University of Notre Dame


1860 Apr.
Nichols, T.L. and Mrs. Mary S. Gove Nichols: New York, (New York)
 to (Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Dr. and Mrs. Nichols have opened the Thomas Addis Emmett Mansion for the treatment of a limited number of invalids. Dr. Nichols is a medical graduate of the University of New York. Mrs. Nichols is widely known for her writings on health and her skill in the cure of diseases. The terms will be $10 to $15 a week.

VI-2-c - Printed Circular - 1p. - 12mo. - {3}

1860 (Apr. )
Perché Father Napoleon Joseph:

Manuscript of Easter sermon in the handwriting of Father Perche.

VI-2-c - A. Sermon - 4pp. - 8vo. - {0}

1860 Apr. 1
Langlois, Father Auguste Barthelemy: (Pointe a la Hache, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Langlois requests a dispensation from the second degree of consanguinity between Placide Chighizole and Genevieve Verdon, the children of two sisters.

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

(1860) Apr. 1
Raymond, Father G(ilbert: Opelousas, Louisiana)
 to Father (Stephen Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Raymond wrote a long letter yesterday but did not send it. He will only say that after what Raymond has seen lately Father (Hyacinth) Gonellas would not suit too well at Villeplatte. Raymond will try to go to the city after Easter and express himself more freely. He begs that nothing be done for Villeplatte in the meantime.

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

1860 April 1
Tellier, Father Remi(gius) J.:
St. John's College Fordham, (New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Tellier is pleased that Brownson agrees with the disciplinary measures accorded to Edward, Brownson's son. Edward will leave Easter Monday and come back on Saturday. He is looking forward to the April issue of the Review. The Rev. Fr. Provincial wrote to him, and to others at Fordham, that he was pleased with both candidates. Father F(elix) Sopranis sends his regards and asks to meet Brownson.

I-3-o - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {2}

1860 Apr. 2
Brownson, (Edward P.) Ned: (Fordham, New York)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Ned has not answered Brownson's letter because Father (Edward) Doucet, (S.J.) has postponed the vacation a couple of days. He has passed a Mathematics exam very well. He believes Father (B.) O'Reilly, (S.J.) has gone to Williamsburg. Father (Felix) Sopranis, (S.J.) has returned. There will be a retreat the last three days of the week. He hopes Brownson is in the "new house." He asks that this note be given to Sarah. P.S. He is looking for the Review.

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

1860 April 2
Hilton, G(eorge) H.: Cincinnati, Ohio
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

He informs Brownson that the April issue of the Review has not yet arrived. He would like to have the Review there on the first of the month or even earlier. He feels the readers lose interest in the Review after the newspapers have commented on its articles.

I-3-o - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 10mo. - {1}

1860 Apr. 2
Lefevere, Peter P(aul) Bishop of Zela: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

Lefevere acknowledges Purcell's letter of the 16th. Father(A.)Damen, S.J. was giving a Mission at the Cathedral for three weeks. Ten to fourteen confessors labored all day. Holy Communion was given to 7500 persons and also 67 converts were received. Peoples in Michigan who know Quigley are as disgusted with his conduct as he is. Purcell's inquiry about apostacy in the Congregation of St. Joseph in Detroit surprised Lefevere as he knew nothing of it. Six servant girls have left the Church. The German congregations of Detroit and Monroe are doing very well. There is, however, a difficulty in finding clergymen who speak the various languages. Monroe(Mich.) is taken care of sufficiently until a clergyman can be obtained. for there. It is well that Father (M. P.) Wehrle did leave Monroe for he would soon have ruined the congregation and himself. Lefevere asks Purcell to please visit Detroit.

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

1860 April 2
White, Rhoda E.: New York (New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

The writer wishes to thank Brownson personally for the way he so graciously treated her "Young Idea", "Mary Staunton." She hopes that Mrs. Brownson is well. She received a letter from Edward Brownson on April 1st.

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

(1860) Apr. 3
Condon, Jo(h)n F.: New Orleans, Louisiana
 to O(restes A.) Brownson:

Condon writes that some time before he sent Brownson three dollars for a year's subscription to the Review and a request for directions on a course of reading he intended to pursue. He included a copy of the Catholic Standard in which a letter to Brownson, written by Condon, was published. Condon asks for a receipt for his three dollars and an acknowledgement of his letter.

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

1860 Apr. 3
Lemagie, Father C(harles): Latrobe, Pennsylvania
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Lemagie is a Belgian. He came to the Convent of St. Vincent at Latrobe to be admitted to the Benedictine Order but being too old was refused admission. His age is 47 and he was ordained in Belgium in 1841. For the last 4 years he has been a curé in the diocese of Detroit, Michigan and he has received his exeat from Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere. He requests a mission in (Blanc)'s diocese. He speaks English pretty well, French very well, German tolerable, besides his mother tongue. He sends a copy of his exeat.

- A.L.S. - 2pp.

 On the same paper: 

1860 Jan. 14
Lefevere, Bishop Peter Paul: Detroit, (Michigan)

Lemagie has been in the Detroit diocese for four years. There is no ecclesiastical censure against him.

- Copy - (Latin) - 1p.

VI-2-c - A.L.S. Copy - (Latin) - 3pp. - 4to. - {2}

1860 April. 5
Carriere, S.S., Father (Joseph C.): S(t.) S(ulpice, Paris, France)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He received the money order for the expenses of Mr. O'Regan. As for the 800 francs of (Bishop John B.) Lamy, he encloses the response of the secretary of the Propagation of the Faith. He did his best for the cause of that good prelate, but Lamy must act directly himself. It is consoling to see the interest that all the Catholics of the world take in what concerns the Holy Father. It is indifferent whether Purcell sends the money to Rome or to Cardinal Barnabo. What Purcell tells him of his churches, schools, etc. give him pleasure. In France the episcopal matter is not such as it is in America. It is important that the bishops remain at their posts as much as they can. A month ago they saw the Bishop of Toronto (Armand de Charbonnel) who wishes to retire; he has already prevented his nomination as coadjutor to New Orleans. He is at Rome now to prevent the return to such an idea and also to plead the cause of some dioceses of Canada. He wishes to enter the Capuchins. Carriere spoke about the nominations for New Orleans. One ought not to intervene but it is good that Cardinal (Alexander) Barnabo has some information. A great event is going to pass for Carriere; he is going to take a trip to Rome. Some persons are going to Rome to speak against them. That is why Carriere decided to make the trip. They are content with M. O'Regan; for his ordination they will do the best. They do not go so fast in that matter as they do in other countries.

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

1860 Apr. 6
DellePiane, B. and A. McKenna: Jackson, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Le(!) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Their pastor, Father (James) Blake, has succeeded in selling two lots of ground in Jackson by Blanc's authority for $150. The church was indebted to the amount of $65 and asked that the debts should be paid out of the proceeds. Blanc gave a favorable answer in his letter of Feb. 22. They suppose that Blake does not know of Blanc's answer and they request Blanc to instruct Blake to pay the debts.

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

1860 Apr. 7
Plowden, & Company Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop Ant(hon)y Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

They are authorized to negotiate the transmission from abroad of contributions now in progress for his Holiness Pope Pius IX and to pay the amount to the Treasurer General. Offerings can be paid to their correspondents in New Orleans, Messrs. Urquhart, Fourquier, & Co.

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

1860 April 7
Fitzgerald, Father Edward: Columbus, (Ohio)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

When Father (James) Meagher last visited Columbus, he gave Fitzgerald an account of the total indebtedness of St. Patrick's Church. Now he is asked to pay a note for $219 in favor of Mary Mackey of which he has no account. He has refused to pay it. Father (John B.) Hemsteger's health continues to improve.

P.S. He was told the note will go to protest if unpaid. It is drawn in the name of the church and signed by Meagher.

II-5-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {3}

1860 April 8
Jennings, R.S.C.J. (Madame) S.: Albany, (New York)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

She has the piece called the "Martyr", the one Purcell refers to in his letter and she will send it along with some others. Their Bishop is much better but a little lame yet; he will give the veil to one sister tomorrow. It would be a great consolation to her to have a long conversation with Purcell. Miss Leopold writes that Purcell is going to make the dedication of the church at Hamilton next Sunday. Miss Leopold writes also that she is going to make a retreat at the convent where she was educated. It is consoling to see the fruits of their labors. Madame Thompson has replaced Madame Bowles as Superior of the house of the Mesdames of the Sacred Heart in New York. Madame Jennings has a young aspirant with her, Miss Louise Furt, one of Father Hitzelberger's converts. She asks Purcell to remember their community.

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

1860 April 8
Rouquette, Father A(drian): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Since 1846 he has been (Brownson's) subscriber, reader and admirer. He has admired (Brownson's) courage. Often his voice was the only one to make itself understood on important questions. He offers him as a testimony of his gratitude the prelude of his Antoniade, which is only one fourth of the entire poem. It is the fruit of his prayer study and poetical inspiration. P.S. If (Brownson) has any observations to make on it he will receive them with deference.

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

1860 Apr. 8
Whelan, R(ichard) V Bishop of Wheeling: Wheeling, (Virginia)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

Whelan writes that a Sister in the Community the Sisters of St. Joseph, a sister-in-law of the late Rush Floyd, is going to St. Louis for a retreat and to assist at a Council of the several communities. Whelan would like for her to visit the religious houses of Cincinnati, Louisville, and St. Louis to get experience. He asks if she may spend two days with the Sisters of Charity in Cincinnati and learn of their management of institutions. She will be of great use in Whelan's diocese. She expects to start on Tuesday so Whelan asks Purcell to wire his answer and to say where she and her companions will stop.

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

1860 Apr. 9
Urcun, Father C(letus): Bayou Boeuf, Louisiana
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He asks for a dispensation in favor of Therame Giroir, widower of Artemice Rousseau, and Severine Giroir daughter of Paulinaire Giroir and Theotese Aucoin. P.S. He will visit (Blanc) next week for then he will have finished the sale of pwws in the two churches. At Bayou Boeuf the pews came to only 275 piastres. The parishioners are very suspicious of their priest here. He has had a great number of confessions and communions.

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

1860 Apr. 9
Wehrle, Father M(ary) P(aul): South Bend, (Indiana)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefev(e)re: (Detroit, Michigan)

As he is obliged to pay his debts before he could enter a religious order, he told Father (Edward F.) Sorin his intention and Sorin gave him a "writing". Wehrle intends to go tomorrow to Monroe and will stay two or three days. Then he intends to come to Detroit and ask if Lefevere will receive him again into his diocese.

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

1860 Apr. 10
Lang, Joseph: Monroe, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere: (Detroit, Michigan)

Father (Mary Paul) Wehrle came to Monroe today and as he will stay a few days and as there are so many old persons who cannot make their confessions except to a German priest many have requested that he write to Lefevere so that they could make their Easter duty. Father Wehrle is willing if Lefevere will grant the favor.

III-2-j - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {3}

1860 Apr. 12
Cooley, Tho(ma)s J.: Pointe Coupee, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop Ant(hony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

He returns the dispensation which Blanc sent him to marry the lady therein mentioned. His suit proved unsuccessful. Cooley turned his attention to another lady whom he believed was Catholic. After his engagement with her he found that she was an Episcopalian. He and his children are Catholics. He is in honor bound to fulfill his engagement. He asks Blanc for counsel.

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

1860 Apr. 12
(Elder, Bishop William Henry): Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Father (Francis Xavier) Leray: (Vicksburg, Mississippi)

Reflecting about Mr. Byrne's children, (Elder) does not see that he has lost the legal right to appoint their guardian by will. Let him quietly make a will appointing a guardian, have it only signed and witnessed, then leave it in the hands of a friend. Leray ought not to be guardian himself but get some worthy Catholic, like Mr. Genella. Leray is to write before making any promise about the time of Confirmation.

VI-2-c - A.L. Incomplete - 1p. - 8vo. - {3}

1860 Apr. 13
(Kenrick), Archbishop Peter Richard: St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

The accounts from Rome are very discouraging. All the indications of the times point to a general war from which the Church will have much to suffer. They are comparatively secure in the western hemisphere.

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

1860 April 14
Corbett, S.J., Father M(ichael): Chicago, (Illinois)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Corbett has received the April number and expressed the gratitude for himself and the community for the tribute to the Jesuits. He hopes Brownson will be free to devote all his energies to editing and writing for publication and not be distracted by petty annoyances and embarrassments.

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

1860 Apr. 15
Cauvin, Father D. André: (Terre aux Boeufs, Louisiana)
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Cauvin has terminated the affair of the trustees of this parish. The pastor pro tem of St. Bernard's is the president of the church council, which has allotted 600 piastres per year as a salary in addition to fees. All the land from the highway to the railway is reserved for the parish house garden. The parish council cedes to the pastor all pew rents and revenue from church lands rented under its supervision. The pastor pro tem will have charge of the upkeep of the church interior. The pastor will call a meeting of the council twice a year, or upon the demand of a member of the council. The pastor will present the accounts in the last meeting of the year. After the pastor's 600 piastres and the expenses for the upkeep of the parish have been deducted, the remainder is to be placed at the disposal of the council for the benefit of the parish. If Rousselon is dissatisfied, he is not to think it is a lack of good will on Cauvin's part.

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

1860 Apr. 15
D'Hémécourt, Victor (A.): (Barrens, Missouri)
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

They have just taken their Easter examinations. Now he is going to translate Horace. He asks Blanc to pray that he may persevere that he may one day be a priest.

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

1860 Apr. 15
Holzinger, Juan: N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc) C. Luis Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Holzinger was born in Magunsia on the Rhine. He studied civil engineering up to 1826 when he went to the mines in Mexico; joined the Mexican army as an engineer under General Santa Anna about 1835 and was stationed in Tampico. When the permanent army rose in insurrection in the capital the Tampico garrison aided them. The task Holzinger took was the rebuilding of a steamship. After 7 months of defense against the so called liberals, the general sold the platoon to the enemy. Holzinger was immediately expatriated and lost 11,600 pesos and the Liberals took his property. Not only did he sacrifice himself and his goods for a cause supported by General Miramon but the governor could not aid them and they were left completely abandoned. Residing in Habana when General Marin armed the little maritime expedition, he embarked to return to his fatherland. Arrived in Mexican waters an American force captured them and brought them to this city, branding them pirates. The American governor ordered them set free. Now at 64 and physically unable to earn a living he asks for help.

VI-2-c - L.S. - (Spanish) - 3pp. - 4to. - {1}

1860 Apr. 15
Luers, Bishop J(ohn) H(enry): Fort Wayne, (Indiana)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefev(e)re: Detroit, (Michigan)

Father (Julian) Benoit has mislaid the address of the stainer of glass, Mr. N. but a letter would reach him in care of Bishop (John Timon) of Buffalo. Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell) was much pleased with his visit; he expressed great esteem for Lefevere. Luers is glad that Lefevere reminded him of the poor place of Fort Wayne for a Bishop's seat; he may reflect and induce Bishop (Amadeus) Rappe to Toledo, (Ohio). The new Cathedral will be ready for dedication in September.

III-2-j - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {5}

1860 Apr. 15
Webb and Levering: Louisville, Kentucky
 to (Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Webb and Levering announce that on June 1, 1860 "The History of the Protestant Reformation" by Bishop M(artin) J(ohn) Spalding, will be published. A list of other standard Catholic publications is also given.

VI-2-c - Printed Circular - 2pp. - 4to. - {2}

1860 Apr. 16
McDermott, Father John: Sinsinawa, Wisconsin
 to Archbishop A(nthony Blanc) Blanche: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

He is informed that Bishop (Andrew) Byrne of Little Rock brought his case before the late Synod of New Orleans for investigation. Blanc will do him a favor by letting him know the result.

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

1860 April 16
W(helan), Father D(avid): Mobile, (Alabama)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

After Easter he spent five days in New Orleans and was pleased with the city. He witnessed the grand procession on the occasion of the inauguration of the Clay statue. About one third of the procession was made up of Masons. He visited old Father Mullin. Jimmy Miller is at St. Patrick's in an unsettled position. The Bishop (John Quinlan) is quite popular among the congregation. The only one against him are the French infidels. The Bishop wants him to return because he wants a chaplain for the Visitation Convent. The doctor tells Whelan it may be three or four months before he is cured.

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

1860 April 17
Elder, William Henry Bishop of Natchez: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He has not given retreats except in a very familiar was — talking over the subject of meditation. He cannot promise himself one just now as his vicar general is away. But he will come if Purcell cannot get anyone better. Elder thinks their "ticket" a pretty strong one. The Bishop (John M. Odin) of Galveston begged to be let off. As to the person who is Purcell's preference, he has no fluency with French.

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

1860 Apr. 17
(Martin), Bishop Aug(uste) M(a)rie: Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He sympathizes with (Blanc's) difficulties in a choice of coadjutor. He is convinced that a French prelate is necessary, but unfortunately, the other bishops will not understand this necessity. (Martin) has seconded the views of (Blanc) in both letters he wrote to the Cardinal Prefect. He has expressed his desire that, in spite of his refusal, Bishop (John Mary) Odin be named coadjutor. Upon his refusal (Martin) has insisted upon the choice of (Bishop Armand F.M.) de Charbonnel; and that lacking these two prelates, Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché should be nominated. In mentioning Father (F.) G(autrele)t (S.J.), (Martin) did not insist, regarding this suggestion as useless, and also believing the naming of a member of the Society (of Jesus) to be inopportune. As to the fourth, (Father Gilbert Raymond), (Martin) has set him aside for New Orleans recommending him for a secondary see, and declaring that he would be happy to have him as his own successor. Many of (Martin)'s parishioners have been in New Orleans, among them the family of Lecomte who, he hopes, will visit (Blanc). (Martin) has provisionally admitted Father (Julien) Gal(l)op(?) of Tarbes and is studying him, finding the task difficult as he is a little too Gascon for (Martin). The second session of (St. Joseph's) College opened yesterday with twelve new students. The Convent of the S(acred) H(eart) is very prosperous, (Martin) expects great good from these two institutions.

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

1860 April 18
Kehoe, L(awrence: Tablet Office (New York, New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Kehoe encloses a letter and asks if any of the Reviews will fulfill the young man's needs, Brownson should inform Kehoe that he may have him and the money. Kehoe requests the return of the letter.

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

1860 Apr. 18
Morel, Ernest: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

License for Father (Constantine) Maenhaut to marry Claude Gaux and Marie Alexandrine de Lachoz, widow of Marie Joseph Faichoz.

VI-2-c - D.S. - 1p. - 32mo. - {4}

1860 Apr. 18
Morel, Ernest: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

License for any clergyman to marry Veglia Bartolomeo and Seraphina Paretti.

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

1860 April 19
Mechtilde of the Sacred Heart, Sister: Chillicothe, (Ohio)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

Father (Philip)McMahon handed her Purcell's letter. She believes that a change of pastor will be very advantageous to the parish of St. Mary's. The position of the sisters is so strange that it is difficult to give a just idea. The health of the pastor (Father J( ) H. Thisse) has been a little better since January but his headache has not left him. The pastor has been more cold and indifferent towards them since they informed Purcell of their privations. The pastor takes no interest in the children. There has been no First Communion this year. Since January they have had only one or two Masses each week. They are devoted to their mission despite the privations, but they cannot do much if not aided by their pastor. She thanks Purcell for his interest in their mission.

II-5-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 8vo. - {3}

1860 Apr. 19
Rousselon, Father S(tephen): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Dispensation for the marriage of William and Evelina.

- D.S. - (Latin) -

VI-2-c - D.S. & D.S. Copy - (English, Spanish, Latin) - 3pp. - folio - {6}

1860 Apr. 20
Andrieu, C.M., Father A(nthony): Donaldsonville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

The retreat has done much good. Father (A.) Maréchaux's sermons were greatly enjoyed. Some say they prefer him to Father (John M.) Delcros, (C.M.). He would figure well in the pulpit of the cathedral. Andrieu asks Blanc to honor them by his presence on Ascension Day for Confirmation.

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

1860 Apr. 20
Follot, Father Francis C.: Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

One of his parishioners, J.B. Roth asked Follot to write. His brother Trasimond (Roth) is dead; he was a Catholic, his wife is a Protestant. She wants to know whether she can be buried beside her husband in the Catholic cemetery; if not she wants to transfer his remains to the Protestant cemetery. She is a very good and charitable woman. She keeps a little orphan whom she has asked Follot to prepare for his First Communion. Also the Superior of the Convent asked if, when the church is finished, they could not keep the Blessed Sacrament. The convent is so near they have only to cross the street. If they had a great number of boarders and Sisters perhaps the Blessed Sacrament could remain there more fittingly. The Sisters at Opelousas went to the church. The church has had the first coat of plaster; Follot hopes to say Mass there in a month and a half or two. He asks (Blanc) to give him an answer to this letter and to the one he sent by Mr. Hebert.

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

1860 Apr. 20
Kernan, W. Fergus: Clinton, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Blanc once had occasion to ask Kernan's opinion in relation to a claim Blanc had against the Estate of Mrs. Muse. He now asks Blanc for some information because he believes an orphan client will be aided by it. Can a priest for his own use and benefit, receive, hold and enjoy property; does a priest take upon himself the vow of poverty?

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

1860 Apr. 21
Elder, Bishop William Henry: Natches, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Some of the leading Catholics here—among them General (W.W.?) Wood, recommend that they send the proceedings of their meeting to their Senator in Washington, to be given to the Secretary of State and transmitted through their minister at Rome. If it should go should Elder write to Cardinal Antonelli or to Barnabo to explain what has been done? Father (Maturin F.) Grignon has gone to Ireland and France to get Sisters of Mercy and priests and to recruit his health. He will return in August or September. Father (F.) Miller holds his place and interim. Father Elidan Galian, in bad health, is also here. Mrs. Owens, sister-in-law to Mrs. Perrault, formerly Beatrice Quinn of Donaldson died a week after giving birth to a fine boy. Archbishop Purcell has asked Elder to give the diocesan retreat in July. If Blanc expects to consecrate a coadjutor this summer he is to let Elder know. There have been so many irregularities and scandals on the part of priests collecting on the levees that Elder thinks it would be well to unite in a circular to bishops and heads of orders explaining the evils of this. Could they inflict an ecclesiastical censure on persons collecting without permission? (P.S.) Elder has just received a letter from Fathers (Julian M.) Guillon, (P.) Lecorre and (J.B.) Monton of which he encloses a copy. He thinks it well to publish it. Should he act on it or will Blanc do so? Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché could translate it and let (J. C.) Dinnies have the English.

- A.L.S. - 3pp.


(1860) (Apr. 9)
(Guillon, Father, Father Lecorre and Father Monton): Sulphur Springs, Miss(issippi)
 to (Bishop William Henry Elder): (Natchez, Mississippi)

They submit a plan which they believe may please the Holy Father and redound to the honor of the clergy of the United States. There are in this country about 2400 bishops and priests. If each bishop and priest made an offering of $5.00 it would total $12,000. This demonstration would please the Pope particularly when he has just established the American Seminary in Rome. They hope that their suggestion will be cheerfully responded to by the devoted sons of Pope Pius IX.

- Copy - 2pp.

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1860 Apr. 21
Langlois, Father Auguste Barthelemy: Pointe a la Hache, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Will (Blanc) give a dispensation from the third degree of consanguinity for Celestin Bulot and Josephine Carlini.

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1860 Apr. 21
Morel, Ernest: New Orleans, Louisiana

A copy of the certification of the marriage on April 17, 1860 of Charles Maduell and Marie Celestine Durel. Witnessed by Henry Martenstein, Alf Bertus. L(oui)s Chanchon, and Pauline Durel. (Notation on back): May 5.

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1860 Apr. 22
Seton, (Elizabeth) Elise: Cragdon, (New York)
 to (Robert Seton) Bob: (Rome, Italy)

She got (Robert)'s letter and Nell (Helen Seton) is looking forward to hers. Bill (William Seton 4) sent them a note from (Robert); they are always eager to hear from their absent ones. Their father (William Seton 3) is much better; he has been dieting a little lately. It made their father happy to know that Harry (Seton) is in such good company as Mr. Berrian. Has Hal already left (Robert)? (Robert) is to tell Em(ily Seton) that her letters are most interesting. Bill comes on Friday and stays until Monday; he is grand! He bought a very handsome boat last week, the "Adventure". Elise has done as (Robert) desired about the cost of arms. Uncle Sam and the Setons in general are well. Fanny and Lilla have come back from Florida and are staying on their old place which is soon to be rented. Aunt Kate (Mother Catharine Seton) is well and speaks of (Robert) in the most affectionate terms. Nell and Bill leave the first week in June; Bill glories in the idea of seeing (Robert) again. David is steady at his plough; Elise fears old Harry may die before he gets through. Isabel (Seton) has written lately. They are having a garret made under the roof. There is a great fuss about the great convention. Bill is very anxious to hear the result and thought to go down to Charleston to hear the speeches. Before she closes, Elise will run over to the big house and get a few violets for (Robert). She and Nell had a long siege at Parmleys of ancient memory. Elise and their father intend to start for the West a week or so before Bill and Nell sail. Bill says it will come strange to direct letters to Dixon, Illinois. Old Uncle Tommy came to see them in the winter and spoke of (Robert), his favorite. Johnny Ennis has grown into a fine young lad; he works in a grocery store and makes $200 a year. John Morisson looks exactly the same. (Robert) is to remember Elise to his rector, Father William (McCloskey).

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1860 Apr. 22
Thomassin, Paul: Savannah, G(eorgi)a
 to Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He sends a draft for $8 - $4 for his subscription to the Propagateur, the other $4 for a subscription for Father Charles Prendergast of this city. The Catholics of Savannah have given proof of their devotion to Pope (Pius IX). On Palm Sunday of colledtion was made which amounted to $640. An address will accompany their tribute to the Pope.

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

1860 Apr. 23
McKey, Mother Angela J(oseph): Medina, (New York)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): Detroit, (Michigan)

She writes for protection and patronage to a branch of religious Sisters, known as the Sisters of St. Bridget from Ireland, who are willing to take charge of a school. If Lefevere approves, he may write to Father Thomas Brady, the pastor of Medina for recommendations; he is also their Superior. Mother requests an early reply since the spring is rapidly passing and they want to do something in the way of settling as soon as they can.

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1860 Apr. 23
Quinlan, John Bishop of Mobile: Mobile, (Alabama)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

The small number of priests of Mobile has been diminished. Father (P R.) Hackett died and left his affairs to be managed by an administrator appointed by the court. Father(P A.)Desgaultiers who has been spiritual director and almost ordinary of the diocese to the Convent of the Visitation, Summerville, left for Europe without giving adieu or asking for an exeat. By his imprudence he nearly destroyed the whole community which is now, on his account, divided into two parties. Father David (Whelan) is in good health now and intends to leave for the north next week. Quinlan would like to have Father David remain as chaplain at the Convent. Whelan believes that the south is best for his health. Quinlan has written to Rome in favor of Bishop John M. Odin of Galveston for the See of New Orleans. Quinlan is going to Europe to seek priests. It is lamentable to think of the amount of ignorance of Catholic doctrines that exists among the upper classes of French and Creole in Mobile. Quinlan was denounced for refusing to bury with the rites of the Church a publicly known impenitent person. Quinlan will never compromise his Church to gain the reputation of a tolerant and refined gentleman. Lent passed off well. The Tenebrae with Father David's aid were never so beautifully conducted.

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1860 Apr. 23
Saucier, Arthur: New Orleans, Louisiana

A copy of the marriage certificate of William A. Valls and Evelina Antonia Valls. Witnessed by J.A. Carreras, A. Hernandez and B. Valls. On April 24 J. Fernando, vice consul certifies Saucier's signature.

- D.S. Copy -

 Attached to the above: 

1860 Apr. 23
Starrs, Father W(illia)m: New York, (New York)
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received Blanc's letter of April 9 and has made inquiry concerning the marriage case, but could find nothing. Blanc knows how difficult it is when the parish or date are not known. He was pleased to hear Blanc's health was improving.

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1860 April 23
Swen, Brewer, and Tileston: Boston (Massachusetts)
 to Rev. O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

The undersigned have read with pleasure Brownson's favorable review of Doctor Worcester's Quarto Dictionary. They regret they have failed to do justice to terms peculiar to the Catholic Church. They have taken special pains with this matter. All Doctor Worcester's collaborators have been instructed to deal with this subject as if they were of the same faith. They ask Brownson to point out the instances where there are incorrect definitions.

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1860 April 24
(Gillespie, C.S.C.), Mother M(ary) of St. Angela: St. Mary's Academy, Notre Dame (Indiana)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Mother Angela thanks Brownson for his offer to revise the series of Readers for Catholic Schools. She will have the proof-sheets of the first, second and fourth books sent to Brownson from Sadlier for his corrections. She thanks Brownson for the last issue of the Review. She prays for the "healing of the Greek Schism". She wishes Brownson to place the Academy on the list of regular subscribers.

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1860 Apr. 24
Pilié, Louis H.:
Surveyor's Department, City Hall New Orleans, Louisiana
 to F(rancis)co Marquez: New Orleans, Louisiana

Receipted bill for $381.20 for one-half of the shelling of the street in front of St. Patrick's Cemetery. (Countersigned by) V. Duplessis, Comptroller.

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1860 Apr. 24
Clerouin, Father (Victor): Bruly Landing, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He did not answer sooner because illness after Easter made him fear that he would not be able to give the children the necessary instructions. Today he is able to tell (Blanc) that the children are ready to receive Confirmation on Ascension Day. As for the chapel up above there are only a few and it seems impossible to prepare them for this time.

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

1860 Apr. 24
Elder, Bishop William Henry: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mr. Martin, who spent two months in the New Orleans Seminary, offers his services for the diocese. Does he have any obligation to Blanc? Martin says he left with Blanc the letter given him by Bishop Goss of Liverpool, his Ordinary by origin. Martin tells him that Mr. Marion, a Frenchman, is disposed to follow him. A man living in northern Mississippi expects to go to Spain to marry. He is a Catholic convert and must take his certificate of baptism and certificate from the bishop. Father (Francis X.) Leray knows him and says he is a devout member of the Church. Elder believes he is a German. Elder has a letter from Father J(ohn) McDermott, formerly of Little Rock, inquiring whether his matter was laid before the Council and with what result. Elder told him that Blanc was the proper person to see. McDermott writes from Sinsinawa College, Wisconsin.

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(186?) April 24
Dwenger, Father Jos(eph): Celina, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

A good Catholic farmer of St. Mary's wishes to have an orphan boy who has made his first communion to help him on the farm. He would like to know the conditions.

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1860 Apr. 25
Dubernard, Father (Jean Honore): Pont Breaux, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The blessing of the church took place on Easter. He took up an extraordinary collection which produced 67 piastres; he can count on 500 piastres of subscriptions in addition to the 2500 he obtained last year. There are now 3000 piastres to pay on the 6,000. Even if he has to go to professional lenders, he will pay for the church himself. He will ask for a transfer after he turns the money over to (Blanc) and there is not one sou of debt on the church. (Blanc) sent him to Pont Breaux three years ago to found a parish, and he believes he has fully succeeded. There was no rectory or church and he has built both; most of the cemetery was not enclosed, and animals roamed in it; now the cemetery of Pont Breaux is cited as one of the best-kept of Atakapas. When he arrived, there was nothing fit for worship, and the most necessary things were lacking. Aided by his father and brother he has dammed the stream. If the property was worth 1000 when he arrived, it is worth 12,000 now. His debt will amount to 2000 piastres. (Blanc)'s justice cannot allow him to be kept in a parish where for 4 or 5 years he will be held by such a chain. He only asks that he be given a better parish when he has paid his debts. He has thought it over and has decided to leave his family in Pont Breaux where they have built themselves a house and can earn a living. He believes he has succeeded in reconciling his duties to his family with his ministry, but in order that his ministry may not suffer, he has resolved to separate from them.

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1860 Apr. 25
(Martin), Bishop Aug(uste) M(a)rie: Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father Louis Gergaud of Monroe, (Louisiana) has informed (Martin) that the bill of sale for the church is incomplete as it lacks acceptance by (Blanc) or his agent. (Martin) requests (Blanc) to send power of attorney to Gergaud, rector of St. Mary's, to accept and sign the bill of sale. After this is done, (Martin) will delegate Father E(tienne) Rousselon to represent him. (Martin) asks (Blanc) not to delay the departure of Gergaud for France; Gergaud has just lost his father and goes there to aid his mother in arranging affairs. Of all (Martin)'s priests, Gergaud is the best qualified to care for the interests of the diocese. If, however, he can be of some service to (Blanc), (Martin) will be happy to have him place himself at his service.

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1860 April 25
W(ood), J(ames) F., Bishop of: Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He has been slow to organize any body of assistants. His administration has been a one horse concern. This cannot long remain so. There is a young woman there who has the signs of a religious vocation. Wood advises her to enter a convent at a distance. At the age of 14 she was compelled to make a marriage of convenience but she never consummated the marriage. Wood asks permission for her to apply to Madam Julia in Brown county to receive her. They are pushing ahead with the cathedral. They are losing the Jesuits at St. John's and the College.

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1860 Apr. 26
Andrieu, C.M., Father A(nthony): Donaldsonville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop A(nthony) Blanc: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Clemente Cazalez and Josepha Millian, children of two sisters, request the necessary dispensation to marry legitimately.

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1860 Apr. 26
Elder, Bishop William Henry: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Father A(nthony) Verrina, C.M.: (Bouligny, Louisiana)

Elder has just sent Mr. Hearns permission to receive Minor Orders with Verrina's approbation. If Verrina thinks it advisable that he receive Subdeaconship at once, Elder gives him powers to present him to the Archbishop. Father (F.?) Martin is here in good health and spirits. He thanks Verrina for directing him here. Elder has written to his Archbishop about him.

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1860 Apr. 26
Rousselon, Father S(tephen): New Orleans, Louisiana

Extract from the baptismal register of M. Mary's Church: On September 5, 1836 Father V(icto)r Jamey baptized Julie, daughter of Michel Olend and Alzire, born January 15, 1824. The godfather was Jean-Baptiste Bonnifoe and the godmother Felicite Lulopes.

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1860 Apr. 26
Rousselon, Father S(tephen): New Orleans, Louisiana

Extract from the baptismal record of St. Mary's Church: On August 23, 1836, Father V(icto)r Jamey baptized Philippe, child of Michel Olend and Alzire, about 4 years old. Andre was the godfather and Josephine the godmother.

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1860 April 26
Barry, (Rev.) W.J.:
Mount St. Mary's of the West (Cincinnati, Ohio)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Barry will soon forward an article dealing with Collegiate Education and its Influence on Religion and Politics. He thanks Brownson for the criticism of "Soul's Activity". He sends his respects to Doctor Jeremiah Cummings and Father George McCloskey. What has become of Doctor Forbes? He asks Brownson to read an article in the Catholic Telegraph entitled "The Enquirer on the Origin of Nations", containing a familiar definition of Barbarism.

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1860 April 26
(Bedini), Cajetan Archbishop of Thebes:
Secretary Sacred Congregation de Propaganda Rome
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

(Bedini) acknowledges the receipt from Purcell of the bank draft for 700 pounds sterling, which was dated March 27. He has presented it to the Holy Father who was greatly peased and has commissioned (Bedini) to present to Purcell and his flock in token of his peasure two medals one of silver and one of brass to which he attaches the Apostolic benediction. For the rest the letters which have been sent to the Holy Father will be collected and bound into one or several volumes as a testimony in future times to the good will and zeal towards the Holy See.

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1860 Apr. 27
Keller, Father G(eorge): Covington, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Anthony Blanc: New Orleans, Louisiana)

In consequence of the wishes of his bishop, Keller may not stay any longer in the mission (Blanc) has given him. Keller will arrive in New Orleans on May 8, and will leave at once. He would be gone by now but since he does not have any money for his journey, hw will rest until May 5 when he will have a marriage at Bonfouca. Concerning the belongings of each parish, he leaves all furnished by the congregation. The only thing he is taking is a vestment he bought for $40. His predecessor took away everything, and Keller hopes no one will accuse him on his crimes, since he has enough to suffer for the defiance of the Covingtonians. He will put the two chalices at Covington back into (Blanc)'s hands; the effects at Bonfouca will remain there. At Madisonville, the people have furnished a room; all will remain there. There are two vestments. The chalice is in the hands of Father (George) Lamy; it was given to the church. It would be good to tell (Blanc) about the furnishings taken by Lamy or better if the people of Covington tell him or Madame Anatole at Bonfouca. As to making the mission succeed, the best course seems to place a missionary bishop here until the people are better instructed and are practising Catholics.

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1860 Apr. 27
Spalding, M(artin) J. Bishop of Louisville: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Archbishop (Francis P.) Kenrick of Baltimore writes his surprise and regrets that Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc of New Orleans is thinking of resigning. It seems that Bishop (Michael) O'Connor of Pittsburgh has also offered his resignation. It would almost appear that coadjutors are dangerous as the only two bishops in the United States who had them have lately died. The case of Frachin is truly horrible. Spalding hopes that he will spend the rest of his life at Gethsemani doing penance. There is a Capuchin with him, a Father Josaphat Kleiber, who comes from the East Indies to collect money; he comes in consequence of a letter written him ten years ago by Father Boeswald. If Purcell knows anything of Kleiber's antecedents, Spalding would be obliged for the information.

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1860 Apr. 28
Kernan, W. Fergus: Clinton, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Blanc's answer to his inquiry has been received for which he gives thanks.

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1860 Apr. 28
Purcell, Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist): Cin(cinnati, Ohio)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere: Detroit, (Michigan)

He asks Lefevere to come to St. Thomas the coming week. Bishop (Martin John) Spalding will be home next week and would accompany them. Purcell would have invited Judge Wilkins to come to his house to pass a few days in preparation for entering the church but feared to do so. Bishop (Michael) O'Connor has tendered his resignation with a prospect of it being accepted. Archbishop Louis Patrick Kenrick of Baltimore is opposed to the intention of Archbishop (Anthony Blanc) of New Orleans to resign. The Jesuits have given up their college in Philadelphia and also the Church of St. John. A visitor has arrived who is making important changes. Father (Clement) Hammer has left. In a public meeting of his late congregation, some blamed him for trying to place over them a pastor in his place whom they did not fancy. Bishop (Simon Gabriel) Brute was much put out by the leaving of Bishops (John) Cheverus and (William) Dubourg. Only one of the city papers has publicized the scandal of Franchon. Bishop Spalding has no faith in "the repentance unto salvation" of such offenders. Bishop (James F.) Wood did not let matters stand in "statu quo" in Philadelphia; he has no Vicar general; he is reorganizing.

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