcell) and the other priests.

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1858 Feb. 23
Hilton, G.H.: Cincinnati, Ohio
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey.)

Hilton has learned that Farthing mailed Brownson a draft in care of the Bishop of Cleveland; probably it arrived after Brownson left the city. The amount of the draft is a little more than $160.00; that represents the receipts for the lecture less the expenses. He is happy that Brownson enjoyed his trip and has returned safely. Hilton's lecture to have been given on February 22nd was stopped by Father (Edward) Pureell. He has made casual inquiry as to why it was stopped but has received no formal notice. He understand there is to be no more lectures because Father (Richard) Gilmour had no audience, as Meagher lecturing in the Melodean had all the people. He sent a note to the Archbishop and was told that in his note he was uncourteous and ungentlemanly, whereas he thought he was courteous and kind. However, he is happily occupied with his official duties and hopes to be always humble but firm in the line of duty.

P.S. Hilton encloses money for the Review.

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1858 Feb. 24
(Elder, Bishop William Henry): Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Father (Francis Xavier) Leray: (Jackson, Mississippi)

Concerning the Conference at Vicksburg, (Elder) congratulates Leray and his reverend brothers on having led the way in so good a work. They will begin theirs at Natchez next month. What means could be taken by secular priests to protect them from losing their fervor. Such conferences will be among the most valuable. (Elder) finds nothing to object to in the Regulations submitted. The amount paid in case of absence, (Elder) would call a contribution. The subject of the conference ought to be stated in writing. They have held a partial conference here for consideration of the question Leray proposes. (Elder) has heard Catholic mistresses say there was no probability of raising children of slaves as Catholics if the mother was strongly opposed. In danger of death they must be baptised. For contractors: some think that the work makes strong food so necessary as to exempt from abstinence. About the surplice and stole in hospitals: if they adhere to the law of the Church, they are not answerable for evil consequences. (Elder) thinks Leray can get pure wine by inquiring of pries̀ts in N(ew) Orleans, for example Father Aubert. Father Grignon gets sauterne from Cavaroc and Co(mpany) recommended by Father Rousselon. Or Leray might write to a priest in Cincinnati. Or apply to Father R. Gilmour of St. Patrick's Church. Did Leray ever find (Elder)'s Brownson for October 1857; (Elder) thinks he left it at Leray's house. Leray is to give (Elder) the address of Mr. Semmes.

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1858 Feb. 24
Henni, Bishop John M(artin): Milwaukee, (Wisconsin)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Henni asks (Rousselon) to pay his arrears to the Propagateur Catholique. He asks for Mass intentions to pay the ($4).

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(18)58 Feb. 24
O'Connor, O.S.B., Father Bede: Jasper, Ind(iana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

In the absence of their Superior, O'Connor has been requested to write to (Blanc). They have been informed of the death (!) of Father (Anthony Francis) Carius some time ago of yellow fever. Carius' good heart led him into extravagances. O'Connor rejoiced last year when in New Orleans to hear Carius' resolution to avoid past snares. Carius confided that he had about 600 Masses from Indiana. Carius had agreed with his Jesuit confessor to give those Masses to some religious community in the North where the stipend is the same, 50 cents. It was also agreed that the amount be paid by installments of 3 months from January 1858 until paid. Carius requested O'Connor to take charge. They have celebrated more than 100 Masses and distributed about the same number to secular clergy; giving them their stipends in cash. They themselves have received not one cent. Carius gave 300 Masses last March in New Orleans; he never sent the remaining 300. They do not know if Carius left any property or who are his heirs. They apply to (Blanc) to use his influence in procuring $150 for the 300 Masses. If this is impossible they request (Blanc) to furnich them with stipends, $1 for each Mass, to reimburse them. If this is done, the Masses are to be sent to O'Connor and the money to Mr. Rotchford. (Blanc) has no doubt read of the death of Father (Joseph Kundek) Kundeck, pastor here, who built the present German Church of the Assumption at La-Fayette. Kundek died Dec(ember) 4 after a sickness of 9 months. O'Connor is his successor; it depends on the Abbot in Einsiedeln whether Jasper will be incorporated in their missions and whether O'Connor will remain.

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1858 Feb. 25
Dewey, William J.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Receipt for $3 for freight and wharfage on the J. Montgomery from Boston.

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1858 Feb. 25
Hughes, John Archbishop of: New York, New York)
 to 
Bishop-elect (Francis P.) McFarland of Hartford, (Connecticut)Utica, N(ew) Y(ork)

In a letter just received from the Cardinal Prefect of the Propaganda, it is stated that reports have been made to the Holy See that it is customary for priests in this country to carry the Blessed Sacrament on their persons from morning till night under the plea that they may be unexpectedly called to administer viaticum and the parochial church might be too far for their taking it from the tabernacle. The Cardinal wants to know from him and from all the Bishops of the Province whether this practice prevails. Hughes says that while there might be an exceptional example he has never been able to learn that the practice existed. The enquiry refers more to what may be the practice in the Province. He asks for this information. Hughes thinks it is almost shocking that such strange reports should reach Rome entirely unknown to them. He asks an answer at McFarland's earliest convenience. P.S. He cannot speak of his new diocese but from his experience as a priest.

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1858 Feb. 25
Lefranc, Father J.M.: (Havana, Cuba)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Lefranc received (Blanc)'s letter of the 13th; if anything can advance Lefranc's cure, it is (Blanc)'s affectionate sentiments. The choice of Father (Hyacinthe) Tumoine is a pledge of the prosperity of St. Anne's Church. The fee for burials has fallen flat since St. Augustine's began to do it. Since Lefranc's recuperation will be very slow and since the climate of Havana does not suit him, Lefranc will be returning to the States as soon as possible. Lefranc's companion appreciates (Blanc)'s feelings toward him and it will be a pleasure to mkae (Blanc)'s acquaintance; he is waiting for a reply from Rome. The trustees forced him to abandon his post. Lefranc shares (Blanc)'s affliction over the church at Plaquemine. When (Blanc) sees Father (Chambost?) Chambeau he is to tell him that he can count on 100 piastres.

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1858 Feb. 25
Martha, (S.C.), Sister: (Emmitsburg, Maryland)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Their Mother being ill with influenza, she has asked Martha to acknowledge the receipt of (Blanc)'s letter with the enclosure which will be attended to by replying to the gentleman himself. Mother desires to thank (Blanc) and his vicar general for the pictures they sent her. Martha thanks (Blanc) for his letter; she belongs to his diocese being a Louisianian. (Martha writes) "A Southerner" (after her name).

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(18)58 Feb. 25
Shannon, (R.S.J.C.), Mother A(nna): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Shannon was absent when (Blanc)'s favor of the 10th arrived. On the death of Madame H. Cutts, (R.S.J.C.), Madame Jouve desired Shannon to go to Grand Coteau where she spent a week. With regard to money due by Dr. (Enders) Anders, Shannon can wait until April when she has a payment of $3000 to make for Natchitoches. All are well here. They have 141 boarders and ten more for March 1. The externs number 50. (P.S.) Will (Blanc) permit Sister Josephine Chevalier, (R.S.C.J.) to make her profession and appoint the person to examine her.

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1858 Feb. 26
Brownson, Henry F.:

Brownson has been admitted and sworn as an Attorney Procter, Solicitor, Counsel and Advocate of the Court of the Southern District of New York, Circuit Court of the United States. Signed by Kenneth G. White.

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(18)58 Feb. 26
Nagle, Father R(ichard): (Sinsinawa, Wisconsin)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Blanc's favor of January 22 was handed to Nagle not before the 26th of this month. This may be attributed to Naglè's absence for some days. He remained here until the 8th in expectation of Blanc's reply. He went south to make a final adjustment of his temporal affairs. He transmits the required certificates and vouchers (no enclosures) and requests that a copy of these documents be forwarded to the Bishop of Little Rock. To defeat all cavils against the jurisdiction to which he appealed, Nagle laid his case before the proper authorities at Rome.

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1858 Feb. 26
Perché, Father N(apoleon) J(oseph): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Perché asks authorization to erect the stations of the cross in St. Maurice Church. (Blanc, on the same paper) grants the permission.

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1858 Feb. 26
Young, J(osue) M. Bishop of Erie: Erie, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

Young has been troubled before with John Miller's wrongs. Miller having money, as Young recalls the story and wishing to investigate, Young recommended to him Biniger, a good mechanic. Biniger became overwhelmed in debt because of his wife's losing her mind and the necessity of sending her to an asylum. When Miller came to him Young reiterated Biniger's honesty, even though the prospect of his paying his debts is rather hopeless. Young says his assertions did not make him morally or legally responsible. Young says Miller is a bit crazy and his children are inclined to quarrel about their expected inheritance. They are well enough to give the father a home in his old age. He can bequeath to them this debt which Biniger or his sons will pay. Young will be more careful after this. Young has no suggestion for the Council. Their council meets after Easter. He wishes they would take longer between sessions or have Rome take action on their decrees sooner, since they do not have time to try their former decrees before the new one meets. He understands that Father (Francis) McFarland is for Hartford, and Archbishop (Francis Patrick) Kenrick thinks it undoubted. He will remember Purcell tomorrow for a special memento.

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(18)58 Feb. 27
Duplantier, G(uy): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

License is granted to Father Hubert to marry Bartholomeo Gene and Elizabeth Reip. (On the back) Archbishop Ant(hony Blanc) grants a dispensation from difference of religion. Dated Feb(ruary) 17, 1858.

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1858 Feb. 27
Kenrick, Francis Patrick Archbishop of Baltimore: (Baltimore, Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of Cincinnati, Ohio

Kenrick has just learned that Miss Mary Doherty who went as a postulate to the house of the Good Shepherd is to return and he asks Purcell to find a safe travelling companion for her and to advance her money from his contribution to the Relief Fund. Bishop (Martin John) Spalding has forwarded $50. Dr. (Levi Silliman) Ives is to lecture in (Baltimore) tomorrow. Bishop (John) Fitzpatrick is there in apparent good health. Dr. (Augustine) Verot is to be consecrated in April. The council will have to apply for a continuance of the dispensation from Saturday abstinence which expires in 1860. They have there the Honorable William Law, son of late Lord Ellenborough and brother of the actual Lord. He is a convert of 4 years and his wife and 13 children followed him into the Church.

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1858 Feb. 27
Lebel, Father I(sidore) A.: Mindon, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Lebel writes Lefevere a letter of introduction for Patrick Marentette, his good friend, at whose home he has enjoyed hospitality from him and his charming family; being favorably impressed with Lefevere's reputation, he desires greatly to visit him.

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1858 Feb. 27
Spalding, M(artin) J. Bishop of Louisville: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

Archbishop (Francis Patrick) Kenrick of Baltimore had written to Spalding that Dr. (Augustine) Verot has accepted the vicariate and will be consecrated in April. Spalding has sent to Kenrick $50 for the Ives or Convert Fund. It seems that Dr. Levi Silliman Ives was persuaded by a trustee of St. Patrick's, New York to invest his money in a bank that proved to be a swindling venture and he lost it all. The disaster at Loretto, (Kentucky) was not exaggerated. The main building including chapel and library was destroyed, with bedding and clothing of the sisters, cooking utensils and table furniture. A few books from Father (Charles) Nerinckx's library were saved. Most of the library was lost. The sacristy being reached last, most of the sacred vestments were saved. The fire was discovered at 3 or 4 in the morning and had already made much progress. There was no insurance. The academy was saved and the sisters now occupy it, the school being dismissed. The sisters are cheerful. They have always been poor. Two sisters have been begging in Louisville at his suggestion and have collected nearly $1,000 besides presents in clothing, etc. Archbishop Kenrick seems to disapprove of an English-speaking house for the Redemptorists in the United States. Spalding has seen none of Purcell's doing about property in the papers, nor of the Bishop of Cleveland. The Bishop of Dubuque has been laid to rest. Dr. Hutchins is there, just returned from the South. Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc is to visit Spalding this summer.

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1858 Feb. 28
Sorin, C.S.C., Father E(dward): Notre Dame, Indiana
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere: Detroit, (Michigan)

He regrets the tone of the Bishop's letter of the 20th inst. and assures him that there was very little ground for it, except to afford an unexpected mortification in the holy season. He has documents written by Father (Francis) Cointet, (C.S.C.) in immediate reference to the church in Niles (Michigan) the knowledge of which would likely cause the Bishop to feel very differently.

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1858 Feb. 28
Thompson, Geo(rge) W.: Wheeling, V(irgini)a
 to O(restes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

When Brownson visited Wheeling, Thompson was busy trying to settle some of his religious beliefs. He thought he could solve the necessity for the belief in the Trinity by a more complete psychology than had previously prevailed, and that he could give a philsosphical value to the doctrine of Atonement. For this purpose he was reviewing the old philosophies and the Review. After Brownson left, Thompson read "The Convert" and "New Views" and found both of them useful and valuable, but by no means perfect either in matter or in form. Brownson gives too narrow and hard a picture of his Presbyterian relations. Brownson's philosophy is substantially the same as that of Reid and Hamilton. Brownson owes it to science to systematize his philosophy for the public mind. As a pure philosophy it must be independent. Brownson's doctrine is a philosophy, Reid's is an assumption and Thompson's is an empiricism by the reason of its empirical approach. Thompson thinks Brownson's philosophy is defective as all systems are fundamentally wrong and mislead all minds in endeavoring to trace the primal likeness between man and God, as impressed on man in his creation. This misleads men in their doctrines of grace, repentance, regeneration, and moral, religious and political reform. A more just psychology would remove these difficulties and argue strongly for the Trinity and Atonement and Communion. Both Brownson and Thompson have read "Political Justice"; it made Brownson more radical and the writer more conservative, although Thompson still has a democratic, progressive liberalism. This is the point on which they differ. Thompson likes "The Convert" for its vindication of the right of reason and the manifestation of the invincible spontaneity of reason. He does not intend to make an issue for Brownson's benefit or his own; they have traveled a long way, not on the same road, but on parallel roads, and, like parallels they may continue.

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