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1859 (Apr.?)
Marks, S.F., Postmaster: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to (Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Received from Box B, No. 29 75 for postage on newspapers for 1st quarter 1859.

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


1859 Apr.
Rousselon, Father S(tephen): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

A receipt for $38.90 from Father C(laude) M. Dubuis, the balance on the note for $1,000 due Dec.1, 1859; brought by Mr. Odet.

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


(1859) (April)
Lamy, Father George: Covington, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He submits a report of the work already done on St. Peter's Church, the priesthouse and it annexes in 1857 and 1858 amounting to $437.12 which he has paid. He has also paid $150 as authorized by (Blanc) for the purchase of some land adjoining the church. He also proposes for (Blanc's) approval plans which will complete the restoration of the church, the school, and the house. It totals $103.25. He hopes to acquire the funds necessary to repair the interior of the church by holding a fair in August. However, in view of the loss of his house and expenses for the purchases of objects of prime necessity for the priest house, he begs (Blanc) to pay the sum indicated.

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


1859 Apr. 1
Bissey, Father L( ): Paris, Canada West
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

Bissey writes to ask if he may come to the (New Orleans) diocese. He has been in Canada for several years, but the climate and conditions are bothering his health. He speaks English and French, and he gives other qualifications. He would not come if the Catholics at New Orleans were anti-France concerning priests, but would return to France. The Irish Catholics around Toronto are publishing pamphlets against Bishop (Armand Francis) Charbonnel, (S.J.), and five weeks ago sent a petition with 7,000 signatures against the French priests to Rome. Bissey is not pressed to leave, and can take care of his needs for the present, but he wants to go to New Orleans if he will be accepted there.

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


1859 Apr. 1
(De Goesbriand), Bishop Louis: Burlington, V(ermon)t
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio)

(De Goesbriand) received (Purcell)'s letter last night. He can never authorize anyone to send his name in connection with the matter in question. If it be sent without his knowledge such a step would be against his will. If a higher authority correspond with him on the subject he will expose the strong reasons for refusing. (De Goesbriand) does not believe in that kind of work.

- A.L.S. -


 On the same paper is written: 

(1859) (Apr.)
Purcell, Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist): Cin(cinnati, Ohio)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orl(ean)s, (Louisiana)

This is an outspoken document. While Purcell regrets the decision for Blanc's sake, it raises his estimate of the writer's character and of the wisdom of Blanc's choice. Is it a sign that Blanc should remain at his post without a coadjutor?

- A.L.S. -


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


(18)59 Apr. 1
Hubert, S.J., Father D(arius): Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Two weeks ago they began work again on the church, so few services will be held there in Lent. It would be almost impossible to have Confirmation soon after Easter. Hubert has asked Father (Patrick) Shiel (C.S.C.) to speak to Blanc about the bill. Mr. Hynes has given Hubert some hope. Father (D.) McCarthy, C.M., heard that Mr. St. Paul was attending to this matter, but St. Paul might be the last man to whom to turn this over. Hubert is sure he could straighten it out if he had the documents and could speak to his friends. Last year's churchwardens were all re-elected and some are not friendly to Hubert. Within two years the same woman has taken up collections in the area three times. She says she was sent by Father Alexander and shows lines written, she says, by Sister Angelique. He complains more and more about his schoolmaster. What is the priest's obligation concerning Mass and conduct? Some do not seem to live up to it.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 16mo. - {5}


1859 April 1
Juncker, Henry D. Bishop of Alton: Alton, (Illinois)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Juncker asks Purcell to please answer him again. He will be in Alton for the third Sunday after Easter. He wishes he were in Dayton, (Ohio) again because here he is worried with labors and troubles. He has about five or six English congregations unsatisfied with their pastors. Juneker knows these priests are unworthy but he could not reform them, and he has none to replace them. The people look to him to aid them but he cannot.

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


1859 Apr. 1
McLaughlin, Father Peter: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Were it not for fever and ague McLaughlin could have done better. He tried to take cold dissolved salts at Mr. O'Donnell's; at last he went to Father C(ornelius) Moynihan's and took hot medicines and get well. The letter Blanc gave McLaughlin is good for money but as far as souls are concerned he cannot do any duty unless he has the pastor's leave. Much good could be done among the poor Irish on plantations were a priest to attend them.

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


1859 Apr. 1
Privat, H.: Bordeau, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Bill of lading for wine shipped on the "Minerva," captained by Privat, from Biguel and Co. by order of J. Avenard of Migron, for Father (John Baptist) Avenard, Campti, care of R. Perot.

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


1859 Apr. 1
Ten Eyck, A: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefev(e)re,: Detroit, (Michigan)

An effort is being made by business men and citizens to remove C(ornelius) O'Flynn as postmaster. In defense of grave charges against him, O'Flynn had represented to the President that he was a zealous and influential Catholic and that a conspiracy has been formed to effect his removal on that ground. Knowing the latter to be untrue and believing the former also untrue Ten Eyck asks Lefevere to state whether or not O'Flynn is a member of the Catholic Church so that his answer may be shown to the President.

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


1859 April 2
Brummer, Father J(ohn) W.: Duckcreek, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Brummer writes that he is having difficulties at St. Joseph (Wills Creek) about the school and asks advise of Purcell. Brummer hired teachers for Wills Creek and Miltonsburg last year and then had trouble collecting for the children. This year after much trouble and expense he got one to take care of both places for $200 and attend to the church and devotions in Brummer's absence for $50. This was better than last year. Brummer had to engage him as no one else would be responsible. But this teacher was not so well liked, and many people did not send their children which made it more expensive for the ones who did. There was much criticism and Brummer told a trustee in Wills Creek to have school stop the 1st of May but he got him to quit in February by telling him he would not be paid since the trustee had the church funds. Brummer announced that school would continue till May and the people were to keep sending their children and pay whether they did or not as was the custom in Duckcreek. He does not know whether to depose the trustee or not for fear of the other parishes following his footsteps. Brummer thinks Rev. (Charles) Montgomery of Zanesville would depose him and make him collect the money as penance but he wants Purcell's aid and advise. Brummer says he does not get enough money from the missions to take care of all his pressing needs— only $100 each from Miltonsburg and WillsCreek and;maybe $300 from Duckcreek. He asks Purcell what he must do with the trustee and the ones siding with him and presents certain moral difficulties. He asks if he can say two Masses on Sundays, and if Purcell can send a priest to Miltonsburg and Willscreek. One is needed very much, especially in winter, and for Archer's Settlement. But unless he is well-liked, he will have a hard time getting support. Brummer asks Purcell to write him at Miltonsburg, Monroe County and give some advice. He wants to know if they will have a retreat next summer.

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


1859 Apr. 2
Feltin, Father N(icholas): Houston, (Texas)
 to (Archbishop Anthony Blanc): (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Feltin sends $5.00, half for the orphans and half for the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. He wants a favor from God for the salvation of two souls who have trouble in persevering. During the last year he has had success in conversions. Every time he gives for the orphans his prayers are answered.

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


1859 Apr. 3
Mittelbronn, Father (Francis): Pointe Coupee, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mittelbronn asks a dispensation to marry Joseph Langlois and Augustine Bertonniere during Holy Week.

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


1859 Apr. 3
Mittelbronn, Father (Francis): Pointe Coupee, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mittelbronn is chagrined since receiving (Blanc)'s last letter to find that (Blanc) plans to send back Father (H.) Thirion to replace him, and asks (Blanc) to reconsider. Mittelbronn will stay until (Blanc) to reconsider. Mittelbronn will stay until (Blanc) finds someone else. Thirion's return would be the death of Pointe Coupee. It can be avoided by sending Thirion to West Baton Rouge; there would be less risk. Mittelbronn feels sure that Thirion would abandon the Chenal missions. Old Knops is the prime mover among the petitioners and his reasons are ignoble. The devout people do not want Thirion. About a month ago Michael Michel went to see Thirion and told him that several persons regretted his going; Thirion told them that if they wanted him back they should petition the Archbishop. Michel told Knops who set to work at once. Also if Mittelbronn quits he can say goodbye to what the trustees owe him.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {5}


1859 Apr. 4
Mina, Father Ve. M(odest)e: St. John Baptist, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Mina has announced First Communion and Confirmation for the 28th. Blanc could arrive by the steamboat Kenner. The number of children is about the same as last year, about 80.

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


1859 April 4
Spalding, M(artin) J. Bishop of Louisville: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Spalding desires to introduce the Christian Brothers into the Province and feels that a suitable place for their novicate would be St. Mary's College (Kentucky), since the Jesuits are not taking it. The Brothers, as they have large boarding schools in New York and St. Louis, should not object to carrying on St. Mary's. The whole project is worth 25 thousand dollars and for the last three years it has oleared $3,000 annually. Spalding will transfer it to the Brothers if Purcell approves, Providing they keep it up as a Catholic Farmer's College. He feels Father(Peter J.) Lavialle will be glad if it is transferred. Purcell should write to the Superior of the Brothers and attempt to obtain some good English teachers for the College. Should the Brothers open schools in Cincinnati and Louisville their success would be more assured.

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


1859 Apr. 4
Van Beveren, J.: Pointe a la Hache, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Van Beveren is pleased to send news of their church. They have four choir boys, one of whom was given to Father (A. Bartholomew Langlois) for five years to be educated. They have started a choir, and will have an organist after Easter. Their new building is finished and the garden is coming along nicely. He wants Blanc to understand that (Langlois) can get along without him and leave him free to go to the seminary after Easter.

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


1859 Apr. 5
Outendirck, Father J( ): New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Outendirck needs equipment to make hosts and asks Rousselon to send it and at the same time to have Annette send him some shoes and he will pay Rousselon for both things as soon as he can. He sends regards to the Archbishop.

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


1859 Apr. 5
(Rappe, Amadeus,) Bishop of Cleveland: Cleveland, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

Rappe is informed that the Church door collections are to be submitted to the inquiries of the next council. He hopes the matter will be settled there. He feels that Purcell will find no fault with their system. Concerning the foundation of a normal school by the Christian Brothers, Rappe cannot promise any aid. He is always troubled in keeping up his credit.

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


1859 Apr. 5
Schlatre, M(ichael) Jr.: Iberville, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Schlatre encloses a paper (no enclosure) sent him by Father C(harles) Chambost which Chambost wants Blanc to see. It is a copy written by those named therein, concerning the case of young Michell, who is now in New Orleans. Chambost would like to see the letter written to Blanc by the priest in France; his address is Notre Dame de Lintigny in France. Their pastor, Father (Ennemond Dupuy) is doing well, but Schlatre fears some opposition. Their convent has no debt and is growing in number of students and physical facilities. (P.S.) Schlatre sends respects to Father Perché.

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


1859 Apr. 5
Vignonet, Father E(leazar): (Union, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Blanc)'s second letter arrived at (Theophile) Landry's. Vignonet had answered the first a few days after its arrival, which only shows that postal service is not regular. Vignonet's answer was that arrangements were satisfactory concerning Confirmation the first Sunday after Easter. He added what (Blanc) had asked, that is, that Father (August) Paris be ready also.

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


1859 Apr. 6
Cauvin, Father D. André: (Terre-Aux-Boeufs, Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A list of contributions for the Propagation of the Faith in St. Bernard's parish: Mrs. Marrero, Mrs. Michael Perera, Mrs. Peter St. Germain, Miss Aimee Rousseau, Mrs. Rudolph Cure, Jean Serpas, Mrs. Pablo. Cauvin asks that all the numbers of the (Annales) be sent to him.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 12mo. - {9}


1859 Apr. 6
Kaufmann, Dr.: Pointe Coupee, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

The enclosed (no enclosure) list was entrusted to Kaufmann to send to Blanc, but illness prevented him.

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


1859 Apr. 6
Dubos, G.: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen) Rous(s)elon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Receipt for $7.16 for lumber purchased from the F(ranco)is Perrot Lumber Yard.

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


1859 Apr. 7
Byrne, Bishop Andrew: Helena,(Arkansas)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Blanc's last letter was forwarded. He will not be able to visit Blanc because duty compels him to proceed to Fort Smith and other places via Little Rock. He needs priests and postulants for the Convents of the (Sisters of) Mercy, and will have to visit Ireland. He has a few students in Carlow College preparing for the priesthood. 30 copies of the Pastoral are to be left at Donnelly's Book Store. Byrne will send the collection for the American College at Rome to Blanc when it is taken up. P.S. Byrne would like Father Martin or some other pious priest to attend the Convent of Mercy at Helena while Father (Patrick) Behan is away for three months visiting his parents in Ireland. Behan is a zealous and faithful priest deserving of any kindness.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 13mo. - {5}


1859 Apr. 7
Elder, Bishop William Henry: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

Apparently in some states olographic wills do not convey all property, which explains the difficulty in St. Louis concerning Bishop (James Oliver) Van De Velde, (S.J.)'s will. Elder has made new copies of his own will and sends a copy to Blanc (no enclosure). The old one should be destroyed.

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


(1)859 Apr. 7
Krutil, C.SS.R., Father Francis: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc) Blank: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Krutil would like an answer from either (Blanc) or Father (Stephen) Rousselon whether ex-Redemptorist, Father Louis Gillet, after he gave the mission at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans received a donation for himself or collected for some church in Michigan. Krutil expresses his thanks for (Blanc)'s kindnesses while Krutil was in New Orleans as a companion of the lamented Father ( ) Petes(c)h, (C.SS.R.). Krutil now gives missions in the far west to the Irish, French, Germans, Bohemians and Poles.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {4}


1859 April 7
Lefevere, Peter Paul, Bishop of Zela: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Lefevere acknowledges Purcell's letter of the 28th of March in which Purcell said that the Superior General of the Christian Brothers has answered the letter from the Propaganda. He is willing to form a teacher's training school in this diocese. Lefevere presumes he means a novitiate, as was proposed at the last council, where students would be taught and sent out to teach. Lefevere will assist in this project as far as he can. He cannot promise money but he can give the Brothers eighty acres of land situated about 40 miles from Detroit and about 7 miles to the nearest station on the Michigan Central railroad. But if they prefer to have their school in the city of Detroit, Lefevere will give them one block of ground, measuring 243 feet by 220 feet, or some ten acres of land about 4 miles from Detroit. Lefevere wishes them success in establishing the school.

II-4-o - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {2}


1859 Apr. 7
Lucas, Father (Peter): West Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Lucas would have appreciated an assistant for Holy Week had it been possible. He hopes he can have everything ready for the Confirmations May 5. He asks (Blanc) to bring his ritual to bless a chalice and ask his servant (?) to bring the Holy Oils.

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


1859 Apr. 7
Vignonet, Father E(leazar): (St. Michael's, Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Vignonet saw in the newspaper that three boats from Havre are coming up the river. It is probable that his Way of the Cross is on one of them. If (Rousselon) has any news before Sunday he is to telegraph; he would like to announce the installation ceremonies.

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


1859 Apr. 8
Fittere, D.: Bordeaux, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Fittere sends the enclosed (no enclosure) bill of lading for wine aboard the ship Minerva, Captain Privat, by order of J. Menard of Migron.

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


(18)59 Apr. 8
Luers, Bishop J(ohn) H(enry): F(or)t Wayne, (Indiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

As Blanc allowed Father (Julian) Benoit to collect in his diocese so Luers cannot refuse Blanc's request. He leaves the time of his stay to Benoit. Blanc is to tell Benoit that the masons have commenced the foundation and that Father (J. H.) Force of Valparaiso is dead.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 16mo. - {4}


1859 Apr. 8
McKenna, Arthur: Jackson, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

McKenna received (Blanc)'s letter of March 24. He wrote a letter about Father (George) McMahon, but before mailing it McMahon returned with Father (Peter) McLaughlin of Main(e). They could not walk to Creanan's (M.R. Crenan) because the creek was too high. McLaughlin said mass the next morning, Sunday. McKenna was glad that he, his wife and little son and two others composed the congregation as McLaughlin's conduct on the altar was anything but edifying. McKenna has heard that McMahon is going to marry. It will take some time to remove the disgrace in this place.

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


1859 Apr. 8
Stockley and Delavallade: Plaquemine, L(ouisian)a
 to Father Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Bill for $1.10 for medicine furnished in Father (Ennemond) Dupuy's last illness. (Sent to) Rousselon as executor.

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


1859 April 9
Baraga, (Frederick, Bishop of Saut Ste. Marie: Saut Ste. Marie, Mich(igan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere: Detroit, (Michigan)

Baraga reminds Lefevere that he had written to him on Jan. 5 about the Indian missions in the northern part of Lefevere's diocese, requesting him to contribute a little towards the support of the 3 missionaries there. He has waited now for 3 months for an answer. Lefevere did the same when Baraga wrote to him about making restitution of the traveling expenses of Father (M.M.) Marco which were charged to Baraga and deducted from his allowance in Paris. Lefevere never answers letters in which he is asked to do justice in money matters. He has treated his Indian missions very unjustly during the more than 10 years prior to giving the jurisdiction over them to Baraga. Although Lefevere has received tens of thousands of dollars for those missions, Baraga asks him how much he spent for them. Lefevere's former missionaries give awful testimony against him. If Lefevere does not comply with Baraga's just demand, he will submit the matter to the Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell) and the other Bishops of the province. If these do not give any decision, Baraga will then quietly turn back these missions to their proper Bishops.

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


1859 Apr. 9
Borgess, (Father) C.H.: Columbus, Ohio
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Doctor Moehler, director of the Infirmary, called Borgess to see his wife who is expected to die and has been out of the Church for fifteen years. She refused to see Father(Edward)Fitzgerald. Borgess heard her confession and hopes Purcell approves. Mrs. Moehler belongs to the Ditlo family of Perry County, Ohio. The doctor hopes that his children will be influenced by their mother's reunion with the church. She received Holy Communion this morning.

II-4-o - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 10mo. - {2}


1859 Apr. 9
D'Azzano, O.F.M. (Father) Emiliano: Alleghany, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

Father D'Azzano feels that he cannot go home because of the large mission they have received from Bishop (John) Timon and the need of priests there since one of them is ill and the two expected from Europe did not arrive. If Purcell needs a priest who can speak French he could send Father Gabriel Lochert. Lochert has been engaged by Bishop Timon in a German congregation but is dissatisfied and would get along well with a French congregation.

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


1859 Apr. 9
(Duggan), James, Bishop of: Chicago, (Illinois)
 to Bishop Peter Paul Lefev(e)re: (Detroit, Michigan)

Duggan thanks Lefevere for his letter. He hopes it is the will of God that he remain. He has not seen Father Merle (J.B. Merl) since but heard he was in town about a week ago. Duggan will in form Merle that Lefevere has written to him. Duggan sends his first pastoral hoping Lefevere will read it. He looks for Lefevere's visit with impatience and hopes that as near neighbors they will also be warm friends.

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


1859 Apr. 10
Certes, (Adolphe): Paris, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

Certes, treasurer of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith has received Rousselon's draft for 3,500 francs sent March 17 as alms for the Jubilee and which brought the total to 14,825 francs, 50 centimes. He also has the receipt for the money Rousselon paid to Bishop (Augustus Mary) Martin of Natchitoches. This paper shows 3325 francs and makes no mention of the 50 centimes; should Certes deduct this much from the total which is only 14,825 francs.

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


1859 Apr. 10
Spalding, Bishop M(artin) J.: Louisville, Kentucky
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Spalding feels Purcell should not state the precise amount of income of St. Mary's College (Kentucky) in his letter to Cardinal Bamabo or the Superior. He is glad Purcell approves his suggestion regarding the College. Father(Peter) Lavialle will abide by the decision but thinks the College and noviciate should not be together. He thinks the noviciate should be in Cincinnati. Spalding is busy with his new book, and moreover must write for the Guardian an answer to Cox of Baltimore who wrote him concerning his infamous columns.

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


1859 April 11
De Blieck, Rev. J(ohn): Bardstown, (Kentucky)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father De Blieck has abandoned his intention of writing a book of philosophy because of proscriptions by his Superior. He does believe some of the Italians are far behind in true philosophy. What does Brownson think about his writing the manual of Philosophy and keeping it in manuscript from until conditions are more favorable for publish it? Father De Blieck rejoices at the vindication of Montalembert and the exposure of the true character of Napolean III. He thinks the end of his rectorship is near and that he will be placed in St. Louis to teach. He would greatly appreciate receiving a daguerrotype of Brownson; Brownson promised to send one when he was last in Bardstown.

I-3-o - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {1}


1859 Apr. 11
Dupuy, Father Enn(emond): Iberville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): (New Orleans, Louisiana)

For two months Dupuy has been able to do nothing-not even to read his breviary. He visited Dr. Hiriart at Plaquemine who told him that he needed a change of climate at once. On April 22, Jules Le Blanc and his wife and servants leave for Louisville and have promised to help Dupuy get on the boat. On his return he will work if he can, if not he will go to recover or die at Lyon. He will leave everything at St. Gabriel so that a neighboring priest can do the work. He asks Blanc to let Bishop (Martin John) Spalding of Louisville know the situation.

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


1859 Apr. 11
McLaughlin, Father Peter: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

As to the laity he has seen in Jackson, (Louisiana) all confidence can be reposed in them. Their names are McKenny (Arthur McKenna?), King, and Callaghan. The temporary church is worthy of praise as such; the scandal lies in women and men singing in the sanctuary. The two rooms over the church could be furnished desirably. Catholics of Spanish, French, and Irish races are round about Jackson. Methodists rallied around Father (George) McMahon but to no good purpose. A nice family, Mr. King's for example could be got to live in the house with the priest. McLaughlin likes Bayou Sara much. M. Riley is reliable and pious. Priests should avoid (M.R.) Crenan's house, not because he is bad, but because he is too good. May God convert McMahon! No one has given McLaughlin a penny except Riley but he gave it as a contractor.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 4to. - {7}


1859 Apr. 11
Legardeur, E.:
 to Father S(tephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A receipted bill for shipping charges on a Way of the Cross for the church at St. Michael. The total of the bill, including pictures, is $30.50.

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


1859 Apr. 11
O'Neil, Father D(enis?): Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

O'Neil writes for admission into (Blanc)'s diocese. His papers from Bishop (John Martin) Henni are all right. O'Neil is a young priest about two years ordained.

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


(18)59 Apr. 11
Pulsers, Father J(ames) J: Roosendaal, (Holland)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere: Detroit, Michigan)

Pulsers received Lefevere's letter just as he was setting out for Rome. He has made use of the exeat and so belongs to the diocese of Bois-le-duc. However, this will not prevent him from going back to America. He sends a draft of $200. Father (John) Van Gennip will receive money enough if he takes the right course. He tells nobody that he intends to stay there as he may return very easily. He proposes to stay some time in Rome. If Van Gennip cannot collect the money, Pulsers will send the balance. He is to be addressed at Amsterdam.

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


185(9) Apr. 12
Certes, (Adolphe): Paris, (France)
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana

5000 francs have been allocated to New Orleans from the 1858 collections of the Association of the Propagation of the Faith. Out of this sum, Certes has paid Father (Jules) Mailley of Algiers 504 francs; Father (Stephen) Rousselon sent the receipt for 4750 francs, making a total of 5294 francs, 254 more than the allocation. Blanc has authorized Certes to dispose of this and he notifies Blanc that he is sending a draft on Blanc for this amount to Bishop (William Henry Elder) of Natchez. They have received Blanc's letter of February 27. They are grateful for the growth of the Association in his diocese. P.S. On May 28, 1858, Certes sent a draft for for 500 francs, the balance of the allocation for New Orleans from 1857. This form has never been presented (for payment?). If Blanc did not receive it, Certes could replace it with a form for the same amount. (Enclosed is a printed form for listing receipts and expenditures).

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


1859 Apr. 12
Feltin, Father N(icholas): Houston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Feltin sends $5.00, one-half for the orphans and the other for the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.

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


1859 Apr. 12
Purcell, Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist): (Cincinnati, Ohio)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Purcell and Blanc agree on the second Sunday of Advent. Their master of ceremonies, Father David Whelan, is in favor of tunic and dalmatic for deacon and subdeacon during Advent. The Bishopelect always uses white vestments. The beautiful vestments seen at Mobile will not be somber, illuminated as they are by the faith and charity of the consecrating Archbishop. Bishop (Martin John Spalding of) Louisville, who perhaps will accompany Bishop (James Frederick) Wood and Bishop (John McGill of) Richmond, whom Blanc invited this week, has promised to be in their party. Purcell will furnish the vestments for the Elect. Blanc is to have "Yellow Jack" disappear before their arrival and not let him set the town afire. The future bishop is making his retreat with Father (Claude) Gacon at the Ursulines where Father (John) Quinlan preached a retreat in August. Father (James) McGarahan is leaving tonight for St. Louis.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {8}


1859 April 12
Purcell, Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist): Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to Superior General of the Christian Brothers:

The Cardinal Prefect of the Propaganda sent Purcell a copy of the letter which the Brother sent to him. Purcell is grateful for the response. The wish to undertake a project which touches the very life of the Catholic religion in America. He encloses copies of two letters, one by Bishop (Martin John) Spalding of Louisville, Kentucky, the other by Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere of Detroit, Michigan. They furnish the most authentic pages of the good will of the bishops. All the bishops pray for the success of the project. Purcell ask that the General send someone to arrange the preliminaries. They have need for good schools.

II-4-o - A.L.S. (Copy of the original) - 2pp. - 8vo. - (French) - {3}


1859 Apr. 13
Barnabo, Al(exander) Cardinal: Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

No. 3. A certain Gregory Vanni some years ago departed for North America. He went first to New York whence he wrote his mother in November, 1857. His mother has heard nothing further. Blanc is asked to see if he can find any other information and if so, to send it on to him. The address given in 1857 was 320 Royal Street, New Orleans. Archbishop Cajetan (Bedini) signs as secretary.

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


1859 Apr. 13
Elder, Bishop William Henry: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Would Blanc consecrate the Holy Oils and Chrism for Natchez this year? Elder has no place to celebrate but a part of their basement. There are only three priests and no master of ceremonies. The time at which their Cathedral will be finished is uncertain; he hopes some time next month or by Pentecost. Is it out of place to invite Blanc for the blessing? Whom would Blanc recommend to preach? If it were a consecration he would call on Bishop (Martin John) Spalding or Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell. Father (Thomas L.) Grace of Memphis was in Elder's mind. What kind of preacher in English is Father (Paul) Jordan?

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {6}


(18)59 Apr. 13
Gaudet, Father A(ugust): Brownsville, (Texas)
 to Father S(tephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Gaudet thanks Rousselon for sending the wine. They have never had such good wine; the pastor of Matamoros finds it excellent; for so long he had said Mass with what he could buy in shops. It is finally settled that they will have the blessing of their new church on Pentecost. Gaudet invites Rousselon to do it since the Bishop of Galveston cannot be present. Gaudet encloses a draft on P. Rotchford to pay for the wine.

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


1859 April 13
Hewit, C.S.: Bridgeport, (Connecticut)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: New York City, (New York)

Brownson's godchild thanks him for his kind letter containing such valuable advice. She has the greatest confidence in her brother but in this case she wanted advice from a good Catholic; she will act in accordance with the counsel given her. Brownson's letter points out clearly to her the grounds on which she must act. She hopes Brownson and his family will find their new home a pleasant one and sends them her best love.

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


1859 Apr. 14
Dubuis, Father C(laude) M(arie): San Antonio, (Texas)
 to Father S(tephen) Rousselon: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

Dubuis had commissioned Mr. Odet to straighten out his account on the note of December, 1858. He would like to know what has become of their old schoolmate, Charles. He asked him to send to his brother Louis at Lauzanne the description of a hydraulic ram. He has not received an answer. (P.S.) The Sisters of St. Joseph who were on the Roger-Stewar(t) with him want postulants. Dubuis has two to offer them, one American and one Irish. Will Rousselon send word to the Superior? These ladies will pay for their trip.

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


1859 Apr. 14
Quigley, Father H: York, England
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefev(e)re: Detroit, (Michigan)

Quigley is ready to return but does not want to spend Holy Week at sea. He is officiating there under his old Bishop Briggs. Quigley will start for America immediately after Easter. He had a rough passage coming over and ate only four meals. Father (James A.) Hennessy will not believe this. Wars are frequently mentioned; England is bribing France, threatening Austria and all Europe sharpening swords except Ireland. P.S. He asks Lefevere to forward the enclosed (no enclosure) to Father Pourrette. P.S. A Belgian priest there, Father Colibert, says he is a relative of (Lefevere?) and sends his respects. He is suffering greatly from sore eyes.

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


1859 Apr. 14
Young, J(osue) M. Bishop of Erie: Erie, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

Young has an invitation to Springfield for the third Sunday after Easter and tells Purcell not to go to Alton because his presence will be appreciated at Springfield. He will try to visit Purcell during some of the consecrations of new bishops. Archbishop (Joseph) Alemany (of San Francisco, California) needs a co-adjutor and Young would like to know who should be recommended.

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


1859 Apr. 15
Maréchaux, Father A(ugustine): Assumption, (Louisiana)
  Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Maréchaux asks Rousselon to forward the $150 to Father (Anthony) Verrina (C.M.) at Bouligny. When the fabrique pays him after Easter, he will send the rest.

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


(18)59 Apr. 15
Schlatre, M(ichael) Jr.: Iberville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Schlatre received Blanc's letter. He believes it the height of folly for Father (Charles?) C(hambost) to return to Louisiana. It was at Schlatre's advice that C(hambost) first conceived the idea of returning home, for he saw his continuance here would only aggravate things. Seeing that both sides become more violent Schlatre counseled them to obtain permission to leave. If they should be able to repay, Schlatre will be satisfied. If not, he will offer it to Divine Providence. Being ministers of God the greater the merit of rescuing their names from bankruptcy. The best thing C(hambost) could do is to become a Jesuit at St. Louis. Missionary work would suit him well.

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


1859 Apr. 15
Wood, James F. Bishop of Antigonia:
Mt. St. Mary's College Emmitsburg, Maryland
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

Wood is late in answering Purcell's letter because of his sudden trip to the Mountain. He will return to Philadelphia after Easter and look up the personal infallibility of the apostles. Everything is fine at the College. Geo(rge) Miles, professor of English, married the daughter of Edw. Tiers, who lives in the neighborhood. Father Pabisch was mistaken about the unhealthiness of the site for the American College in Rome. Wood would like to know how the rector will be selected. The concerns of Wood are still in an unsatisfactory state. P.S. Wood will ordain a subject of Bishop (Michael) O'Connor and one of Bishop(Josue) Young's.

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


(18)59 Apr. 16
Duplantier, G.: New, Orleans, (Louisiana)

License to Father (Stephen) Rousselon to marry André Padron and Marie Mathilde Wiltz.

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


1859 Apr. 17
Berthaud, Father F(rancois): Panama, (Columbia)
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Berthaud does not know if Blanc received his last letter written from Kingston. He dares not say although he thinks he would have some right to, that he was miserably deceived. Yet the President of Haiti seemed excellent, but Berthaud has heard that relations still exist with Rome; which they do not. Berthaud does not know if some priests have secret powers. Berthaud would have waited but they made him believe: 1. That his presence was necessary for the establishment of the college; 2. That they needed a responsible person to carry dispatches to the government and send funds; 3. That he could accompany messengers to Rome or at least to France and get help - they asked for more than 30 priests. Berthaud told all this to (Father Napoleon Joseph) Perché. But he wanted to work more than he was doing at the Cathedral in New Orleans; he is now in a very false situation. He has spent nearly all his money on an expensive trip and has less than $60. He spent almost $1100 for Father (A.) Carius. Since any return to Louisiana is closed to him, Berthaud thinks he will stay in Panama several months and wait for letters from Blanc. The Bishop of Panama wants to receive him so maybe he will be busy. As soon as Blanc's letters come he will start either for California or Chile. One can go from Panama to San Francisco for $10 but the trip from Panama to Chile is very expensive. He is grateful to have escaped from a false position in Haiti. P.S. He asks Blanc to excuse the form of his letter as he writes in the noise of gunfire. Panama is having a revolution today—it is a quarrel between the blacks and whites.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 16mo. - {3}


1859 Apr. 17
McMahon, Father George: (Jackson, Louisiana)
 to (Arthur McKenna): (Jackson, Louisiana)

(McKenna)'s supposition was not unfounded. McMahon accepts his offer. He is to deduct the passage to Clinton as on Monday or tomorrow McMahon goes to the city by Greensburg. (McKenna) is to send the money by the bearer Alexina Smith.

- A.L.S. - 1p.


VI-2-a - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 4to. - {6}


1859 Apr. 18
(St. Palais), Maurice (de), Bishop of Vincennes, (Indiana): Puteaux, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

After his visit to Rome, (St. Palais) remained is Southern France longer than he wished because of illness. He is now in Paris and leaves tomorrow for Alsace to look for German-speaking priests. He would also like to get 3 or 4 Bretons. Vincennes is beginning to make some progress and will be self-sufficient in a few years. A debt of 30,000 francs for the house at Evansville, a lot at Madison, and the Eudist College, (St. Gabriel's College, Vincennes, Indiana) must be paid next year. (St. Palais) tried in vain to get the money from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Vincennes has offered $18,000 for the College property, but this property is in the center to town; he has refused twice this price. Moreover the orphans are there and they are numerous. Highland also has considerable value. While in Rome (St. Palais) saw correspondence which proves that the confreres in the neighborhood will not rest until the Church in Vincennes is no longer governed by a Frenchman. Their metropolitan, Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell) is annoyed because (St. Palais) does not send his students to his seminary. Cardinal (Alexander) Barnabo is constantly informed that the unpleasant happenings in Indiana are attributable to the lack of piety and instruction in (St. Palais)'s seminary even if the subject which caused the unpleasantness came from Cincinnati. Barnabo seems to understand marvellously. It seems that Bishop (George Aloyius Carrel, S.J.). American as he is, is not protected from the same complaints. (St. Palais) will be in (New Orleans) in a few weeks.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {9}


1859 Apr. 19
Vignonet, Father E(leazar): (St. Michael's, Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Vignonet thanks (Rousselon) for his trouble about the pictures. They are beautiful. (Rousselon) is to send the statement for shipping and customs. (Rousselon) will find on board the Grosse-Tete, Landry Company, not only a good emissary but a veritable Paschal lamb, the first of his flock. He hopes the Bishop will accept it with his wishes for a happy feast-day. He asks (Rousselon) to give the enclosed (no enclosure) letter to the Bishop; possibly (Rousselon) could take care of the reply.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {1}


1859 Apr. 20
Chalon, Father G(abriel): Mobile, (Alabama)
 to (Father Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Chalon received (Rousselon)'s letter but not the wine, and every day Louis Gueringie goes to the boat office to check on it. Perhaps it is still at the New Orleans railroad depot. He asks (Rousselon) to give him news of Bishop (Michael) Portier; they are very worried.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 8vo. - {3}


(18)59 Apr. 20
Follot, Father Francis C.: Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

It almost happened that Follot left his congregation without services during Holy Week because of the letter Mr. Kenny sent him saying that (Blanc) expected Follot on Holy Tuesday. After explanations, it turned out that it was about the Holy Oils. That is why he did not think it necessary to go. He asks (Blanc) if St. J(ohn) B(aptist) of Plaquemine has trustees, or merely honorary administrators. Follot hopes to build a church soon at Grosse Tete, (Louisiana). Does he need (Blanc)'s power of attorney to buy the land? West Baton Rouge and Iberville's St. Gabriel will have (Blanc) for Confirmation. May Follot have him, too? Although they have no church, they will do all they can to receive him well. Only about 10 children will be ready for First Communion in May. If (Blanc) could furnish a chalice for Grosse-Tete, it would be a good beginning there. Follot has asked Father (Stephen) Rousselon for the Holy Oils and two altar stones. They will begin a Fair May 2 for decoration of the church. Everything is fine at Plaquemine.

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


(18)59 Apr. 20
Follot, Father Francis C.: Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Follot asks (Rousselon) to send by the bearer the holy oils for St. Gabriel's and for Follot. He also asks for two altar stones. He has one that is so small that (Rousselon) will complain when he comes to say Mass there.

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


1859 Apr. 20
Lochert, Father (Gabriel): Allegany, (Pennsylvania)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere: Detroit, Michigan)

Lochert arrived in America five months ago on his way to New Orleans. Since malaria was prevalent there he went to Bishop (John Timon) of Buffalo. His place is with the Franciscans who are all Italians who attend the Irish missions and the German new arrivals are too poor to support Lochert. The bishop has no other place for him because he does not know English. Born in Alsace in 1813, he studied at Chalons sur Marne in Champagne and was a priest there for 19 years, so he is more familiar with French than German. Learning that Lefevere has French and German parishes he offers his services to him.

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


1859 Apr. 20
McKenna, A(rthur): Jackson, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

McKenna received (Blanc)'s letter of April 8. He had mailed a letter to (Blanc) on the same date, giving a statement of matters of Father Geo(rge) McMahon. As (Blanc) wished McKenna to furnish McMahon with the means of leaving, McKenna cheerfully complied. Mr. Creanan (M. B. Crenan) told McKenna that he thought McMahon would leave if he had the means, say $25. McKenna sends (Blanc) McMahon's order for the money but on Monday hedeclined going out on the stage to Clinton. McKenna and Mr. Delepand called on McMahon Monday evening to get the treasurer's book. McMahon is still staying among his Protestant friends. (Blanc) is to pay Holmes and Klauss for the money he gave McMahon.

- A.L.S. - 2pp.


 Enclosure: 

1859 Apr. 21
Avenard, J. B.: Nantes, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

His son, Father (Jean Baptiste Avenard?), has told him that Rousselon is a charitable man who helps priests in the interior. Will Rousselon receive a barrel of white wine and see that it gets to (Avenard). (A note in Rousselon's hand states that he enlisted the aid of) Mr. Cavaroc and Mr. Legardeur.

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


1859 Apr. 22
Meredith, Miriam: St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

Meredith writes at the request of a sick woman who must support herself and her sick brothers. Annexed is a copy of the receipt Bridget Tilney accepted from Father C(yril) Delacroix two years ago when she left her earnings with him for safekeeping. She can get no word nor money from him. Has he moved or died? She asks (Blanc) to see what he can do. Were the money to be sent to Father P. J. Ryan at the Cathedral, Tilney would receive it. A copy of the receipt for $400 is dated May 4, 1857.

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


1859 Apr. 22
Voorhies, B. P.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Voorhies leaves tomorrow for St. Louis and Cincinnati for a visit of five or six weeks. He asks for a letter of presentation to the Bishops of these cities, in case of accident. His acquaintances are, with few exceptions, Protestants.

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


1859 April 24
(Blanc), Ant(hony, Archbishop) of N(ew) Orleans: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

(Purcell's) envoi of the outspoken trenchant document (a letter of Bishop Louis de Goesbriand to Purcell) has been received. (Blanc) had no idea that (Purcell) would send on his own letter, but wanted Purcell to sound out the other bishop. He looks upon (De Goesbriand's) answer not only a trenchant, but sharp-cutting and would have preferred that Purcell had not sent it to him. (Blanc) had no wish to know his reasons for refusal. He knows that Purcell would not have sent the letter if he had any suspicions that (De Goesbriand) would be offended by it. Blanc says he acted in good faith and has written to Burlington apologizing but without further mention of the coadjutorship. He is more embarrassed now and thinks that he will have to look among his priests for a coadjutor. Father (Julian) Benoit of Fort Wayne had been in New Orleans some 20 years ago, worked in the country parishes some 5 years ago and now is in New Orleans collecting for the new cathedral at Fort Wayne. He has preached successfully in the Cathedral and is considered an exemplary priest. (Blanc) has in no way indicated that he thought of him as coadjutor. (Purcell) probably knows him better and (Blanc) wishes his opinion on the matter. Bishop (Michael Potier) of Mobile visited New Orleans to consult a physician. He was advised to take a trip for his health and plans to go to Europe. He will ask for a coadjutor and needs one, as (Blanc) thinks that he will not stand another summer in the heat of Mobile. (Blanc) thinks the archbishop of New Orleans should be French. He asks (Purcell) if he knows Father H. De Luynes S.J. of New York, who is older than Benoit. (Purcell) should point out other French priests to Blanc who might suit.

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


1859 April 25
Brownson, W(illia)m: St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Because of illness William has run short of funds and found it necessary to draw a draft on his father. He can repay in a short time and hopes his father will not resent his doing as he did. The law business is poor; prospects are not good. The few cases he has can not come to retrial before fall. He hopes Sarah is better and will write soon to him mother.

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


1859 Apr. 25
Crespin, Anna: New Orleans, Louisiana
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Crespin asks for a dispensation from publications of the banns of marriage. She has had very bad luck. She is grateful to (Blanc) because she received help from the French Catholic Society during her illness in the epidemic. Now she has an offer of marriage which she has accepted. A conversation with Father LeMoine, her parish priest, gave her courage to write to (Blanc).

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


1859 Apr. 25
De Goesbriand, L(ouis) Bishop of Burlington: Burlington, (Vermont)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

De Goesbriand has not tried the air light and cannot give Purcell any details concerning it, although it was tried a short distance from Burlington and was spoken of favorably. He thanks Purcell for the Circular.

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


1859 Apr. 25
Langlois, Father A. Barthelmy: Pointe a la Hache, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

As Langlois had told (Blanc), his sacristan, (J.) Van Beveren, proposes to go to see (Blanc). While with Langlois, he studied Gury's theology and rendered all desirable service to Langlois. His French has improved too; Langlois has nothing but praise for him. Langlois can now dispense with his services more easily. He has servers and singers and his income is such that the building of his little house will make him economize as much as possible. Holy Week services were very well attended in his church. The collection for the seminary amounted to $20.60. Now he will get busy on the collection for the American College at Rome.

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


1859 Apr. 25
(Mathieu, Jacob Maria) Cesaire Cardinal Archbishop of: Besancon, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

(Mathieu) through Father (Claude Anthony) Tholomier who has edified them during his stay thanks (Blanc) for the kind remembrance that Tholomier brought.

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


1859 Apr. 26
Bissey, Father L(ouis): Paris, West Canada
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

As soon as Bissey received (Blanc)'s letter of the 11th he telegraphed Father (A.) Carayon, secretary to Bishop (John Farrell) of Hamilton, to come to Paris. Three hours later they were together to discuss the subject in question. (Blanc) spoke of a town where he needs two priests. They would like to ask what town it is, the number of Catholics and the standing of these two priests. At least one of them could be at (Blanc)'s service by next July. They love and respect each other like brothers. Carayon is a talented man with the simplicity of a child. He has been at Hamilton for 8 years and is ranked as the best preacher, in English, in the 3 dioceses of Upper Canada. Carayon tells Bissey to say to (Blanc) that he is leaving this diocese because he is not satisfied and because he sees in Farrell a narrow and small viewpoint. If (Blanc) instructs them to, Carayon can be there in July. Bissey is building a church in a small town named Galt. He feels in honor bound to complete it. He wants a chance to say that an outsider did more in 18 months than their priests have done in 20 years. They may encounter difficulties in obtaining Farrell's permission; if so, they will appeal to Archbishop (Armand Francis) de Charbonnel who is really their bishop since they were only loaned to Hamilton.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {5}


1859 Apr. 26
Chaixbourbon: Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to (Father Stephen) Rousselon: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

Chaixbourbon was named French Professor at St. Joseph's Academy 15 days ago. He likes (Father E. J.) Foltier and Dr. Hoare(?), the headmaster. He will stay at Vermillionville until God calls him to a more special service. St. Joseph has 40 students aged 10 to 18. Regards to Father Perché and Mr. Julien.

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


1859 Apr. 26
Roumillac, Emilie: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father S(tephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Roumillac asks Rousselon to place her little mulatto, Marie, in a house where she can be instructed in her religion so that she can receive her First Communion.

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


1859 Apr. 27
Fitzgerald, (Father) Edward M.: Columbus, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

A meeting was held in the Church of the Holy Cross to consider the propriety of a New English Church. This was held by the friends of Father (Caspar H.) Borgess in an effort to retain him in Columbus. Mr. Zimmer, one of the committee in charge of selecting a site, said Purcell named Borgess as pastor of such a church and also that Purcell advanced $400 toward the building. Fitzgerald does not approve because if material aid is not given him his parish will suffer an annual deficit of $500 and also by dividing the parish the cost of keeping up the Boy's School will have to be shared by less people and they most likely will be the poorer part of the congregation as it is only the other group who desire the new church. He suggests to Purcell that they enlarge St. Patrick's and retain the present congregration, thereby securing future income for the school.

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1859 Apr. 27
Foy, James: New York, (New York)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The matter Foy addresses to (Blanc) is known to 3 Archbishops and 5 Bishops and all the New York City clergy. During the repeal in Ireland, Foy wrote a letter in his capacity as repeal warden. The repeal association wrote to the clergy of Foy's parish about it and the curate, Father Philo Reilly, published it on the altar in a way that endangered Foy's life. Foy applied to Bishop James Brown of Kilmore who promised to set him right. (P.S.) Foy asks (Blanc) to pray to banish the devil from him and his three children. Foy will make this matter known in a way that will rid the earth of this iniquity.

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


1859 Apr. 28
(Charbonnel, S.S.), Ar(mand) Fr(ancis),Bishop of Toronto: Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Pope (Pius IX) has appointed (Charbonnel) a preacher for the The Association of the Propagation of the Faith, has accepted his resignation as Bishop of Toronto, and given him permission to offer himself to the Capuchins. After preaching at St. Louis the first Sunday in May, Charbonnel will leave for the novitiate at Rieti. He will then begin his mission; it could be that circumstances would bring him to New Orleans. He has spoken in Paris and in Rome of (Blanc)'s desire to have Capuchins; he said that in case of forced emigration the French Capuchins would find a warm welcome in New Orleans. Cardinal (Alexander) Barnabo spoke to Charbonnel of the necessity of having the opinion of the Archbishops in the Unites States concerning the candidates for Coadjutorship. Father (Joseph) Carriere, Superior of the St. Sulpice, who has just arrived in Rome, brought the opinion of Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell). This visit from St. Sulpice pleased the Pope and cleared away more than one prejudice. When (Charbonnel) arrived in Rome everyone was talking about the energetic letter from New Orleans to the Pope. Barnabo rejoices in it.

VI-2-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {7}


1859 Apr. 28
St. Louis de Gonzaga, Sister A.: Montpellier, (France)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father(Claude Anthony) Tholomier will leave May 3 for the United States, Sister thanks (Blanc) for his letter of March 30. How happy she is that (Blanc) is almost recovered. Since they do not get the newspapers (Blanc) knows more about the Austrian situation than they do, The establishment of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd is a good idea. To counteract the protestant and secular schools is (Blanc) going to establish a religious house in the American part of the city? The young people from that side will hardly go to the opposite end of the city. (Blanc) will see that she is till entangled with her old diocese which will always be dear to her memory. When (Blanc) speaks of his age, he is not to put off a trip to Montpellier for too long. Sister would play the organ for (Blanc)'s Mass with more pleasure than for that of Bishop (Maurice de St. Palais) of Vincennes about whom she talked to (Blanc). It appears that (Blanc) has not seen poor Sch(?) again; Sister has often thought of writing to her. Their mother and the Sisters ask for his prayers; Sister sends regards to Father Rousselon.

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


(18)59 Apr. 29
(Bayley), Carleton S.: Uplands, (Illinois)
 to Bishop (James Roosevelt) Bayley: Newark, N(ew) J(ersey)

James' Kind letter to Grace was a damper on their anticipated pleasure of seeing him this year. When Carleton called their new pastor, Father (Michael) Ford(e), he said Bishop Duggan had written Bayley to come out. Master Will(iam A. Bayley) has served Carleton the way that many said he would. Carleton wrote will on the supposition that he had paid the $50 to Lintz. In return Will sends back the letter. Grace (Bayley) was much pleased with her letter, she is now writing to cousin Kate. Carleton sends his love to George and Father McQuaid. Kate (Catherine Murray Bayley) and Grace send their love and Miss Emma sends her best regards.

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(18)59 Apr. 14
(Bayley), Carleton S.: Uplands, (Illinois)
 to Will(iam) A. Bayley: N(ew) Y(ork, New York)

Carleton thinks Will should pay Lintz's bill, as he has the means. Carleton wrote a few lines introducing Mr. Higgins, a druggist from Dixon. They are having a late spring, but he hopes for better luck than last year, when his wheat failed. He sends love to Julia and Rosy, Jr. (P.S.) Carleton encloses a letter to their father (no enclosure).

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1859 Apr. 29
Duplantier, G.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

License for Father (Stephen) Rousselon to marry Michael Amant and Marie Penny Aquart.

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


1859 Apr. 29
Foltier, Father E.J.: Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Foltier sends by Mr. A. Neveu the plan of the church offered by Chaix Bourbon and the deed of donation for two pieces of property. He asks Blanc to return the deed and he will have it recorded and send Blanc a copy. He also sends $24.15 from Easter collection and $22 for the Jubilee for the Propagation of the Faith. Foltier tells Father (Stephen) Rousselon that he thinks that the Sisters of Mount Carmel will be sending a package to their Convent. (P.S.) Rousselon is to return the receipted bill or keep it carefully as what is written on the back will be useful next year.

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


1859 Apr. 30
Purcell, Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist): Cin(cinnati, Ohio)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Purcell received (Blanc)'s letter of the 24th. If (Blanc) knew how Bishop (Louis De Goesbriand) acts, he would not have been surprised or hurt at his letter. (Blanc)'s letter, which Purcell sent (De Goesbriand) was most honorable to him. (De Goesbriand) knew that many of the best men in the hierarchy did what was proposed to him to do — change their sees and pass from a lower to a higher place. No one has had the slightest intimation from Purcell of what has passed. Purcell thinks very highly of Father (Julian) Benoit. He proposed him for Fort Wayne to Bishop (Maurice) de St. Palais but St. Palais refused, then, because Benoit had once left that diocese to go south. Purcell has never heard aught in any way disparaging to him. Purcell is not sufficiently acquainted with their other French clergyman to name him.

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