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1858 Jul. 1
Chalon, Father G(abriel): Mobile, (Alabama)
 to (Father Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Chalon is sending back the invoice (no enclosure) and (Rousselon) is to return the bill of lading as Bishop Portier must sign it. As soon as (Rousselon) receives the box he is to send back the bill of lading and all attached papers as Portier has established that the box was opened only at customs in Mobile so they think they will not have to pay any fee.

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


1858 Jul. 1
Lelievre,:
Widow O. and Company New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipted bill for $27.52 for books bought Sept(ember) 3, 1855 and May 23, 1857.

VI-1-o - A. Bill S. - (French) - 1p. - folio - {1}


1858 Jul. 2
Chambost, Father C(harles): Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Before a priest could stay here, there must be a presbytery, a temporary church and a salary. And where will they get all this. Mr. Desobry asked this this morning. They recognized the difficulties(?) when (Blanc) was here; now they are resuming the same insults. Messrs. Labauve and Trinidad are leaving for the other side of the lake to spend part of the summer. Belfon Marionneaux will deal with these men who wanted to make him lose what the college owed him. Messrs. Desobry, Gallagher, Dardenne, and Michael Schlatre, Jr. urge Chambost to tell (Blanc) that they will never serve again with this triumvirate. The elder Michael Schlatre and John Schlatre are retired. Messrs. Talbot and Downer whose families are Catholic, and other Americans want (Blanc) to call a meeting to set forth the actual state of things and the remedy. Desobry refuses to act as treasurer and they do not want to entrust the money to the others. Chambost may have said something unpleasant in his letter day before yesterday. But about the ordination of Benoit (Chambost?) their cousin, Chambost maintains it is so. Father Auguste (Chambost) must go — their old father, the orphans, and the settling of their affairsoblige him to. Benoit, ordained soon, even in August, he would send him to Jackson to learn to speak English, which he reads and writes very well. Chambost has no confidence in Father (Hippolite) Gache, (S.J.) as a theologian. When Gache was at Baton Rouge he understood nothing of its application; the lessons he gave Mr. Doyen are proof of that. If (Blanc) agrees to Chambost's request he will get out of Baton Rouge and in case he has to make a trip he will arrange all his affairs beforehand. If it cannot be accomplished, it will be better if they both leave for Europe by the end of August. Chambost does not doubt that (Blanc) will agree either to Chambost's going or Benoit's ordination. (Blanc) knows that Baton Rouge is a place of sacrifice and that no one wants it. P.S. Two priests who would like to get out without loss could never live at Baton Rouge.

VI-1-o - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {16}


1858 July 2
Kenrick, Francis Patrick Archbishop of Baltimore: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

At a meeting of the prelates held in Baltimore that day the following were proposed for the coadjutorship of Pittsburgh. Father Edward Purcell v.g. of Cincinnati, Father Benedict Joseph Spalding v.g. of Louisville, and Father James O'Connor of the diocese of Pittsburgh. The last was proposed by (Bishop Patrick N. Lynch) of Charleston. Kenrick sends these recommendations in accordance with the regulations of the Councils and the Holy See.

II-4-n - A.L.S. - - 12mo. - {6}


1858 Jul. 2
Mina, Father Ve. M(odest)e: St. John Baptist, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

In order to conform to Article 6 of the last diocesan synod, Mina asks for permission to baptize a child on the left bank because of the difficulty of crossing the river to come to the church. Several ladies have said they were ill for several days when they had to make this crossing.

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


1858 Jul. 2
(Odin), Bishop J(ohn) M(ary): Galveston, (Texas)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father (Claude Marie) Dubuis will soon arrive in New Orleans. Rousselon is to give him the two letters enclosed (no enclosures). One is for Dubuis, the other for the Superior of the Barrens. Dubuis is bringing with him five young clerics; it would be dangerous to keep them long in the south in this season. (Odin) wants them to leave for Missouri as soon as they disembark. Rousselon is to advance the money to take them to their new destination. (Odin) is leaving for Liberty for a short stay. Then he will return here for a trip along the Rio Grande.

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


(18)58 Jul. 2
Thirion, Father (Hubert): Pointe Coupée, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Thirion has waited a long time to reply to (Blanc)'s last letter in order to reflect on how he could satisfy (Blanc)'s wishes as well as the request of Father (Ve. Modeste) Mina. He would like to comply with (Blanc)'s request but he could never become accustomed to Mina's character. If he was at a priest's house he would want to be at a priest's house and not a hotel so that he would not have to lock himself into his room and hide his purse under his pillow. Pointe Coupée needs its two priests more than ever, having one more chapel, and its priests being no longer as strong as they were when first ordained. Since Thirion has been pastor, (Blanc) has had not one word of reproach; (Blanc) can ask his parishioners if he was ever lacking in duty. A change would lead them to believe that he had been lacking, especially after taking away the title of pastor. So Thirion cannot go to Mina's; he asks (Blanc) to give him back his title. His illness was not a crime to make him lose it. If (Blanc) cannot restore it, Thirion will believe it his duty to leave the diocese although it would cause him pain.

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


1858 Jul. 3
De Preiter, Father C(harles) L.: Wyandotte, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

After reading Lefevere's letters, De Preiter thinks Lefevere has been misinformed. De Preiter had spoken to Father (Peter) Andre the first time he saw him that he would give him all that was necessary for the altar, and before Lefevere's first letter, De Preiter had given him all that was required to say Mass and told him with a little patience he would have all that was necessary; he told the same to Arche Campeau. He also told a man in Ecorse (Wayne Co.) if he should come to Wyandotte this week to stop at his home to get articles for his church; De Preiter said that the bishop had acted oddly toward him and that he did not know what he had done to merit his disgrace, and that if he was unworthy to be in Lefevere's diocese that the bishop would very much oblige De Preiter to say so that he might leave. He asks Lefevere to tell him if he has done the least thing to offend him. He insists that he has bought nothing except for the church. De Preiter has just received Lefevere's letter today and he is so embarrassed that he now determines to explain his conduct to Lefevere. For a long time he has been accused of so many things and up to now he has not opened him mouth to defend himself. He is Lefevere's priest. He asks Lefevere to defend him as a father. All is well at Wyandotte except poverty due to the closed mill. He is negotiating for a cemetery and gives his note to Captain Ward.

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


(18)58 Jul. 3
Portes, J(ohn) D.: Springhill, (Alabama)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Portes presents a difficulty which is growing. He will soon have been in the seminary 4 years and have studied mostly theology. However he has received no orders. He is discouraged. He has always worked hard and fulfilled his duties as a seminarian. He asks Rousselon to let him know what he is to do.

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


(18)58 Jul. 3
Pulsers, Father J(ames) J.: New York, (New York)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Pulsers leaves by the steamer Van der Built. (James Alphonsus?) McMaster has been very kind. In case Miss (Julia) Clark cannot get a place in Jackson or elsewere she will perhaps have to return to Manchester, New Hampshire. In that case he asks Lefevere to let her have $30 on his account. If any letters arrive for him from Europe, Lefevere is to open and read them. If one contains a check for $500 it is to be returned immediately as he presumes it could not be collected without his signature. If it can be collected Lefevere might take whatever is due to him and to Mr. Flynn. P.S. Father (Isaac Thomas) Hecker and Father (Augustine Francis) Hewit came to see him at his hotel. Pulsers has been introduced to Captain Lefevre of the Van der Built. He is a friend of Hecker. The captain says he will try to save Pulsers trouble at Havre if he does not want to go by London.

III-2-i - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {5}


1858 Jul. 3
Saucier, Arthur: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

License is granted to any clergyman to marry Alfred P. Blais, alias Marchand and Caroline Marie Kloppenburg.

VI-1-o - D.S. - 1p. - 16mo. - {3}


1858 Jul. 4
Lamy, Father George: Covington, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

As Lamy said on his last trip to the city, Dr. E. Martin will receive (Blanc) at his house with pleasure during (Blanc)'s stay at Madisonville. They will all meet him next Friday at the steamboat. This morning Lamy was surrounded by a crowd of people from the country who had come more than 40 miles. He hopes they will be back next Sunday.

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


1858 Jul. 4
Lamy, Father George: Covington, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Lamy does not want to abuse (Rousselon)'s kindness, but he asks him to send some cases of red table wine and one or two cases of white sacramental wine. They lose a good quarter of each bottle because of the heat so he would like to take to Mandeville what they know is good quality. What they give to Miss Victoire Coquillon is what they can no longer use. If it is possible to send the wine on next Wednesday it will be one of the days that Lamy is at Covington. (Rousselon) is to enclose the bill. P.S. (Rousselon) is to ask the person who loads the wine to be sure it is sent to Lamy directly. The brothers who have been here since the first have had very long delays in their freight.

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


1858 Jul. 5
Aubert, Father Henry: New York, (New York)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They at last arrived in the Empire City after 2 weeks of travel. On leaving St. Louis from where Aubert wrote to Father Rousselon, they went to Chicago. There he saw Bishop Duggan, coadjutor and administrator. The town is full of activity. If it progresses in line with its stores and port, it should improve the railroad from St. Louis to Lake Michigan; it is one continuous bump. But what fertile plains, what a sea of prairie! In Chicago Aubert saw Fathers (Michael) Lyons and (William) Edwards who talked of New Orleans with interest and perhaps regret. Both are at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, destined to be the cathedral. From Chicago they went to Niagara Falls going through Detroit without stopping. They stayed at Niagara two days. It would be(?) a good retreat for Father Rouquette. They went down the St. Lawrence with an Indian as a pilot. They also went over Lake Ontario. Montreal is an old and new, beautiful and ugly, city. The Church of Notre Dame is not up to its reputation. St. Patrick's is not very pretty but St. Roch and Notre Dame de Bon Secours are magnificent. Bishop (Ignatius) Bourget has a fine white head of hair and is very affable. They have had no news of Father (F.J.) Cénas for four months here or at N(ew) Y(ork). Quebec was too near to pass by, a five hour ride on the railroad. Wherever one looks, there is a grand sight. From Montmorency Falls, 7 miles from the city, on an elevation called Beauport, one sees the old citadel. And the people, what love for France and repulsion for England. From there they went to New York via Lake Champlain and the Hudson River. They arrived yesterday; Aubert has not seen Father Lafont and the Bishop is absent. Today they celebrated Independence Day. In 2 or 3 days they will take the southern route and Aubert expects to arrive at the end of the month. (P.S.) Regards to Father Rousselon, Father Maenhaut, and the priests of the house. Aubert did not think he loved New Orleans so much.

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


1858 Jul. 5
Chenal, Father H.J.: New Albany, Indiana
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

If Blanc has the annals of the Archconfraternity of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the conversion of sinners, he will find Chenal's history there. It is the history of a sinner who went to Notre Dame du Gard in 1847 under the direction of Father (Francois M.P.) Liberman(n) of sainted memory, the founder of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost and of the Holy Heart of Mary. It was to the prayers of the late Bishop Truffat of Callipolis who was his mentor, and prayers of Father DesGenettes, pastor of Notre Dame des Victoires in Paris, and especially to the protection of Mary that Chenal owes the miracle of his conversion. After making his novitiate at Liberman(n)'s house Chenal was sent to a bishop by Father (Ignatius) Schwindenhammer, presently Superior General in British North America. Because of some difficulties with the trustees Chenal obtained his exeat. Chenal went to Boston. Bishop Fitzpatrick offered him a mission which Chenal could not accept because he did not speak English well enough. From Boston he went to New York. He had the alternative of returning to France or to seek a new mission. In New York he was robbed of $254. Soon his hotel keeper demanded the $75 he owed. The hotel keeper seized Chenal's trunks and even refused to return his credentials. Chenal went to court to get them back but did not succeed. Chenal sold a watch for $8, an overcoat for $2. After going for two days without eating he went to the French pastor of St. Vincent de Paul's church. But this pastor, belonging to a religious order, had little money. However he did give Chenal $26 which enabled him to get to La Trappe in Kentucky. After 3 months he left by order of the Abbot who because of financial pressures could not give him further hospitality. Chenal left weak and convalescent from a severe illness. He went on foot to St. Mary's College; the president, Father Lavialle, received him very kindly. From there he went to Bardstown. Father de Blieck gave him wine every day to restore his strength. Today Chenal is in excellent health. But the rule of these houses do not permit hospitality for more than 3 or 4 days. From Bardstown went to New Albany. But God be praised! This was the motto of his late mother. Chenal would like to be among the workers in this vast country of the United States. During his stay at St. Mary's, Chenal met a young man who, like Chenal, is from around Lyons. This young man, Victor Fargeat, was placed as a school master at Houma by Father Rousselon or Father Perché. Fargeat urged Chenal to appeal to Blanc. P.S. Chenal owes the paper he writes on to a Belgian Catholic. During his stay at La Trappe, Chenal wrote to an uncle but the letter was lost. Ten days ago he found the 25 cents to send another letter. He expects to receive help from France in 3 or 4 weeks. He does not have a cent and soon will have no shoes. Whatever Blanc's decision Chenal asks him to send him some money.

VI-1-o - A.L.S. - (French) - 10pp. - 12mo. - {5}


1858 Jul. 5
Grassin, Julien: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Grassin received from Father (Stephen) Rousselon $69.75 on the account of Bishop (Auguste Marie) Martin.

VI-1-o - A.D.S. - (French) - 1p. - 32mo. - {2}


1858 Jul. 6
Chalon, Father G(abriel): Mobile, (Alabama)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Chalon sends (no enclosure) the bill of lading signed by the Bishop. Now the Roger Stewart can arrive whenever it wants to. Their customs will put the seals on (Rousselon)'s box; (Rousselon)'s customs will break them and they will be free of any charges. The customs officers are not so religious; General Smith is a Presbyterian. Chalon asks (Rousselon) to convert the enclosed check into a draft on Paris to the order of Father C. Rampon. Chalon is going to send on Rampon's funds; Rampon's career is ended in the United States.

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


1858 Jul. 6
Desert, (M.H.C.), Sister Mary of the: (Opelousas, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mother (Mary) of the Passion, (M.H.C.) came to visit them recently. Her first step was to refuse to talk to Father (Gilbert) Raymond who came to pay his respects. They were deeply afflicted in seeing humiliated one who has been so devoted to the Sisters (Marianites of Holy Cross) and for the Mother in particular. The first meeting of her visit was spent in reading all the acts of the minor chapter of New Orleans against Raymond. They could scarcely believe their ears. These acts accused Raymond of having plotted to have a new Superior chosen, of having interfered in the affairs of the Community, of having tried to prejudice (Blanc), Father Rector and the Sisters against Father (Patrick) Sheil, (C.S.C.). The Sisters protested against these accusations so opposite to the character and conduct of Raymond. The Sisters are only too glad to testify to his innocence. Before leaving, their Mother showed satisfaction with all she had seen and heard and left them an official report of the good order of the house. But since she did not put into the report their answers to her questions about Raymond, they felt obliged to write to Father Rector. They have just learned that their Mother, when she arrived in the city, made a new report of the visit, just the opposite of the one she left with them. Father Rector knew that they had all protested and he had the justice to send it to Raymond. They are going to send to Father Rector the report their Mother left here. (Others signing): Sister Marie de Ste. Claire, Sister Mary of Saint Aurelia, Sister Mary of Elizabeth, Sister M(ar)ie de St. Sébastien, Sister M(ary) of St. Francis.

VI-1-o - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {10}


(18)58 Jul. 6
Eulalie, (S.S.J.), Sister: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The little troubles which Sister spoke of to (Blanc) about the Widows Asylum have grown a great deal. This widow who from the beginning has been the pest of the house, enjoys the confidence of Mrs. Barjac. She tells everything; she goes around seeing what they do and what they say. They are regarded by Mrs. Barjac as servants. Eulalie thanks (Blanc) for setting up their schools near the church; it is hard to be so far from the church. Next month they will see about a location in order to begin September 1. They have received word that the Sisters (of St. Joseph of Bourg) left June 3.

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


1858 Jul. 6
Foache, L.: Havre, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Confirming his letter of June 1 by the Roger Stewart, Foache informs Rousselon of a shipment on the American boat, the Nuremberg, Captain Schneidan(!) of a package sent by Ve. Bonafe Lebel and Co(mpany) of Paris.

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


1858 Jul. 6
Foltier, Father E(tienne) J(ules): Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Foltier must tell (Rousselon) about Emélie the mulatress given to the convent (of the Sisters of Mount Carmel) by someone in New Orleans. Emélie is so impudent that it is impossible to keep her. One has to fear fire or poisoning. So they must sell her in order to buy another. Just now the Sisters have sent Emélie to a house and have hired Carmélite, daughter of Auréline, present servant of the pastor of Abbeville. This girl is for sale. Barthelemy Seris(?), her master, wishes to get rid of all the slaves which his wife brought to the marriage. Foltier needs the proxy of the Mother Superior. The clause of which (Rousselon) spoke no longer holds(?) as it is forbidden to give slaves their liberty. So Foltier asks that (Rousselon) use his authority to make the Superior decide to sell. With the money they would buy Carmélite. The Archbishop is no doubt to come to Attakapas. Etienne Lauer seemed to be doing wonderfully for him; Foltier does not know what will become of Lauer, in the company he keeps. His wife must be much afflicted. If his friend(?) was here he would have gone hunting for him at the café but he is absent.

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


(18)58 Jul. 6
McMahon, Father George: Jackson, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

McMahon has been requested to allow the architect masons of the Episcopalian Church at Bayou Sara to take a corner of the lots there for a week that they might use the clay of the ground for bricks. The masons are Gibbons and Hazard, who plastered their chapel and to whom they owe $150. This debt has been unpaid for two years. They say they will not damage anything at Bayou Sara. If refused they may apply for an immediate payment of the debt contracted by Father (Michael) O'Reilly on the church. McMahon could not meet the debt at present. McMahon told the petitioner he would consult (Blanc). McMahon thinks that if (Blanc) grants the request, Hazard and Co(mpany will cancel the debt of the chapel.

VI-1-o - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 16mo. - {5}


1858 July 6
Schley, Mrs. M.H.: Milwaukee, (Wisconsin)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson):

She encloses three dollars for a year's subscription. She asks Brownson for some information on how to educate her four duaghters. She asks him to also notice books for children, if there are any worth while ones in America. Since she has begun to read the Review but recently she admits that she might have missed "Brownson's opinion on how to educate a daughter". If these things have appeared she requests the number.

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


1858 Jul. 7
Avenard, Father J(ean) B(aptiste): Campté, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Avenard received the wine and Rousselon's letter. Avenard thinks that the surest way to pay what he owes is to give it to Father (John Peter) Bellier who has an account with Th(omas) O'Donnell.

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


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

Chambost received (Blanc)'s letter two days ago. He asks (Blanc) to recall that he made no request; (Blanc) offered Baton Rouge to him. Chambost asked for the ordination of the third priest that he has formed without a mite of expense to the diocese. He would never leave his post without the sanction of his superiors, but does (Blanc) think that he can leave priests in a post where it is impossible to live without going into debts which they can never repay? If Chambost has merited anything by his six years of obedience and devotion in (Blanc)'s diocese, he asks the favor of an exeat for himself and for his brother (Father Auguste Chambost). They will retire to their old father. His brother will remain there and after a little rest, Chambost will enter a monastery or go to Rome for a mission. Their auction will take place on the 20th of the month and they hope to leave by the 30th. They will leave immediately for France if (Blanc) permits. The wish of their 80 year old father who wishes to see his sons before he dies, the misfortunes and heartaches of recent times, the threat of apoplexy, all demand (Blanc)'s generosity. As soon as Father (Peter) Lucas returns from Pascagoula, Chambost will make a retreat with Father Perché before his departure. Their cousin Benoit(Chambost), his brother and sister, having acquaintances in the North, have decided to go there as soon as possible for fear of the yellow fever; Benoit thanks (Blanc) for all his favors. He does not intend to return South.

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


1858 Jul. 7
Joos, Father Ed(ward): Monroe, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

It is Joos's painful duty to inform Lefevere that Messrs. Kebbec, O'Connor and Lafontaine have notified him that Father (Charles) Lemagie has just arrived in town in a state to attract notice by his foolish talk and strange manner. Lemagie proposed to take the train for Adrian but Joos persuaded him to come to his house. Tonight it is clear that drink has caused it. Lemagie shows profound regret and promises to do what Joos "commands": to go to (Lefevere) tomorrow. Dr. Adams told Joos that Lemagie has been deranged from time to time and he does not seem to attribute it to drink. Would it not be a good thing to investigate whether scandal has not been given in the missions?

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


1858 Jul. 7
Doyen, James T.: Plaquemine, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Doyen's reception as Blanc's recognized subject gives him confidence. The unfortunate calamity which deprived the diocese of an educational establishment (College of the Immaculate Conception) deprived Doyen of whatever little he possessed. He continued to teach for the institution with the expectation of either being ordained or provided with means to that end. His salary was $10 per month, wholly inadequate, not to mention his losses by the fire. Father C(harles) Chambost has informed Doyen that his fidelity to duty has not been unobserved. Any suggestions for his future will be implicitly followed. (His address is care of Chambost or Dr. E. Scratchley.

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


1858 July 7
Meyer, S.M. Father (Leo): Nazareth, Ohio
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

While Meyer awaits Father (August J.) Rollinet, he received the enclosed petition from Bishop (Amadeus) Rappe of Cleveland. Father (T.) Frere has set out for Cleveland. Meyer thought Frere was at Louisville (Ohio), but he hears that he is at Harrisburg and that Father (Louis F.) D'Arcy is at Louisville. Meyer says he is passive in the whole affair.

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


1858 Jul. 8
Chambost, Father C(harles): Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Chambost received (Blanc)'s letter of July 5 this morning. But how does (Blanc) expect him to live here? Suppose that he stays, according to what (Blanc) told Benoit (Chambost?), who will feed and lodge him? This parish has abused God's graces. It may be that after a time it may feel the necessity of treating the priest as he deserves but not at present. Those who have self respect regard a mass meeting as the last resource. The little convent (Sisters Marianites of the Holy Cross) would do very well if Chambost had the resources as in the past to help them and if Messrs. (Michael) Schlatre and Désobry would continue their favors. Otherwise it is impossible to continue. Désobry and Schlatre have told (Blanc) that they are finished with Plaquemine. Chambost has given (Blanc) a hint of the meanness and threats of which he has been a victim. Benoit is leaving for the North with his sister and brother. Chambost must have a change of air. The doctors predict that if he does not and does not lose weight, he will die of apoplexy. He saw Dr. Gourrier this morning who told him he must take a trip. As soon as Father (Peter) Lucas returns from Pascha-Goula Chambost will make a retreat with Father Perché. By August 1 they will be able to leave. Chambost's 82 year old father still believes that he died in the fire. It has been 11 years since Chambost left him, without saying goodbye. Chambost's mother's property could never be divided because of his absence. Chambost's brother (Father Auguste Chambost) wishes to thank (Blanc) for letting him leave. P.S. There has just been a "crevasse" on the plantation of Michel Hébert. All the crop on the other side of Bayou Plaquemine is lost. Michael Schlatre, Jr. is the only one spared.

VI-1-o - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {10}


1858 Jul. 10
Giamarchi, J.A.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Giamarchi announces his marriage to Mrs. Georgette Porter, née Mougneau and issues an invitation to attend the nuptial benediction at St. Louis Church on July 12, at 9 P.M.

VI-1-o - Printed D. - 1p. - 12mo. - {2}


1858 Jul. 10
Maragliani, C.M., Father S(tanislaus) T.: Donaldsonville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He asks a dispensation for Tobias Setton baptized a Methodist, and Margaret Cannan, Catholic. Father (Charles) Boglioli, (C.M.) is to marry them.

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


1858 Jul. 10
Passion, M.S.C., Sister Mary of the: N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The young person whom (Rousselon) sent there, left this morning by the parlor window. If Sister was not so busy she would come to see (Rousselon), to tell him what preceded this departure.

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


1858 Jul. 11
Gautrélet, S.J., Father F(rancis): Springhill, (Alabama)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Gautrelet received (Blanc)'s letter of June 27 through Father Grignon. Here is the information on (Blanc)'s two seminarians. (Jean) Mathieu has the piety and knowledge to be ordained. However his health is delicate; he has great nervous sensibility. He had always feared that he could not say the breviary. This is an obstacle to ordination but they hope to surmount it. (John D.) Portes also has knowledge and piety. But he is susceptible and suspicious, a little surly. His health is good; his doctor has forbidden him the use of tobacco. Both have received instruction in singing and have assisted in ceremonies during the year. Their courses in theology will end toward the end of September. That is when they could be ordained to the priesthood. Gautrelet will wait for (Blanc)'s judgment. If (Blanc)'s work had permitted him to visit them, perhaps he could have judged for himself more surely.

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


1858 July 11
Juncker, Henry, D. Bishop of Alton: Alton, (Illinois)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

Juncker has been indisposed for eight days and happily Bishop(Josue M.) Young came and gave minor orders and subdeaconate to some of his seminarians. Not being able to call on Purcell he sends some of the effects of his trip to Rome. He would also like to know the conditions for (Purcell's) seminary. He understands that the cost is $150 a year. If this is so he cannot send any students since he cannot offer more than $100 a year. The other day he received an order for $150 for a seminarian now in the seminary and he will undertake to pay when he comes to Cincinnati. He sends (Father Edward Purcell) his compliments. If he were in his place he would not accept the Coadjutorship of Pittsburgh.

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1858 Jul. 11
Ramel, P(eter): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselot(!): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Rousselot will excuse the liberty in writing to him when he knows that Ramel is the unfortunate person for whom Mr. Favre begged the support of Rousselot and the Archbishop to get Ramel out of the infamous place where his conduct had led him. He asks Rousselot to give the Archbishop the enclosed (no enclosure) and to thank him for what he had done for him with the governor of Alabama.

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(18)58 Jul. 11
Shannon, (R.S.C.J.), Madame A(nna): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They hope nothing will prevent them from having (Blanc) at their distribution this year. The Premiums will be given on Aug(ust) 17. On Monday one of the mail boats comes up; on Wednesday two go down. Should (Blanc) desire to go to Grand Coteau, the steamer Burton passes here Wednesday night.

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


(1858 Jul. 12)
Kloppenburg, H.: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Mary C. Kuchenthal: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Kloppenburg announces the marriage of his daughter Caroline M(arie) Kloppenburg to Alfred P. Marchand and invites Kuchenthal to attend at the Archiepiscopal Church on July 12 at 8 P.M.

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1858 Jul. 12
Mittelbronn, Father (Francis C.): Pointe Coupée, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Mittelbronn knows only indirectly that Father (Hubert) Thirion is to go to St. John B(aptis)te. Mittelbronn told Thirion that he should go to the post which Blanc had assigned to him. Thirion said that he had already written to Blanc to give the reasons for not accepting. Mittelbornn believes that Thirion's pride is hurt. His friends would prefer this change in spite of their regret.

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


1858 July 13
Hasson, Father James: Macon, Geo(rgia)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Hasson says that he is without society; that the nearest priest is one hundred miles away, and those around him know nothing of his wants. He had written six or eight months previously to Brownson and received no answer, but after reading "The Convert" he determined to write again. As he travels about meeting non-Catholic he has great need of certain information. He is desirious of learning the names of the Popes who deposed temporal rulers and of the rulers they deposed. He wants more information on the Crusades, the Inquisition, and the Galileo Case so that he can refute the arguments of Protestants. He wants Brownson to recommend books; he summarizes the faith he has in Brownson by the phrase. "I believe in the Pope and Brownson". He often travels about and preaches to Protestant audiences at their own request.

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1858 Jul. 14
Baraga, Frederick, Bishop of Saut Ste. Marie: Mackinac, Michigan
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere: Detroit, (Michigan)

Baraga is sending a check to be cashed. The money is to be returned by express. He would prefer to base it in gold or at least in silver, if not either of it, than in Canada bills. The money should be sent to Saut Ste. Marie. (Note in Lefevere's hand that the letter and draft were received July 20, 1858, and given to the Savings bank for negotiations.) The draft was from the Propagation of Faith for 7600 francs on A. Cerbes, treasurer, Cassette Street, Paris.

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1858 Jul. 14
Hecker, Father I(saac) T(homas): New York, (New York)

"Circular of the Missionary Priests of St. Paul the Apostle, (Paulists) addressed to their friends of the Clergy and Laity of the United States." The undersigned, with the approbation of the Archbishop of New York have organized themselves into a religious congregation with a view to the more vigorous prosecution of the missions and other apostolic works in which they have been engaged for the last seven years. To establish the congregation securely, it is necessary to secure a lot of sufficient size for the erection of a large convent. A site has been chosen in the suburbs of New York city. The sum required is from 40 to 50 thousand dollars. They look to the charity and zeal of the Catholics of the United States. (They cite) the missions given by them since April 1851 and the whole number of Communions, 173,000. All who feel disposed to help will please do so immediately. (Other signatures on this facsimile): Father Aug(ustine) F. Hewit, Father George Deshon. Father Francis A. Baker.

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1858 July 14
Hecker, Father I(saac) T. Hewit, Augustin F. Deshon, George Parker, Francis A.:
 to Clergy and Laity of the United States (Copy sent to Archbishop John B. Purcell):

Circular letter informing the clergy and laity of the country that they have, with the approbation of Archbishop (John Hughes) of New York, joined together to form the Congregation of Missionary Priests of St. Paul the Apostle (Paulists) with a view to more vigorous pursuance of the missions and other works in which they have been engaged for the past seven years. To perform the numerous duties of this congregation, it is necessary that they secure a plot of ground sufficient to acommodate the large convent they need. They have in mind an eligible site in the suburbs of New York City, but first they must obtain some forty or fifty thousand dollars with which to build a temporary church and as much of the convent as is of immediate use. A number of dioceses are mentioned in which this missionary band has given missions since April, 1851. The whole number of missions has been eighty-eight; whole number of communions, 173,000. For this reason, the missionaries look to the Catholics of this country for financial assistance in this venture. For those who contribute, the prayers of the community will be offered daily during the life of the contributor, and regular Masses said for the souls of the deceased. Contributions are requested to be sent to Rev. 1. T. Hecker, #23 Rutger's Place, New York City.

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(18)58 Jul. 14
Martinez, R.S.C., Madame Victoria: Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They will soon be at the end of the school year. The day for the distribution of prizes has not been set but they wish first to know the exact date of (Blanc)'s visit so that their students may receive their rewards from his hand and so that they may notify the parents. With the exception of a fever on the part of their Reverend Mother, all are well. The doctor says the Mother's fever is not alarming.

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(18)58 Jul. 14
Mathieu, J(ea)n: Spring-Hill, (Alabama)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Being disappointed in having a visit by (Blanc) he now discharges his duty of respect and filial love. In his opinion the seminarians have availed themselves well in regard to theology. In no seminary in the United States is theology taught as well as here. Mathieu's health has improved a good deal this year. This did not pass the attention of Father (Hyppolite) Gache, (S.J.) who told Mathieu to get a breviary and learn how to say the office. He kept on reciting it for some days but got aware of being wholly unfit for this responsibility. He tried a second time which proved no more satisfactory. Is he to infer that he is not called to become a priest? This would go against his dearest aspirations.

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1858 Jul. 14
Wehrle, Father M(ary) P(aul): New Port, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Wehrle has been instructing children for two weeks, 5 hours daily, for First Communion next Sunday a week. He invites Lefevere to come to confirm them that day or any day in the week after Sunday the 25th; there are some old persons, converts of his, and others who have neglected to be confirmed. He requests removal from this mission since he must contract debts as the pew rent is never half paid and the cost of living is high. If this cannot be done, he begs permission to enter a monastery.

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1858 Jul. 16
(Seton, William 3): Clairvaux, (Maryland)
 to (Robert Seton: Rome, Italy)

(William) has received (Robert)'s letters. (Robert) tells that he has been reading a "certain book". (William) more than forgives (Robert) every fault of his life and asks to be forgiven for all his faults toward (Robert). A few days ago their dear, no longer little, girls arrived from Georgetown; Hal (Harry Seton) went for them. They had 12 book prizes between them. (Robert) would be astonsished to see how Nell (Helen Seton) has grown and Isabel (Seton) too. Sweet (E)liz(abeth Seton) continues very well and grows a little too. They expect soon to have Will(iam Seton 4) with them for a while. He supposes will has written to (Robert) about the change in his plans of life - to study law - a course (William) advised long ago. Will seems greatly attached to the West. Hal remains there and seems happy but there is too much "Dolce far niente" in his life there. (William) was up early with all the girls to Mass on the Hill and stopped near the spot where his mother (Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton) reposed from her worldly labors, company with Anina, Cath(ari)ne, Rebecca and his aunts Harriet and Cecilia 50 years ago. (William) was then 12 years old, still at St. Mary's, Baltimore. The poor French missionary, Father (Charles) du Hamel inhabited the little log cabin where they were then. (William) is invited to dine at San Marino. He has promised Isabel to let her add a word. (By) Isabella: She thanks Robert for his letter and sends her love. (Continued by William): He had a nice dinner with Mr. Tiers an old Mountain boy. Em(ily) is very well; always going about doing good. (Monsignor Seton) in 1890 added the following note on this letter: Clairvaux was a boarding house near Mt. St. Mary's. The "certain book" is the life of Mother Seton by Dr. White.

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1858 July 16
Spalding, M(artin) J. Bishop of Louisville: Louisville, Kentucky
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

Spalding sends Purcell his letter from Michael Tracy, which he answered negatively, that he couldn't receive anyone dismissed from another seminary. He told Tracy not to bother to write again. Spalding says he was around to all the institutions, including St. Thomas, and everything was going well. The young men give every satisfaction, including Purcell's subjects. On his return Spalding had a sharp attack of neuralgia, something bordering on sciatica. He says he could not wish even a Know-Nothing sharper pains unless he thought they would convert him. Spalding writes that Bishop (John)Lamy went up today and stopped in and about Louisville. Bishop (Michael) O'Connor is again after a Coadjutor and seeing Purcell's brother on the first of his list, Spalding hopes he will not balk this time.

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1858 July 17
Hecker, Father I(saac) T.: New York, (New York)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Hecker informs Purcell of the safe arrival of Sister Felicitas. She is well, except for a slight bronchial affection, and is anxiously looking forward to her journey to Cincinnati. Mrs. Peter wrote to Hecker, placing the sister in his charge. Hecker describes and praises her. Hecker has heard of Purcell's interest in the newly formed missionary group (Paulists) and tells him of the interest of the Pope(Pius IX) in the plan. Cardinal Barnabo is also interested and has written Hecker a very nice letter. Father (Clarence Walworth) has left the group because of the laxity of the rules. Hecker states his views on the subject. He is in favor of allowing the perpetual vows to wait until after the member has rained experience in the work. Cardinal Barnabo has counseled him in this matter. The band is determined and confident of success, with the help of God. Hecker thanks Purcell for the latter's letter to Rose in their behalf and assures him that it weighed greatly in their favor.

II-4-n - A.L.S. - 6pp. - 12mo. - {4}


(1858) July 17
Ripley, George:
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson:

Ripley would like to have an article on causation not later than August 1. The printer has gone faster than anticipated. Ripley gives his idea as to what the article should treat. He is sorry that he could not put Brownson's article in Volume III but the article will lead off Volume IV.

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1858 Jul. 19
Hubert, S.J., Father D(arius): Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

It is more than a month since Hubert gave the boys of his school a vacation. It would be time to reopen classes. Having paid a good part of the salary due to the teacher, Hubert cannot contract new debts if he does not know what (Blanc) wants to do about Hubert's stay here. The trustees always say they have no money to pay him. So he cannot rehire Mr. McKay, the teacher, if he cannot pay him. So if Hubert is to be replaced and his successor does not wish to support the school the teacher must find employment. He has a family and has nothing. If (Blanc) knows of another place. McKay will gladly take it. Hubert has also given the girl's school a vacation. The present teacher will be employed next year by (Mathilde) Victor. Victor will come to see her family soon; she would find a good teacher for Hubert's school but he does not know if he will stay here. The children received First Communion; there were only a few. For several weeks work on the church has been suspended. Victor has given her young ladies a vacation. Many have not paid her; she has much trouble managing. She has asked for a 3 months' delay in her payments to Father Curioz.

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


1858 Jul. 19
Mènard, Father Ch(arle)s M.: Thibodaux, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mènard has just received (Blanc)'s letter about Mènard's sister, Widow Troué. Her complaints do not surprise Mènard. For years Mènard has come to her aid in all kinds of ways. She subjects him to all kinds of embarrassments, even sending her children to the Protestant school. Mènard has furnished her with food and the 2 or $3 a week necessary for clothing and heat. In June she got the idea of moving to town, at the advice of Father (Francis) Tasset, her director who approves of her conduct toward Mènard. Tasset wrote to Mènard saying that Mènard was to rent her house for 12 piastres and add $10 a month. Mènard wrote Tasset not to meddle in his affairs nor his sister's. Mènard got $40 from among his neighbors and sent it to her. He also made a half-promise to repair her house so that she could more easily rent it. He spent $100 for this. He refused to take on the renting of her property and believes no one else will want to. He will not refuse to help her but he cannot send her $10 and $20 a month because: 1. he does not have the money; 2. he does not want her calumnies to be the key to open his purse; 3. he wants to find a third party among her friends to give the money to her. This will be a means of justifying himself.

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(1858) Jul. 19
Walworth, Father C(larence) A.: Troy, (New York)
 to Bishop (Francis P. McFarland) of: Hartford, (Connecticut)

McFarland's note requesting a mission for his cathedral Walworth has forwarded to Father (Isaac T.) Hecker who is the responsible person. Apparently the Bishop did not know that Walworth had separated himself from his former companions in missionary labors. Because of his respect for the Bishop he offers some explanation of his motives. He never had any thought of changing his vocation as a religious missionary. He looked upon it as a necessary but temporary step, intending to resume his religious vows. It was a shock to him therefore to learn at the first conference after Father Hecker's return that they contemplated a relaxation of their former rules even to the abandoning to the vows. According to canon law the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience constitute the essential element of the religious state and not even the Pope can dispense from the vows and leave the person the religious character. He told them that they had a religious character before the people that they must retain and that they had told the Pope that they had an attachment to their religious rule and vows. The (Paulists) consented for a while to annual vows and walworth tried to reconcile his mind to this but he could not, since the annual vows did not constitute the religious state. After consultation with the bishops of Albany and Newark he departed from the company. It has been an awful blow to his dearest hopes. He writes merely to set his position clearly before the Bishop and not to prejudice in any way the prospects of the others. They have parted as brothers without the least breach of charity. He asks the prayers of the bishop that God will soften his present affliction and let him do His will in the parish where he is now stationed.

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1858 Jul. 20
Fénélon, E(douar?)d: Bordeaux, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Le Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Fénélon writes in the name of the widow, Mrs. De Barrie. In 1852 her husband received an order from Simon, Lafitte and Co(mpany) to send to Blanc's account four barrels of red wine. This shipment was made in August on the Vermont, Captain Dinsmore. Mr. De Barrie inquired several times about the wine and received no answer. Now the widow wishes to settle her affairs. She asked (C.J.) Simon who has returned to France; he claims that the wine was never received. Mrs. De Barrie asked Fénélon to ask Blanc if this wine was sent to him and to send the original bill or a copy. Blanc should have received it in October or November.

VI-1-o - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {5}


1858 Jul. 20
Fénélon, E(douar?)d: Bordeaux, (France)
 to Father (Edward) D'Hauw: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Fénélon write in the name of the widow, Mrs. de Barrie. In 1851 her husband received an order from C.J. Simon to send to D'Hauw's account two barrels of red wine and one of white. This shipment was made in July of that year on the Hamlet, Captain Crawford. Mr. de Barrie asked Simon several times about this shipment. His widow wishes to collect what is due her. Simon who has returned to France claims the wine was never received although the correspondence and de Barrie's books make mention of the shipping. D'Hauw should have received the wine in September or October 1851. Fénélon hopes D'Hauw will send the original bill or a copy.

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


1858 Jul. 20
Foltier, Father E(tienne) J(ules): Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

As Father (Francis) Ab(b)adie wrote to (Blanc) Foltier conceded up to the north and south coulees outlined in (Blanc)'s first letter. This will put an end to the difficulties. It would be good to put it in the registers so that one would not have to go there anymore. (Blanc)'s pastoral visit is approaching; when will (Blanc) come to Lafayette. Foltier has given Mr. and Mrs. Etienne Lauer the message (Blanc) sent to them. There is a little difficulty in this household; there was the challenge of a duel between Lauer and a ship's captain whose words or actions distressed Mrs. Lauer. Some evil tongues said that they were not married, at least the marriage was not in the newspapers. Mrs. Lauer calmed her husband; everyone is convinced that she is a fine woman. The marriage having been made at New Orleans it would be well to follow usage and publish it in the papers.

VI-1-o - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 8vo. - {3}


1858 July 21
Wight, O.W.: Brooklyn, (New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Chelsea, Mass(achusetts)

Wight has completed arrangements for publishing a "Cyclopaedia of Philosophy". It is a compilation. The work will go to press early next year. It will be an octavo volume of 800pp., two columns a page. There will be a biographical sketch and exposition of the system of every philosopher and a vocabulary of philosopher's definitions. He wishes a biographical sketch of Brownson and asks Brownson or one of his friends to write it. He asks where there is a brief paper about Balmez. For the better part of the past six years he has been Europe. The theology of St. Augustine is the only one which he reads now. He has not preached for many years and will not do so again.

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1858 Jul. 23
Dixon, J.K.: New Orleans, Louisiana

License is granted to any priest or minister to marry Charles Puffer and Catharine Reed.

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1858 Jul. 23
Portes, J(ohn) D.: Spr(in)ghill, (Alabama)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Though (Blanc) is to come to here within a fortnight, Portes was advised to write. He cannot conceive that he has been kept 4 years in the seminary without being informed of his defects till of late. He will give up his studies if (Blanc) wishes though he has spent all his means to work his way to this point. He has no doubts of consequence, he cannot see what grave faults he can have committed. Whatever the President says will be right. He cannot conceive why they should write to (Blanc) for so little a thing when the accuser has his own faults!

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1858 Jul. 23
Roduit, S.J., Father J(oseph): Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Roduit replies to (Blanc)'s letter of the 19th which he has just received. He will notify the convent. The students will be prepared. It will be more convenient for them to receive Confirmation Friday evening, rather than the same day as the distribution of prizes. Roduit will announce Confirmation for the children of the parish for the 27th or 28th. If possible the scholastics will receive successively the subdiaconate, diaconate, and priesthood.

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


1858 Jul. 24
Benziger Brothers: New York, (New York)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefevere: Detroit, Mich(igan)

Father C(harles) L. DePreiter of Lefevere's diocese owes them $206.45 since March 1857. They request Lefevere's aid in collecting the debt.

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1858 July 24
Spalding, M(artin) J. Bishop of Louisville,: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

Spalding writes that he received Purcell's favor of the 22nd. He says the memory of the Bishop (Jesus M. Young) of Erie should not disturb them much. Everyone who knows the first on the list, knows he is sober and upright and Spalding never heard a whisper to the contrary. He is of a nervous temperament and with fatigue may have made the mistake. Spalding hopes (Father Edward Purcell) will be appointed since he is best suited to the place. Father Ben(James Spalding) will feel a very great reluctance to accept, even if he is appointed. Spalding says he mistrusts the position of Coadjutors who are often neither fish nor flesh. They have a responsibility before the people which their powers do not warrant. Spalding thinks that when Bishops obtain Coadjutors it should be understood that they retire from the administration; otherwise the Bishop is no better off and the Coadjutor, worse. Spalding is afflicted with neuralgia at the time of writing this letter. Father (Clarence A.) Walworth wrote Spalding a long letter about his recession and Spalding is sorry he did so and will so inform Walworth though two bishops approved his course. He is pastor of a church in Troy, New York. Bishop (John) Lamy inferred all those missionary bishops are never at rest until dead: He stayed in and around Louisville for some days but Spalding saw him but a little. He has to make an excursion to Loretto and back.

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1858 Jul. 26
Calvary, (M.H.C.), Sister Mary of: Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Michael Schlatre made Sister very happy this morning by telling her that he had bought Father (Charles) Chambost's house for the priest that (Blanc) is sending them. Mr. Schlatre also said to tell (Blanc) that he had also bought all the furniture he would need. On their part the Sisters (Marianites of the Holy Cross) will do everything to make (Blanc) forget this trial. The only thing consoling Sister was to have the Blessed Sacrament in their house, then a group of children so easy to handle and then the most perfect union among the Sisters. Everyone speaks of and would like to have Father (Henry) Riordan; he could achieve everything here, even among the Protestants. Sister has just learned from Chambost that their Superior has yellow fever; she asks (Blanc) to give them news of her.

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1858 Jul. 26
Duplantier, G(uy): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

License is granted to Father Rousselon to marry Etienne Bernard Blanci(?) and Félicité Laurent, f(ree) P(erson of) c(olor).

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1858 July 26
La Rochebillun, Madame A.: Nantes, (France)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): Cincinnati, (Ohio)

She thanks Purcell for the moccasins the Archbishop has sent. She considers it a privilege to have the two young American Seminarians, Daniel O'Regan and Frank spending the vacation at her summer home. Daniel is tutoring her eldest son and they get along very well. She praises Daniel very highly and tells how the young men spend their days profitably. She asks Purcell's blessing.

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1858 Jul. 29
Cambiaso, S.J., Father J(ohn F.): Mexico
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

As Cambiaso thinks the Archbishop is out of town, he addresses this to Rousselon. He has been asked to do this by the family of the Canon de la Cadena whose funeral services Rousselon performed about 2 years ago at New Orleans. They buried him permanently last week. The government of Comonfort did, not wish to have him brought here and they had kept him in a box at Puebla. The family offers the Archbishop as a token of gratitude a vestment, cruets, and other chapel items. The roads are so embroiled with bandits, under the name of constitutionals, that Cambiaso believes it is better not to trust these objects to the roads. Perhaps Cambiaso can bring them but it would depend on some things being arranged before he could leave Mexico for Louisiana. As Rousselon will see by the details Cambiaso is sending to Father Perché it could be that the downfall would be sooner(?). Cambiaso sends regards to all his friends and Rousselon is to let no one die of yellow fever. How is Rousselon's project for St. Vincent de Paul coming. It would be a pleasure to announce at least a beginning. He hopes that Father (Guillaume Le Mercier) Duquesnay is keeping up; it is mainly because of Duquesnay that Cambiaso regrets not being in (New Orleans) to help him.

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1858 Jul. 29
Feltin, Father N(icholas): Houston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Feltin sends $5 for the orphans and a dollar in gold for (Blanc) asking him to say a Mass for the donor who finds herself in such circumstances that she needs particular favors from heaven. (P.S.) on June 12 he sent $10.

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1858 July 29
Hecker, Father I(saac) T.: New York, (New York)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Hecker thanks Purcell for his letter. He did not write sooner because he thought Mrs. (Sarah) Peter had written him. Perhaps she did not tell Purcell that the Sisters of Mercy leave on the 28th for New York. Sister Felicitas is leaving for Cincinnati in a few days; if Purcell has not told her when he is coming to New York, it will be of great satisfaction to her to know. Hecker mentions the needs of the (Paulists), and wishes to talk over his plans and difficulties with Purcell. Perhaps some of the Catholics in Cincinnati will be willing to assist financially in the great undertaking. He speaks also of the fine list of Missions which commence early in September.

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1858 Jul. 29
Lamy, Father George: Covington, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Lamy has been told to report any financial difficulties he might have. He writes today concerning the two amounts sent on May 5 and June 15 each for 35 piastres. Yesterday he paid 120 piastres for the repair of the presbytery at Covington. He is 50 Piastres behind. He would be much obliged if (Rousselon) would send the balance by Mr. Dubreuil or Mr. Faget. However great the difficulties, Lamy hopes they can be self-sufficient. Mandeville is doing little in comparison with what they had told him. Covington does not go or 60 cents over its piastre a week. Medisonville is poor and cannot suffice, with Covington for the maintenance of a priest. Bonfouca alone puts forth all its strength to support them. The poorest and most isolated in the diocese, they have confidence that Providence will not fail them. If (Rousselon) has any Mass stipends, he is not to forget them. (On the back of the letter in Rousselon's hand): $60 by Mr. Dubreuil.

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1858 Jul. 29
Sacred Heart, Pupils of: St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They ask the honor of (Blanc)'s presence at the distribution of their prizes. They will plan on the 17th if (Blanc) can come on the 16th.

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1858 Jul. 30
LeFranc, F(?): Lake Charles, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

LeFranc's brother, Father (John M. LeFranc) has wanted him to write since he arrived at Calcassieu; he could not sign the letter. He has been better since their arrival, on the 27th. He spoke more easily and found words more quickly.

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(18)58 Jul. 30
Mount Carmel, Pupils of: Thibodeaux, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

The distribution of prizes will take place on August 9. The little "villains" of Thibodeaux ask that he come to bestow the wreaths.

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1858 Jul. 31
Kane, Father R(ichard): Ascension, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Kane asks (Blanc) not to be displeased at the Donaldson postmark. Deeming it his duty to comply with (Blanc)'s wishes, Kane had made up his mind to remain at St. Martinville until called elsewhere. But the state of his wardrobe rendered a rapid journey to the coast a necessity. But alas for human calculations, the boat left him in the lurch. In (Blanc)'s letter he enumerates several counts against Kane to which he can give a satisfactory answer. Kane begs (Blanc) not to accuse him of having given him pain. Since (Blanc) does not wish him to be here, Kane longs to get away. His health is indifferent. Father (Ange Marie) Jan received and treated Kane very kindly.

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1858 July 31
(Proust), Father Marie Abbot: Gethsemani, Kentucky
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

The Abbot has too much at heart the salvation of D. Anthony not to give the consent required by the court of Rome for the validity of his dispensation. He gives his full consent, but regrets very much the dear brother did not understand the importance of his step until he had taken his vows in the Order. If later he repents of his leaving (Purcell) is to tell him that he will always be welcome to return, and that the Abbot hopes that he will be in the world, "the good odor of Christ." M. Huber is no longer at Gethsemani, but has returned to Nazareth. The Abbot has some anxiety concerning M. Renauld who is in the hospital of the insane at Cincinnati. He fears that the youth needs spiritual nourishment and can receive at intervals. He asks that Purcell send some one to confess him occasionally and ask the priest to send the news to him. He knows that (Purcell) will take care of this lamb of the flock. He recommends to Purcell the whole community especially Father Placide, the Prior who died June 25th after an affliction of the throat for two years which he had borne with a great spirit of sacrifice.

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1858 July 31
Miles, George H.: Hayland, (Maryland)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: New York, (New York)

Miles wants Brownson to help in publishing a volume of poems. Both Longfellow and Oliver Wendell Holmes have pronounced the poem good. The main poem is called "Christine". Miles wants a non-Catholic publisher, Preferably Appleton. Perhaps Brownson coudl writes something that would induce Mrs. (George) Ripley to read the poem. Miles wants to see Brownson in New York the last of August. He had intended to mention this to Brownson but missed him.

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