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1866 Jan
Brownson, Orestes A.:
 to Dr. H(enry) S. Hewit: (New York, New York)

Brownson regrets being unable to be present at the funeral of Father Jeremiah W. Cummings. Brownson asks Hewit to assume Col. Gordes that Brownson was very unhappy not to be present, but there was nobody to supply a carriage and his gout was so bad it did not permit him to walk any more than at a snail's pace. Cummings was a noble priest, one of Brownson's best friends. He speaks of the wonderful care that Dr. Cummings sisters gave to him during his last illness, especially Mrs. McDowell. He asks Hewit to extend his condolences to the bereaved family.

I-4-g - A.L.S.(Photostat—Odiorne Collection) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {2}


1866 Jan. 1
Berthaud, Father F(rancis): Lockport, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father (J.) Vanbe(ve)ren died yesterday just before midnight after a long illness. The funeral will be the next day. Berthaud has asked Father (J.B.) Héran(?) to come to help and Father (Charles) Menard if he can leave his parish. He hopes to come down as soon as possible to give (Odin) a full report.

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


1866 Jan. 1
Chevas, (S.M.), Father (Claude Marie): St. Michael, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Chavas is slow in sending New Year greetings but he had trouble with his eyes. He asks (Odin) to give his regards to Fathers Rousselon and Desgaultière. (P.S.) He encloses a letter to be forwarded to Father (Leon F.) Denis, (S.M.).

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


1866 Jan. 1
Mènard, Father Charles M.: Thibodaux, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He sends (Odin) by Father (Peter) Letilly the amount of the Christmas collection for the seminary, $17. The midnight mass recalled pre-war days. The church was almost filled, and it is very large. How he regrets that they cannot give Holy Communion at midnight Mass as they do in France. He wishes Rome would give them this privilege. With (Odin)'s authorization Mènard has established a Purgatorial Society; 340 persons have signed up at one piastre a year. $120 are for a monthly service and the rest for the upkeep of the cemetery. Mènard has just learned that Father (J.) Vanbeveren is very ill.

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


1866 (Jan. 1)
Nash, James P.: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Unforeseen events marred the wished for pleasure he had hoped to enjoy in spending a few days in New Orleans. The return of active life is now upon them after 4 years in misery. Their conquerors have not acted as badly as they anticipated. Both friend and foe equalled each other as destroyers. The business in mercantile transaction during the past four months has surpassed anything imaginable. Boylan house is now paying $60 in specie. The old cottages are paying $35 and the Godin houses each $35. Pews in the Cathedral sold yesterday from $20 to $80. Carpenters are getting $6 to $6 a day. Mr. Guibeau is expecting a stock of goods for his own store. Mr. and Mrs. (Hyacinthe) de St. Cyr are also here; he is settling his old affairs. Bishop (Claude Marie) Dubuis is here. (Nathan) Smith is so feeble he must stop coming to church. His daughter and child are with him. Mrs. Nash has a store in part of Nash's dwelling where she is selling off some things Mary Nash had left to pay some of Mary's debts. Madam Conche is selling off hér stock of French goods and paying $20 a month for Mary's store. He has sent his little Joe Nash with Father (John Gonnard) Gunard to Corpus Christi to prepare for the ministry, if it be his vocation. He asks (Odin) to give his regards to Tho(ma)s O'Donnell whom he never once saw; he was so kind to Mary. He has heard from Denis Neil that (Odin) looks well, despite his attack of neuralgia. He had planned to see (Odin) but the closing of the Mannis estate at this term of the probate court stopped him.

VI-2-k - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 4to. - {13}


1866 Jan. 2
Beerhorst, Father H(enry): Grand Rapids, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

On December 26 a children's concert was given in Luece's Hall for the church and school; tickets were only 25 cents and $235.66 was taken in. Many members were joined for the church and school by the progress of the children as shown by the concert. The Society of the free school held a dance the same night but it was not well attended. Yankees and Protestants attended the children's concert in great number. Beerhorst gives his plan to care for Cascade and Alpine. Father (Bernard J.) Wermers is doing well in the Irish congregation.

III-2-k - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {5}


1866 Jan. 2
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Elizabeth, (N)ew (J)ersey
 to Maj(or) H(enry) F. Brownson: 3rd U.S. Artillery

Brownson has just written to his daughter Abbie and said what he thought proper. He is anxious to learn the details concerning the postponement of the marriage and whether Mary has calumniated either (Henry) or her sister and asks to be taken into (Henry's) confidence. Brownson has written Wilson concerning the Military Bill. Dr. (Henry S.) Hewit thinks the result of the Bill will make (Henry) a full major and likes it all with the exception of the Veteran Resources provision, a feature to which Grant is also opposed. Schofield is sent to France with a secret mission to the Emperor. (William H.) Seward has gone to see Max(imilian) and will promise no disturbance to the latter if the Emperor Napoleon will withdraw the French troops. In so doing, the Monroe Doctrine will be saved in appearance but given up in reality. Seward's diplomacy will end in surrender and the New York Times will claim it as a victory. Brownson will probably have to leave his present house since his rent will be raised a hundred dollars and he asks (Henry) to see what he can find for him in Chelsea. He wants six rooms at least and doesn't want to pay over $200. but will pay 25 or 50 more if necessary. Father Patrick (Stroin) will aid (Henry), at any rate he is to get a house as near the church as possible. Brownson doesn's insist upon living in Chelsea but does insist upon being close to a church. He cautions (Henry) not to resign his commission until he has a way in which he can support himself. Brownson is in hope that (Henry's) contemplated marriage will not fall through since there is no good reason why it should. Mr. Smith's expressions are unintelligible to him. He considers Abbie to be truthful and is not afraid to take her word. (He) wishes (Henry) a Happy New Year.

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


1866 Jan. 2
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Elizabeth, (New Jersey)
 to Charles Sumner: Washington, D.C.

Brownson has just read Sumner's speech given in the Senate on Dec. 20. 1865, which gives a true picture of the state of things in the former Confederate states. Brownson approves the Bill introduced by Sumner's colleague. For constitution reasons, Brownson does not favor the extention of suffrage to freedom by Congress, but he insists that Congress should adopt all needed legislation to secure the equal natural and civil rights of the freedmen. Is the evil genius of the Administrations Johnson or Seward? Johnson and Seward are both bidding high for the Southern votes. If Congress admits the Southern members to their chains the country will be more completely under Southern domination than before the war. Is there any hope of defeating the administration? Brownson fears not, he fears such men as Doolittle, Dixon and Raymond, touched as they are by the administration and the trading interests of the Country. Brownson seeks Sumner's opinion on a book he has written; Brownson's friend Ripley thinks the book has no value save as a logical or psychological curiosity. When Brownson wrote the chapter on "Secession and Reconstruction", the President seemed bent upon a policy of vengeance, now he is for restoring the rebels to political power before they can be trusted. Brownson feels that the Rebels should not be given political rights until they conducted themselves like loyal citizens of the United States. The President is usurping Congress' power.

I-4-h - A.L.S. (Photostat, Havard Library) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {1}


1866 Jan. 2
Dubuis, C(laude) M(arie), Bishop of Galveston,: (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana

He offers New Year wishes, thanking (Odin) for all his kindnesses and his trouble in the correspondence with Cardinal (Alexander) Barnabo. Dubuis sent his reply about Little Rock the next day after receiving (Odin)'s two letters. He has been informed that the allocation of the (Propagation of the Faith) for 1865 for his diocese is 22000 f(rancs). They have repairs to make but are not bothered by any creditors. The 3 or 4 people who still have deposits have refused to withdraw them. The cathedral is repaired and $2500 is promised for the rent of the pews. The College is on a good footing and the convent is flourishing. At San Antonio he has settled the accounts of the San Jose mission. The debt outside of the sum due the diocese is $2000. Dubuis installed the Benedictine Brothers for the work. The walls of the big building for the Ursulines were seven feet high at his departure December 2. He went to Austin to have the facade reinforced. From there he went to Walnut, Sandy Creek, Bastrop, Pinoak, and Roundtop where the numerous Germans and some Americans are attended by Father (Nicholas) Feltin. At Bernard he blessed the cornerstone of a church 76 by 40 feet. The retreat for the priests stationed along the Colorado will open the 22nd. During the retreat (Louis) Chaland will be ordained; he will assist Father (J.A.) Faure who is ailing. He has sent Father (J.M.) Giraud to Nacogdoches. There is a heavy emigration of Catholics around Marshal and Jefferson. There are 10 German stations without services; Braunfels and Panna Maria are among the least important. He still intends to make the trip to Europe he spoke about on his last visit. He would like to have Father Perché for their next retreat. He sends regards to Father Rousselon.

VI-2-k - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {13}


1866 Jan. 2
Ehrenstrasser, Father J(ohn) G.: Adrian, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): Detroit, Michigan

He asks Lefevere's advice in arranging matters with the Irish congregation which is divided into factions. Those who are regulating matters, although they have done much for the building of the school house, will not obey the priest, even in the matter of Mass services. He suggests renting pews by auction as has been done with success in the German church.

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


1866 Jan. 3
Anstaett, Father Joseph: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

(Odin) is to tell Mr. Lombard that the Ursulines are sending him a chalice and a ciborium to be goldplated on the inside and the chalice to be silverplated on the outside. Father (Louis) Chambodut left for Houston yesterday with Sister Ste. Ursule, (R.U.) and Sister St. Ligouri, (R.U.). Bishop (Claude Marie) DuBuis left for Indianola and San Antonio December 30. (On the address side): Politeness of a Christian Brother.

VI-2-k - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {6}


1866 Jan. 3
Garesche, (Kent P.: St. Louis, M(issouri)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Geresche is sorry that his very simple question was not answered; but if Purcell prefers to have his answered first, then Purcell must send him a copy of the letters to which he refers. Garesche has no recollection of using such language for the reasons Purcell states.

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


1866 Jan. 3
(Ray, R.U.), Sister Ste. Seraphine: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

In sending (Odin) the letter of Father Richaudeau relative to the Archconfraternity of Ste. Angèle, she perhaps should have enclosed the one sent over a year ago from the Superior of the Ursulines in Rome to the Ursulines of Blois. It gave details of the Pope's kindness toward them.

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


1866 Jan. 3
Rides, Samuel: Waynesboro, ( )
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

$12.00 enclosed for subscriptions for: John Olick; David Rides; John Rides; Samuel Rides.

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


1866 Jan. 3
Walker, Hattie M.: Lincolnton, North Carolina
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Left an orphan, she was raised by a grandmother now dead several years. She left her native state Virginia at the commencement of the war. Being the only Catholic in the neighborhood there is considerable prejudice against her as a teacher. It is imperative that she obtain employment that is more remunerative. She writes to beg (Odin) to get her a situation as a teacher. She would prefer the country, yet convenient to the church. She has not attended for almost 2 years. Raised and educated as a Protestant it was not until she came here that she united with the Catholic Church. She has taught about 12 years.

VI-2-k - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {1}


1866 Jan. 4
Benausse, S.J., Father F(elix): Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Today Father (George) Lamy delivered (Odin's) letter and asked for Father (Joseph) Roduit, (S.J.) to accompany him to Abbeville. Father (Anthony) de Chaignon, (S.J.) has been at New Iberia for 2 or 3 days. Benausse does not know if Father (Joseph Outendirck) Ottendrick has left. All the priests and brothers are well. All have fond remembrances of (Odin's) visit with them last August. St. Charles) College has 60 students.

VI-2-k - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 8vo. - {6}


1866 Jan. 4
Coste, Father J.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He submits his plan for schools for poor children. The aim would be to instruct the poorest to bring about the end of the schism afflicting Catholics. The means would be the building of a church and several schools. The boys' school would be run by religious; the girls' by the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. A certain number of devoted people would obtain land in the district chosen by the Archbishop. (Odin) may want to join with General Baird, head of the Freedmen's Bureau here, which has the same purpose but has the Protestant element. The children would give 25 cents a month; an association would be formed to pay for those who could not. Many white Catholics wish to join. To avoid delays of building, a sufficient nuber of houses could be rented.

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


1866 Jan. 4
Florent, C.S.C., Father F.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Jean Marie Odin): (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Since the sufferings of the Sisters of Holy Cross continue to increase and since he is the confessor to them at the order of Father (Patrick) Shiel, and since many of them have asked him to obtain some relief he appeals to the Archbishop. He writes according to the advice of Father (Antoine Basil) Moreau, their Father General. Out of prudence he had dealt with the Sisters only in confession and has promised nothing. The Archbishop knows that these three superiors act as one and exercise a kind of tyranny. They urge that the Archbishop ask the Sacred Congregation of the Propaganda or the Superior general for another superior. He fears more desertions. He trusts the Archbishop's prudence.

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


1866 Jan. 4
Garesche, Kent (?) P.: St. Louis, M(iss)o(uri)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Garesche acknowledges Purcell's letter of the 29th. He was worried about Purcell's former letters so he asked for copies of the letters. He believes that all of (Thomas) Grace's heirs, if Grace had left a surplus, were indebted to him and offered to pay the expenditures without interest. On this point Garesche consulted Purcell as the heaviest creditor, whether he should release the interest as the parties were poor. This seemed to give Purcell the idea that he abandoned the debt and has never called for the sum. Garesche is only called to pay a demand made. He prefers not to dispute the points of law but to do what is right, to pay Purcell the interest rather than be blamed. If Garesche is correct in his present impressions, it is useless for Purcell to send the copies requested. Otherwise he should like to have copies of the portions of his letters from which Purcell drew his impressions. The dividend on Sept. 23, 1861 was amounting in Purcell's claim $620 - to $520.80 - the sum Garesche paid to Thomas Grace on the 29th. Interest would be $133.32. Having paid thirty-two cents for exchange, there remains a balance of $133, for which Garesche encloses to Purcell. If there is a mistake he will correct it if Purcell advises him of it. He asks Purcell if he has any obligation to pay as a portion of this fee of fifty dollars charged to Purcell by Thomas Grace. Garesche leaves Sunday morning for Washington and New York on important business and if Purcell writes he can send his letter in care of "Conzaga College, Washington City."

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


1866 Jan. 4
McGill, W.F.: Bardstown, Kentucky
 to James Alphonsus McMaster: New York, New York

The writer encloses three dollars for his subscription. He had been a subscriber for a long time (twenty years) and each year has increased his appreciation of McMaster's manly and fearless exposition of error, regardless of the source. Times have been tight, but he wishes to leave his children a paper to cull both truth and facts from and which will not tarnish young minds.

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


1866 Jan. 5
Barnabo, A(lexander), Cardinal Prefect: Rome, (Italy)
 to Father (Claude) Pascal Maistre:

No.1. Having received Maistre's letter concerning the suspension inflicted on him by Archbishop (John Mary Odin), the Cardinal advises him to obey the Archbishop. He can hope for gentle treatment from the archbishop. If he wants another trial he should say so in another letter, and the Cardinal will submit this to the Fathers of the Sacred Congregation. (To this is added a note to) Father Josaphat, O.M. Cap. (saying that) Barnabo has written to Father Maistre whom the Sacred Congregation regarded as under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of New Orleans. They ask Father Josaphat's help. Barnabo is persuaded that with Josaphat's help these matters will be better treated even though the problem does not concern him.

VI-2-k - Copy - (Latin) - 1p. - 4to. - {3}


1866 Jan. 5
Barnabo, Al(exander), Cardinal Prefect: Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop John (Mary) Odin of: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Having received Odin's letter containing advice on the sentence imposed by the Archbishop of Father (Claude Pascal) Maistre, Barnabo had written to Maistre and to Father Josaphat, (O.M. Cap.) his sponsor, and sends this letter through Odin that he may read the decision before sending it on. As to what concerns the candidates for the see of Little Rock they expect Odin to send his opinion as soon as possible and to submit his opinion to the other bishops.

VI-2-k - L.S. - (Latin) - 2pp. - 4to. - {4}


1866 Jan. 5
Hewit, (Doctor Henry S.): (New York City)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Dr. Hewit wrote at Mrs. Gerdes'(?) request in order to ask him to be prompt at the Doctor's funeral on Monday. He wants Dr. Brownson to come to the house, so that they may go together, sit near the family, and ride in the same carriage.

I-4-c - A.L.S. - 1pg. - 5 x 8 - {1}


1866 Jan. 5
Kehoe, L(awrence): New York, (New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Kehoe sends a list of the back issues he needs. He asks Brownson to send them to him.

I-4-c - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {1}


1866 Jan. 5
Lecomte, (O.Carth.), Father Eloi: Chartreuse, France
 to Archbishop John Mary Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

As Odin knows, according to the degree of Pius IX dated January 25, 1848 the postulants to the religious life must present testimonial letters from all bishops in whose dioceses they were for at least a year. He asks one for Antoine Lillier who has been here for 8 years and who wishes to begin his novitiate as a lay brother. He worked during 1848 at St. Michael Convent for the Ladies of the Sacred Heart. He has written to the Superior to send Odin information about him. He also spent some time with Fathers Gache and Dufaut around 1845 when the College was opened at Baton Rouge. Lecomte joins Brother Jean Marie, his name in religion, to ask Odin to send these testimonials.

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


1866 Jan. 5
St. Cyr, Mary de: Layrac, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She sends her best wishes as his godchild. She was happy to hear from her mother that (Odin) is to make a trip to France this year.

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


1866 Jan. 5
Weninger, (S.J.), Father F(rancis) X(avier): Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received (Odin's) letter on New Year's Day. He spoke to the editor of his catechism, Mr. Walsh. Walsh is ready to exchange gratis all the catechisms the pastors will send him. This is the only way to effectuate the introduction of a catechism. He will also write to Mr. O'Donnel, Walsh is ready to do the same in regard to all the other Bishops. It might be this matter could be settled as well out of a council as in the Council. Weninger's standing address is St. Xavier College.

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


(18)66 Jan. 6
Baroux, Father L(ouis): Silver Creek, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Baroux sends the inventory of his two churches with the account of revenue from banns for Silver Creek (no enclosure). As he has neglected completely the cultivation of the land, there is no account to send, since he has been so occupied with all his missions that he took no care of the land. The church at Rush Lake is about in the same condition; the Indians are unable to do anything until next spring, so there is no account to send. Last week the Committee assured the church at Silver Creek of $3000 and the house $2000.

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


1866 Jan. 6
(Schorlemer), R.G.S., Sister Marie de Ste. Thérèse: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She was very sorry the other day that she was detained at Bienville and so missed (Odin)'s visit. Father (John) Hayden, (C.M.) since replied to their letter that their Visitor cannot send him help as two of his priests are sick. What can they do to be sure of Mass?

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


1866 Jan. 7
Larnaudie, S.J., Father F(rederick):
Springhill College, (Alabama)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Before turning over the administration of the parish, Larnaudie believes it his duty to inform (Odin) of the financial situation of St. Joseph's Church of (East Baton Rouge, Louisiana). At the last accounting with the trustees the debt was: 1. $1253.53 due in back salary for the pastor. 2. A note for $566.66 due to W.S. Pike since June 2, 1860 at 8% was protested in June, 1863 and a new note for $702.70 was signed. This was paid on November 29, 1865 and amounted, with interest, to $843.10. 3.90 bonds of the debt for building the church have not been paid. Since 1862 the trustees have not been able to fulfill the conditions for buying back the bonds. In May 1865 the debt was $9000 for the principal and $2160 for the interest. During Larnaudie's administration he paid $80 for the interest on 5 bonds during 1863 and 1864; $240 for the interest on 10 bonds during 1863, 1864, 1865. In May 1866 the interest will be $2560. Besides the $1253.53 due Larnaudie, the trustees also owe him $1001.19. (On page 3 of the above letter Larnaudie gives) a summary of the accounts.

- A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp.


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1866 Jan. 7
Laurnaudie, S.J., Father F(rederick):
Springhill College, (Alabama)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

After the resume of accounts Larnaudie believes he should add some observations which could serve as a guide. He has already sent (Odin) 30 bonds of the debt given him by Mrs. Michel. Since then he has sent him 10 more bought from his savings. Besides he has left at Baton Rouge enough money to buy 3 other bonds which he hopes to send soon. There remain only 5 bonds in the hands of F.E. Hebert and 42 bonds with Pike. Larnaudie outlines his plan for the paying off of the debt. (P.S.) Larnaudie is enclosing a memorial intended for the trustees which he asks (Odin) to send to Father (Cyril) De La Croix if (Odin) approves of it.

- A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp.


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An agreement between Odin and the trustees. (8 points are listed).

- A.D. - (English) - 2pp.


VI-2-k - A.L.S., A.D. - (French & English) - 8pp. - 4to. - {6}


1866 Jan. 8
Ceuppens, Father F(rancis): Pont Breaux, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Ceuppens takes the opportunity offered by Father (Jean Honoré) Dubernard to send this. He delivered (Odin)'s letters for Father (Jean Arthur) Poyet to Father (Joseph) Outendirck; to Father (Ange Marie Jan) Jean at St. Martin; and to Dubernard. Since his arrival in his new parish Ceuppens has continued the jubilee. He bought a horse from Father (Gustave) Rouxel; it was stolen after one day. After 4 or 5 days the horse returned to Lafayette from where Ceuppens recovered it. He is boarding with Dubernard but will try to set up his own place. Father (Theodore Lamy) Lami, pastor of Abbeville, has been at Lafayette and left for his new post with a priest from Grand Coteau. The pastor of Ville Plate, Father (Réné) Vallée has been gravely ill with typhoid for a month. Thanks to the good care of Doctor (de Baillon) Des Baillons he may recover. Father Simon of Calcasieu was still there last week.

VI-2-k - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {10}


1866 Jan. 8
De Chaignon, S.J., Father Ant(hony): St. Martinville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

In compliance with (Odin)'s plans, De Chaignon went to New Iberia on January 2. Father (Joseph Outendirck) Outtenderick asks for a few days to get his affairs in order. He wishes to leave a benefit to the church he is leaving. He thinks he will leave about the middle of this week. De Chaignon found him calm and submissive; for two months he has given up all hard liquor. To spare him embarrassment, de Chaignon went to Father (Ange Marie) Jan's house for 2 or 3 days. Tomorrow (Outendirck) will come to say good-bye to Jan and de Chaignon will return with him. Father (Francis M.) Marion brought (Odin)'s letter for (Outendirck); Marion said de Chaignon was to open the letter. It concerned the dispensation with orders for (Outendirck) to let de Chaignon perform the marriage if he was there. De Chaignon put the letter in his pocket but Jan regarded it as a way of (Odin)'s withdrawing all (Outendirck)'s faculties. But de Chaingon does not think so; (Odin) is to tell him if he has not done the right thing. From what he learned from Father (Theodore) Lamy, Father (Francis) Mittelbronn is to be pastor of New Iberia. De Chaignon believes Mittelbronn will not be looked on with favor there and elsewhere. In 1850 or 51 Mittelbronn and his friend, Father (Hubert) Thirion, assistant to Father (James) Fontbonne, then pastor at St. Martin, without any appointment whatever, took over the parish of New Iberia left vacant by the death of Father (Julian) Priour and wished to stay there in spite of the protests of Fontbonne and Father (Stephen) Rousselon. Blin who brought a regular appointment from Bishop (Anthony) Blanc was shown the door. There had to be a formal order from the Bishop with a threat of interdiction to make them go to Abbeville which had been assigned to them. Before they left they filled their purses; this will not be forgotten any sooner than their foolish expenditures at Abbeville. Marion also seems to want to ask for this parish; de Chaignon does not think he is suitable. He thinks Lamy whom (Odin) is sending to Abbeville would suit better at New Iberia.

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


1866 Jan. 8
Fitzgerald, Father Edward: Columbus, (Ohio)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

It would appear in Purcell's letters to Father (John B.) Hemsteger that Father (Emmanuel) Thienpont is not coming there. Fitzgerald heard Thienpont say that he will not stay in the hospital. He asks that an old man Father (John) Fitzmaurice be permitted to stay with him on trial for a time. Fitzmaurice came to him on Christmas Eve and his letters show him not to be under censure. He has committed errors twice since ordination, once in Philadelphia and again in Fort Wayne. But he has not touched a drop of liquor since. Fitzgerald thinks he will suit very well for attending the outside missions which he had to neglect since the arrival of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.

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1866 Jan. 8
Kindekens, Father P(eter): Adrian, (Michigan)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefevere: (Detroit, Michigan)

Father (John G.) Ehrenstrasser has told Kindekens how he was persecuted by Father (Edward) Van Lauwe's proteges, Kelly, Hayes, and Co., in Adrian. Advised to write Lefevere, Ehrenstrasser said nothing can be done to shake the bishop's good opinion of those men, nor his belief in Van Lauwe who wishes to remain in a city. As soon as Kelly, Hayes and some more heard that a German priest had been appointed pro tem for the Irish congregation, they formed a committee, drew up new regulations to be sent to Lefevere, but did not wait for a placet. Tonight they are to have another meeting to depose Ehrenstrasser and to demand an Irish priest. Kindekens thinks that if they were given charge of handling the money alone, they would quiet down.

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1866 Jan. 8
Viau, Father J(ose)ph: Royville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

When Viau was in New Orleans last November, (Odin) recommended that he send his accounts in January; he sends them now according to the model in (Odin)'s order of December, 1861. The total revenue from August 1, 1865 to January 1, 1866, $380 in silver; $160 in greenbacks. Included are the money for several pews and payment of some debts owed to Father (Gustave) Rouxel. Viau's salary for 5 months is $333.35. (He lists expenditures for the period). He is not sending the Jus Cathedraticum because he has no sure way and because he thinks (Odin) may make a gift of it for the new church. A subscription for it amounted to only $1200. They may be able to realize a sum which will permit them to build if (Odin) will allow them to keep the revenue for some time.

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1866 Jan. 9
Adams, O.P. Father Leo:
St. Thomas Church, Zanesville, Ohio
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

The enclosed letter is from a young Irish Dominican who lives at present on the island of Trinidad, West Indies. He wishes to come to this country. Adams can recommed him as an excellent young priest, and hopes Purcell will have no objection to him. He asks Purcell to let him know if he will receive the priest and to send him the necessary papers to be forwarded.

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1866 Jan. 9
Marion, Father F(rancis) M.: St. James, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He has decided to leave St. James; will go to New Iberia around the 25th or 30th. He asks (Odin) to leave Father (Joseph) O(u) tendirck there until that time so that he may talk with him. As for Father (Francis) Mittelbron(n), Marion's successor, he asks (Odin) to send him as soon as possible. Marion looks forward to seeing (Odin).

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1866 Jan. 9
(Schorlemer), R.G.S., Sister Marie de Ste. Thérèse: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father (Anthony) Jourdan, (S.J.) as well as Father (John B.) Duffy, (C.SS.R.) have given gracious replies. Jourdan will send a priest for Sunday Mass and the children's confessions. Duffy will have Father Alexander (Cvitkovicz, C.SS.R.) continue and use his influence to have their superior consent. If (Odin) could arrange to have Mass every day for them, Sister will give the priest $20 a month. She is arranging for vehicles; they will probably leave next Monday.

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1866 Jan. 10
Alleau, Father Th.: Versailles, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Odin) will have news of Alleau and this letter by Charles Rivet who is returning to New Orleans and whom Alleau has seen often since his return to France. Alleau's health is a little better. He preached a retreat at Rouen and is going to preach for Lent in a town in Languedoc. Some questions have arisen, but it is better to remember the virtues of those one meets on earth and with whom one has lived.

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1866 Jan. 11
Kehoe, L(awrence): New York (City), (New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Mr. Kehoe wants Brownson's article which he has translated sent to him as soon as possible.

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1866 Jan. 11
Kindekens, Father P(eter): Adrian, (Michigan)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefevere: Detroit, Mich(igan)

The revolutionary meeting in the Irish church last night was rather a failure, only some 20 persons were present. John H. Kelly and L. Hayes were elected trustees. They decided there must be an Irish priest; they have the same right to have one as the Germans to have a German pastor. An appeal to the Archbishop of Cincinnati was voted down. A petition is being circulated in every ward to obtain signatures. The Irish church is a curious institution; at first it was simply a schoolhouse, then a combined school and church, finally a church only. It is being desecrated as a meeting place for religious revolutionaries to draw up protocols against pastors, bishops, and the well-established discipline of the Church. P.S. If Hayes and Kelly are put down the storm will be over. If Kindekens could have an hour with Lefevere, he could convince him that he was never more mistaken than to consider these "good men."

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1866 Jan. 11
Luers, J(ohn) H., Bishop of: Fort Wayne, (Indiana)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He regrets that he cannot accept the invitation to assist at Lancaster, (Ohio), but he promised to help Father (Michael) O'Reilly with the jubilee. He can't read Lecky. The fact is Lecky and Buckles are pantheists and must be judged from that standpoint. If it is the same Father A. Schweiger who as in the diocese of Covington, he is everything Father Wenninger has said of him. Father (M.) Kink has not yet decided what he will do. Father (F.H.) Noite will remain in the diocese of Alton. Luers finds Father (Henry) Koenig an excellent priest. Koenig knows three or four clergymen who could be induced to come to America. Luers suggests that Little Rock be attached to the diocese of Natchez. Even then the Bishop would have only 25 churches to attend to. The South will be in a crippled condition for years to come. Every priest should take the Dublin Review. As a general rule the clergy study too little. P.S.—He is glad that Bishop (Sylvester H.) Rosecrans was not seriously wounded.

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1866 Jan. 11
Pont, Father F(rancis): Pass Christian, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He sends (Odin) a deer in appreciation of the hospitality shown him during his stay in New Orleans. He hopes it will not spoil before it reaches (Odin).

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1866 Jan. 12
Bellanger, (S.M.), Father F.: St. James, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

There are different customs about banns. 1. Is it necessary to have a day between the last bann and the marriage? 2. When the parties are from two parishes, must the banns be published in both? 3. When there are 2 feasts a day apart, can they count as 2 publications? Bellanger has just heard of Father (F.M.) Marion's departure. All the priests send respects.

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


1866 Jan. 12
Lynch, P(atrick) N(eeson) Bishop of: Charleston, S(outh) C(arolina)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He thanks Odin for his letter. He sent the enclosed one (no enclosure) to his sister, (Mother M. Baptiste Lynch, R.U.), Superioress near Columbia. They have taken refuge in a country house. He asks Odin's prayers for Sister Gertrude (Spann), eldest daughter of Michael Spann: she died last September. She received a shock in Sherman's exploits in Columbia from which she never rallied. The work of his diocese prevents his going to New Orleans; he will send Father T. Bermingham. His collection will be for the diocese, a good portion to rebuild the convent. He will write more by Bermingham.

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1866 Jan. 13
Dubuis, C(laude) M(arie), Bishop of: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The steamer is about to leave with his courier, formerly the father(?) of the soldiers. He will give (Odin) news of them. (Odin) is to tell Dubuis what to do about the property (Odin) is releasing to the diocese. (James P.) Nash has asked 8%, saying that was (Odin)'s intention; it seems a little high. They have agreed to make (Odin)'s decision their rule. P.S. At the moment of giving this note to the General, the mail from San Antonio arrived. Dubuis sees by a letter from Father (Stephen) Buffard that (Odin) has paid $472.24 and for Father (J.A.) Faure, $20 and a draft to P. Coffey for $200. This is $72.24 more than (Odin) has on hand for Dubuis. He sends $126, all he has at present.

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1866 Jan. 13
Gaudet, O.M.I., Father A(ugustin): Brownsville, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

When he returned the letter of Doctor (Charles Faget Gaudet told (Odin) that he intended to come to New Orleans in January. But he has no way to communicate with their Bishop (Claude Marie) Dubuis to inform him of his absence. Last year Dubuis made a fuss about Gaudet's leaving for France without waiting for Dubuis' reply. Gaudet's superior general has given him permission but Gaudet wants to show his respect for Dubuis. For 14 years they have been in the midst of all kinds of tribulations. All his priests are well and send respects.

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1866 Jan. 14
(Lynch, O.S.U.), Sister Baptista: Columbia, S(outh) C(arolina)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She thanks Odin for his kind sympathy and offer to aid them in their hour of need. She should have acknowledged his letter as soon as she received it from her brother, Bishop (Patrick Neeson Lynch). For the last two months the military have issued them rations. Thanks to the Carmelites and Visitation nuns, together with the donations of their Ursulines of New Orleans they are able to live with more comfort. Father (Hippolyte) Gache wrote them of his visit with Odin.

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


1866 Jan. 14
Schlatre, M(ichael) Jr.: Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Having been chosen by Odin as one of three to attend to the materials of their church, Schlatre informs him how they raised funds. They have about $300 but have not paid it to the contractor on account of the suit now pending and which has been postponed to April. Most of the people are ruined in fortune and broken in spirit. As treasurer, it has occurred to him to apply for permission to address a circular letter to the churches of New Orleans and the religious houses of the diocese for assistance. (He gives the form of such an appeal) for St. John's Church. If Odin approves he is to see what it will cost to have 200 copies printed. Schlatre's agent, Henry Groebel will box them up and ship them to Schlatre.

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1866 Jan. 15
Gonellaz, Father H(yacinth): Houma, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

It has been impossible to send the Christmas collection and Jubilee offerings sooner. About 20 attended the exercises he gave the week before Christmas. He sends $7 in offerings and $10 for the collection. He hopes to see (Odin) in person in about 2 weeks.

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


1866 Jan. 15
Hendricken, Father Thomas F.: Waterbury, Conn(ecticut)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland of Hartford: (Providence, Rhode Island)

Hendricken is very grateful for McFarland's consideration. When he was last in Providence he suggested to Father Delany that he wished to exchange with Father Kelly but since that time he has altered his mind, and now wishes to decline the position McFarland offers him. When he suggested leaving the parish it was not from any love of novelty. He considered his poor health and the great work that might be accomplished and he became uneasy in his responsibilities. He is now satisfied that he will best do the will of God by remaining where God's will has placed him.

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1866 Jan. 15
Juncker, H(enry) D., Bishop of Alton: Alton, (Illinois)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio.

A Catholic married a Protestant woman before a civil magistrate and separated some time after. Then the man married a Catholic woman before a civil magistrate and they now wish to be remarried in the church. Whether the first wife was baptized and she did not know either because both her parents and the people who raised her are dead. Juncker asks Purcell's advice on this matter, and whether the man's belief on the matter should be admitted.

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1866 Jan. 15
McMaster, J. C.: Goodland, Indiana
 to James Alphonsus McMaster: (New York, New York)

The writer, a brother of McMaster, reflects on the death of another brother, (E. D. McMaster) and states that though seperated for years, their mutual love of their childhood home leaves them much in common. The dead brother was "a stranger in the earth". None but his intimate friends really knew his excellences. He does not mourn for him, for he is one of those of whom it can be said "It will be well with him," He states that though he is of a generation that has for the most part passed away, he is interested in hearing of anything relating to their broken home and those connected with it.

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1866 Jan. 15
Smith, Anne M.: Rose Croft, M(arylan)d
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She received (Odin's) letter of December 26; she now feels that her husband, (Persifor F. Smith) was a Catholic. She has often wished that her son, now living in New Orleans, could make Odin's acquaintance. He held the position in the Confederate Army of Brigadier General of Cavalry. Since the surrender of General Taylor's command he has been engaged in the purchase of cotton for firms in Mobile and New Orleans. During the war he married Maria Walker of Ten(nessee). They have two children who, Smith is certain, have not been baptized as their mother is not a Catholic. Could Odin manage to induce her son to have them baptized? One was baptized by an Episcopalian minister. When last she heard from Frank on December 25 he was with his family at the St. Charles Hotel but calculated on moving to a private house. Odin can find him by inquiring for General Frank C. Armstrong at the house of Tully and Harris. Smith's Sister, Mrs. Hardey, asks Odin's blessing for herself and daughter.

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1866 Jan. 15
Taylor, J. R.: East Saginaw, (Michigan)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefev(e)re: Detroit, Mich(igan)

Taylor expected that Lefevere would call at Taylor's office, as requested, to investigate Father R(emigius) Vanderheyden's accusations about Taylor. He and others feel that Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell of Cincinnati will extend justice as well as an investigation. As to money matters, Taylor wants back his school gift of $25, the commissions of $50, two-thirds of which is his partner's, one-third Taylor's. There is $1000 raised by the ladies for furnishing the Sisters' house; this money is in the First National Bank in East Saginaw.

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1866 Jan. 16
Ashley, J(ames) M.: Washington, D.C.
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Ashley thanks Brownson for his letter and enclosed clipping from the New York Times. He agrees with all Brownson says but fears that Congress will be unable to unite infavor of such a policy. The writer would like to see Brownson so that he could have a long talk with him.

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1866 Jan. 16
De Chaignon, S.J., Father A(nthony): New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received (Odin)'s letter on the 13th. Father (Joseph Outendirck) Ottenderick ceased his functions as pastor as of that day and left Monday. He planned to go immediately to (Odin) and then leave for Europe but some cotton belonging to him and Duperier and Company has been held at Bayou Boeuf and he must go to see about it. As de Chaignon said in the letter he sent with Father (Theodore) Lamy, he has been satisfied with the way (Outendirck) accepted his replacement. He wants de Chaignon to tell (Odin) that he has given up strong drink forever. He is regretted by a good number of his parishioners because of his other good qualities. De Chaignon hopes it will not be long before (Odin) sends a priest for this post. (Outendirck) will be back here in 8 or 10 days and will take his trunk and leave for New Orleans. He leaves 48 to 4900 piastres to collect for the church or which about 1800 is for the schoolhouse and another part to erect the fence around the cemetery completely destroyed by the Yankees and the remainder for the church. There are, besides, collections for the chapel of St. Nicolas, at the Patout home which could make 5 or $600 more. De Chaignon believes a good part of these claims are not secure.

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1866 Jan. 16
McCloskey, Father William:
Mt. St. Mary's College (Emmitsburg, Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

McCloskey acknowledges Purcell's letter of the 8th at the Mountain where he is spending a few days. He hopes to see Purcell at Cincinnati. He asks if Purcell does not have another church to bless or a discourse to deliver in some distant courthouse. He gave his formal resignation as associate justice of Brown County church to Dutton, but he would like another pleasant trip. He mentions the fun had by Purcell's brother when Mr. Lincoln gave them definition of the "Demerara team." (Father John McCloskey's) health is not good and the doctors say Mother Ann.Simeon cannot live long. He has cancer of the stomach. On the 10th, McCloskey married Mr. Harry Neale of Baltimore to Miss Nina Short in the Mountain church. Letters from Rome say the Pope is increasing his army daily. Purcell's friend, the Apostolic Delegate of Civila Vecchia is now Minister of Police in Mattenci's place. The Archbishop (Martin J. Spalding) is still very eager to have the plenary Council next Spring. Some question its expediency in the present unsettled state of the country. McCloskey does not know whether Father (H.B.) Coskery's opinion has been asked. If he does, he will probably give it in Hebrew. Father George McCloskey is doing duty; and the Archbishop looks well. McCloskey leaves in a day or two for Baltimore. Purcell can send him a check on London to New York. He hopes Bishop Rosecrans did not suffer from the wound he received. He sends his respect to Rosecrans, and other friends.

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1866 Jan. 16
Young, Father N(icholas) R.: Dayton, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Young has just received Purcell's letter with $15 enclosed for numbered and specified Masses. He thanks Purcell for his solicitude in his favor. Father (D.J.) Kelly has given Young one quarter's salary -$75.00, and told him he would receive $300 a year. With this he was able to pay part of his debt at the Mound. Father Kelly gave him alms for Masses he could not say himself. Young praises Kelly for his charity to him. Young is well and happy here.

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1866 Jan. 17
Gutton, Father Ph(ilibert): Pointe Coupée, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The short stay of Father (Francis) Mittelbron has given a clearer view of the temporal affairs of the parish. His request for an estimate of the church properties brought out that others had the same thought. At the time of (Odin's) visit Gutton told him that there were those who procured bills against the congregation and now wished payment for them. Mittel(bronn) will tell (Odin) what the new charter should be and what the revenue should be used for. To get rid of the trustees the buildings should be sold and one built on the new land; then they would have peace. The church is dilapidated. People say they do not want to come to a place where even their seats are not sheltered from the rain.

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1866 Jan. 17
Gutton, Father Ph(ilibert): Pointe Coupée, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Dispensations. Gutton asks a dispensation for second degree relationship between George W. Brown and Hélène Nativa Lacour and for third degree relationship between Juriasse Babin and Louise Ladoiska Leblanc. For the latter he asks permission to celebrate the marriage in the home. He also asks permission to proceed with the Brown marriage as Mittel(bronn) will bring this letter to assure its delivery. The fewness of the faithful at church on Christmas day did not allow him to make the collection for the seminary.

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1866 Jan. 17
Kehoe, L(awrence): New York (City)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Kehoe encloses a check for forty dollars for "Positivism". He requests a receipt. He sends along under separate cover the proof. He wishes it returned as soon as possible. P.S.—Kehoe inquires, about the "Reviews" about which he wrote to Brownson sometime ago.

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1866 Jan. 17
Rouxel, Father G(usta)ve: Vermillionville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

It is a little more than a year since (Odin) placed Rouxel here. Today is the first time he has sent a report of the accounts of the church. There have been many funerals and marriages but few have been paid. He arrived to a completely empty house and had very little money in 1865. Receipts from fees amounted to $759; receipts on the $1000 for pews, due next Easter, amounted to $198. The jus cathedraticum is $47.85 leaving a balance of $910.85. With the debts he has for church articles amounting to $359 and $200 due Father (Joseph) Viau, it is not enough to pay the pastor and the assistant. The little money he gets goes to pay Father (Aristide) Plotin and the organist every month. The subscription for rebuilding the church seems successful. Plotin is well; he is a considerable consolation. Viau and he will leave good memories in the parish. Father (Réné) Vallée has been very ill with typhoid but is much better. Rouxel saw him last week at the home of Dr. (De Baillon) Desbaillon who cared for him like a son.

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(1866 Jan. 18)
Coquillon, Victoire: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

She announces the arrival of her mother in New Orleans. Her mother's health requires Victoire's constant care. A visit from (Odin) would be a great consolation.

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


1866 Jan. 18
Hendricken, Father Thomas F.: Waterbury, Conn(ecticut)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland (of Hartford: Providence, Rhode Island)

McFarland is informed that the next conference of the clergy of the New Haven district will be January 25 at the residence of Father (William) Hart, New Haven. The 4th and 5th precepts of the decalogue will be the subject.

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1866 Jan. 18
Hofman, Father: Antwerp, (Belgium)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He thanks Purcell for his interesting news and the portrait which he sent. That same evening he went to show it to the Van Aerden family. The news of Purcell's successes in Cincinnati consoles them. He sends felications to the Sisters on their jubilee and asks if they still have the wooden statues of St. Mary and St. Joseph which (Bishop Amadeus) Rappe "stoled" from him before their departure 25 years ago. Holland has collected 70,000 florins for the Holy Father. Belgium has started the same work and so far has collected 200,000 francs. King Leopold I died last Dec. 10th. Through the exhortations of the Duchess of Brabant he died a Catholic. Leopold II, a Catholic, was inaugarated with much enthusiasm. Much good is spoken of him and the queen. Madame Van Aerden died Nov. 27th. All regret the loss. A notice appeared in the paper about Bishop (Sylvester H.) Rosecrans being shot. He asks if this is true.

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1866 Jan.18
Prelà, Dr. Bénoit: Bastia, Corsica
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The Italian consul at New Orleans has sent Prelà a letter about Mr. Corso. Prelà owes (Odin) the first news about a man for whom he and his father have been searching all their lives. The consul asks Prelà if the family of Jules Francois Serpentini was originally from Corsica and what relatives are still there. Serpentini had two brothers, Antoine Marie and Pompé. Losing their parents at an early age, Prelà's grandparents, Sebastien and Giuseppa Prelà took them and raised them as their own. Jules never forgot this great kindness. The consul also asked if Jules was the same as the one known as "the old Corsican". The letters Jules wrote were all dated from Louisiana where he always lived. He left Corsica in 1803. He had many relatives and, rich as he was, he must have been well known. His letters can be seen at the consul's as well as the power of attorney addressed to Prelà's grandfather. (Prelà gives quotations here of Serpentini's letters to them in Italian.) In 1864 Perlà sent (Odin) a letter for this man and (Odin) said that he had given it to the Italian consul. If Serpentini received this, he would have seen that Prelà had not forgotten him. If (Odin) considers it necessary for Prelà to come, he is to say so. Also he is to ask information from the religious who knew him. If their compatriot Carlo Bombasa attended his funeral, he must have been one of his friends.

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1866 Jan.19
Langlois, Father A(ugust) B.: Pointe a la Hache, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He talked with Father (Mathurin) Harnais, pastor of Buras, this week about a time for Confirmation. They chose March 11. (Odin) can come on March 10 and on Monday Langlois will take him to Buras for confirmation on March 13. (Odin) has not been in Plaquemine Parish for four years. Since then Langlois has had about 100 First Communions. There are also a number of older persons, even some of 60 and 70 years of age who desire Confirmation. Langlois can reply by the bearer or address Langlois at Firmin Martin's.

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1866 Jan.19
(Ray, R.U.), Sister Ste. Séraphine: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

They have been flooded with circulars and letters about the Archconfraternity of St. Angéle, but as they lack the beginning they do not know what is to be done. She encloses (no enclosure) what she has received on the subject. They would gladly contribute to the erection of a statue of Ste. Angéle in Rome. She asks Odin to lend her any circulars he may have.

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1866 Jan.20
Butler, John: Cumberland, Maryland
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Butler lately received a letter from a friend in San Francisco in reply to his enquiries about his two sisters Bridget Butler and Alice Butler. His friend informs him that Bridget was a Sister of Charity or Mercy in New Orleans and that Alice was also there. Could (Odin) find Bridget and ask her about Alice. If she is not comfortable, Butler wishes to send for her as he promised his deceased father that he should take care of her. She is simple somewhat in mind. Butler's address is in care of Father E. Brennan; St. Patrick's Church.

VI-2-k - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {4}


1866 Jan.20
Favre, Father Claude: Paincourtville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

After going once to Pierre Part, he saw that in the future he will sometimes have to exercise all the functions of a pastor. Therefore he asks for all the faculties of those in charge of souls and to give the black, red, and blue scapular.

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


1866 Jan. 20
McCloskey, Father William:
Mt. St. Mary's College (Emmitsburg, Maryland)
 to Bishop (Francis P.) McFarland of Hartford: (Providence, Rhode Island)

McCloskey asks McFarland to send a draft for 2500 francs on account of the Hartford students at the American college. He does not know what the bill will be. Yesterday Mother Ann Simeon was buried at Mt. St. Joseph's. She died at Mt. Hope of cancer. Many speak of Sister Euphemia, sister of Father W(illia)m Blenkinsop as her likely successor. Mr. Chorlton, he supposes, has arrived long since. He hopes Chorlton will be able to continue his studies at Troy in the spring. President (Father John McCaffrey's) health is not good. Father (H.) Xaupi's beard rivals that of Bishop (Josue M.) Young. Lately they have received the accession of Father (Timothy) O'Toole of Washington. They write from Rome that the French will go but McCloskey is incredulous. To McCloskey the inroads of the miscreants show that the French will be forced to remain. He leaves for Baltimore and soon to New York. He did not see Bishop (John) Fitzpatrick in Boston because that bishop was too ill. McCloskey says he noted in the papers that the fair inaugurated by McFarland was successful. Roman doctors make good listeners.

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1866 Jan.21
Harnais, Father M(athurin):
N(otre) D(ame) de Bon Port (Buras, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Last week he was visited by Father (Auguste) Langlois and Harnais will expect (Odin) on March 13. Harnais knows only two persons in the parish who have been confirmed. Fourteen months ago when (Odin) offered this mission to Harnais, (Odin) said that the state of these abandoned people worried him.

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


1866 Jan.21
Jan, Father A(nge) M(arie): St. Martinville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Since he has found a safe way Jan sends the money he owes (Odin). From 1862 to 1865 he received for baptisms, marriages, and burials, $573 in silver of which he owes (Odin) $28.65; and $686 in greenbacks of which he sends $34.25. There is also $90 for dispensations, $11 silver and $13 greenbacks for the Jubilee. The total is $330.90. He received (Odin's last two letters, one through Father (Francis) Ceuppens and the other through Father (George) Lamy. Ceuppens went to his post the day after he arrived here. Jan knows he has been to Lafayette, Opelousas and Ville Plate. If Jan had known Lamy sooner, he would not have hesitated to ask for him for an even nearer neighbor. Considering his frank and firm character, one could not do better at New Iberia. The priests at Lefayette and Royville write for dispensations but Jan rarely sees them. Their Jubilee is over, there were more Communions than he expected. Father (Joseph) Outendirck came to say good-bye. He seems determined to conquer his old habit.

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


1866 Jan.22
Anstaett, Father J(oseph): Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He thought of Odin on December 27, one of his feast days but Odin's successor, Bishop (Claude Marie DuBuis), keeps him busy writing. Anstaett is getting to be almost as good a sleeper as Father Ch. Dubuis says he had all of January to write to Odin, but their retreat begins this evening. G.D. Grover wants to send his only daughter to the convent in New Orleans because of the good teachers there. Anstaett thinks this recommendation comes from Mrs. Sulakonsky whose husband was chief engineer at G(alveston) during the war and whose mother, Mrs. Simpson was educated by the Ursulines of New Orleans. The Grovers are a very good family; he does not despair of their following the example of the three Grovers at San Patricio who all came into the Church. Odin is to speak to Father Perché or the Superior of the Convent to send Grover a prospectus.

VI-2-k - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {5}


1866 Jan.22
Dubuis, C(laude) M(arie), Bishop of: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The pastoral retreat leaves him time only to procure greenbacks; he leaves the exchange to (Odin)'s care. (P.S.) His agent being unable to leave, Dubuis sends (Odin) a draft for $453.

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


1866 Jan.22
Jenkins, Father O. L.:
St. Charles College, (Ellicotts' Mills, Maryland)

Printed circular in which Jenkins announces that while the college was closed for a time because of disease, they are now prepared to state that the fever did not originate in the College, but was brought in by a student from the outside, and that the physicians say that it is entirely safe for the students to return. On the same printed page is the letter of the physicians, F.E. Chatard, William E.A. Aikin, Thomas B. Owings, J.A. Doyle and Christopher Johnston of Baltimore, addressed to Father J(oseph) P(aul) Dubreul and Father Jenkins in which they state that the disease in question was typus fever and that it did not originate in the college and that it is entirely safe for the students to return on March 1. (In the papers of Bishop Francis P. McFarland).

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1866 Jan. 22
O'Gorman, Father James M., Vic. Apos., Nebr.: Omaha, (Nebraska)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

O'Corman thanks Purcell for his kindness to Father (W.) Kelly, in allowing him to collect in Purcell's Archdiocese, and in recommending him from the Altar and the "Telegraph". He hopes Purcell's charity will be an example to others. Kelly has given O'Gorman, $2,100.

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1866 Jan.22
(Ray, R.U.), Sister Ste. Seraphine: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

If the priest on whom they counted to accompany their (Ursulines) novices from Beaujeu is not to come, or if Odin knows that he cannot take charge of them, will Odin come here tomorrow? Sister wishes to submit a plan made to her about the trip from Beaujeu which she is afraid to accept.

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


1866 Jan.22
(Schorlemer, R.G.S.), Sister Marie de Ste. Thérèse: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She wrote (Odin) Saturday to announce their (Sisters of the Good Shepherd) installation at Bienville Street and asked to have Benediction on Sunday and Mass today. But their servant found his wife so ill that he did not deliver their letter. May they have Mass tomorrow and (Odin)'s blessing on them all?

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


1866 Jan.22
Wermers, Father B(ernard) J( ): Grand Rapids, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Wermers has been in Grand Rapids nearly a month; so far there has been no great difficulty. The new parish committee just elected by the congregation consists of J. Clancy, J. Godfroy, St. O'Brian and Mr. Riordan. To meet expenses for the ensuing year, pew rent will be raised 50 per cent. The deficit, $356, will be raised from new pew-holders. Other resolutions have not been adopted. The church has to be enlarged, a new school and priest's house, a church-bell. Wermers requests Lefevere to send Father (Gustave) Limpens, or some other priest, for the first week of Lent or during Easter time. P.S. (Lefevere) is asked to send the enclosed note to the Sisters. Father (Henry) Beerhorst has received Lefevere's letter, and sends his respects; he is well and works hard in his parish and is a good neighbor.

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1866 Jan. 23
Aimée de Jésus, R.U., Sister: Clermont, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Last September they received a letter of exchange for 1000 francs to pay a debt of Mother St. Pierre (Several, R.U.) of Opelousas against the Community of Clermont. They acknowledged receipt of it on October 28 but their letter never reached St. Pierre. To prevent a similar disappointment she asks (Odin) to forward the enclosed letters (no enclosures).

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


1866 Jan. 23
Delbaere, Father H(enry): Ann Arbor, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Delbaere is living in the priest's house; Father J. T. Stephens left it at 4 A.M. the eve of the Epiphany. Lefevere had told Delbaere that all the furniture belonged to the house, but nearly all worth taking was gone—even the pigeons! John Clancy has the pew books. A collection was made in the Church for Stephens, and the committee brought it to him in Detroit. They intended to petition Lefevere not to remove Stephens, but Stephens dissuaded them, saying that Lefevere was engaged with Bishop (John) Timon. Stephens as soon as he gets well will go South and return to Ann Arbor at the end of February. Last Thursday on arrival, Delbaere met Father (Edward) Van Paemel at Donneley; he had just performed the funeral service for Connel Galliger, acolyte of the church. Miss Chanon, organist, will prepare meals when he needs them.

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1866 Jan. 23
Glaudin, P.F., Joseph Blanchard and Achille Glaudin: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans,) Louisiana

They, Louisianians, born in the Catholic religion, being deprived of a church especially for them, believe that it would be fitting to form a congregation in order to erect one. They ask Odin to assist them and to send them a Negro priest. He will bring joy to all the Catholics of their people.

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


1866 Jan. 23
Ignatius, S.M., Sister M.: Marshall, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

When they learned how long (Lefevere) stayed in Marshall they were surprised how short his visit to them was. How does he like their mission? Their schools are now very full. Does (Lefevere) think their Father (Peter Koopmans?) is well pleased with his schools here? Christmas was dismal as Father was ill and there were no services. Sister is now preparing a class for First Communion for next spring hoping (Lefevere) can come. They are very good children with three or four exceptions.

III-2-k - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 16mo. - {3}


1866 Jan. 24
Domenec, M(ichael), Bp. of Pittsburg: Pittsburg, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

In regard to Father (John G.) Nordmeyer, Domenec is perfectly ignorant. He fears that Nordmeyer was absolved through mistakes in St. Vincent's monastery. Domenec has granted his faculties to the Abbot. He regrets the mistake very much and promises to amend.

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1866 Jan. 24
Dubreul, S.S., Father J(oseph) Paul: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Odin's) letter of the 3rd and check for $140 for St. Charles (Seminary) arrived. He also thanks him for accepting their hospitality when he comes for the Council. They have been obliged to disband their little seminary of St. Charles from January 8 to March 1. 20 to 25 students were taken ill and died. (Joseph) Gallen went to Philadelphia and they have learned that he fell ill of the same sickness. They have heard nothing since. A group of five doctors established that it was typhus fever. For several years Dubreul has been collecting documents of bishops, synods, councils, etc. in the United States. He has only the 1844 synod and the 1856 council of New Orleans. There must be many. If they can be collected and sent, he will credit all expenses to (Odin)'s account at St. Charles. P.S. The cause of Olier's canonization has finally been introduced at Rome. Dubreul asks (Odin) to support it in his communications with Rome.

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


1866 Jan. 24
Koopmans, Father P(eter) C.: Marshall, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

His annual accounts of the missions will be as complete as Lefevere can possibly desire. He assures him that after 14 years, if his books are balanced there will not remain $10 to his name. Lefevere's paternal advice will be strictly followed; he keeps strong liquor for guests on extraordinary occasions.

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1866 (Jan.) 24
(Odin) J(ohn) M(ary), Archbishop of: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (J.M. Ravoire: St. James, Louisiana)

Father (Eleazar) Vignonet has been named pastor of the Church of St. James; he will probably go to his new post next week. (Ravoire) has been named pastor of Vacherie and the lower part of St. James. (Ravoire) can continue as assistant at St. James until everything is ready for his installation in the new district assigned him. (Odin) regrets that Mr. Winchester's chapel has not been moved to its new location as Father (F.M.) Marion promised. (Ravoire) is to try to revive the subscription already begun. The arrangement made with Vignonet is for (Ravoire) to have the pew rent of the Chapel for his support. Offerings for marriages and baptisms will be (Ravoire)'s. Burials will be at St. James and (Ravoire) will receive nothing from them. When he is installed he is to say Sunday Mass every two weeks in one or the other of his two chapels. These people know (Ravoire) and esteem him.

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


1866 Jan. 24
Scollard, Father J(ohn): Jackson, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

He received Odin's letter of the 16th. He will be thankful for any more intentions Odin may send. If he is not able to discharge them himself, he would send them to Abbot (Maria Benedict Berger, O.C.S.O.) of Kentucky, a good friend, at present establishing a convent and school for indigent young females. Scollard wrote to Madame (A.) Shannon, R.C.S.) about Miss Mckenna. She will receive her in her school until next vacation, Odin's warning not to use his name cam too late as Scollard has already done so as he is a perfect stranger to Madame Shannon.

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1866 Jan. 24
Young, O.P., Father N(icholas) R.: Dayton, Ohio
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He has read and pondered over Purcell's fatherly letter; he knows that it was written for his good. He regrets that he has caused Purcell sorrow. He has many faults to correct and passions to contend with. He has tried hard to conform to Father (David J.) Kelly's will. It was far from his heart to offend so good a priest. He has written the good Father at St. Mary's asking a place with him. He will let Purcell know when he has Father (Joseph) Dwenger's answer.

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1866 Jan. 25
(Darboy, George), Archbishop of: Paris, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Odin) wrote asking for information on Father (H.) Gouvenot (de la Rivière) who has just left Paris and presented himself in (Odin's) diocese. Gouvenot left Paris with (Darboy)'s consent and he is free of ecclesiastical censure. He spent several years there, working with good will. He did something wrong in a circumstance and while nothing was proved wrong judicially, Gouvenot himself thought he was not sufficiently on his guard. Appearances being against him he probably thought it better to enter another diocese. (Darboy) would like to see him employed in (Odin)'s diocese.

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


1866 Jan. 25
Lynch, P(atrick) N(eeson), Bishop of: Charleston, S(outh) C(arolina)
 to Bishop (Francis P.) McFarland of Hartford: Providence, R(hode) I(sland)

McFarland must have heard of their army losses during the war. Lynch is now trying to repair what he can and supply the many wants of their altered condition. Among the losses is the total destruction of the Ursuline Convent of Columbia, (South Carolina) during the occupation of General (William T.) Sherman's army. Although promised protection they were forced to leave the convent at 11 o'clock at night with 70 boarders with only the clothes they wore and seek shelter for 30 hours in a cemetery. Since then they have lived in borrowed houses dependent on government rations. Two of them, including the niece of Lynch, have died. He is trying to do all he can to reestablish them. Unable to go himself or send a priest because they have lost three by death in 1865, the nuns have sent Mr. Jones. Lynch recommends Jones and his cause to McFarland and his clergy.

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1866 Jan. 25
McCloskey, Father William: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Purcell's letter of the 20th was forwarded to McCloskey at Baltimore. Since he last wrote, he assisted at the funeral of Mother Ann Simeon who was an admirable woman. It is not known who will be her successor but it is rumored that Sister Euphemia will succeed. She is the sister of Fathers Peter and William Blenkinsop. McCloskey agrees entirely with Purcell on the new form of baptism. It is ill-adapted here where converts are so frequent. He will ask the Archbishop (Martin Spalding) as Purcell desires him to do. McCloskey is under the impression that in Baltimore they are dispensed from using the long form. The Archbishop is now in Washington. He created some stir among the fashionable Catholics by preaching a scrmon on dancing "the German" whatever that is. Father (Thomas) Foley also gave a sermon on scandal. McCloskey is sure the Archbishop is eager to have the plenary Council. The Archbishop (John McCloskey) of New York does not seem to care to have it just now, neither does Bishop (John) Conroy. McCloskey asks if Purcell has heard anything of an assembly of bishop in Rome in 1867. He suggests that Purcell had better not wait for him to bring the check to the Pope. There is a rumor abroad that Dr. Cullen is to be made a Cardinal. The new Catholic Almanac has "His Eminence Dr. Manning" down as Archbishop of Westminister. It will be some time before McCloskey will be able to reach Cincinnati again but he will let Purcell know when he is coming. He sends regards to Father Edward Purcell and all his friends.

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


1866 Jan. 25
Wood, James F. Bishop of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Wood asks Purcell to send him any information he may know about a Father Vaughan who may possibly visit in Philadelphia. Wood has only heard unfavorable news of him. He sends his sincere sympathy to (Bishop Sylvester Rosecrans) who recently encountered "footpads", and he hopes he is freely restored.

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


1866 Jan. 26
St. Cyr, H(yacinthe) de: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

St. Cyr wrote but the mail is not regular so he does not know whether (Odin) received it. Mrs. St. Cyr received (Odin)'s letter; they ask his blessing for themselves and their children. St. Cyr sends the first money he has received and will send the balance in February. He has not yet seen Ernest (St. Cyr?); he can sell none of his property without having letters of administration, etc.

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


1866 Jan. 27
Ward, Joshua: Brook Green, (South Carolina)
 to (Harry Seton) Captain Seaton:

Ward asks (Seton) to meet him on Monday. He learned that (Seton) was on the Neck for the purpose of assisting the planters in contracting with the Freedmen. (Seton) will oblige greatly by getting Colonel Alston to notify Ward as to whether (Seton) will be able to do so.

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


1866 Jan. 27
De Chaignon, S.J., Father Ant(hony): New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

When (Odin) receives this letter he will have had proof of the departure of Father (Joseph Outendirck) Ottenderick. The last letter De Chaignon wrote about him gave (Odin) hopes for his betterment. He was not slow in giving it the lie. On Tuesday, De Chaignon, having to go to the country for a marriage, left him with Father (Joseph) Viau at the presbytery. Ottenderick went to the village and in the evening was brought back completely drunk. On Thursday he finally left New Iberia. The bearer of this letter is U.G. Enneau who wishes to get married in this parish. De Chaignon sends him to (Odin) to find out what is necessary to prove that he was not married in France from whence he came. De Chaignon hopes that (Odin) can soon send a priest for this post. If he is to come soon he could choose a cookstove to replace the one which is falling apart. If not, Enneau is to get one.

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


1866 Jan. 27
Domenec, M(ichael), Bishop of: Pittsburg, ( )ennsylvania)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cin(cinnati, Ohio)

He has ascertained that a priest by the name of (J.G.) Nordmeyer did visit St. Vincent's Monastery, Latrobe. It is certain that he is not absolved from his censures because there is no one who has power to absolve him. When Domenec wrote to Purcell he thought Nordmeyer might have been saying Mass in St. Vincent's. Domenec gave the Abbot power to grant faculties to those he thought worthy as long as they remained in the monastery. The Abbot has acted always with prudence.

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


1866 Jan. 27
Lavialle, Peter Joseph, Bishop of Louisville: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Lavialle asks Purcell if he will be at home next week because he hopes to callon him. He asks for information as to the character of (Father) Jeremiah Vaughn from Ireland who has been saying Mass in Louisville without having received permission. Vaughn is reported to have exercised priestly functions in Boston and Cincinnati. He hopes Purcell's health is good and asks prayers.

II-5-c - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {2}


1866 Jan. 29
Anderson, Henry: (New York City)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Anderson has forgotten where Brownson told him the Philosophy of the Mimesei and the Methexis is to be found. Anderson wonders if it is found in the writings of St. Athanasius or some modern.

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1866 Jan. 29
Barilleaux, F., Vaseur Gotroux and Etienne Bourgeois: Lafourche, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

At the meeting of the trustees with the pastor, Father (Francis Berthaud) Berteaut told them that he was the sole master, and that he would do as he pleased. On the 28th at High Mass (Berthaud) said that there would never be a parish church and that he wanted three counsellors whom he would appoint himself. He also announced the fees for marriages and funerals. All was going well for their church when their pastor was replaced by Berteaut. The way he is treating the parishioners and the trustees, they fear the church of Lockport will again be in trouble.

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


1866 Jan. 29
(Brownson, Orestes A.): Elizabeth, (New Jersey)
 to Maj(or) H(enry) F. Brownson: 3rd U.S. Artillery, Fort Warren

Brownson addresses the letter to (Henry) at Fort Warren although he knows that his son is attending a court martial at Fort Adams. He has not yet fully recovered from an attack of rheumetic gout. Wilson's Bill will probably not become a law and it has no chance whatever if disapproved by Grant, Sherman, Mead and Thomas. Schenk, Chairman of the Military Committee of the House, is for increasing the army to one hundred thousand, and this will move up in rank the regimental officers of the regular army. Sherman dislikes militia and volunteers and wishes all wars to be carried out by regular soldiers. Brownson wishes to know whether an officer could be an editor provided he discharged faithfully his military duties and maintained the proper attitude towards the government and his superiors. This question is the result of Brownson's desire to have (Henry) as the proprietor and editor of Brownson's Quarterly Review. (Henry), who is now on good terms with the Jesuits, could secure their support by publishing an article favorable to them in the first number. Articles from naval and army officers would be of great interest and value and Brownson claims that his own aid may be secured if (Henry) wished. At any rate (Henry) would be the sole and responsible editor and could count on all of his father's friends as well as on a circle of his own. Brownson is of the opinion that it may be more popular than before. (Henry) is asked to decide totally for himself. If the Review is resumed it should be published at Boston as a General Review, holding itself responsible to authority but without asking its approbation in advance. It is possible however that (Henry's) position as an officer is incompatible with an undertaking of this sort. Brownson has given up writing because his books will not sell. The American Republic is comparatively a failure and his Review cannot be resumed by him for reasons which however, would not militate against (Henry). Brownson fears that he has done mischief by his letter to his god-daughter Abbie, inasmuch as he has received no acknowledgement of it. Brownson told her that he was pleased with the engagement, that he would be happy to have her as a daughter and in addition spoke handsomely of (Henry). He had intended writing her mother earlier but he has not done so inasmuch as he does not know the state of affairs. (Henry) is asked to enlighten him if he sees proper. Brownson is not sure whether he can do anything for his son in Washington. His letters are not acknowledged and he is afraid that the world looks upon him as dead and buried.

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1866 Jan. 29
Dwenger (C.PP.S.) (Father) Joseph: St. Mary's, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

He received a letter from Father N(icholas) R. Young offering himself as assistance at Purcell's suggestion. He has no parish house, but rooms with a private family and because his missions are scattered he needs a priest to live in one of his missions. He does not think it would be wise for him to leave St. Mary's. Regarding the Missions of Six Miles and Celina he is assisted by Father (Krensch). He suggests that Purcell send Young to Kenton, (Ohio) or else send him to a place where there are two priests and send one of them to Kenton. Father Kavier Griessmayer is alone at Wapak(onetta), Father Kunkler is again at Minster, Ohio, (Father John Vandenbrook is pastor of St. Henry's near Greenwood. (Father) Jos(eph) Albrecht is pastor of Wendelinus. Father Maximilian (Homburger) arrived from Europe and will give some retreats at the convents. Father (Joseph) Goebels of Fryburgh, (Ohio) called and mentioned some matters he wanted told to Purcell concerning Petersburgh. First the new trustee gave Purcell a new unconditional deed of the 40 acres of St. Petersburgh Church property and he thinks Purcell should accept it. He also suggests that a new Church be built and that it be built at Dinsmore. Goebbels acted under the instructions of Father (Joseph) Ferneding regarding the church to be built at Dinsmore. Mr. Koring, one of the troublesome minority at Petersburg asserts to have Purcell's permission to built a church at the pike and to sell the Petersburg church land and that it should be attended from Wapak(onetta) but Father Kunkler refuses to send a priest there. He is sorry to trouble Purcell about this sore spot and suggests that he write Mr. Koring to wait till the episcopal visitation so that he may judge personality. He asks for Purcell's blessing.

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1866 Jan. 29
McCloskey (Father) William: New York, (New York)
 to Archbishop John B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He received Purcell's letters and draft for 132.14.10 and will send it along with one or two others to (Father) Silas (M. Chatard) who will be pleased. He says that the fire of the main building of Seton Hall College and the dispersion of the Students reminds him that their own College had suffered this way. He wrote to John (McCloskey) and advised him to appoint Father (Honoratus) Xaupi general Superintendent of the fires of the College. That would torment Father (Henry) McMurdie whose room is adjoining his and who keeps a Huge fire burning. Father (Timothy) O'Toole of Washington is now at Mt. St. Mary's College teaching Moral Theology. He saw Bishop (James F.) Wood and his secretary, Father (Augustus J.) McConomy. Father George (McCloskey) is over his rheumatism and Father W. Everett is doing in Rome. Archbishop (Martin J. Spalding) of Baltimore is expected in New York soon to baptize a child for Mr. Shakespeare Caldwell. Bishop (Patrick N.) Lynch of (Charlestown, South Carolina) and Bishop (John) McGill of (Richmond, Virginia) are also looked for soon. A Clergyman in Baltimore said that the late Archbishop (Francis Patrick) Kenrich instructed them to use the short form of baptism when receiving a Protestant, whose previous baptism was doubtful and the long form when the party had never been baptised. He thinks that if the Archbishops tried they could rescind the rule requiring the use of the long form, or at least to use the short form from time to time. He would like to see the people of say Brown Country in the neighborhood of Georgetown being given a Mission by a Roman Monsignor. He has just seen Archbishop (John McCloskey) and he said he believes the bishops obtained permission to use the short form, where the person has never been baptized, while they were in Rome in 1862. They have the faculties in New York and the Archbishop does not see why others shouldn't obtain them. Archbishop (Martin J. Spalding) of Baltimore has heard nothing from Rome regarding the Council Spalding is coming to lecture soon. Bishop (John B.) Fitzpatrick of (Boston, Massachusetts) is sinking slowly. The bulls are expected soon for (Father John J.) Williams of (Boston). He sends his regards to (Father Edward Purcell) and the others.

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1866 Jan. 29
Ravoire, Father J.M.: St. James, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

In conformity with (Odin)'s wishes and those of the people of Vacherie, Ravoire accepts that post, together with the lower part of St. James Parish. He will go there as soon as Father (Francis M.) Marion's replacement arrives.

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1866 Jan. 29
Victor, Mathilde: Cincinnati, Ohio
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

She has heard of the removal of Father (Frederick) Larnaudie from Baton Rouge. Will Odin make certain if there are any taxes on the lots she owns? She cannot hear directly from the agent she appointed but has been told that he has gone to Texas. She does not think they can be sold for taxes as they are incorporated and because of the mortgage to the Jesuits. If Odin could have known the good he could have done her suffering soul! Odin can learn from Father (Darius) Hubert that Victor is not as bad as Odin thinks, as Larnaudie insinuated that she was.

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1866 Jan. 30
(Ehrenstrasser, Father John G.): Adrian, (Michigan)
 to (Bishop Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Yesterday James Phelan visited Ehrenstrasser who was greatly humiliated by this leader. By patience, he got Phelan to promise to send his children to the Catholic school. After that Phelan spoke about Mr. Brady in such a way that Ehrenstrasser was afraid. If Ehrenstrasser dismisses Brady, he will lose all authority and a great many good people, but in doing so, he could gain those leaders and their party and get more money to pay debts. He asks Lefevere for some instructions, as he is so green for America.

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1866 Jan. 29
Ehrenstrasser, Father John G.: Adrian, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): Detroit, Michigan

He sends an account of revenues and expenses of St. Joseph's Congregation, and an inventory of the church, house and school; also $6 as taxes for dispensation from three publications (no enclosure). He asks faculties to absolve from an attempted marriage of a Mrs. Meier. He has Lefevere's letter concerning the cemetery. Father (Joseph) Kindekens refuses to give him the map and books of the cemetery since Kindekens has not been paid for all his expenses but would write Lefevere about it. Affairs of the Irish congregation are not so good. They are a hard set of people. There are many good families but they are seduced by the leaders, who do not like Ehrenstrasser and even Lefevere. At first, Ehrenstrasser disliked the people over the commons for having a mind to build the church out of the city, but now they are the most obedient; they send their children to school. However, they refuse to subscribe to the schoolhouse since the people in the city say they will pay for it. About 100 children are attending the Catholic school. Father (Edward) Van Lauwe says there will be a $400 debt on the schoolhouse building.

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1866 Jan. 30
(Ray, R.U.), Sister Ste. Seraphine: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She has just heard that Bishop (Henry Damian Juncker) of Alton is in town. (Odin) is to speak to him about the money they lent to the Ursulines of his diocese 6 or 7 years ago and which was to be repaid in 3 years and to make (Juncker) see how much they need their money for repairs. Their houses in town rent at a very low price because they do not have the means to put them in suitable shape.

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1866 Jan. 30
Young (Father) N(icholas) R.: Dayton, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He sends a letter from Father (Joseph) Dwenger (C.PP.S.)'s that Purcell may be more fully informed. He asks for some subordinate position as soon as possible as he cannot live with Father (David J.) Kelly after he fully verified his course to Young. P. S. He heard of a young priest in Chillicothe who needs an assitant, and if Purcell thinks it proper he would be subject to him. He knows no one in that place.

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1866 Jan. 31
Anstaett, Father Joseph: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

The pastoral retreat has just ended; there were the two priests from Halletsville, the 2 from Victoria, the two from Frelsburg, Father (Thomas) Hennessy of Nacogdoches, the one from Washington, the one from Brazoria, the one from Austin, Father (J.) Champin of Liberty, Father (F.) Bigot of San Patricio. Father (Charles) Padey made his retreat last year at Lyons. Father (Thomas) Johnston, assistant to Father (Louis C.M.) Chambodut, made his at San Antonio before his ordination at which Anstaett and Chambodut assisted. This little crowd of 16 priests imposing their hands on the young ordinand, Father Louis Chaland after Bishop (Claude Marie) Dubuis had imposed his, was a very touching sight. The ordination took place on Sunday. About the Mass wine, who sent it and what did it cost? Was it Mr. Lombard, or Mr. Cavaroc? The priests who attended the retreat and who took the Propagater, before, including Bigot, will take it again but wish to pay with Masses. Anstaett will wait to hear from Father Perché how many Masses they are to say.

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