University of Notre Dame


1860 Aug. 1
Beccard, Father Amédée: Lafourche, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Etienne) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

He again complains of the atrocity which massacres his life. He hesitates to leave the country but what else can he do? His isolation is only tenable with the practice of piety but his condition renders that impossible. He has been offered a small rectorship by the Bishop of Valence (in France). However, he hesitates to accept it. He asks Rousselon's advice as to a way out of his difficulty. Parish affairs would make it difficult, even disastrous, to leave before Easter of 1861. It would be a great accomodation if Rousselon could let him have, as remuneration for masses, the $20 which he had loaned him. If Rousselon could see the tableau of his moral life for the past ten years, he would understand how much good a little benevolence and comfort would do him.

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

1860 Aug. 2
Spalding, M(artin) J. Bishop of Louisville: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cin(cinnati, Ohio)

The cause of God will yet triumph in this country. The Church in Europe seems to be delivered for a time. He fears that Father (Edward) O'Driscoll has amplified that sad affair at St. Thomas. Father (Francis)Chambige has sharp eyes and would have discovered it. O'Driscoll writes that no one was ever found intoxicated at St. Thomas(Seminary). Spalding is amazed at what Purcell says on the authority of Bishop(John) Timon. He heard from the Jesuits of St. Louis that the Bishop(John McCloskey) of Albany is claiming at Rome the right of succession to the See of New York on the ground of his former coadjutorship.

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

(186-) Aug. 3
Finotti, Father Jos(eph) M.: Brookline, Mass(achusetts)
 to Bishop (Francis P.) McFarland (of Hartford: Providence, Rhode Island)

He calls McFarland's attention to the date McFarland agreed to come to give Confirmation, the 29th. Finotti asked for the 27th, the 29th is a week day and he would not have a third of the Confirmandi. He hopes he has not embarrassed the Bishop. If the Bishop has agreed to go elsewhere the 27th he asks him to make his own appointment.

I-1-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {1}

1860 Aug. 4
(Melcher), Paul Bishop of Osnabrück: Osnabrück, (Hannover)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

George Steinlage, the son of parents of the orthodox faith, was legitimately born December 12, 1840 and baptized on the 14th. He testifies that he made his studies in the Gymnasium of Meppenand as far as he knows that there is no canonical impediment to ordination.

II-5-a - A.D.S. - (Latin) - 1p. - 8vo. - {1}

1860 Aug. 6
Guillemette, Father J.: Kingsey, (Canada East)
 to Mother (St. Gabriel):
Ursuline ConventQuebec, Canada

He recommends the admission of one of his parishioners, Brigitte Scarry. If there is no vacancy, he asks that Mother (St. Gabriel) inquire as to a place elsewhere.

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

1860 Aug. 6
Juncker, H. D. Bishop of Alton: Alton, (Illinois)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He cannot refuse Purcell's request so he will be in Dayton for the solemnity. He has been visiting his diocese since Wednesday. This visitation has been for him in many instances a via crucis.

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1860 Aug. 7
Facile, F(rere): Montreal, (Quebec, Canada)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He wrote to the brother director of St. Louis to go to Cincinnati, after the retreat to confer with Purcell about sending brothers (Christian Brothers) to take the direction of Purcell's cathedral school.

II-5-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 8vo. - {2}

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

Father (James) Meagher died in Illinois yesterday; his remains are being brought to Columbus for burial. His friends want him buried in the Church but a clause in the deed forbids this. Fitzgerald's refusal to allow the burial causes much excitement so he asks Purcell's opinion.

II-5-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {2}

1860 Aug. 8
Fitzgerald, Father Edward M.: Columbus, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

Father (James) Meagher was buried at Mendota (Illinois), his last mission, it being found impossible to bring the body to Columbus for burial. All trouble therefore is at an end.

II-5-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {3}

1860 Aug. 9
Guy, O.S.B., Robert E., (Brother Ephraim):
St. Gregory's College Downside, near Bath, England
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): Elizabeth, New Jersey

He is preparing a group of students for an examination at London University. The examiners are heretics and infidels. He wants to give his pupils more than a smattering of knowledge, something to counteract the false psychological notions on which all texts used to prepare for these examination are based. There being no good text, he is endeavoring to write one himself. The plan is this: I. The Idea of God, the Existence of God, God's Relation with creatures in Their Extence and Activity, God's Relation with Man's Intellect, Necessary Truths; II. Consciousness, Perception-sense and Intellect, Intuition and Reflection, Memory. He explains the outline and asks for constructive criticism. He has found criticisms to the effect that, although Brownsons' Philosophy is all-sufficient, there is no evidence to its truth. Brownson should answer this objection. He states an objection to the theory of memory and his answer to it; the objection includes a belief that the principle of contradiction is unsound as a basis for philosophy, namely that the principle of contradiction can't establish the validity of reason since reason establishes the principle itself. He asks for guidance on these fundamentals. The English hierarchy regard Brownson as a sound and staunch supporter of the doctrines of the Church. On re-reading his letter, he finds that he omitted these points: (1) can the fact that man has an idea of things non-existent be demonstrated? (2) Why do not our souls have the same and only relation to God as those of animals? (3) He cannot understand the jump from "Ens Necessarium" to "Ens Summe Perfectum"; (4) He is unable to fill the references he has made since he has not a copy of the Review at hand.

I-3-o - A.L.S. - 9pp. - 8vo. - {1}

1860 Aug. 10
Young, J(oseph) M., Bishop of Erie: Erie, (Pennsylvania)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist) Purcell: (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Young is sorry for not answering sooner but he was busy in his home neighborhood in Maine giving the Sacrament of Confirmation and First Communions. He met with tender treatment and some rudeness. He would accept Purcell's offer to visit him but fears he would become dissatisfied with his present lot. However he will try to get to Lancaster, (Ohio) when the new church is completed. He doubts if the nomination of Father Tobias Mullin for Pittsburgh will be confirmed. He is not convinced of the need of a diocese of Erie and would willingly give it up. He thinks Father James O'Connor should be sent to N(ew) Orleans. Father (John) McElroy of Boston was summoned to the bedside of the mother of Miss Emily Harper while Young was in Boston. He asks to be remembered to all in Purcell's household.

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

1860 Aug. 12
Brownson, S(arah) H.; Mrs. Orestes A.: Elizabeth, N(ew) J(ersey)
 to Betsey (Healy Alexander): Cleveland, Ohio

She sends birthday greetings to her sister Betsey. She was ill and spent a few weeks with Brownson's mother in Ballston, New York. She speaks of the great advantage she has over Betsey since Betsey is not a Catholic. Brownson's brother is a Catholic, but his mother and sister are Methodist. While at Ballston they visited the Congress Springs in nearby Saratoga. Sarah has gone to Boston and Edward will soon return to Fordham. William is in San Francisco. Henry is well. Brownson asks to be remembered to Sarah and James.

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

1860 Aug. 13
Carayon, Father A(ugust): Brantford, (Canada)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Carayon's conscience impels him to inform Lefevere of the unbecoming conduct of Father (Francis Xavier) Pourret of the Detroit Diocese.

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

1860 Aug. 13
Seton, Robert: Rome, (Italy)
 to (William Seton 3): (Cragdon, New York?)

Robert takes the opportunity of Wil(liam Seton 4)'s return to send these few lines. His father and Liz will be delighted to hear Wil talk about his vacation. Robert's health is very good and he can say the same of Em(ily Seton) and Isabel (Seton). Robert fears that his father and (E)Liz(abeth Seton) must have been very dull at the cottage since Nel (Helen Seton) and Wil left. Wil is a fine fellow. Wil may mention that he left a student seriously ill at the college. Robert has been in better health since he has been there than when he was in the Propaganda.

II-1-a - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {6}

1860 Aug. 13
Spalding M(artin) J., Bishop of (Louisville): Louisville (Kentucky)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Spalding regrets the delay in answering but has been sick in bed. He sends his regards to Mr. and Mrs. Springer and Jennie. He asks Purcell to pray for Colonel R.C. Bullard. Spalding thanks God that Breckinridge and his friends were beaten in the late election in Kentucky. Father (John H.) Bekkers is almost well, and Father (F.) Chambige was to sail for Southhampton in the Hammonia on the 4th of Aug. At the request of Bishop (William H.) Elder he gives the result;lt of his inquiries concerning the reasons for Father N(apoleon) Perche's departure from Kentucky: 1. No criminality, 2. some imprudence, 3. not suspended. Received exeat from Bishop (Benedict J) Flaget and went to New Orleans. 4. The whole affair is now forgotten. It concerns Bishop (Guy Ignatius) Chabrat and the Sisters of Loretto who were divided concerning Chabrat. Perche's fault was in giving ear to those opposed to Chabrat and accompanying one to the Sisters of Providence in Indiana.

II-5-a - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {8}

1860 Aug. 14
Wood, James (J) (Bishop of Philadelphia): Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

Wood forced Father Charles J. Carter to accept $2400 less than he demanded for rent from the Sisters, who have moved into the house and propose to open their Academy at the usual time. He also refused to answer Carter's request for permission to engage any Sisters he chose for fear of his desire to open a rival institution. Wood has been praying for (Anthony) Blanc, Archbishop of New Orleans. He has been busy with the 150 priests and 300 female religious. He sends his; regards to Fathers Ned (Purcell) and Collins.

II-5-a - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1860 Aug. 15
Henni, John M. Bishop of Milwaukee: Milwaukee, (Wisconsin)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He would gladly have embraced the opportunity of meeting Purcell but the invitation did not reach him until last night. He will be with him in spirit.

II-5-a - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {1}

1860 Aug. 16
Miles, Tho(ma)s H.:
St. J(oseph)'s College Bardstown, K(entucky)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Miles has received no answer to his letter offering to buy the copy of the Review Brownson had for sale; was his letter received? Miles hopes the copy is unsold. He wants it bound and sent by express.

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1860 Aug. 17
Marie, A.: N(ew) Y(ork, New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Marie encloses a pamphlet by a friend which may prove amusing. He asks Brownson to forward it to Bishop (Martin J.) Spaulding of Louisville, Kentucky, when he has finished reading it. He himself is leaving on the 25th for Europe; if he can do anything there to help Brownson, he will be happy to learn of it. He parts from him with a feeling of sorrow and hopes he will hear from Brownson Occasionally.

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1860 Aug. 18
John-Mary, Brother: St. Maurice
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He dares to ask Purcell for an audience for he has something very important to tell him. He asks pardon for the liberty he takes in writing. He is a brother in the society of the Brothers of the Christian Doctrine.

II-5-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - (French) - {2}

1860 Aug. 19
Doane, George H.: Newark, (New Jersey)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

If Brownson will dine with him on the 28th he will loan him Doctor W(ilfred) G. Ward's book "Nature and Grace" containing pleasing references to Brownson.

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

1860 Aug. 20
Beccard, Father Amédée: Lafourche, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Etienne Rousselon: New Orleans, Louisiana)

His strange suffering continues, There is no one to whom he can talk. Father (Charles M.) Menard, with his curt, limited, narrow and common personality, offers no consolation. His isolation triples his suffering. Reading Father (Jean-Joseph) Surin in the hours of anguish is tiresome and unendurable. He is going to take a journey without end and without respite. He has already abandoned the chapel at Lockport because of the haughtiness and insolence of an individual whom he had named to administer the church property. Upon returning home, he found a dying man at his house. The man had been one of the leaders of the civil group which gave him a great deal of trouble three years ago. He asked for and received Beccard's forgiveness.

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

1860 Aug. 20
Muller, Father Fr(ederick): Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Father (Francis Xavier Leray: Vicksburg, Mississippi)

The bishop directs Műller to request the annual report on the state of (Leray)'s mission (Fairfield Plantation) for insertion into the Catholic Almanac for 1861. He lists the topics for the report.

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

1860 Aug. 23
Baraga, Frederic Bishop of Sault St. Marie: (Sault St. Marie, Michigan)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Baraga asks if his missionaries can wear a beard since their facilities for shaving are bad. If Baraga will wear a long beard, the missionaries say they will too. Baraga has seen priests of the Benedictines, of Father (Edward) Sorin, and others in Wisconsin, Indiana, and elsewhere with beards and asks Purcell what he would say if he, Baraga, appeared at the Third Provincial Council of Cincinnati with a long gray beard.

II-5-a - A.L.S. - 1pp. - 8vo. - {2}

(186-) Aug. 24
Healy, Father James A.: Boston, (Massachusetts)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland of Hartford: (Providence, Rhode Island)

He asks McFarland to confer Confirmation in the Bishop's chapel on September 6 or 7. He asks the favor because of McFarland's past goodness. Their Bishop (John Bernard Fitzpatrick) will be at home but unable to do this work. He asks that the answer be sent to Father A.M. Baret.

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

(1860) Aug. 26
Seton, (Helen) Marie Helène: (Paris, France)
 to (Robert Seton: Rome, Italy)

She answers (Robert)'s of the 12th and thanks him for the presents he sent. (Robert) can imagine her pleasure when Will(iam Seton 4) appeared as she did not expect him. Will remained until Wednesday evening; he then left for Liverpool and will arrive home September 6. (Robert) is to tell Emily (Seton) that will saw Madam Leveque but Madame Davidoff was engaged and will had to leave. (Helen) received a long letter from (E)Liz(abeth Seton) this morning and the Cragdonians are well and happy. Their father has had a boat built called the "Isabella". Liz has been spending a short time with Hattie Ogden at Milburn. Professor (Caspar J.) Beleke and Mr. Berrian spent a week at Cragdon and admired it amazingly. Is not Robert Ray's death sad. She asks (Robert) to give her respects to Father William and Doctor Smith and her love to Emily and Isabel (Seton).

II-1-a - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {10}

1860 Aug. 28
Cummings, (Father) J(eremiah) W.: New York, (New York)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Cummings is at work on the article for the Review, "Our Future Clergy". He cannot condense it into twenty pages but must have thirty pages. He is quoting liberally from decrees of Church Councils and Pontiffs. Father Moore of South Carolina, saw Henry B(rownson) at Angiers. He is well and sends his love to his father. He hopes to have the article ready for the October number.

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

1860 Aug. 28
Duquercun, Aug(uste): New Orleans, Louisiana

License for Father (Stephen) Rousselon to marry Thomas Thomassin and Cecile Joseph.

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

1860 Aug. 29
Carrell, George, A. Bishop of Covington: Covington, K(entuck)y
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

W(illia)m Darcy, considered a seminarian of Carrell's, is now making a retreat preparatory to the receiving of his minor orders. Someone suggested to Carrell that Darcy should have an exeat from his ordinary and Carrell cannot understand how Darcy come to be considered his seminarian. Carrell tells Purcell that if Darcy belongs to Purcell and Purcell does not wish to give him an exeat, Carrell can do nothing in the matter. Carrell is afraid he is out of favor with Purcell but sends his best regards.

II-5-a - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {1}

1860 Aug. 30
Ives, L(evi) (Silliman): Manhattanville, (New York)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

The Ives are settled in their own little cottage after a busy summer. The birthday celebration will be held on Sept. 17th this year. Ives has invited Wheaton, Huntington, and White to meet Brownson so he hopes there will be no disappointment. He wants an early acceptance of this invitation. Thus far he has been too busy to come to Elizabeth.

I-3-o - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {1}