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1859 Jan. 1
Louisiana, New Orleans
Post Office
 to Bishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Receipt for $4 for rent of Box 29B, from date to January 1, 1860.

VI-2-a - Receipt S. - 1p. - 32 mo. - {1}


1859 Jan. 1
Perez(?), S.E.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Receipt for $20 paid for water at No. C44 Ursuline for the year 1859. Regulations for the use of water are printed on the back.

VI-2-a - D.S. - 2pp. - 32mo. - {1}


1859 Jan. 2
Elder, Bishop William Henry: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archb(isho)p A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Elder will try to be in New Orleans for the 15th. He wrote as soon as possible last week about selling their church lot on Commerce Street; the committee are afraid of losing the opportunity. They have an offer for $3500. Rome has not answered his letters of July 1857 and last summer. He thought he might sell it without express authorization. It is of no use, the legal title is in the trustees, not in Elder. The Cathedral residence and lot was transferred to Bishop (John) Chanche by the trustees. The trustees have only that lot and the graveyard around the church which is now in lawsuit with the city. Elder does not think the church was consecrated.

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


1859 Jan. 2
Michaud: Lyon, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Michaud heard from the pastor of Ainay about (Blanc)'s accident. The pastor asked Michaud if he had any news from their uncle, Father (Eugene?) Michaud. He had written last year and one of his sisters wrote in June, but there has been no reply. Father Michaud is the only surviving member of his father's family and Michaud would be grateful if (Blanc) would send news of him.

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


1859 Jan. 2
Mina, Father Ve. M(odest)e: (Bonnet Carre, Louisiana)
 to Father S(tephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Mina asks for dispensations for the marriage of Similien Madere and Marie Adele Bredy, and that of Antoine Lagenarr and Marie Basilide Picou. He will also send sixteen piastres for the Propagation of the Faith at the first opportunity. (At the bottom of the letter is written): Lawrence Tool, Bridgette Cosgrove.

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


1859 Jan. 2
Putnam, Father Edw(ard): Northwhitefield, M(ain)e
 to O(restes) A. Brownson (Elizabeth, New Jersey):

Father Putnam extends his sympathy to Brownson in the loss of his son; he will remember the boy's soul in his Masses. Though not personally acquainted with Brownson's son, he knows the reputation of Brownson's sons is honorable, as become the childern of an honest man.

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


1859 Jan. 2
Vignes, M.: F(ausse) Riviere, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Happy New Year from Vignes and her mother. The scarlet fever kept them too busy to write. She sends her respects to Father H. Thirion(?); Virginia sends greetings to (Blanc).

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 16mo. - {2}


1859 Jan. 3
Austin, Sister Mary: Albany, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Sister wishes (Blanc) a happy New Year.

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


1859 Jan. 3
Cauvin, Father D. Andre: Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

This morning Bishop (Auguste Marie) Martin told Cauvin that if he had any plans he should postpone them for two weeks as Martin would have to be in New Orleans for the meeting of the bishops of the province. Cauvin replied that he planned to visit the missions of the west of the diocese of Natchitoches to where the new church is being built, which will take about a week and he had planned to go to New Orleans afterwards. Martin said he must wait until Martin's return about the 22nd or 23rd. Cauvin consented to Martin's request. As Cauvin has belonged to (Blanc) since December 29, he asks (Blanc) to give him these few days.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 16mo. - {2}


1859 Jan. 3
Delle-Piane, B(ernard) Jackson, (Louisiana):
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Le(!) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Their pastor, Father (George) McMahon has gone to New Orleans for a few days; he may have told Blanc of the progress of their congregation. The expenses of finishing the chapel and rooms for the pastor have amounted to several hundred dollars more than the sum allotted. They ask Blanc to come to their help. Signed also by A(rthur) McKenna and John A. Maryman as secretary.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {5}


1859 Jan. 3
Thisse, Father J.N.: Chillicothe, Ohio
 to O(restes) A. Brownson Elizabeth, New Jersey):

Father Thisse encloses $3.30 for his subscription to the Review. He hopes the death of Brownson's son will not impede the publication of his paper, The Catholic World. He believes several of his parishioners will become subscribers, as he himself will, when the paper is issued.

I-3-o - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {3}


1859 Jan. 4
Boe, Father (J.): New Orleans, (Louisana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Boe will leave the Cathedral presbytery today, but cannot move everything with him The priest who moves into his room can set out what he finds until he can get it. Boe is going to rest a few days with a friend and will see Blanc on his return.

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


1859 Jan. 4
Cambiazo, (S.J.), Father J(ohn): Mexico
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

When Cambiazo wrote in mid-November about Blanc's accident and the part Cambiazo had in the loss of so many clergy subjects in their dear Louisiana, he thought he would be in New Orleans for the holidays. All was arranged but as Blanc will see by what he told Father N(apoleon) J(oseph) Perche. This poor country has a revolution within a revolution. One must follow the expeditionary forces as they clear a way, and he will join one leaving in about ten days. The Mexican clergy gave $3,200,000 to the government this year.

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


(1859) Jan. 4
Good Shepherd, Sister Mary of the: Angers, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): (New Orleans, Louisana)

Sister cannot save herself in the religious state; she finds it difficult and does not know whether to advance or withdraw. She asks (Blanc) to pray for her.

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


1859 Jan. 4
(Odin), Bishop J(ohn) M(ary): Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Odin) will be in New Orleans on the night of the 17th.

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


1859 Jan. 5
Baraga, Frederick, Bishop of Saut Ste. Marie: Saut. Ste. Marie, Mich(igan)
 to Bishop Peter P(aul) Lefevere: (Detroit, Michigan)

Baraga complains that Lefevere has not kept the agreement by which Baraga took the jurisdiction over the Indian Missions in the north of the Detroit Diocese. Lefevere agreed to cede to Baraga also all the temporal emoluments and benefits arising from the spiritual attendance of those missions. Baraga considers this an essential point, because temporal emoluments are strictly necessary for the proper administration of Indian Missions. Baraga has had nothing but trouble and expense from these missions. He does not mind the trouble, but he cannot bear any longer the whole expense. He is willing to take upon himself the whole care and trouble and half of the expense. He thinks Indian missions should be assisted by the Bishop of the diocese. The Indians do not support them fully, though they could and would do it, if they were properly compelled to it. Baraga has given $200.00 a year to every Indian missionary and some complain that it is too little. Father (John George) Steinhouser absolutely required $300.00 and obtained it, because he declared that he could not live with less. Baraga asks nothing for himself, but Lefevere must bear half of the support of the missionaries. For each of the missionaries of the 3 principal missions in those counties, namely Cross Village, Little Traverse Bay, and Grand Traverse, Baraga requires $100.00 a year, and he will supply the rest. At the same time Baraga declares that in case of a refusal, he considers the agreement as deficient in a principal point, and therefore dissolved and the 3 missions will be returned to their proper Bishop.

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


(18)59 Jan. 5
Dinnies, J( ) C( ): (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The (New Orleans) Standard will appear next Sunday with 7 columns a page and considerably lengthened. As he desires to refer to (Blanc) in his article about the paper, Dinnies encloses proof of the article so that (Blanc) may correct it (no enclosure).

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {2}


(18)59 Jan. 5
Follot, Father Francis C( ): Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, Louisiana)

Everything is fine at Plaquemine. He has visited most of the parishioners, though many have come to see him at home, such as Mr. Labauve, Mr. Schlatre, Sr., Mr. Hebert. Labauve is a man of good will; Hebert seems well-disposed and Schlatre is a saint. Follot said Mass at Schlatre's little chapel, which is more complete than their future church. The contractor says the roads are too bad to transport the brick, and the walls are done to the level of the windows. The Jubilee went very well. He thinks the Plaquemine parishioners are more pious than those at Opelousas. The Sisters (Marianites of Holy Cross?) were afraid they would get one of the Fathers Ray(mond), for reasons (Blanc) knows. The ladies of Plaquemine held a fair for the convent realizing 10 to 1200 piastres. Schlatre, Jr., Hebert, and Trinidad propose to buy Dr. Scratchley's house for the convent, which would cost about 10,000. Mr. Michel asked in return a Mass per week in perpetuity to be said by the Congregation of Holy Cross. Father (Patrick) Shiel, (C.S.C.) gave his consent. If the exterior of the church is completed by May Follot plans to hold a fair to raise money for its ornamentation. Follot saw Fathers (Ennemond) Dupuy and (Peter) Lucas. His second night at Plaquemine Follot was called to see a sick man at Bayou Goula. Dupuy had been there once and did not wish to return. Follot gave the man Extreme Unction and he died two days later. Follot was asked to have the funeral and used the chapel after being persuaded that Dupuy had gone to New Orleans. This angered Dupuy greatly and he complained to Father (Stephen) Rousselon. Dupuy said the man was a Free Mason. Follot thinks he has straightened out the difficulty with Mr. Desobry. Is the cemetery blessed? Follot sends $20 by Mother du Calvaire for the (Association of the) Propagation of the Faith, collected during the Jubilee, and $11 for the seminary. He will make regular visits to Grosse-Tete when the roads are better.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 8vo. - {19}


1859 Jan. 5
Shannon, Madame A. St. Michael's, (Louisiana):
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Shannon has consulted Madame Jouve about the matter of (Therese Marie) Dwyer. Madame Jouve said to send (Blanc) the enclosed release from vows. Madame believes any bishop can annul simple vows, but possibly Dwyer did not apply to the bishop.

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 Enclosure: 

1859 Jan. 5
Barat, Mother (Madeleine-Sophie) St. Michael, (Louisiana):

Dwyer is released from her first vows in the Society of the (Ladies of) the Sacred Heart.

- Printed Form S. - (French) -


VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (English), - - Printed Form S. - (French) - 2pp. - 8vo. - {5}


1859 Jan. 6
Martet, E( ): Havre, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, Louisiana)

Martet is sorry he did not have the chance to say goodbye to (Blanc); Father (Stephen) Rousselon promised to convey greetings when he baptised Martet's baby girl. The trip took 65 days. Martet did not find work for two months and just as he was about to go to Paris, and if possible, to Arras, he found a bit of tapestry-weaving. The day he left New Orleans he took his daughter to say goodbye to her uncle, Charles Bienvenu, who promised that he would help him bring her up. Martet has sent two letters and has received no response. Little Marie-Therese speaks often of Rousselon.

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


1859 Jan. 6
Rappe, Bishop Amadeus: of Cleveland, Ohio
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He thanks Purcell for documents he sent. He rejoices over speedy termination of affairs in Rome. He speaks of forthcoming trip to Rome. He wishes he had $10,000 to give to the American College in Rome, but he will have to give less. He sends wishes for the new year.

II-4-o - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 12mo. - {1}


1859 Jan. 7
Wood, James F. Bishop of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

Wood acknowledges Purcell's note of January 3, and sends his best wishes to all his old friends. The priest in question ran away before anyone knew of his intentions and no one knew where. Bishop John N. Neumann was absent at the time. He was accused of a crime. Whether it was true is not known since it was never fully investigated. Wood has no idea what kind of letters the priest got from Bishop John N. Neumann. Wood had a letter from Cardinal Alexander Barnabo saying that the question of division had been referred to the next National Council, and a letter from Archbishop Francis P. Kenrick saying it might be held this summer. Wood hopes that poor Dexter will fall on the Church when he does fall. Wood sends his regards to Father Edward Purcell, Father Collins, and all friends including Mr. and Mrs. Springer.

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


1859 Jan. 8
Berthaud, Father F(rancis): (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

After due consideration Berthaud writes the same thing he wrote (Blanc) six months ago. He would prefer another position in the diocese, or even in the country, to the position he holds at St. Louis Cathedral. His two motives are: a desire for greater physical activity and the need to help his aged parents and a young brother who is continuing his studies. Berthaud is no further ahead than the first year of his arrival in New Orleans. He will never forget (Blanc)'s kindnesses nor those of Father (Constantine) Ma(e)nhaut.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {2}


1859 Jan. 8
Hilton, G.H.: Cincinnati, Ohio
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson (Elizabeth, New Jersey):

Judge Hilton has not received the January Number of the Review; none has reached Cincinnati yet. Hilton agrees with Brownson's remarks on the (Count Charles de) Montalembert case, involving (Louis) Veuillot and L'Univers. (James) McMaster of New York is as blind in his loyalty to (Stephen A.) Douglas as Veuillot is to Napoleon III. The Freeman's Journal is nauseating. He sympathizes with Brownson in his loss of his son.

I-3-o - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {7}


1859 Jan. 8
Lucas, Father P(eter): West Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

The Jubilee was celebrated as well as possible. The collection yielded $24.90, $12.45 for the poor; $12.45 for the Propagation of the Faith. Lucas sends $12 more for the subscribers to the books the vicar-general sent recently. There is a rumor that Father (Charles) Chambost has taken the ornaments from the church at Plaquemine. Lucas would never believe that and it is not so. Chambost bought some himself and received a great quantity from Father Duplex, Superior of the Seminary of Lyon. Chambost took them to pay his passage. The Cardinal received him favorably and gave him extraordinary faculties before he left for Rome. The Ministry through the Under-Prefect of Roanne has asked him to appear before His Majesty who wishes to confer an important post upon Chambost. Lucas cannot say where as Chambost has not yet accepted. It is no more than Chambost deserves to repay for all the insults he has suffered unjustly. Lucas does nothing but cough; everything he does is painful so that he can no longer go on. Last Sunday he could not go up above. If Blanc can send a replacement for the last weeks of Lent Lucas can instruct him.

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


1859 Jan. 8
(Scherr), Archbishop Gregoire von President of the Ludwig Missions Verein: Munich, Germany
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Von Scherr refers to a letter written him by Rev. F(rancis) Pabisch of Cincinnati asking him for funds for a German college and mission. He states that there is money available but before letting any out he must have a statement from the archbishop to the effect that Father Pabisch's letter is authentic and that the needs referred to are real. The college mentioned is Mount St. Mary's. The letter is signed by Dr. Mah. Kaiser, as secretary.

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


1859 Jan. 9
Barnett, John P.: New Orleans, Louisiana

License is granted to Father Stephen Rous(se)lon to marry Francis Bono and Angele Alfred.

VI-2-a - D.S. - 1p. - 32mo. - {3}


1859 Jan. 9
Chenal, Father H( ) J( ): Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Blanc's silence increases Chenal's miseries. He is not under any sort of suspension. If he had the money he would have gone to New Orleans long ago. Father (Annet?) Lafont wrote a malevolent letter concerning him. By one word Blanc can draw him back into the workers in the Vineyard. P.S. He is in extreme need, he owes four weeks rent, and his clothes are in poor condition.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 6pp. - 12mo. - {2}


1859 Jan. 9
Elder, Bishop William Henry: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Elder has (Blanc)'s letter. It will be better if Elder stays home until Sunday evening or Monday. Father (M.F.) Grignon is not due back until Sunday and there is fear of a plot to burn out one of their neighbors. Elder will see (Blanc) the 17th or 18th.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {2}


1859 Jan. 10
DelaRuelle, Dr.: Opelousas, L(ouisian)a
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Several months ago DelaRuelle wrote to Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perche asking information about Mr. St. Cyr of Arthun; Perche referred him to Rousselon for fuller information. It appears that St. Cyr has left for France, leaving the Countess in N(ew) O(rleans). St. Cyr's brother-in-law wishes to save the family honor. DelaRuelle asks Rousselon to give him the St. Cyr Paris address so that he could take the necessary proceedings and bring in a sum minor to the family, but considerable for DelaRuelle. Could Rousselon believe that this man having duped the people of Lafayette, St. Martinsville, Opelousas and surrounding places took on Lake Simonet from where he sold, or rather, drank the fish he took from it? Would a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, the nephew of a Marshal of France descend so low?

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 8vo. - {3}


1859 Jan. 10
Dicharry, Father F(elix): Natchitoches, Louisiana
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Dicharry sends his regards and affection and is sorry about Blanc's recent afflictions. They will earn Blanc more glory in heaven.

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


1859 Jan. 10
Dicharry, Father F(elix): Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Rousselon) has sent Dicharry 2 boxes of the Holy Oils which he has not paid; also money at different times. Dicharry sends ten piastres; if he owes more he would like to know.

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


1859 Jan. 11
Barry, Father W(illiam) J.: (Cincinnati, Ohio)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Barry enjoyed Brownson's letter of Dec. 19 and appreciates his revision of Barry's article written some four years ago. He will try to send other contributions to the Review. He enjoyed the article entitled "Primitive Elements of Thought", showing that the act of preservation is identical with that of creation. He agrees with Brownson's criticisms of the French Ontological school. Last vacation, when in Paris, he had an interesting visit with Abbe La Roche, a professor of philosophy at the Petit Seminaire of Issy. La Roche is the favorite of Branchereau who is preparing a third edition of the work, Praelectiones, which Brownson reviewed. La Roche had a share in the work of Abbe (F.) Hugonin.

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


1859 Jan. 11
Foache, Louis: Havre, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Confirming his letter of October 20, delivered by Bethiah Thage (?) Foache sends a bill of lading on a box of books from Lebel and Son, Paris. It is addressed to Rousselon and left the 9th on the Heidelberg.

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


1859 Jan. 11
Lacolley, Hector: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

April 14, 1857, Lacolley was married in Paris in the town hall to a barkeeper's daughter. His father-in-law owns one of the fine cafes and had promised it to Lacolley, but a quarrel between Lacolley and his wife's brother led to jealousy and Lacolley cannot have the cafe. He had quit a job in one of the finest shops in Paris and did not want to go back so he left with his wife for Havana. There, he started a shop selling shirts, collars, and ties which was certain to make him rich in five years. But 2 months ago, he went on a tour of Cuba on business. On his return, he found a letter from his wife telling him she had run away with another man. So he left Havana six weeks ago for New Orleans. He had to sell his place to cover his debts. He had only $31 when he reached New Orleans, and he has been unable to find work. He asks Blanc's help.

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


1859 Jan. 11
Lefevere, Peter Paul Bishop of Zela: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Lefevere says he received Purcell's letter of the 30th which informed him that the acts and decrees of his 2nd Provincial Council were approved and that by a Papal Decretum that all their requests had been granted. Lefevere is joyful at this news because he believes it will help the ministry. He hopes that the letter to the Superior General of the Xavierian Brothers will receive a favorable answer. He believes the Christian education of the children is the most important. Lefevere hopes that Nashville may soon obtain a good Coadjutor that will assist and edify the Provincial Council at St. Louis. Lefevre wishes Purcell a happy New Year.

II-4-o - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {3}


(18)59 Jan. 12
Duplantier, G.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

License is granted to Father (Stephen) Rousselon to marry Manuel Truchard and Madeleine Race, widow of Juan Baugo. (For) January 15 at 7 o'clock.

VI-2-a - D.S. - 2pp. - 32mo. - {4}


1859 Jan. 12
McFaul, Father Michael: Mobile, (Alabama)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

McFaul received (Blanc)'s letter of the 7th and would have left today but Bishop (Michael) Po(r)tier asked him to attend some missions first. He will see (Blanc) in a few weeks and accepts the offer of a congregation in (Blanc)'s diocese.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {2}


1859 Jan. 12
Marechaux, Father A(ugustine): Assumption, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Marechaux asks a dispensation for Amedee Giroir and Emelie Guillot. His presbytery is not finished so he will put off his trip to buy furniture. He got rid of the priest in question Sunday afternoon and doubts if he will show up at the Archbishopric because he left the breviary which Father (Stephen) Rousselon loaned him, and which he did not use. He is a man without conscience whose conduct is scandalous. He only visited Assumption to get money, but Marechaux did not give him any. He said Rousselon had loaned him $60; Marechaux will try to make him repay if he returns to Mexico as Marechaux knows a vicar-general in the diocese of Puebla.

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


1859 Jan. 12
Spalding, M(artin) J., Bishop of: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Spalding apologizes for not answering Purcell's letter of the 3rd because of the Holy Days, bilious attack, incessant calls, etc. He reciprocates Purcell's wishes for the New Year and hopes he will have at least twenty-five years more that he may celebrate his golden jubilee on St. Edward's Day. He thanks Purcell for the communications from Rome and is flattered at Rome's opinion of them—better than the Archbishop of St. Louis seems to believe. Spalding says that the Bishops (George Carrell) of Covington and (John H. Luers) of Fort Wayne are seriously negotiating for an exchange of Dioceses. The Bishop of Fort Wayne is now in Louisville and the Bishop of Covington was here yesterday. Both are in earnest about the change, especially the Bishop of Covington, Both have appealed to Spalding to act as a neutral with Rome and he told them he would do what he thought best, only with Purcell's consent and approval. Whatever is done must be done secretly and prudently. Spalding believes the change would be for Purcell's comfort and satisfaction. He asks Purcell's ideas on the matter and he will carry out his wishes. But they must be done immediately because if they wait for the next Provincial Council, as Rome will probably require, unless they plan will before hand the subject will be too delicate for Purcell to handle. Spalding believes it would be for the good of religion to have Bishop Luers as Purcell's immediate neighbor as well as his own. But Spalding will not act as mediator unless Purcell gives his whole consent and approbation. Spalding says Dr. (Orestes A.) Brownson will be terribly annoyed with their disclaimer of him in the Review of Father S. Robinson's lecture against the Church, but it does not matter. It is right and they will stand by it.

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


1859 Jan. 13
Luers, J(ohn) H(enry) Bishop of Fort Wayne: Louisville, Kentucky
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cin(cinna)ti, (Ohio)

Luers has learned with great pleasure from Purcell's letter that Rome has approved of the acts of the council. The Association of the Propagation of Lyons will allow him 12000 francs during the year. Bishop (George) Carrell, S.J. has asked him to exchange sees and Luers consents if this can be brought about. Carrell has been made odious to his flock by some unworthy priests whom he had to send away, and feels that he can no longer do any good in Covington. Luers and he were to meet in Louisville. Carrell had already left but Luers consulted with Bishop (Martin John) Spalding about the matter and he will probably inform Purcell. Luers admits that he has no serious reason for wishing a change but will accept it if given. Purcell knows well his opinion of Father (Julian) Benoit and of Fort Wayne. Lafayette is a better place but must be better established and that will take some years. He likes older men with whom he can consult and the young members whom he has ordained are too young. Living near Purcell, this would not be true since he could consult him. If the change were made he would let St. Stanislaus College in Scott County take care of itself or turn it into an orphanage asylum. His seminarians he would send to Cincinnati where he could get them for ceremonies. He would also try to live in peace and pay off the debt. He would go personally to see Purcell but he has promised to consecrate a bell for Father (Augustine) Bessonies.

P.S.—There is no debt on the Fort Wayne diocese worth naming. The church there will be built without incurring scarcely any, with the aid of Catholics and Protestant friends of Benoit. He has or soon will have pastors in all the places where can be supplied.

II-4-o - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {8}


1859 Jan. 13
O'Conor, Tho(ma)s B.: Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

O'Conor is soon to be married and has applied to Father (Darius) Hubert, (S.J.) who says the ceremony should take place in the church. The only objection to that is that the grandparents of the bride would be unable to attend because of their age. For this reason the father refuses to give O'Conor permission to marry his daughter. O'Conor asks Blanc's permission to celebrate the wedding at home.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {2}


1859 Jan. 14
Lesne, Marie: Lyon, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Will Blanc watch over Lesne's elder brother, Hyacinthe Lesne, who has been in New Orleans, for several weeks. Her uncle had promised to be a patron for one of his nephews and on the death of their father Hyacinthe went. The uncle sent him to St. Louis where he abandoned him completely. Hyacinthe has been in America six years, has married an Irish girl and they have two daughters. A letter this week informed Marie of their distress and of their sudden departure for New Orleans. Marie asks Blanc to help her brother to get a job; he has a good education. Since 1856 they have not heard from their uncle.

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


1859 Jan. 15
P(urcell), Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist): Cin(cinnati, Ohio)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

One of their Representatives sent him this letter. The new law repeals one forbidding Purcell to receive, retain, or transmit real estate for Church purposes. (Blanc) is to notice this week's Catholic Telegraph.

- A.L.S. -


 On the same paper: 

1859 Jan. 12
Dobmeyer, Jos(eph) J.: Columbus. (Ohio)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: Cin(cinna)ti, (Ohio)

Dobmeyer received Purcell's letter. He had sent a copy of Professor Monroe's bill to Purcell. He does not think Purcell's case will be affected by the amendment. Judge Mathews is of the opinion that nothing can affect Purcell's rights. The act repeals the law covering religious property.

- A.L.S. -


VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {2}


1859 Jan. 15
Van Beveren, J.: Point a la Hache, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Van Beveren thanks Blanc for the gift and says he will contribute to it by prayers.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {1}


1859 Jan. 16
Dupeire, J.B.: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

He permits his negro Henry to marry Marie Rose. (Signed) by A. Dupeire. Father S(tephen) Rousselon notes: Celebrated January 19(?). (Witnessed by) L. Adams, Joseph Cardelart(?), Jean Baptiste, and Alphonse Barda.

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


1859 Jan. 16
Lamy, John B. Bishop of Santa Fe: Santa Fe, (New Mexico)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He would like to know how Father Don Pedro is getting along. He is much in need of priests. Arizona territory belongs to them now. Father (Joseph P.) Machebeuf is there all alone. There will soon be emigration into Arizona. Lamy will send a priest to France to obtain some priests and some Christian Brothers. Lamy will be alone in Santa Fe with a young priest to attend to 9,000 Catholics. About half of these are scattered through the country. They had the Jubilee in December; more than a thousand received Communion. The war with the Navajo tribe is over.

II-4-o - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {5}


1859 Jan. 17
Borgess, Father O(tto) H.: Marges, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Borgess says Purcell must not condemn him until he has heard him. He refused to have Mass in Marges because the gentlemen who complained to Purcell had not paid their subscriptions and he could not live without them. He wrote this to Mr. Walsor. These gentlemen, Klise and Walsor are Oddgellows. Klise and Little were trustees under Father F. Goetz. When called upon to collect money, they refused and now owe Borgess $37.82. He advertised that there would be no church until he received his salary. They refused publicly and said he would not be needed after the 3rd of January. He has already spent $58 of his own in Marges. In answering the accusations of the people Brummer says that he is not a drunkard; he has always made his sick calls which he made even when he was sick. He is going to Father (D.M.) Winands and Purcell can do what he likes about his case, but he intends to have his salary. He will attend Lodi while he is at Father Winands.

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


1859 Jan. 17
Lelievre,:
O. and Company New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Bishop (Auguste Marie) Martin: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipt for $12 owed for 1 year of Chretienne Croiset, 9 volumes.

VI-2-a - Receipt S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}


(18)59 Jan. 17
Lucas, Father P(eter): West Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Lucas received Blanc's letter which asked if there was not some error about the $12.45 Lucas sent for the poor. After Blanc's mandate Lucas announced that in order to gain the Jubilee indulgence, two alms must be given: one for the Propagation of the Faith and one for the poor. The Church is the primary poor, so he told the president of the wardens to spend part of it for three surplices. Last week Lucas received a letter to go see a sick person at Pointe Coupee but he did not; he received another one asking him to go to see Mrs. Key at Bayou Maringouin. Father (Francis) Follot should be notified to visit Bayou Grosse Tete and Maringouin as it may cause jealousy if Lucas goes.

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


1859 Jan. 17
Martin, Bishop Aug(uste Marie): (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He asks Rousselon to pay Messrs. ( ) Faurès and ( ) Norman $67.15 and charge it to his account.

VI-2-a - A.D.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 32mo. - {3}


1859 Jan. 17
Martin, Bishop Aug(uste) Marie): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father S(tephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He asks Rousselon to pay to (T.) O'Donnell $61.30 and charge it to his account.

VI-2-a - A.D.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 32mo. - {2}


1859 Jan. 17
Roduit, S.J., Father J(oseph): Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, Louisiana

Although Roduit wishes to pay his debts as soon as possible, it is impossible to send immediately the sum which (St. Charles) College owes. There are now 102 students.

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


1859 Jan. 17
Shannon, Madame A. St. Michael's, (Louisiana):
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mother Shannon received Blanc('s letter of the 14th and is glad to hear he is no longer confined to his room. The (Ladies of the Sacred Heart) are anxious to see (Blanc) again at St. Michael's. The delay concerning the payment of money from Baton Rouge is immaterial provided (Blanc) will send the sum to Bishop (William Henry) Elder in Feb(ruary).

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {3}


1859 Jan. 17
Spalding, M(artin) J. Bishop of Louisville: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Spalding says he will have nothing further to do with that episcopal move, and he stated that nothing could be done without Purcell's approbation. He is going to send a copy of his incorporation to the Archbishop of New Orleans, though he has not yet written Spalding on the subject. Spalding had supposed they would have a Plenary Council in May, 1861. Preachers are getting to be at a discount. Daly, the president of Bloomington University, who once boasted to Spalding that his father was an Irish Catholic in Columbus, Ohio, is in difficulties for assaulting a female in the public streets. Spalding says that the villian who figured in the Telegraph and Advocate is probably the same who cheated Bishop (William H.) Elder and others under under the assumed name of a son of Captain Rudd. Spalding wrote to Father H. Dupontavice to warn him on the subject. Bishop (George) Carrell told him that he had merely charged his Vicar-General to prevent "straggling" priests from saying Mass in his absence from Covington and that the refusal to the priest of the seminary was all a mistake.

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


1859 Jan. 18
Francais, Father (N.): Charenton, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mr. Meynard asked Francais to ask Rousselon to tell Achile Metayer that Meynard offers $200 with board and room, for instructing his children, and would allow him to teach other children. There might be 4 to 6 others at $50 each. Meynard will be in New Orleans around the twentieth. Francais is happy to hear of the Archbishop's recovery. He asks Rousselon to see Father Perche about getting two ordos. P.S. Francais will send $12 or $15 collected at the Jubilee for the Propagation of the Faith.

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


1859 Jan. 18
Hubert, S.J., Father D(arius): Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Hubert asks for a dispensation for the marriage of a Catholic girl, Miss Latil, to a Methodist, named Watson. Hubert scarcely tried to dissuade her from the marriage as it would be hard for her to find another husband because of a recent scandal in her family. Hubert has not received the prayers which Blanc promised him. The little difficulties about the school are not yet ended. These unfortunate Irish have too little head and too much tongue.

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


(18)59 Jan. 18
Martin, Bishop Aug(uste Marie): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

He asks Rousselon to pay $228 to (Julien) Grassin.

VI-2-a - A.D.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 32mo. - {2}


1859 Jan. 19
Duplantier, G.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

License granted to Father (Angelo) Mascaroni to marry Sebastian Quiron and Regina Sieca, Widow Begger (on) January 20, 1859.

VI-2-a - D.S. - 2pp. - 32mo. - {4}


1859 Jan. 19
Langton, J.S. St. Louis, (Missouri):
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): (New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Blanc) will find enclosed $70 which he paid James Carrol on account of Archbishop Peter Ric(hard) Kenrick.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {3}


1859 Jan. 20
Jeard, J(osep)h: Marseille, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Jeard has put off sending news to his niece(?) because he did not know if Rousselon was still in New Orleans. His niece said in her letter of last January 25 that she could be reached through Rousselon. Jeard thanks Rousselon for the favor and sends some letters.

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


1859 Jan. 20
Luers, J(ohn) H(enry) Bishop of Fort Wayne: Lafayette, Indiana
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cin(cinna)ti, (Ohio)

Luers would gladly visit Purcell but Father (Julian) Benoit will leave in a few days on a begging tour in the South and he must replace him. He was at Indianapolis last Sunday to consecrate a bell for the English church. The congregation is already some 2,000 souls and increasing. There were 255 baptisms and 64 marriages there last year. The English congregation is the largest in the state with Terre Haute and Lafayette next in order. He is sorry that the seat of his diocese was not placed in Lafayette. As to the proposed change he will cheerfully abide by whatever decision is made. The reasons will have to come from Bishop (George) Carrell and might be: (1) those mentioned in his last letter, (2) the debt. Luers says that Carrell's debt is $20,000 if not more and is increasing and that he cannot borrow money in Covington. Carrell is no financier and another might get money in Europe especially in Germany or Hungary if he can speak German. (3) His trouble with the German congregations. Besides those he already had the little congregation of St. Joseph, some 200 families, is building a frail but expensive church which will leave them in debt $20,000 with results that can be forseen. By getting a new diocese he would have Benoit who with him is an especial friend of Bishop (Maurice) De St. Palais; he would have comparatively little debt. The new church will be paid for by the subscription, no very expensive building to erect, except an orphanage in time, no college to build or support since Father (Edward) Sorin's is sufficient and practically no stations without priests. He will not be able to pontificate often but Luers thinks Carrell will not mind that. He could visit his diocese easily since nearly all his parishes are on a railroad. He asks Purcell to destroy this and the proceeding letter. Fort Wayne would be a very good diocese if it contained a seat where pontifical ceremonies could be carried on decently, but it has no such seat and does not expect to have one. It will be many years before he can demand a cathedraticum. The few dollars he collects for orphans at Christmas have to be spent on seminarians and more besides.

P.S.—If he appears foolish at times Purcell is to bear with him since he has no one else to whom he can unburden himself.

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


(18)59 Jan. 20
McLaughlin, Father Peter: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

McLaughlin visited again today in (New Orleans). As he could not get enough last year he dare not live in Bath. Bishop W(illiam Henry) Elder has given McLaughlin all his diocese and Natchitoches. As McLaughlin journeys up the Mississippi may he call on the Irish laborers wherever he finds them? He will see Blanc tomorrow.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8no. - {2}


1859 Jan. 20
Spalding, Bishop M(artin) J(ohn): Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

The Archbishop of Cincinnati told Spalding that (Blanc) was trying to procure an act of incorporation. Spalding sends (Blanc) a copy of his own in case it would help (no enclosure). He hopes (Blanc) is entirely recovered.

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


1859 Jan. 20
Whelan, O.S.D., Rev. James: Somerset, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Whelan asks for a dispensation for the marriage of a German couple belonging to the congregation of Somerset. The man is a widower and has quite a large family. The woman is a widow with a family also. They are full first cousins. There will be scandal if they do not marry. Whelan says the dispensation should be immediate if Purcell deems it proper. Whelan encloses $35 for the Society of the Propagation of Faith, alms of the Jubilee, from Holy Trinity Congregation.

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


1859 Jan. 21
Pulsers, Father J(ames) J.: Munster, (Germany)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Pulsers has just received a letter from Father (Cornelius) Moutard which gives him to understand that he need never return to America. Pulser feels he is not to blame for what occasioned his departure. If he has done anything to "irritate that man" it was his duty as parish priest to do so. He wanted to make money by using him and the fact that he freely visited two priests which encouraged him and made Pulsers fearful. At present, Pulsers is on a journey through Germany, visiting Munster, Bonn and Munich, returning by Paris to Holland. He has received no letter from Lefevere, but hopes to at Uden, Holland. He asks Lefevere to settle his indebtedness mentioning a Mr. Flynn, Costello(?), Van Riper, Hays, Beals and a Sown. He asks to be informed how the matter leaked out and what was the real import of the whole affair. He hopes Father (Francis) Van Erp may be assigned to Dexter in case he does not return. If not he wishes his property will serve the religious education of Catholic children.

III-2-i - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {4}


1859 Jan. 22
Chatard, Fred(eric)k: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to (William) Seton (3): (portsmouth, Virginia)

Chatard was very much disappointed on his return from Mr. Dolan's to find that Seton had gone through. He thinks Seton will be pleased in Portsmouth for a little while. Chatard's friend Mr. Aylwin lives at the City Hotel. He is Commodore Dornin's clerk and one of the best of men. Seton will see Father (Joseph) Plunket(t). Seton no doubt knows Dornin. Barney is First Lieutenant of the Yard and married Dornin's daughter. Robb, the commander, is an intimate friend of Chatard. Chatard would like to join Seton there, but he is too poor. He encloses a little scrap (no enclosure). Seton will observe that Chatard acted exactly in accordance with it. He did not interfere except in case of protection to American citizens. Everybody tells Chatard he acted right. Secretary (Isaac) Toucey admitted to Robert McLean that the Department had acted hastily. He said he could not give Chatard a command just now because the officers restored by the President were to be emplyed first. After a while Chatard will be employed. Seton is to show the scrap to Plunket(t) and return it. What about Old Mse(?). Chatard hopes Seton will not say, or, that Fred bores him. (P.S.) Pierce(?) has connived for himself; Chatard sends his card (no enclosure). He has obtained some business for him there already. They work for their children.

II-1-a - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {3}


1859 Jan. 23
A(r)gurio, Mario: Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to My dear daughter: (New Orleans, Louisiana?)

A(r)gurio would like to have news of her and to ask her to help Father (Stephen) Rousselon for his release. She could tell the members (of the Legislature?) the cause of his detention and obtain his pardon. He asks her to thank Sister (Francis Regis, S.C.?) Roges and Mother St. André, (R.U.) for him. She is to give A(r)gurio news of her brother Thomas (Argurio) and their(?) mother.

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


1859 Jan. 23
A(r)gurio, Mario: Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

A(r)gurio thanks Rousselon for his friendship; he believes that Rousselon will use his influence to have him released. He considers himself innocent. His daughter could help by appealing(?) to the Legislature; Rousselon is to give her news of him and to exhort her to follow the course A(r)mentioned above. P.S. His name is not John but Mario. (The letter is addressed to) Father (Henry) Aubert, Baton Rouge, for Rousselon.

VI-2-a - L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {2.}


1859 Jan. 23
Fitzpatrick, Bishop John B(ernard): Boston, (Massachusetts)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

The bearer is Mary Nolan, who will spend a few months in New Orleans for her health. Her exertions for the comfort of her aged parents have been the cause of her impaired health. Fitzpatrick recommends her to (Blanc)'s attention.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {2}


1859 Jan. 23
Luers, J(ohn) H(enry) Bishop of Fort Wayne: Lafayette, (Indiana)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cin(cinna)ti, Ohio

One of his priests who lives out of the way and whom the desired information may not reach asks for the rules for Lent. Since a uniform rule was agreed on at the last council, Luers asks Purcell to have inserted on the Telegraph with the rules the note that the same rules will hold for the Fort Wayne diocese.

II-4-o - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {2}


1859 Jan. 23
(Martin), Bishop Aug(uste) M(ar)ie: Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

In leaving (Blanc) so suddenly Martin planned to arrive in time to detain Father (D. Andrew) Cauvin but he was unsuccessful. Martin told Cauvin what (Blanc) had said, that there was no position for Cauvin. Cauvin said he did not need a position, and that he could return home. Cauvin is better off than any other priest of Natchitoches, but is unsatisfied. It is too bad, because he is valuable among the poor Mexicans Martin cannot help without Spanish. In all, Cauvin is a good priest. He will leave tomorrow and probably arrive before this letter does. If (Blanc) wants a Coadjutor, it should be Bishop (John Mary) Odin who is known and esteemed. It is easier to find a Bishop for Galveston than for Louisiana.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {3}


1859 Jan. 24
(Blanc), Ant(hony), A(rch)b(isho)p of N(ew) Orl(eans): N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana).
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): OF Cincinnati, Ohio

(Blanc) hopes that (Purcell) has received his two copies of the sole corporation acts of the bishops of Philadelphia, etc. He discovered that he himself had copies of them. He has not Purcell's yet. He does not like that of Louisville because of one clause. On the question of his coadjutor, he has talked earnestly with four of his colleagues in the province. He did not propose the one mentioned by (Purcell) because of his age, but they suggested Father (Isadore) Boudreaux, S.J. who was once president of St. Kavier' in Cincinnati. He is a native of Louisiana and speaks English as well as French. Blanc knew him before he was a priest. (Blanc) suggested two names. Bishop (Louis) de Goesbriand whom he mentioned to Purcell and Bishop (Armand) de Charbonnel of Toronto. They had no objection to the first but felt that the second might be too zealous. (Blanc's) vicar general knew him when he was under the Seminary of Lyons and thought him the best for the diocese. He does not speak English very well, but fluently enough for his needs in New Orleans, where in only 10 or 12 churches or chapels is English spoken. (Blanc) asks (Purcell's) suggestion among the French clergy, preferably a secular. As to the American College in Rome, there will be no unity of action until the matter is discussed in plenary council. He would prefer a religious community for the internal direction such as the Lazarists or Sulpicians. They have a pastoral on the subject for the province but he fears the result will not be what is desired.

P.S. (Blanc) walked to the Cathedral this morning without crutches, but slowly. He asks (Purcell's) Motion about the new version of the scriptures.

II-4-o - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {6}


1859 Jan. 24
Campbell, Henry P.: New York, (New York)
 to Father S(tephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisana)

Campbell has forwarded the three cases for the Couvent de la Presentation by Hamden and Company's Express.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 32mo. - {2}


1859 Jan. 24
Kenrick, Archbishop Francis Patrick: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisana)

Kenrick presents Armand Doize, who is about to settle in New Orleans.

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


1859 Jan. 24
O'Shea, P(atrick): New York, (New York)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

O'Shea encloses (no enclosure) the prospectus of a Church History he is preparing to publish. He hopes to add Blanc's name to the list of patrons. P.S. The list of subscribers will be included in the first volume.

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


1859 Jan. 26
Borgess, (Father) C(aspar) H.: Columbus, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Borgess feels that he will be asked to make an announcement from the pulpit concerning a supper given by Miss Felicitas V. Tietz for the support of the 36 children in her establishment and he is asking Purcell for his approval beforehand. 530 Communions were received during the Christmas holidays in Borgess' church. The school is freed from taxes. There are 387 pupils in the four divisions.

II-4-o - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {1}


(18)59 Jan. 26
Enders, P.M.: Baton Rouge, (Louisana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisana)

Will Blanc sign the enclosed (no enclosure). Positive evidence must be had that the notes have been paid or the property cannot be released from mortgage.

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


1859 Jan 26.
Hart, Matthew: New Haven, (Connecticut)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Hart has started a circulating Catholic Library and wishes to sponsor three lecturers. Will Brownson give the second lecture, about the middle of February? He intends to have Doctor (Levi Silliman) Ives and Doctor (Jeremiah V.) Huntington as the other lecturers.

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


(1859) (Jan. 26)/1859 Jan. 22
Mazzetti, Vincent Borsa and Cesar Benzi: Milan, (Italy)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

They are grateful for Blanc's letter of December 3 and were sorry to hear of (Blanc)'s accident. They especially thank (Blanc) for giving them the information they wanted. Since the trustworthy person to whom (Blanc) referred them thinks there are very few firms shipping tobacco to Europe they would like him to name the reliable ones.

- A.L.S. - (French) -


 On the same paper: 

1859 Jan. 26
Balleni, Father Paul: Milan, (Italy)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Balleni was sorry to hear about (Blanc)'s accident. Their archbishop suffers from an incurable malady. Balleni thanks (Blanc) for answering Borsa and Benzi's request.

- A.L.S. - (Latin) -


 Enclosed in this letter is a note asking an opinion of H.W. Conner and Son of New Orleans and Charleston. 

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French, Latin) - 3pp. - 4to. - {3}


1859 Jan. 26
Reilly, Father Patrick: Helena, Ark(ansas)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Reilly acknowledges (Blanc)'s letter of the 8th regarding Father (John) McDermott. Reilly considers McDermott's case very unfortunate and one in which Reilly cannot do anything for him. He considers the sworn declaration was obtained by fraud for his accuser made a prior declaration to Bishop (Andrew) Byrne of his guilt. When Father (P.) Behan suspended him in Pine Bluff he said that probably he would not be able to defend himself from the charge against him at Little Rock and would give less scandal if he retired quietly.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 4to. - {4}


1859 Jan. 26
Purcell, Sister Mary Joseph: Tralee, Ireland
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Sister Purcell writes that she received the money he sent for the Wares against the "Know-Nothing" coroner. The parish priest of Balhylongford is dying but their Bishop directed them to ask Mr. William Hickie of Bilelton to take charge of it. They have sent him a letter of credit on the Provincial Bank at Kilrush. One of the Wares is a tenant of Mr. Hickie's. She asked him to send her a receipt to forward to Purcell for the 65 pounds. They had a ceremony of reception last week and will have a Sister professed and two more received in a few weeks hence. They now have sixteen. She asks Purcell to pray for them all. She corrects him in calling her "Reverend Mother", as she will not have that title till she goes with him "to the Know-Nothings." It is her sister, M.M. Aloysius, who is Mother here. She and her sister and all the community send their respects to Purcell.

II-4-o - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {1}


(18)59 Jan. 28
(Martin), Bishop Aug(uste) M(ar)ie: Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to (Archbishop Anthony Blanc): (New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Martin) sends a check for $30 on Brown, Johnston and Company plus $12 to pay a bill and an order for $17 on New York. Father (D. Andrew) Cauvin is still there, awaiting answers to the letters written to New Orleans. Madame (A.) Guinand, (R.S.C.J.), the Superior, told Martin that Cauvin's ambition is to be chaplain at the Convent of St. Michael. Cauvin's ignorance of English would prevent his hearing confessions. Martin thinks Cauvin will regret leaving his former position. (Martin)'s rheumatism has been bothering him. (P.S.) (Martin) sends his respects to the archbishop. Should (Martin) send copies of the statutes to all the bishops of the United States or only from his own province?

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1859 Jan. 28
Martin, Bishop Aug(uste) M(arie): Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Father S(tephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Rousselon is to pay E(dward) Dunigan and Brother $17.13 and charge it to Martin's account.

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1859 Jan. 29
Paris, Father A.S. St. Michael, (Louisiana):
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Paris received a letter from Father (Claude Anthony) Tholomier who asked him to ask (Blanc) if he had received a letter from him and to send the reply to Amagney in Doubs. It seems Tholomier has some plans to stay in Europe. Tholomier had asked Paris if he wished to remain with him at the Convent and Paris said no. Tholomier said he would take the course that suited him the best. It may be that Tholomier will settle in Rome; however (Blanc)'s reply may make him prefer this country. All goes well at the Convent of the (Ladies of the Sacred Heart); they have about 150 pupils.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 8vo. - {3}


(18)59 Jan. 29
Rodriguez, Sister M(ary) of St. Alphonse St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception: (New Orleans, Louisiana?)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): N(ew) Orl(eans, Louisiana)

As Sister cannot go herself she sends (Blanc) a copy of their new rules.

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


1859 Jan. 29
(Seton, Elizabeth: Portsmouth, Virginia)
 to (Robert Seton: Rome, Italy)

(Robert)'s letter of the 23rd was gratefully received. They have left Clairvaux and are very comfortably settled in Portsmouth. They have made the acquaintance of a Mrs. Heath, who has come to Portsmouth to teach in a poorschool, the salary of which goes to the erection of a Catholic church at Edentown, a little village that has 20 Catholics, most of them zealous converts like Mrs. Heath. They have only one priest, Father (Joseph) Plunkett. The (Setons) are the only Catholics in the house besides Mrs. M'Clenahan who knew (Robert) at Clairvaux. Portsmouth is the great naval station; the "Pennsylvania" lies near the yeard and the "Delaware" lies close by. Their father's (William Seton 3) eye fills with tears as he speaks of his gallant ship. He knows many of the officers and the Commodore has offered the service of the boats and men when they wish to visit the ship. As they boarded the "Georgia" at 5 P.M. they must have passed the best scenery at night.

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1859 Jan. 29
Siegrist, Father S(imon): Indianapolis, Ind(iana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Blanc)'s letter gave him great pleasure even though (Blanc) could not carry out Siegrist's plan. Siegrist has had a letter from Father (John) Corbe, Vicar-General and Administrator, who outlined a plan by which Siegrist might take charge of a congregation for a certain number of weeks. Siegrist asks (Blanc) to consider it.

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1859 Jan. 29
Verdin, S.J., Father John S. St. Louis, M(iss)o(uri):
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Verdin introduces Count Galielo, a Lithuanian now travelling in the United States. Verdin was introduced to Galielo by O(restes) A. Brownson who is his special friend.

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(18)59 Jan. 30
(Dwyer, R.G.S.), Mother Mary of St. Francis Xavier:
Convent of the Good Shepherd St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mother introduces Sister Mary of St. Teresa, (Raymont), (R.G.S.), Superior; Sister Mary of Seven Doulers, (R.G.S.), Assistant; and Sister Mary of St. Joseph, (R.G.S.), Mistress of Penitents.

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1859 Jan. 30
Juncker, Henry D. Bishop of Alton: Alton, (Illinois)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Juncker writes about Father Ratte. He came to America, not to work or do good, but to have a good time and make money, accusing Father Brickwedde for having promised him good things. He was insulted by not being made first pastor of Quincy (Illinois) and went around to other dioceses to see how fat they were. His pride made him leave this diocese and go to Cincinnati. Juncker gave him no papers because he first wanted to learn Ratte's conduct in Quincy. He gave him only his papers from Europe. The pastor of Quincy, Father H. Schafermeyer, is a good and humble priest and Juncker hoped he would influence Ratte. Juncker says he read in the newspapers that Bishop Henni is a candidate for the bishopric in Switzerland. He asks Purcell if he has heard anything from Rome of the nominations made at St. Louis. He hopes the Very Reverend Edward (Purcell) will not refuse Chicago if appointed. Juncker asks Purcell not to get a Coadjutor unless Edward, but not the other, whom he heard Purcell has proposed.

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


(18)59 Jan. 30
McDermott, Father John: Little Rock, Ark(ansas)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

McDermott's awkward position forces him to ask(Blanc)again for protection. He sent (Blanc's) letter to Father P(atrick Reilly), Vicar-General, and with it the sworn declaration of his accuser declaring his innocence. McDermott asks for an investigation of his case at (Blanc)'s hands. He has been accused by a person who, in her calmer moments, declared under oath, McDermott's innocence, and who is prepared to do so before any Bishop, or tribunal if required. McDermott asks (Blanc) to exercise his authority by examining his case or by receiving him into his diocese.

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1859 Jan. 30
O'Connor, Louis J.:
 to Father (Francis) Mittelbron(n): P(ointe) Coupee, (Louisiana)

This is the third time O'Connor has asked Mittelbron(n) to come to his father who is not expected to live. O'Connor's father is a lifelong Catholic. All the Jackson priests O'Connor ever knew were drunkards and he wants a sober man to administer to his father. If Mittelbron(n) does not come immediately he will report him to the Bishop.

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1859 Jan. 31
Boe, Father (J.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Boe does not believe he deserves the reproaches in (Blanc)'s letter. Boe has never opposed anything reasonable and has been the first to put (Blanc)'s rules in practise. Yesterday, in assisting the pastor at Vespers, Boe refused to submit to an unreasonable demand, and was insulted for it at the foot of the altar during benediction. As he can no longer maintain his dignity he asks (Blanc) to accept his resignation.

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(18)59 Jan. 31
Guinand, R.S.C.(J.), Madame A.: Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Sister will follow (Blanc)'s advice given in his December letter. Her future—should she stay or go to France-is in God's hands. In her response to her brother, Father Symphorian Guinand she told him she wanted only to please God. The (Ladies of the Sacred Heart) in Louisiana is so different from their Order overseas. She is the only one who thinks so; she cannot isolate herself, be independent; decide all. Sometimes, on reading certain letters from Mother J—, Sister feels disconcerted and discouraged and wishes she could think only of her own salvation. She asks (Blanc)'s prayers.

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