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1866 Apr. 2
Cholmondeley, Father Charles: Doncaster, (England)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He inquires about Father Jeremiah Ambrose Martin, a Catholic priest formerly in (Odin)'s diocese. Last week Martin left here for Liverpool, where he had served some time ago, for the purpose of embarking for New York. A suspicion was communicated to Cholmondeley that Martin was no priest at all! When apprised of this, Martin solemnly repudiated it and referred him to (Odin) who, he said, had ordained him. As Cholmondeley felt satisfied with Martin's asseveration he renewed his assistance and Martin departed for America. Martin alleges the year of his ordination as 1861 in March or April. Cholmondeley encloses Martin's photograph (No enclosure).

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


1866 April 2
Timon, John, Bishop of Buffalo: Buffalo, New York
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

He thanks Purcell for giving him the opportunity of knowing Mr. Coyle. He thinks the National Council will be a good thing, but does not believe in the attempt to hold a general Council in 1867. He thanks Purcell for his letter of March 28 and will try to live up to his expectations. He confesses that he spoke too strongly to Purcell on one or two occassions and hopes that he will be forgiven. He asks that God may grant Purcell returns of the Alleluja.

II-5-c - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 16to - {1}


1866 Apr. 4
Dubernard, Father (Jean Honoré): Iberville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mr. Page will give (Odin) $34.35, the collection from the two churches of St. Gabriel and St. Raphael. He takes the opportunity to give (Odin) his impression of the religious state of his parish (which he gives in detail here). When Dubernard came here, Father (Cyril) Delacroix informed him that the church owed him a certain sum and that he would keep the money from the pew rent collected at Easter of last year, although a third of this sum was due to Dubernard since he became pastor of Iberville on December 15. But on returning to Iberville, Delacroix turned over to him, a police order dated August, ordering the pastor of St. Gabriel to repair his levee. Delacroix had not done it; the order was for Dubernard. The repair will cost 660 piastres. If he adds the 1900 he still owes on the church at Pont-Breaux he finds himself deeply in debt. Perhaps it will be better by the time he sends his report on the first six months of 1866. He does not understand how he can be deprived of his part of the revenue and must pay for work imposed on his predecessor.

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


1866 April 4
Kehoe, L(awrence): New York(City)
 to Orestes A. Brownson (Elizabeth, New Jersey):

Kehoe has received Brownson's letter of April 3. The translation was fine. Kehoe encloses twenty-six dollars as pay for it, and also nineteen dollars received from Allen, Boston. Father (Isaac T.) Hecker is well. Kehoe asks if Brownson is writing an article on Dr. Doyle. If so, he would like to have Brownson publish it in the Catholic World.

I-4-C - A.L.S. - 1pg. - 8vo. - {2}


1866 Apr. 4
Spalding, Father B(enjamin) J.: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.): N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

He asks Odin to procure a certificate of the death of Angelo Sturla, son of Anthony Sturla who died in New Orleans in the beginning of the late war. Pelegro who keeps a saloon on St. Philip Street can give every information or the Italian Consul could do so. The certificate is needed to settle an estate.

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


1866 Apr. 5
Chatard, Father (Francis) S(ilas) M(arean):
American College (Rome, Italy)
 to Father (Robert) Seton: (Rome, Italy)

Chatard and Father (Edgar Philip) Wadhams will be happy to spend Sunday evening with Seton. They will be at the Accademia at half past seven.

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


1866 Apr. 5
Magdalen, Sister M(ary): Buffalo, (New York)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefev(e)re: (Detroit, Michigan)

Having long experience among poor children, and knowing the sad effect of a Protestant education on their limited understanding and how hard it is to disabuse them of what has been taught no matter how erroneous, Sister Magdalen seeks cooperation from the clergy in general and Lefevere in particular. Her community is willing to accept mutes from any diocese to teach them religion, needlework, economics. At present, they receive boys as externs. They are striving to get an appropriation from the State but can not express publicly the dearest object—to save Catholic deaf mutes from perversion. Plans are underway to build an addition for boys. With their bishop's (John Timon, C.M.) permission, the Sisters (of St. Joseph) intend to go to the different dioceses to solicit.

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


1866 Apr. 6
DeNeve, Father J(ohn): Louvain, (Belgium)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefevere: (Detroit, Michigan)

De Neve is happy to have at last received the news. It is difficult to get credit so long as his money remains a year in Paris and he is not authorized to negotiate loans. He has not received anything for Detroit since Sept. 6, 1864. (Adolphe) Certes has written Lefevere that he would send money to De Neve, but objects to any future agreement. De Neve will send his report at the end of the scholastic year (of the American College at Louvain). As regards priests; there are at present two in the seminary for Detroit, Father J(ohn) Reichenbach and Father (John Anthony) Herwig; they have 2 years of theology. (Francis) O'Flanagan and (James C.) Pulcher only are from Detroit diocese and should remain here another year. De Neve has transferred a student to meet expenses to a non-patron bishop. As to (Henry) Delbaere, the association with a priest like Fathers (Francis) Van der Bom, (John) Busche, (Aloysius) Lambert, (Edward) Joos, etc., for some years would make him a precious worker. It is extremely regrettable that the good will and youthfulness of his seminarians can not find the support of a good pastor. (Bernard J.) Wermers is good, but De Neve believes that he should be placed in a large congregation locally. He thinks young students should be recruited from the middle class. (Thomas) Rafter and (James) Wheeler are doing well. De Neve has given (Michael) O'Donavan to another bishop. Fathers Dumont, (Van) Kerckhove, Pulsers, and Russell are well. There is as yet no word of Maeshielt.

III-2-k - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 8vo. - {16}


1866 Apr. 6
Dubreul, S.S., Father J(osep)h Paul: Balt(imor)e, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He thanks (Odin) for having accepted their hospitality during the National Council. However Archbishop (Martin John Spalding) wishes to have all the Archbishops at his house as (Odin) will see in the letter about the meeting. (Odin) is to tell his two suffragans of Galveston and Natchitoches that Dubreul will reserve a room for them.

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


1866 April 6
Dwenger (C.PP.S.) (Father) Jos(eph): St. Mary's, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell of: Cincinnati, Ohio

Father (Seraphim)Kunkler asks if Purcell can come to Minister, (Ohio) on June 3rd and visit the other places afterwards. Kunkler says there are three students to be ordained and as Dwenger has not been at the Seminary for about four years he can give no information as to their fitness. He thinks, because of the ordination and the increased number of congregations, that it will take two weeks, and hopes he will come at that time because the weather is good. He asks if his plans meet with Purcell's approval, or if he desires another date to be set.

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


1866 Apr. 7
Bapst, S.J., Father John:
Boston College (Boston, Massachusetts)
 to Bishop (Francis P. McFarland of Hartford: (Providence, Rhode Island)

He is happy to say that he will go to Woonsocket, (Rhode Island), week after next to hear the confessions of the Canadians in that parish and will write immediately to Father (F.J.) Lenihan and specify the day.

I-1-b - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {2}


1866 April 7
Fitzgerald (Father) Edward: Columbus, (Ohio)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He called the first general meeting of the congregation and the sum now subscribed for the new church is $12,000. He intends to have another meeting Sunday and feels that the people will contribute generously. The people approve of the lot on Broad Street and the terms for payment of the lot have become more favorable since the owner is donating $500, leaving the cost at $13,000. The prospects look good for securing enough subscriptions to warrant the beginning of the building in the coming Summer or Fall. He intends to organize building societies and expects them to make about $10,000 a year. He hopes he will not be compelled to leave Columbus but in case he should he has appointed responsible men to take care of the building activities and the subscriptions. He hopes his actions are in compliance with Purcell's wishes.

II-5-c - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 16to. - {1}


1866 April 8
(Gillespie, C.S.C.), Sister Mary (of St.) Angela: Notre Dame, (Indiana)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Elizabeth, (New Jersey)

Sister Angela tells Brownson how much she enjoys in advance the prize article she knows Brownson can write on "Mary's Influence upon Society". The Sister mentions Mary's influence upon the corrupt empire of the Caesars, how the pride of emperors was subdued, how France under Louis XIII received so many graces because the kingdom was dedicated to Mary. Such an article, as treated by Brownson, would be a prize for the "Ave Maria".

I-4-c - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo - {1}


1866 April 8
Sorin, C.S.C., Father E(dward): Notre Dame, (Indiana)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson (Elizabeth, New Jersey):

Sorin trusts Brownson will not pass by the opportunity to praise the Blessed Mother. If Brownson has not yet chosen a subject for his essay on 31st of May, Sorin suggests he show the influence of Mary over Christian nations since the beginning of Christianity. Brownson's conclusion might be that "we Americans cannot cultivate a better devotion". Sorin would like to see Brownson receive the prize. P.S. Sorin has received nothing from K(ehoe)?

I-4-C - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {1}


1866 April 9
Young, (Father) N(icholas) R.: Dayton, Ohio
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He just received a letter from Bishop (William H.) Elder of (Natchez, Mississippi) who will recive him if Purcell approves. Elder wrote to Purcell who is to tell Young of his decision. He hopes Purcell will grant him the necessary recommendation. Elder's letter to Young said he was to come if Purcell approved. Father (David J.) Kelly thinks Purcell will give him the desired recommendation. Father Kelly has been sick but is feeling a little better today. He asks Purcell's blessing.

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


1866 Apr. 10
Raymond, Father G(ilbert): Opelousas, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Raymond wrote two notes in haste last Saturday. Next Sunday he will have First Communion here. Next Tuesday there is to be Mass at Jaketaique where there is to be a chapel connected with the future church of Chataigner. On Wednesday a notary is to come from Opelousas to draw up the deed of the donation of the land. These two Masses were promised before Raymond received (Odin)'s letter. On the 22nd First Communion was planned for Washington. Since most of the children are Americans, Raymond is the only one who can do it. This will delay his leaving but he will not lose an instant afterward. Raymond wrote to Father (Gustave A.) Rouxel and to Father (Aristide) Plotin to have Plotin come here during Raymond's absence. As Raymond thinks he will not be too busy with the duties of vicar general in New Orleans, he thinks he will also assume Father Rousselon's duties in St. Mary's parish with the assistance of the other priests. He will consider the time spent there as one of rest and retreat compared to here. He has had no recent news of Father Simon. Some one said that Father (René) Vallée was drinking a little too freely, but this is probably an exaggeration. Father (J.B.) Preau says that (Edward) Paquet did not wish to come to have his marriage blessed. Paquet is troublesome; he even made up a petition and signed names before consulting people. Preau believes that Mallett gets all the services they can hope for and wants to remain an assistant for another year or two. The convent has reopened; their Academy is large.

VI-2-k - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {7}


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

Kehoe encloses the check properly endorsed. He remembered that he had forgotten to enclose the check in the letter only after the boy had mailed the letter. He has been looking for it for some days.

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


1866 April 11
Young (Father) N(icholas) R.: Dayton, O(hio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He thanks Purcell for approving him to Bishop (William Henry) Elder of (Natchez, Mississippi) and is sorry he cannot remain under Purcell. He is planning to start on the 17th. He thinks it will be all right to go by way of Cincinnati and to stop at Purcell's house for his blessing and to receive his papers and a note to Elder as well as a Roman Breviary. He asks for his blessing.

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


1866 Apr. 12
Benausse, S.J., Father F(elix): Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They plan to celebrate a triduum in honor of the newly Blessed J(ohn) Berchmans, on the 27, 28, and 29th. The Sisters wish to participate with their pupils and ask if they may have Bendiction. They have not yet received the blanks and instructions for the Peter's Pence nor the Propagation of the Faith.

VI-2-k - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 8vo. - {1}


1866 April 12
Bryan, J(oh)n: New York(City)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Elizabeth, N(ew) J(ersey)

Bryan would like to have Brownson call on him when he is in New York. Bryan has a friend who would be glad to have a "clever" paper written on a subject both Bryan and his friend are interested in. Brownson will be paid for it. Bryan feels Brownson has passed him on previous trips to New York, and considers himself a warm friend of Brownson.

I-4-c - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {1}


1866 Apr. 13
Anstaett, Father J(oseph): Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Odin's old friend, John R. Spann wishes to get a barrel of white wine for Father (John B.) Bellaclas. Odin is to have Mr. Cavaroc send a barrel to C. and J.G. Spann, grocers. All here miss Odin and will miss Bishop Dubuis for some time. Father (Louis C.M.) Chambodut arrived today safely. Mrs. (Hyacinthe) de St. Cyr showed him a few days ago a letter she received from Odin. Mr. and Mrs. Spann's son, Michael is at the College and their daughter Elise at the convent. Anstaett has just been made chancellor. He sends his love to Father John Hayden.

VI-2-k - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {6}


1866 April 13
Odin, J. M., Archbishop of: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell of: Cincinnati, Ohio

On his return last night from Thibodeaux, Odin received Purcell's letter of March 31st and the two pamphlets he sent. He will attend to the task Purcell assigned him and send it to him in the early part of May. Next Monday he will talk to the priests about the questions in Article 10, and also ask the Bishops in the Province for their suggestions. Father (Stephen Rousselon) is leaving tomorrow for Europe. His health is very bad.

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


1866 Apr. 14
Smyth, (S.M.), Mother Mary Alphonsus: New York, (New York)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

On the advice of her director and as a religious of the Order of Mercy she asks Odin's assistance. An aunt of hers, born in Ireland, emigrated to New York City where she married a man named Lynch and went to reside in New Orleans about 29 years ago. She is now a widow and childless and has advertised for any of her relations to come and share her means. Sister thinks it is but right to let her aunt know that she has not forgotten the kindness and care bestowed on her when deprived of her mother whose place she filled. Odin will confer a great favor by letting Sister know the results of his inquiries.

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


1866 Apr. 15
Allen, Father Thomas: Mullingar, Ireland
 to Bishop (Francis P. McFarland of Hartford: Providence, Rhode Island)

Lynch encloses an exeat for Peter Kennedy, whose address is lost, who says he desires to become a candidate for Holy Orders under Dr. (Patrick N.) Lynch (sic) of Connecticut. McFarland is asked to forward the letter to the Bishop. The enclosure is a Latin exeat giving Peter Kennedy of Meath permission to enter the diocese of Bishop Lynch. It is dated April 15, 1866.

I-1-b - A.L.S. - (Exeat in Latin) - 2pp. - 16mo. - {3}


1866 Apr. 15
Landry, Emerand (and others): Bois Mallet, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

They address (Odin) in order to begin the establishment of their church. They are confident that (Odin) will give them a priest if they begin the work necessary to receive him. They promise to do all they can to arrive at the end which (Odin) proposes. They ask that Father (J.B.) Preau be permitted to direct the work. (There are 84 names; since many family names are repeated, only the name of the first person listed of that name is given in this calendar): Téodule Simien, Michel Denbonne, C. Gillory, Jr., F. Papillion, Pierre Godeau, Jean B(aptis)te Blanco, Michel Prudhomme, Jean Duruso, Louis Charlo, Casimire Rougeaux, Wishy F. Staks, C. Bellord, T(eodu?)le Francois, O. Moreau, David Belloc, N. Fuge, Joseph Néro, G. Paquet, A. Rosbespin, Noelle Olivier, Baptiste de Clouete, Gelantin Ledée, Celestine Provot, Alexandre Renée, Louis Roubi, Esidore Galot, Omer Washington, Louis Cortèse, Zephirin Birotte, Valman Simon, J.J. Gaubert, Henry Wani, Théodule Gaubert, Louis Fauclair, P. Rivier.

VI-2-k - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {37}


1866 Apr. 15
St. Cyr, P(auline) de: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Odin's) letter made them very happy with its promise of seeing him at the time of their trip. They will leave Galveston May 4. What pleasure for Hyacinthe (de St. Cyr) to see (Odin) again. Hyacinthe told her yesterday that he had at last paid 300,000 francs without selling anything nor making the least sacrifice. They are returning to France without anxiety for their children's fortune. The news of their children is always good. The Superior of their little girls wrote very satisfying things. P(auline) also received a letter from Madame (A.) Shannon, (R.S.C.) with a picture of their convent. She also received a letter from Mrs. Alfred Natri(?) who called her "sister-in-law." Little Zoe made her First Communion this year. P(auline) gave her a rosary blessed by the Pope through her dear uncle de Maistre. His death was a cruel blow, he married them and both loved him.

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


1866 Apr. 16
Barnabo, Al(exandro), Cardinal Prefect: Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop John Mary Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

No. 2. Barnabo has received three letters from Odin, the latest dated February 24. By the pastoral letters in which is included the petition of those priests who are petitioning against the Archbishop's rules on the use and alienation of the funds of the Church, Odin's letter points out that they represent a small number of the priests. This Barnabo has pointed out to Father (E.J.) Foltier who drew up a petition supporting the claim of those priests. Barnabo hopes that Odin will be freed from this kind of complaint. Those who complain are subject to Odin during their appeal anyway. Barnabo also wants to acknowledge Odin's check for 5500 francs which is a manifestation of the good will of the people of his diocese in the troubles of the Apostolic See and of support for the confraternity of St. Peter. To those participating in this the Pope sends his Apostolic Benediction. On the erection of the new Vicariate Apostolic of Montana Barnabo suggests that this matter be taken up with Archbishop (Martin John Spalding) of Baltimore to be discussed in the Plenary Council soon to be held, to see if there is some one besides one of the Jesuits to be the Vicar Apostolic since the Superior General of the Jesuits has already consulted him about the difficulty of caring for the new vicariate where they already are working among the Indians who are in great want. Barnabo also sends a script granting the faculty sought to absolve a man who contracted marriage before a Protestant minister. He is also pleased that Odin will permit Father (Timothy) Bermingham to collect for the diocese of Charleston. H. Capalti signs as secretary.

VI-2-l - L.S. - (Latin) - 3pp. - 4to. - {5}


1866 Apr. 16
Bonniot, Father J.M.: Chambéry, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Last year Bonniot acknowledged the receipt of 803 francs which Paul Rousselon, Father Rousselon's nephew, gave him to pay the 240 piastres of Bonniot's pension due annually from the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The difficulty of exchange reduced his pension during the war but now he hopes to receive it in its entirety. He will expect it in July, the usual time. He was also pleased to receive news of Rousselon, Bishop Odin and all others. The years since he left have weakened his strength but not his love of the missions. They enjoy perfect peace which is agreeably interrupted by the seminarians of Chambéry on their holiday once a week. Their presence recalls his youth. He recalls the professor who talked of Louisiana, Father Depéry who died as Bishop of Gap and Bishop Dubourg who came to France looking for missionaries for Louisiana. It seems he left here only yesterday and that he is finding everything the same after 45 years. Felix shares his love for the missions but his strength does not permit him to follow it. The doctor at the seminary found him in the same state as the Archbishop saw him. He does not forget Archbishop Odin nor does he lose hope of one day working under him.

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


1866 April 16
Hecker, Father I(saac) T.: (New York, New York)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell of: Cincinnati, Ohio)

It did not occur to him that the notice of late Archbishop (John) Hughes was open to the reflections Purcell made. He feels some solicitude in regard to the support of the Catholic World. They have over 4000 subscribers and 6000 are necessary to pay all expenses. It has been suggested to have each bishop recommend the clergy to increase the membership list from their own congregations. Mr. Slevin paid Purcell's subscription of $50 for the C(atholic) P(ublications) Society. There are four tracts in the press. They will be sold below cost price. He needs a general fund to supply deficiencies. He has been consoled by the spirit of faith and of charity that this work has been received by all. They have started the studies in their house, — six students.

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


1866 Apr. 16
(Schorlemer), R.G.S., Sister Marie de Ste. Thérèse: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

For twelve days a Sister has been gravely ill and since Friday they have had a big commotion about a young girl whom the "recorder" wished to keep there until the end of the lawsuit. Sister has had to ask the police to guard the house. She would like to explain it all to (Odin) if he could come to see them.

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


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

Young says that Father (D.J.) Kelly is very feeble and will not consent to Young's leaving him in his present condition. He has been unable to say Mass for ten days and has been in bed most of the time. If he continues to improve he will be able to say Mass next Sunday. If Purcell does not hear from Young again, he will be in Cincinnati on Monday, the 23rd, on his way South. He wishes to talk to Purcell about Father Kelly's health.

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


1866 Apr. 17
Bapst, S.J., Father John: Woonsocket, (Rhode Island)
 to Bishop (Francis P. McFarland of Hartford: Providence, Rhode Island)

Narcisse Blaits and Firmane Brulliet, both Canadians, were married last October in Southbridge, Mass(achusettts), by a Protestant minister incurring excommunication although he does not think they knew of the penalty. At the time the girl lived in Southbridge and the man in Woonsocket and they now reside in Woonsocket. Bapst asks power to absolve them. Neither understands English and no other priest speaks French and it is desirable that he absolve them before he leaves Woonsocket next Thursday morning. Or Father (F.J.) Lenihan could absolve them and they could go to confession to the next French speaking priest to come. P.S. He asks if the answer could come by telegraph.

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


1866 Apr. 17
(Elder), William Henry, Bishop of: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

An important question for the (Baltimore) Council will be the true interpretation of how the law of the Council of Trent, "de Clandestinitate" is to be spplied in these parts. Both the Archbishops Kenrick hold that it is not to be enforced except where there were resident pastors in the time of the French or Spanish occupation. (Elder) understands that (Odin) regards it as (Elder) does as applying so that it becomes obligatory in new congregation's when they receive resident pastors. (Odin) is to send (Elder) the rules of his Peter Pence Association to assist them in forming one. Father (Mathurin F.) Grignon, the vicar general, is in bad health; he must go away for a few weeks. Last Sunday they laid the corner stone of their Orphan Boys Asylum (D'Evereux Hall). They own money enough to put up the building but a good deal of it they cannot get before January. Could (Odin) help them? One note of $5000 is due in January, one for $3000 in April 1867. They ought before now to have begun their Boys School House; he hopes to begin the first of May; the money for that has to be collected.

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


(1866 Apr. 17
(Schorlemer) R.G.S., Sister Marie de Ste. Thérese: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

God has taken the good Sister and it leaves a great void as she was one of the best here. Since the purchase of this property they (Sisters of the Good Shepherd) have wished to have their burials there and to have a cemetery for the Sisters in their enclosure. If the priest from St. Joseph or Father Alexandre (Cvitkovicz, C.SS.R.) has the funeral, not knowing the customs here, she will need some advice.

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


1866 Apr. 17
Scollard, Father J(ohn): Jackson, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The difficulty at B(ayou) Sara is that the family in charge of the building in which Scollard said Mass has got into disrepute so that the ladies will not go there. The Honorable Hunter Collins is the one who called on (Odin) lately about building a church. His wife has become a Catholic lately. If (Odin) wrote Collins it would do good. There have been collections made so often during the last 20 years without any permanent result. Scollard got home safely and got free passage to and from the city.

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


1866 Apr. 17
Timon, John, Bishop of: Buffalo, (New York)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

Timon introduces Father Pamfilo Da Magliano, (O.S.F.), provincial of all the Franciscan Convents in this region. He goes to Texas to see to the affairs of the house in Houston, the superior of which, (Father Augustine D'Asti, O.S.F.), recently died.

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


1866 Apr. 18
Andrieu, C.M., Father A(nthony): Donaldson, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

On the occasion of two marriages which he and Father (A.) Aquaroni, (C.M.) have just performed between persons of color, without any preliminary publication, according to custom immemorial, Andrieu would like to know if they can continue to do so. He did not fail to look up impediments. The trustees still have not met; everything is neglected.

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1866 Apr. 18
Anstaett, Father J(oseph): Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

In the absence of Bishop (Claude Marie) Dubuis, Anstaett thought it his duty to send Odin this letter from the superior of the Franciscans. Dubuis has probably told Odin what Anstaett had written concerning affairs at Houston. Odin is to return the original to Anstaett or Dubuis.

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 On the same paper: 

1866
da Magliano, O.S.F., Father Pamfilo: Allegany, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to Father Joseph Anstaett: Galveston, (Texas)

He received both letters. He thanks Anstaett for communicating immediately the announcement of the death of Father Augustin (D'Asti, O.S.F.). He must go to Houston himself to see what is the best to be done. Anstaett is to tell the Bishop that he expects to come to some fair arrangement with him.

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1866 Apr. 18
Blancgarin, Father Th(eophile): West Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A long time ago Blancgarin replied to a letter from (Odin) but does not know if it reached him. The church cannot give (Odin) anything now. The parish is flooded again. The pews rented for $805; only 200 piastres have been paid. 100 piastres must be given to an organist and 100 for the upkeep of the cemetery. It is absolutely necessary for Blancgarin to know (Odin)'s advice about his last letter.

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1866 Apr. 18
Dwenger, (C.PP.S.) Father Joseph: St. Mary's, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell of: Cincinnati, Ohio

Dwenger and Father (Seraphim) Kunkler have made up a plan of the Visitation as follows, giving the dates of each stop; Minster, Berlin, Egypt, Mariastein, St. John's, St. Sebastian's, St. Rose's Chapel, St. Francis', Celina, Carthagena, St. Henry's, St. Wendelin's, St. Joseph's, St. Peter's, St. Philothea's, St. Mary's, Six Miles, Wapkoneta, Freiburg. This will be more work than the last Visitation. It is expected that Purcell will have two students to ordain and a third has begun studies at an advanced age. It can be arranged for Purcell to prolong his visit if he so desires. Dwenger wishes to know soon so he can publish the news to the scattered Catholics in Celina, St. Mary's, and Wapakoneta.

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1866 Apr. 18
Luers, J.H., Bishop of: Fort Wayne, (Indiana)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell of: Cincinnati, Ohio

Luers asks information about Father T.H. Walsh, who seeks admission into Luers' diocese. The telegraph made Luers an archbishop.

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1866 Apr. 14
Walsh, Father Thomas H.: Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to J. H. Luers, Bishop of: (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Walsh petitions Luers for admission into the Fort Wayne Diocese in the near future.

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1866 Apr. 19
Spalding, M(artin) J(ohn), Archbishop of: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): Cincinnati, (Ohio)

In an ecclesiastical documents Spalding should have referred to the ecclesiastical calendar. He thought only of the civil or popular count. He does not think there will be any ambiguity because he mentions the feasts of the Rosary twice and of the Maternity once, adopting (Purcell's) suggestion. He thanks (Purcell) for promptness greater than that of any other Metropolitan, (Purcell's) was not the only case of accidents to the acta. Archbishop (John) McCloskey and Bishop (John) Timon received theirs only the second time they were sent. McCloskey and Bishop (James) Wood of Philadelphia left today after spending two days with him. Both promised aid on some of the tituli. He trusts (Purcell) will give him the benefit of his suggestions on the Council. He has that of Mt. Libanus and has been promised that of Vienna. Spalding thinks it well to multiply dioceses and no doubt there will be many new ones. P.S. In consenting to go to Notre Dame he yielded to the importunities of Father (Edward Frederick) Sorin whom he fears he has since offended by criticizing the Introduction to Wreath. Regards to Bishop(Sylvester) Rosecrans and Father (Edward)Purcell.

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1866 Apr. 20
Doutreluingne, C.M., Father P.J.: Cahokia, (Illinois)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

He asks Rousselon to send him three or four dozen French catechisms. He will send the money when he receives them or if Rousselon has any Masses, Doutreluingne could say them at once. They can be addressed to St. Louis, St. Vincent Church.

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1866 Apr. 20
Elder, William Henry, Bishop of: Natchez, Mississippi
 to Bishop Fra(nci)s P. McFarland of Hartford: (Providence, Rhode Island)

Father (Matthew) Hart of New Haven has recommended Father W. Lambert of Philadelphia who left Philadelphia through disagreement with the Bishop of Philadelphia. Hart says that he has given satisfaction in McFarland's diocese. Elder would keep him if McFarland has more priests than he can use. Elder asks McFarland to find out if there is another cause for his leaving. They have need of priests but they must be reliable men, free from the danger of giving scandal. Also he asks if McFarland is willing that one of their priests solicit contributions for rebuilding the church at Jackson, Mississippi, the state capital, where church, school and presbytery were also destroyed in the war. Elder asks for the sake of auld lang syne at the Mountain. Another priest has had the walls of a church for three years but has no roof yet. When Elder saw it last year a little black boy was sitting in the window of the church fishing in a pool in the church. One of the priests could collect in the west and one in the east. They expect the Redemptorists to give a renewal of the mission there beginning April 29 and asks prayers for its success.

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1866 Apr. 20
Fitzgerald, Father Edward: Columbus, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell of: Cincinnati, Ohio

The bearer of this letter, Patrick Day, wishes to marry a blood-relation. She is, by her mother, his relative in the second degree, and, by his father, the third degree. Fitzgerald knows he can dispense the first relation but because of the double relationship he has refused to marry them. Day now solicits Purcell's dispensation by stating the facts of the case. No other impediment is known to exist between the parties.

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1866 April 20
(Rappe), A(madeus), Bishop of: Cleveland, (Ohio)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell) of: (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He does not like the tone of the letter of Father (Louis F.) D'Arcy. D'Arcy speaks as a man who finds himself in debt without means of paying them. Rappe hopes he does not torment Cardinal Barnabo with his story. D'Arcy did much good while in the diocese of Cleveland and even sacrificed his fortune. Of course he cannot get his money back from Purcell, but Rappe asks if it is reasonable to oblige the congregation to reimburse him. D'Arcy incurred these debts in good faith and placed himself in a deplorable position since the sheriff seized and sold his property. Rappe leaves it to Purcell to decide what the congregation can do to repair the loss and to save the honor of D'Arcy among the protestants of Sidney.

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1866 Apr. 21
De Montaubricq, Father A.: French Village, Illin(ois)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Fatigued by a French mission to which he was called by the Bishop of Chicago several years ago and exhausted by the rigorous climate, he must seek a warmer climate. Cannot (Odin) give him work in his diocese, so largely French. His papers from France and those from Chicago are perfectly in order. The Bishop of Alton has just asked him to come to attend several French families here, near St. Louis. It does not offer the means for a resident priest and the climate would be entirely unsuited. He can stay only a few weeks. (Odin) is to favor him with a reply. His family was very close to one of (Odin)'s predecessors, Bishop du Bourg. This is what gave him the desire to consecrate himself to the American missions.

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1866 Apr. 21
Plotin, Father A(ristide): Pont Breaux, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He was not able to report to his new post until the 18th as he had to go to Opelousas to try to find a servant. He hopes to have one in a few days. He will do his best to serve the congregation entrusted to him.

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1866 Apr. 22
Cassidy, Mary A.: Camden, New Jersey
 to James Alphonsus McMaster: New York, New York

She forgot to say that the names given by her were given confidentially. The facts and locality can he mentioned. The certificate reached Norfolk safely, and she will write as soon as she gets Mr. Smith's acknowledgement. Then she will have some pleasing news to impart about the (Hair?). She has seen Miss Bailey, who is still in Orange, New Jersey, teaching in the family of Mr. C. Road, 80 Frank St., New York. She will write again on Thursday or Friday.

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1866 Apr. 22
Spalding, M(artin) J(ohn), Archbishop of: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He is gratified at (Odin)'s prompt response in regard to preparing that important Titulus (for the Baltimore Council, 1866) so very important just now to all the South. They wish to have a full learned exposition, one which may serve as a textbook in their seminaries and be their authorized Canon Law. They should be able to hold as respectable a Council here as they have lately held in France, Italy, and Germany. Spalding is much encouraged by the support of his brethren. He sends love to Father Chalon.

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1866 Apr. 23
Moriarty, D.J.: Muskegon, Mich(igan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

A meeting of Catholics, with German, French, and Irish representatives, was held in the church yesterday. As chairman of the meeting, Moriarty writes Lefevere for a priest, promising to discharge all the duties required of them as Catholics. Weekly, Catholics die without the last sacraments, and many children are unbaptized. With summer approaching, there is danger of sunstroke, fever, and perhaps, cholera. The following resolutions were passed: two collectors to be appointed from each portion of the congregation to raise funds to repair the church and pay off the indebtedness so that the title may without delay be vested in the bishop; that the chairman write the bishop for a priest, and to continue to meet Sundays in the church until the bishop comes to some decision. Signatures: Norbert Coté and Alexis Coutu for the French, Peter Thele for the Germans, and P(a)t(ric)k Murphy and John Garvey for the Irish.

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1866 Apr. 23
Rousselon, Father E(tienne): N(ew) York, (New York)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Leaving on the 15th, a Sunday, they arrived the following Sunday in New York. Bishop (Claude Marie) Dubuis has been full of affection and devotion. They do not yet know what way they will go because of the cholera in England. They are staying at Mrs. Ligier's. Miss Mauris(?) and Sister Anatolie, C.S.J. are with them. Rousselon hopes that in France he can regain his health and soon be of use to (Odin). (Odin) is to give the news to Mother Thérèse especially and to give his regards to all the priests. He is not to forget Josephine and all the servants.

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1866 Apr. 24
Foley, Father Daniel P.: Schenectady, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to Bishop (Francis P.) McFarland (of Hartford): Providence, R(hode) I(sland)

For God's sake and old friendship he asks McFarland for a place of rest in the diocese. A man who would impugn his character as a priest as the Bishop has done he could not confide in. Life in Albany, (New York), is a burden he cannot bear.

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1866 Apr. 24
Foltier, Father E.J.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

It is the duty of every man to make amends when he has acted wrongly. After expressing personally to Odin the pain he experienced in giving way to an unconsidered action in the question of the "discipline" which Odin proposed to introduce, he asks Odin to be his intermediary with his confreres. He begs them to forget the attack he made in their presence.

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1866 Apr. 24
(Martin), Aug(uste) M(ar)ie, Bishop of: Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Yesterday he gave to( George) Byrne a box of settings and gems which had belonged to James and Joseph Reed, of Maryland who fell together in one of their bloodiest battles. Byrne is to give it to (Odin) to keep until it is claimed by the sister Mrs. Besant of Pointe-of-Rocks, Maryland. On Friday (Martin) received the Acta Concilio praevia. For a Council of two weeks there is enough work for two months. The rains have made the river rise alarmingly. Smallpox has taken its toll. If these proud people would only pray. (Martin) gave Confirmation at the Convent of the Sacred Heart last Friday, he will do so here on Ascension Day and at Avoyelles on Trinity Sunday. (P.S.) (Martin) does not have a red cope for the Council. Will (Odin) lend him one?

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1866 Apr. 25
Anstaett, Father Joseph: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

A good woman here wishes to leave 1000 piastres in her will to St. Joseph Church. He knows from experience that that is "fishing in troubled waters". Since she has done more than her duty to her only relative in Europe, may be he can suggest another way than by her will. She has loaned her money at 10% on mortgages. She could transfer these to Bishop D(ubuis) or Anstaett. She is 65 with no relatives in this country and no children or husband. She could still collect the interest as before. Times are not bad here. (Hyacinthe) de St. Cyr has given business in Galveston an extraordinary stimulus; he is a genius. Odin is to ask Father Rousselon's successor to send a half-cask of Mass wine. P.S. He is teaching the altar boys plain chant and needs books, he asks (Odin) to send him a half-dozen.

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1866 Apr. 25
Beccard, Father Amédée: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop J(ohn), M(ary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Beccard is deeply obligated to Father (Stephen) Rousselon who has helped him and given him Mass intentions. Out of regard for his age, Beccard has done everything Rousselon has asked of him, sung Mass and Vespers since 1860, visited the sick, even going for the mail up to three times a day. He asks Odin to approve his accepting offers from several priests in the city for Sunday morning. This would give him a small fee such as Father Jeremiah (Moynihan) Moynayan of Dryades Street gave him in 1863, $3 a Sunday. If Beccard needs 10 sous or a pair of shoes it is not Father Desgaultiers who gives it to him. Several priests in the country have told him that he behaved very badly in Lafourche. The two or three priests who succeeded him found no trace of these wrong-doings. He was never tarred and feathered. In the terrible assault of August 25, 1860, he was covered with blood and mud. It is either calumny or slander coming back from there after almost six years. Beccard was ordained for this diocese and he does not suppose he can be refused his dinner and a bed for having the High Mass. If he had 10 piastres a month he would be satisfied. He knows that leaving here would be an irreparable fault and so he will not leave at any price. If Odin wishes him to continue his services on Sunday morning, he will do so in spite of lack of money.

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1866 Apr. 25
Dunn, (O.P.) Father F. J.: Somerset, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell of: Cincinnati, Ohio

Purcell granted Dunn a dispensation for two parties some time ago but before it arrived, they were married by a preacher. There was no necessity for this hurry. The Catholic girl wishes to return to her duty and her husband wishes to become a Catholic. Dunn asks Purcell what he should do since her conduct is known publicly. Another one asks for a dispensation for which Dunn promised to ask Purcell.

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1866 Apr. 25
Finotti, Father J(oseph) M.: Brookline, (Massachusetts)
 to Bishop (Francis P.) McFarland (of Hartford): Providence, (Rhode Island)

He asks if he may send McFarland a copy of "Excerpts etc." according to the wishes of Chev. Marietti of Propaganda Fide. If McFarland wants it he will send his name to Marietti.

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1866 Apr. 25
Lynch, P(atrick) N., Bishop of Charleston: New York, (New York)
 to Bishop (Francis P. McFarland of Hartford: Providence, Rhode Island)

He thanks McFarland for the letter. He will try to meet McFarland's views. On May 1 he will go to Providence and will carry out any programme that McFarland wants, except Pontificalis which he understands as a Propaganda Bishop he cannot do in another diocese. During the week he will have to return to New York but would give Ascension Thursto Hartford. He asks if the Jones name might be introduced so that Jones could do something after Lynch's sermon. He asks that McFarland give his respects to the clergy of Hartford, but an outside lecture would be too much for him.

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1866 Apr. 25
McKey, Mother Angela J(oseph) of St. Bridget: Grand Rapids, Mich(igan)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefev(e)re: Detroit, (Michigan)

Mother Angela, having been denied Lefevere's protection as a religious, requests permission to go to a bishop who will afford her patronage and protection.

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1866 Apr. 25
Martinez, R.S.C., Sister Vict(oria): Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She hastens to reply to (Odin)'s letter. They look forward to seeing him in August. (Odin) is to tell Mrs. Michel that they will be happy to take her daughter among their pupils. She can send her whenever she likes. Madame Eugénie Freret, (R.S.C.) will take charge to the matter.

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1866 Apr. 25
(Maxis, I.H.M., Mother) M(ary) Theresa: (Susquehanna, Pennsylvania)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

After seven years of penance, Sister Theresa again ventures to ask pardon. She has not known one hour's happiness since displeasing Lefevere. Only God knows her interior martyrdom since her errors. Sister Celestine (Renauld, I.H.M.) also craves the same.

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1866 Apr. 25
Menard, J.M. Odin: Pass Christian, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He is at last there and has commenced his studies. He is very well satisfied with the place and with the Brothers. He is a thousand times indebted to (Odin). He dislikes to take advantage of the offer (Odin) made but being so far from home, he needs some articles as handkerchiefs, soaps, (etc.). He has written home for money; when he receives it he will remit the amount advanced to him. P.S. He will be happy to receive any advice (Odin) may offer.

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1866 Apr. 26
Barnabo, Al(exander), Cardinal Prefect: Rome, (Papal States)
 to Archbishop John B(aptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Barnabo acknowledges the two letters of Purcell of January 11 and 22 containing the money collected for the Holy Father. He has offered it to the Pontiff and the Holy Father has given his blessing to Purcell, his flock and all the pious works he undertakes. As to the indults Purcell has asked, on the one for the power to delegate to priests the faculty of dispensing in mixed marriages, since this too easily opens the way for other petitions, Barnabo thinks it best that the matter be considered in the next national council and the result of the deliberations of the bishops be brought to the Holy See. Relative to the faculty for using the briefer form for baptism of adults, Barnabo says that Purcell does not need this faculty, since according to the faculties granted him Sept. 28, 1858 he has the faculties for 10 years, in the answer to the second council of Cincinnati, provided that they use the formula in the Roman ritual. This is wider than the faculty given to the archbishop of Baltimore in 1852 for 5 years, with the condition that the bishops demand the return gradually to the usages of the ritual. In what Purcell asks concerning the vows of nuns in the United States, the answer is contained in the answer of the Sacred Congregation of Bishops and Regulars which Purcell will find attached to this letter, by which these vows are considered as simple with the exceptions listed therein. As to the vows of poverty and obedience, the Bishops can dispense as delegated by the Holy See, according to the declaration of the Holy See to the Bishop of LeMans in 1836. According to Gury in his appendix page 180 on particular states nothing can be done about the vow of chastity which is absolute and perpetual, but such vows are reserved to the Holy See. So in the case of Sister Aloysis O'Connor in the chapel of Mary Ann, according to the premises set forth, Barnabo acquiesces in Purcell's granting the dispensation and for peace of conscience the Holy Father ratifies it. However, as to the calling of a plenary council at Rome or Loretto as mentioned in Purcell's letters, Barnabo thinks that the Holy Father has already communicated his news through the Archbishop of Baltimore. The only news he can convey is that the Holy Father has set the date for the canonization of the new saints for the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul, 1867 and has permitted bishops who were to make their ad limina visits in 1866 to fulfill that obligation in the coming year. This is signed by H. Capalti, Secretary.

 Enclosure: 

1864 Sep. 30

Copy. Many Bishops have asked the Sacred Congregation about the nature of the vows taken by nuns in their dioceses. As a result the Holy Father has asked them to decide the matter and they offer the following rules: 1, vows taken by the nuns of the Visitation at Georgetown, Mobile, Kaskaskia, St. Louis, and Baltimore are solemn vows; 2, as to their cloister they are to follow the rules granted by the rescripts of the Holy See; 3, in the future the nuns after completing their novitiate will take simple vows for five years after which they may be admitted to seolemn vows after a ten day retreat, although the simple vows will enjoy all the privileges and spiritual favors of the solemn vows; 4, vows of other nuns are simple except where a rescript of the Holy See rules otherwise; 5, in monasteries hereafter erected in the United States the vows are to be simple. This is sent to (the Archbishop Martin John Spalding) and by him is to be communicated to other bishops of the country. No. 18165./5.

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1866 Apr. 26
DelaCroix, Father C(yril): Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He requests a dispensation for William S. David and Carmelita Brown. The reason is the great difficulty Carmelita has in providing for her family.

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1866 Apr. 27
Hébert, Mrs. P(aul) O.: Bayou Goula, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

As far back as 1859 her husband, General P(aul) O. Hébert purchased near Bayou Goula, a tract of land and made a fine and expensive road with the wish of having a church and priest's residence built there. At no distant time, the present chapel, graveyard, etc. must go into the river. The donation was tendered without any reservations save the right to build his own family pew and have the first refusal of it and a priest always to live in the residence. The congregation of the chapel, opposite St. Gabriel, reside mostly in or near the village of Bayou Goula; the chapel is several miles off. Hébert again renews his offer of as much land as may be needed.

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1866 Apr. 27
McGill, J(ohn), Bishop of: Richmond, V(irgini)a
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell of: Cincinnati, Ohio

McGill states that Purcell is a legatee of the estate of James Behan of Norfolk, who died at Liverpool. The will has been proved in England but not yet in America. The English lawyers have made McGill a residuary legatee and one of the American executors. He sent a retainer, similar to the one enclosed, to have the lawyers of Smith and Simpson, the English attorneys, who are Harvey Jevons and Riley, to represent him. They have sent a similar retainer to be signed by Purcell as residuary legatee. McGill is sorry the case was thrown into chancery. The lawyers sent a copy of the will to Tazwell Taylor, Esq. of Norfolk, who being lawyer of Eehan, had all the papers when McGill learned of the case. Archbishops Kenrick and Hughes and Bishop McGill were left American executors in the will. But it was arranged by Mr. Behan that if one of them should die, Walter Doyle and Maurice Titzgibbon of Norfolk should become executors. So that now these last two men and McGill are executors. If Purcell signs the retainer he can send it to McGill to be forwarded to Tazwell Taylor, Esq. at Norfolk or send it directly to him.

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1866 April 28
Brownson, O(restes) A.: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
 to (Father) I(saac) T. Hecker: (New York, New York)

Brownson sent Monday last the article on the use and abuse of reading with a notice of Herbert Spencer's Biology, to Kehoe, with a request that they should be placed in Hecker's word at the earliest possible moment and that Hecker should make all the alterations which he deems proper. H(erbert) Spencer's book is a humbug but very instructive in its way. Brownson read Father (Augustine F.) Hewit's first chapter on the problems of the age. The aim is the same as that of Brownson in the work he is now writing, but the methods are different, hence no interference with one another. Brownson fears that Hewit understands Gioberti in the sense in which he is generally understood, and is in danger of classing himself with the Ontologists of Louvain that we have immediate intuition of God which is not true. We have immediate intuition of being as the necessary or absolute but the being so affirmed is not God because the identification of this real being with God is a mark of reflection. Brownson frequently explained the matter in his review. He is not saying anything that Hewit does not know, but the fears that Hewit has been less careful than he might be.

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1866 April 28
Dix, W. G.: North Danvers, Massachusetts
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Dix has been pondering for months over the question of whether or not he belongs to the Catholics Church. He has regarded the Church of England as having apostolic origin. His "historical faith" in this regard has recently been shaken by an article in a Boston Paper, by Dr. Huntington. The articles stated that the apostolic character of the Church of England was independent of that of Rome, but that its apostolicity was derived from the Apostolic Church. The Apostles had a central authority to which they were bound. Dix can understand how Christian people are bound by the historical allegiance wherever the Church may be — Jerusalem, Antioch, Rome, or Avignon. Dix has had some correspondence with Archbishop (Martin John) Spalding on this subject. Dix accepts all Catholic doctrines save the one of Transubstantiation. Spalding advised Dix to read Cardinal Wiseman's book on the Real Presence. He has done so. It has given him great relief. Wiseman's note to the Sixth chapter of John, and Coleridge's reference to it in one of his aphoriams in "Aids to Reflection" are of great surprise to Dix. Although the Cardinal has made his point clear, Dix wonders if this gift of graces was extended by Christ, Himself, not only to the Apostles, but to his ministers. The phrase, "Do this in remembrance of Me" does not seem to carry the gift of power. Dix would like to know on what it is founded. He seeks Brownson's help in this matter since he does not wish to impose on the Archbishop.

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1866 Apr. 28
Menard, Father C(harle)s M.: Thibodaux, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

On learning that the collection for the seminary was $17.50, a confrere said that it was shameful for a parish which gives its pastor $2500 to $3000 a year. Menard sends a list of the receipts of last year and asks that they be shown to Father (Gabriel) Chalon who was led into error but who, at his age, should be more prudent. Before the war, Menard would have been able to accumulate some money. But that was never his intention. A fine church has been built at a cost of $28,000; there is only $3000 of debt. The trustees can tell that Menard on several occasions asked that his fixed salary be reduced to $800. The confreres who see his church should know that Menard has paid for many things. He spent $300 for a house for the sacristan. There are few churches where the people are on such good terms with the church. The people, although generous have been greatly affected by the war. The number, 246, giving the $17.50 will show their good will.

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


1866 Apr. 29
Giraud, Father F.M.: Jefferson, Texas
 to Father E(tienne) Rousselon: N(ew) O(rleans), (Louisiana)

On leaving New Orleans in February, 1864, Giraud left a box of books at the Archbishop's house. Father Buffard promised to bring it but forgot. When Bishop (Claude Marie) Dubuis was in New Orleans last September, he also forgot them. The box contains books which he needs day by day and which in his exile far from confreres, he cannot borrow. Father Béc(c)ard, who helped him nail up the box will probably know where it is. On the advice of Archbishop Odin Giraud left in Louise's care, a pair of bed sheets, several shirts and some socks and handkerchiefs. They are to be sent also by Mr. Halligan, the bearer of this letter. Giraud is busy about building a church here. He has found a fine lot in the center of the town. When the building is up he will turn his attention to the building of a convent for the Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul. This will be in the fall and they will also build a little chapel at Marshall. He sends regards to all the priests at the Cathedral and St. Anne's, also to Father Desgaultière and Béc(c)ard. P.S. He has heard that the Bishop has left for Europe but Rousselon is to remember Giraud to him.

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1866 Apr. 30
Bellanger, S.M., Father F.: St. James, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Bellanger would have liked to come to see Father (Stephen) Rousselon before he left but he was too busy with Easter time at their chapels. He asks for a dispensation for Clidamant Cambre and Josephine Bourgeois. (Odin)'s last letter informed Bellanger that his request for a dispensation was received after the marriage. Does this invalidate it? He is undecided whether to have First Communion this year. Before leaving for France he had assembled a large number of children whom he hoped to instruct one or two years longer that those who were the right age. Father (Leon F.) Denis, (S.M.) came to prepare them all enough to admit them. So there remain only the young children. In spite of the difficult times, Bellanger would like to repair their church. The Easter collection amounted to $59.

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1866 Apr. 30
Dubuis, C(laude) M(arie), Bishop (of Galveston): New York, (New York)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They have had to delay their departure until May 5 because only the Transatlantic Line makes the crossing without stopping at some port in England which he prefers to avoid. Father (Stephen) Rousselon was not fatigued by this long trip; his eyes are no longer sunken and his appetite will soon equal Dubuis'. From Sandy Hook the cholera has spread to Rocklake. Dubuis visited Archbishop McCloskey. Bishop (Patrick Neeson) Lynch is here. Both inquired about (Odin)'s health. The latter called on Rousselon to thank (Odin) for all he had done for his vicar general. Father (Timothy) Bermingham made a trip to the Holy Land. He got some very precious seeds which on his return he distributed carefully to distinguished persons. Lynch has just told them that these seeds bear very poor tomatoes. Dubuis assured Lynch that his vicar general would gather better fruit in Louisiana. This evening Father (John) Brady will talk in Cooper Institute on the humanities of the war for the benefit of Charleston. 6000 tickets have already been sold at one piastre each. Lynch is also very much satisfied with the charity of the people of New York. Dubuis is grateful to Lynch for a great deal of information about finding good subjects which will facilitate his return for the council.

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1866 Apr. 30
Feehan, Patrick A., Bishop of: Nashville, Tenn(essee)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell of: Cincinnati, Ohio

Feehan received Purcell's letter from Mr. Medarty. He has not yet heard from Bishop (Richard) Whelan, and he has not transferred to Nashville or to Father Kelly, the late administrator, any of the church property of the Diocese. There is a claim against him for ten or twelve thousand dollars which he borrowed from a German Catholic of Nashville. Feehan believes there is also a lien on the church and bishop's residence. He thinks these claims should be paid for justice and for the honor of religion. Feehan has not been able to write to Whelan because he could not learn his address until lately. Then he wrote him a few days ago, requesting him to transfer the church property.

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1866 Apr. 30
Héran, Father J.B.: (Bayou Lafourche, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Being unable to go the Thibodaux to look for the paper (Odin) asked for, he wrote to Father (Charles M.) Ménard to do so. His reply was that he had visited the Parish Record Office to find the deed of concession of the title of the corporation of St. Mary's, that it was not found and that they will have to apply to Baton Rouge. Héran renews his request to be changed. The fever attacked him again on the 29th.

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