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1866 May 1
Nordmeyer, Father John G.: St. Vincent's, Westmoreland, County, Pennsylvania
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): Cincinnati, Ohio

Nordmeyer dares to write these words relying on the great humanity of the archbishop. He saw with great joy(Purcell's) letter to Father Geyerstanger containing the faculty of restoring him the power of saying Mass. He is grateful to (Purcell) and will carry out the prescribed penance of his confessor. He is willing to receive his dimissorial letters or go to another diocese. For the future he assures (Purcell) that his life will be satisfactory. Added to this are the two following notes.

1866 May 1
Seidenbush, O.S.B., Father Rupert: St. Vincent's
 to Archbishop(John Baptist Purcell): Cincinnati, Ohio

Seidenbush says that J. Nordmeyer desires him to add a few lines and that he has no complaint against his conduct since he has been there.

- A.L.S. -



Geyerstanger, O.S.E., Father Charles: St. Vincent's
 to Archbishop(John Baptist Purcell): Cincinnati, Ohio

Requested by Nordmeyer to give testimony of his conduct Geyerstanger says that he behaved well, being particularly modest and quiet, and that there was not the least complaint against him.

II-5-c - A.L.S. - (First note in Latin) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {2}


1866 May 1
Thèves, Father A(nthony): Lyons, (France)
 to Father (Stephen) Rousselon: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Thèves arrived at Lyons last week. Father Chapuis gave him hospitality. The pastor of Ainay, in spite of his age, is well. Thèves left the Ipswich Convent because his health declined and because he received nothing toward his support. He would be obliged if Rousselon would send his pension here. If Rousselon has no bank in France he can send it through the same English bank he used last year. He also asks Rousselon if he could not obtain from Bishop Odin some compensation for the money he spent on the church at New Iberia. He needs it; his health is failing rapidly.

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


1866 May 2
Allgayer, Father Ferd(inand): Joliet, Ill(inois)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

His five-month leave of absence from the Detroit Diocese will run out this month. Although improved in health, he encloses his physician's statement to the effect that Michigan's climate and the hardship of mission work, advise Allgayer to live in a milder climate and avoid hard work. The Bishop of Chicago (James Duggan) suggests that Lefevere send him Allgayer's dimissorials promising go give him a parish with no mission attached.

1866 Apr. 21
Heise, A. W.: Joliet, Ill(inoi)s

He certifies that Allgayer needs a milder climate and lighter work.

III-2-k - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 8vo. - {2}


1866 May 2
Gutton, Father Ph(ilibert): False River, Louisiana
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Immediately on his return to his parish, Gutton paid $412 on the note and on April 28 retired it entirely. There remains only the third, not due until September 12, 1868. This notes has been passed to a speculator with a 35% loss. Gutton's idea in retiring the second note was to offer security for the land on which they would like to borrow 1000 to repair the church. He got no encouragement. The cemetery has just been entirely fenced; he wants to have some trenches made to make it easier to dig the graves. He will have to sacrifice a note for $100 for this. From the men who went to see (Odin) he learned that Father (Francis) Mittelbronn is saying that he wants to undertake a new building for St. Rose de Lima but is waiting for money due him at Pointe Coupée. Mittelbronn told Gutton that if the Bishop received him he would 1st everything go. Then he changed his tune and said the Bishop had promised him St. James and if he left him at St. Rose he would have to make a claim. If the Bishop gave him St. James he would leave everything. Gutton's poor church keeps on deteriorating. Father (Jean A.) Poyet came back last Thursday. The site of the crevasse (Odin) went around is now an impassable road and keeps people from church. However he thinks this new levee will hold while the one at Morganza is very doubtful. The son of one of his parishioners, Mrs. Parlange has just made his First Communion. He is 16 and next month his mother is sending him to a State College in the North. Will (Odin) confirm him in (New Orleans) before he goes? He is a charming and well instructed young man.

VI-2-k - A.L.S. - (French) - 6pp. - 12mo. - {5}


1866 May 2
Hecker, Father I(saac) T(homas): (New York, New York)
 to (Mrs. Eliza Cullen): ( Delaware)

He encloses a list of subscribers (which is no longer enclosed) to the "Special Fund" of the Catholic Publications Society. Most of the tracts will be distributed to various institutions and prisons gratuitously and the rest sold for less than cost. Proceeds from memberships will make up the "General Fund" and the work is essentially missionary, and involves sacrifice. There are Brooklyn names on his list and she could add them to hers. Why should they not form a league for the cause of Our Lord. Our Lord has promised that if they believe in Him, they shall do greater works than He did. The first of all successes is Christ's triumph in their souls; humiliation (etc.) work for a higher glory. To suffer for Christ is the shortcut to becoming Christlike. God will employ them most purposefully if they let Him.

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


1866 May 2
Ramelli, Father Domenico: Rome, (Italy)

Ramelli, the pastor, certifies that Orazio Cajoni (Horace Cajone) lived in the Congregation of Christian Doctrine and has taught for eight years in the school of that congregation and has a good reputation.

VI-2-k - A.D.S. - (Italian) - 1p. - 8vo. - {1}


(1866 May 2)
(Schorlemer), R.G.S, Sister Marie de: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She thanks (Odin) for the $50 which he sent to the (Sisters of the Good Shepherd). She receives his decision about the collection with the conviction that it is for the best.

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


1866 May 2
Sorin, (C.S.C.) Father Edward: Notre Dame, Ind(iana)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

When Sorin received Purcell's refusal to preach the sermon on the occasion of the festival, he asked Bishop (Martin John) Spalding, who consented. However, Sorin hopes Purcell will be present that day. He asks Purcell to bring Father Edward Purcell with him. Sorin has no preacher yet for the morning (Corpus Christi and procession) and he asks if Father Edward Purcell would take this assignment. If not, Sorin would like Purcell to suggest someone.

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


1866 May 2
Sorin, (Father) E(dward) C.S.C.: S(aint) Joseph County, Ind(iana)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Sorin enclosed a draft for $50.00 and stated that he waited two weeks for a suitable one. Father hopes Brownson is well and is working for our Blessed Mother's honor and glory. He invites Brownson to the ceremony of May 31st and hopes Brownson will oblige by coming. P.S. He received nothing from Brownson in three weeks.

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


1866 May 3
Dix, W.G.: North Danvers, Mass(achusetts)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Dix has received Brownson's reply to his letter, and is reading it over and over to get the full meaning. Brownson has satisfied to a great degree Dix's inquiry. Dix believes that in matters of religion, the mind should be in a receptive and meditative mood rather than a logical one. Dix has thought about the claims of the Roman Catholic Church. As a student at Cambridge, Dix recalls that his notions regarding Catholicism were not very lucid. The question "ought the Church of Christ on earth have, and has the Church of Christ on earth a head?" seem to answer themselves. Dix had not heeded the priestly character of the Apostles up to the time of Brownson's reply. Dix fails to recognize in the Mass the continuous sacrifice of Christ. Dix quotes from the King James version the following verses - Hebrews X, 7-14; he cannot see how the sacrifice can take away sins. Dix does not clearly grasp the "notion of the Jewish character of the Eucharist; he also mentions St. Paul's objections against constant sacrifice. Dix wishes "to walk by sight and not by faith"; he wishes Brownson to regard him as an inquirer, not as an objector. Dix has had hopes for the reunion of the Greek, Roman, and English Churches. His protests against the "War in the East" was founded on the alienating the Christians of the East by upholding their traditional enemy. The greatness of the Christian system lies in its universal authority.

I-4-c - A.L.S. - 5pp. - 8vo. - {1}


1866 May 3
Dubreul, Father J(osep)h Paul: (Baltimore, Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received (Odin)'s letter of April 21. They will be very happy to receive Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché and Father (F.) Bellanger, (S.M.). He was sorry to hear of the poor health of Father (Stephen) Rousselon.

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


1866 May 3
(Schorlemer), R.G.S. Sister Marie de Ste. Thérèse: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mr. (Mulligan?) Molligan came yesterday to bring his bills; they far surpass her expectations. They (Sisters of the Good Shepherd) have paid more than $5000 and the account is more than $8000. Where will they find the $3000? Being left without rations how will they and the children live? Moreover Molligan requests immediate payment as the workmen will not wait. Could (Odin) not have another collection for them? If they could get $2000 they could pay the workers.

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


1866 May 4
(Bourget), Ig(natius), Bishop: of Montreal, (Canada)
 to Bishop (Francis P.) McFarland of Hartford: (Providence, Rhode Island)

(Bourget) acknowledges McFarland's letter of May 1. He understands that McFarland is satisfied with the conduct of Father Lamarque. As McFarland will receive other workers he will send on a recommendation for this man to the Boston diocese.

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


(1866 May 4)
Quaglia, A(ngelo), Cardinal Prefect: Rome, (Italy)

A certificate that Orazio Cajoni (Horace Cajone) sought a dispensation from his vows as a member of the Congregation of Christian Doctrine and that the dispensation was granted on that day. S. Svegliati signs a secretary.

VI-2-k - D.S. and sealed - (Italian and Latin) - 1p. - 4to. - {1}


1866 May 4
Rousselon, Father E(tienne): New York, (New York)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

At last they are to leave tomorrow, May 5, on the Lafayette. His health is better but he is far from cured. He cannot walk or go upstairs without puffing. He has scarcely gone out of the hotel since he has been here. He goes every morning to say Mass at the Convent of Mercy across from the Hotel Ligier. He went out only to see the Jesuits at Fordham. There he met Mrs. Fallon and her five children. Paul Robert was away and Alexander Robert came near dinner time. They also had dinner at Father (Annet?) Lafont's and Rousselon paid a visit to Father Starrs. Rousselon hopes that Father (Gilbert) Raymond is with (Odin). He sends regards to all the priests. Rousselon's heart is in New Orleans.

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


1866 May 5
Brownson, Henry F.:

Special Orders assigning Brownson to recruiting duties at Williamsburg, New York.

III-3-h - A.D.S. (copy) - 1p. - 8vo. -


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

Father Hecker wants that number of the "Revue du Monde Catholique" containing that article on the "Press". Hecker has Brownson's article, but wants to put an extract from the French article in it. Brownson is to send the "Revue" to Kehoe.

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


1866 May 6
De la Croix, Father C(yril): Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He just received Odin's letter of April 30. The marriage in question has not yet taken place. Carmelita Brown is the widow of a Kleinpeter, uncle of Will(iam) David. So De La Croix considered them related by affinity. If not (Odin) is to correct him. He has began May devotions and has had almost 100 communions.

VI-2-k - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 4to. - {5}


1866 May 7
Anstaett, Father Joseph: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He takes advantage of the trip of (Hyacinthe) St. Cyr and his wife to send the money for the white wine bought for Father Bellaclas and Mr. Spann. Father Gaudet told him how much it was. Father Pamphilo (da Magliano, O.S.F.) arrived Friday and left the same night for Houston. They have received no other news of Bishop (Claude Marie) Dubuis except what Odin told them of his arrival in New York on April 22.

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


1866 May 7
Hecker, Father I(saac) T(homas): (New York, New York)
 to (Mrs. Eliza Cullen): ( Delaware)

Hecker went to the church the day before expecting to find her there. He waited but no one came. Perhaps she did not intend to go there but he thought that was her purpose. He quotes St. Paul about purging out the "old man". She is to read God-Bible-Nature-sometimes Th(omas) a Kempis. He says seek God primary and in all things. There is such a thing as an intellectual as well as a moral prodigal. Unless a man is wholly withdrawn from creatures and entirely united to God, whatsoever he may know, or do, is not of great weight. Hecker read that in a Kempis 10 or 15 years ago and has not appropriated it yet. (Note in handwriting of James F. Edwards) —From Father Walter Elliott.

I-1-d - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 16mo. - {3}


1866 May 7
Mignot, (H. Claude): Beaune, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Four years ago he entered the seminary at Dijon. Later he left to go to the Dominican novitiate at Chalais where he spent 8 months. His director found nothing doubtful about his vocation as a missionary and as Mignot always planned to go to New Orleans, he asks (Odin) for permission to continue his studies in his seminary. He knows Spanish and a little German and has testimonial letters. He copies the letter (in Latin) from his Bishop, dated November 24, 1864 stating that Mignot was born on April 10, 1841 and testifying that he was under no censure and had no impediments. (Mignot also copies the statement of) Father Laur(ent) Lecuyer, vicar general, certifying that Mignot entered the novitiate at Chalais on November 27 and left on July 10, 1865 because of his health. (Mignot continues) that his health is good, it was the meager (diet?) at the Dominicans which wore him down. He is working with Father Barbier on a work entitled "The Holy Virgin according to the Fathers." As he is an only son, he foresees that his parents, in order to keep him at home, will not want to pay his passage. What shall he do in this case?

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


1866 May 7
Shute, Mrs. Theodore (and others): (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The ladies of this city, seeing the neglect of the ground where lie the Confederate soldiers who, as prisoners of war, were buried here, have undertaken to raise a sufficient fund to enclose the spot and keep it in order. The Firemen's Association will donate the land. The mothers, wives, and sisters of Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas, who have so beautifully guarded the remains of their Louisianians, will appreciate their regard for the memory of their lost and loved ones. They call upon the churches to aid them. (The names of) Mrs. George Pritchard, Mrs. A. Schreiber, Mrs. Waldo and the Misses Morgan (are also listed).

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


1866 May 7
Spalding, Father B(enjamin) J.: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

The Mr. Pelegro who kept a saloon on St. Philip Street knew well Angelo Sturla who was a cigar maker. By reference to the records of the different churches or cemeteries, the fact of the death might be established. Spalding is sorry to have to trouble (Odin) again.

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


1866 May 9
De Neve, Father J(ohn): Louvain, (Belgium)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He received (Odin)'s letter of December 18. His delay in answering was to find out more about the students who are not yet registered for a diocese. He has two Belgians in Philosophy, but one has very poor health and the other wants the Indian missions. There are seven Germans and he might be able to promise two or three of them but he would like to know whether they must also know French. Expenses rarely go above $250 a year. De Neve believes that he might give (Odin) 2 theologians if something was paid. De Neve has received the draft for $293. He is happy to learn the good news about Father (John B.) Bogaert and Father (Francis) Ceuppens; a little letter from them which De Neve could publish would do good in the diocese of Malines. Father (Constantine) Maenhaut has not yet come to the seminary. Enclosed is a letter to be sent to Father (Charles) Lemagie. De Neve will await (Odin)'s reply before making a decision. (Odin) promised only board and room and wanted the students to know the three languages; at present De Neve could not give him that.

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


1866 May 9
(Elder), William Henry, Bishop of: Natchez, Mississ(ippi)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Father (Mathurin F.) Grignon is going down to the coast. If Odin has a place which would be suitable to his health and agreeable to Grignon's wishes, (Elder) would not object to his accepting it for a year or longer. He deserves an easier place than (Elder) can give him; he has not suggested it to Grignon for fear he might feel hurt. The Redemptorists who are giving the mission say that they think their order would gladly labor among the negroes but their Father General wrote them to let the Bishops determine what is to be done. (Elder) sees no advantage in the proposition of an Apostolic Prefect for the negroes but they ought to make no unnecessary delay about doing what they can for them. Whatever efforts are made now will give experience to judge by at the Council.

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


1866 May 12
Marshall, Father James A.: Ingersoll, C(anada)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere: Detroit, (Michigan)

Marshall's bishop (P. A. Pinsonneault) of Sandwich, whom he saw while returning from a visit to Lefevere, will send a priest to Ingersoll to replace Marshall. He is glad to leave Canada to go to the Detroit Diocese where he can work among his own country people, Germans and Poles, and also the English, and in doing so be more happy and contented. In two months he will have settled all his affairs and be ready to leave. He would like to bring with him his own horse and buggy for future use in the missions.

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


1866 May 13
Clark, S.J., Father James:
College of the Holy Cross Worcester, Mass(achusetts)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland of Hartford: (Providence, Rhode Island)

Clark acknowledges McFarland's letter of May 12 with a check for $72.49 for the board, and tuition of John, the son of Catherine Keegan. He encloses the receipt (no enclosure). They will be happy to have a visit from McFarland any time he can come, the sooner the better. Clark should have visited McFarland at Providence but he has been absent a good deal in Boston and Philadelphia. They have 106 or 107 boys, two from Lima, South America. All the Fathers ask to be remembered.

I-1-b - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {1}


1866 May 13
(Elder), William Henry, Bishop of Natchez: Vicksburgh, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

Last Wednesday (Elder) wrote by Father (Mathurin F.) Grignon. He finds it harder than he expected to supply Grignon's place. If Odin has a place to suit his health, (Elder) will still be thankful if Odin offers it to him. Can Odin give his advice as to the best Community to apply to for a boarding school at Holly Springs. He has thought of Nazareth, the Ursulines and the Sisters of Notre Dame at Terre Haute, Indiana. Would it not be well to propose at the Council a "Ratio Vivendi"? Those big evening parties they used to have in Baltimore are a great waste of time. If anything can be undertaken for the negroes before the Council, it is best not to wait. (Elder) sees no advantage in a Prefect Apostolic for the negroes. It will tend to widen and perpetuate the division of the races. A colored clergy at present would not command respect.

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


1866 May 13
Simon, Father J.N.: Lake Charles, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.): N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

He does not know if Odin received the letter he wrote at the beginning of March. In it he spoke of his situation at Calcasieu. The church at Lake Charles has a debt of 300 piastres. The majority of Catholics contribute nothing. The land bought by Father (Gilbert) Raymond is absolutely necessary for the church. He realizes now that the continual presence of a priest here is necessary. Simon received a letter from Raymond telling him to go to Opelousas. The roads are very bad and it is 80 miles. Rains are continuous. He has children to prepare for First Communion; he has begun a subscription to build a presbytery. If he is away nothing will be done. He has a little school which gives him a subsistence. If he gives that up he would have no pupils when he returned. If Odin gives him orders to leave, it will be forever. Going and returning is too hard for him.

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


1866 May 14
Letilly, Father P(eter) M.F.: Thibodaux, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

For several days Letilly has had at hand this petition sent to Chakahoula by E(tienne) Dellucky. He judged it best not to send it until after the renting of pews at the chapel of St. Lawrence. The total will not go over $50. The People are ruined by the "crevasses". Today he arrived from Bayou Boeuf; not a person for Mass. The Bayou is over the bank for half a mile. They are Letilly for 1864, 1865, and 1866; $268.75 at Bayou Boeuf and $875.20 at Chakahoula. Since Father (J.M.) Ravoir(e) is taking care of Chakbay, Father (Charles M.) Ménard does not need an assistant.

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


 Enclosure: 

1866 Apr. 29
Dellucky, Etienne (and others): Bayou Boeuf, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The Catholics of St. Andrew's Church of Bayou Boeuf served by Father P.M.F. Letilly see that because of the loss of the last two harvests, their pastor has received only a third of the pew rent of last year and that this year's has amounted to only a third of the pew rent of last year and that this year's has amounted to only $65.25. They need a priest but have not the means to support one; They ask (Odin) to assist them until October or November hoping that then they can pay a part of the old pew rent and again rent the pews of their chapel. (61 names follow. Since many are of the same family name, that name is listed only once with the given name of the first instance of that name): Auguste Landry, Emairent Dupuis, Widow Lenffrois Aucoin, Victor Penisson, Auguste Tryon, Ruzime Gautreaux, Widow Lastille Bertrand, Widow P. Brey, J.B. Savirt, Widow Jarret, Appolinaire Girronard, Narcisse Bourg, Eliza Beadel, Widow Arcenaux, J.B. Doirrant, Alexandre Daigle, Jean Soins, Bazil J. Boudreau, Joseph Hebert, J. Baptiste Heber, Ferdinand Theriot, Alfred Besse, Villier le Blanc, Urbain Bourgeois, Walter Morrison, Marcelin Commau, Widow Azelie Fraytit, Joseph Keller, Artemise Robertsin, Marius Gombert, Pierre Paul Monte, John Snell.

VI-2-k - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - folio - {38}


1866 May 15
Bullus, U.S.N., Capt(ain) Oscar: New York (City)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Brownson is asked to inform Bullus as to the character and position of Charles E. Stuart of New York, a newspaperman. Stuart was married and is supposed to be divorced. He wishes to marry one of Bullus' daughters. Recently Bullus has learned that Stuart is not divorced now and "is an exile from his country (England) as a bigamist." Bullus asks Brownson to sympathize with him on this occasion and disclose what he knows about Stuart.

I-4-c - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 16mo. - {2}


1866 May 16
Chambodut, Father L(ouis) C.M.: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

For two years he has had so little to do with the (Ursuline) Convent at Liberty that he forgot it existed, until he received (Odin)'s letter. After (Odin) left Texas things did not get better there. No rules, complete arbitrariness on the part of the Superior, the chaplain wrote. Chambodut went there but it was useless. Sister St. (Jane de) Chantal, (R.U.) the present Superior at San Antonio, Sister St. Martha, (R.U.), and Sister Ste. Thérèse, (R.U.) asked to be changed to another house. Chambodut could not refuse them and procured means for them to go to San Antonio. Hence the implacable hatred of Sister St. Ambroise, (R.U.) who refused six times to see him and sent him a bill for 2100 piastres. Bishop (Claude Marie) Dubuis, on his arrival in Texas, sent Father (Stephen) Buffard to settle the affair but he could do nothing. St. Ambroise set out, without permission, for New Orleans. For 3 years, Chambodut has tried to forget Liberty. If (Odin) needs details Chambodut will write to Buffard and Father (Peter) Berthet. Father Anstaett sends his respects.

VI-2-k - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {10}


1866 May 16
Gaillet, Father J(ohn): San Antonio, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He asks (Odin) to take care of Mrs. (Charles B.) Matton's papers. He is to have them certified by the French consul and them send them to France. Gaillet is glad to learn through the Propagateur that (Odin)'s health is somewhat better. P.S. The papers are to be sent to Father Matton, Pastor of Lozane d'Azerque.

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


1866 May 16
Pearce, S(iste)r M. Eulalia:
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

The writer has not had the occasion to address Brownson for a number of years. She has prayed for Brownson daily. Through Father Isaac T. Hecker she has followed Brownson's career. The (priest) who received both Brownson and her into the Church died recently. She is reading Brownson's latest work, and owes gratitude to Brownson for the ideas he has given her on the American Government. She is much impressed by Brownson's conclusions. She was obliged to renounce reading the "Review". She learned of Brownson's touching reply to Father (Jeremiah A.) Cummings on the presentation of his annuity. She feels that the efforts of the pioneers of Catholicity in this country are likely to bring forth abundant fruit.

I-4-c - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 10mo. - {3}


1866 May 17
Dubuis, C(laude) M(arie), Bishop of Galveston: In sight of Brest, (France)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

In one hour they will finish their pleasant voyage of 12 days on board the Lafayette. Dubuis obtained their passage free from the Consul General. He and Father (Stephen) Rousselon ranked highest on board. The weather was passable for them but the others suffered. However, yesterday Rousselon was fatigued. After rubbing him and putting his feet in hot water, this morning he is good. They will go direct to Paris. Rousselon's health has not made much progress. Dubuis hopes the air of his native land and the care of his family will soon enable him to resume the care of his flock and spend his days among his friends and at the side of a father whom he worships. Before going to Rome Dubuis will write again about Rousselon. Dubuis must get ready to land, so he must close.

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1866 May 18
(Timon), John, Bishop of: Buffalo, (New York)
 to (Bishop Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

He will cheerfully ordain Patrick McManus; he requests a regular dimissorial for his ordination. The difficulty about transfers of Church property is a very serious one. He thinks it might be obviated by having the law of New York enacted on March 25, 1863 also passed in his state. The Bishop, his Vicar General, the Pastor and two laymen whom they select are the trustees. The two laymen may be changed whenever the majority wills. Deeds may be made to the Corporation "For the good of Society and Religion, and for one dollar." He thinks this is the best way to meet the radical faction that would crush them if they could.

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1866 May 19
Ste. J(ane) de Chantal, (R.U.), Sister: San Antonio, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Bishop (Claude Marie) Dubuis no doubt gave (Odin) all the news. Sister received a letter from Dubuis saying he had met her brother and that her brother would probably accompany Dubuis to Europe, place his daughter with the Sisters of the Sacred Heart at Paris, and his oldest son with the Jesuits.

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


1866 May 19
Willis, Julia: Port Byron, (New York)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She received Odin's letter on the second. Mrs. Adams were pleased to hear from him also. When they lived in Auburn they used to call on Bishop Timon whenever he came and thus they heard from (Odin). The girls have not forgotten (Odin)'s many kindnesses. Willis would like to see him once more but her health is failing every day. Another abcess is to be lanced; she is discouraged. The draft may be sent to C.B. Adams. P.S. Adams said he had a very pleasant visit but could not stop and see (Odin) as he came home.

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1866 May 20
(Schorlemer) R.G.S., Sister Marie de Ste. Thérèse: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

How can she thank (Odin) for this new proof of his kindness to the (Sisters of) the Good Shepherd, which Mrs. Capdeville told her about last night. Does (Odin) know Mr. Rousselle and should she follow his advice about this poor child or should she write to Mr. Bassier whose wife placed a cousin here last year. Is he the best man to advice them? When she asked Father (Francis de Sales) Gautrelet, (S.J.) if he knew him he found writing and style so little like a lawyer, that he is afraid to get involved in the affair.

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1866 May 21
Coyle, Father James: Matteawan, (New York)
 to James Alphonsus McMaster: (New York, New York)

Coyle asks that McMaster devote one of the pages of the next week's issue of the Freeman to Memoir of Father Kelly which he encloses. He suggests that the use of the heading as he has it written, will attract the attention of the reader. He states that there are many facts which he alone can give concerning Fr. Kelly's life. He believes such a useful priest, one who has left his mark on the times in which he lived, should not be allowed to pass into oblivion by a mere passing notice. The writer, wishing to do his part, has written the article.

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1866 May 21
Marion, Father F(rancis) M.: New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

It is impossible for him to remain alone any longer and he would prefer to retire than to not have a vicar.

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1866 May 22
Delbaer, Father Henry: Bradford, Ill(inoi)s
 to Mr. James (Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

Fr. Delbaer is inclosing a more detailed and specific account of the sacrilegious imposition practiced upon the clergy in this country in the matter of altar wine. He had written a previous account, but thought it too detailed, and has condensed it. He gives McMaster permission to publish it, or use it for his own personal information. The article of about 5 pages in 4to. is entitled "a very serious warning to all priests of the U. S. and also of Canada," and deals with his experience with a wine merchant.

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1866 May 22
Gutton, Father Ph(ilibert): False River, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Maria Robillard of St. Mary's, Fausse Rivière, asks for a dispensation from disparity of cult in order to marry Jacob Jowell. (P.S.) The flood has brought 17 more inches of water than last year. Several persons of Bayou Grosse Tete have given up in despair; it is final ruin for the locality.

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1866 May 24
Borias, Father A(ntoine): St. Symphorien, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He arrived yesterday at the home of his brother. Father (Stephen) Rousselon is to arrive today at Lyons. His health improved a little on the trip, but he is still very weak. Borias talked to Bishop (Claude Marie) Dubuis at Paris and asked him for his exeat in order to go to (Odin)'s diocese. Dubuis said he would give him his exeat as soon Borias received a letter from (Odin) stating that he would receive him. Borias asks (Odin) to send his reply to Propière.

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1866 May 24
Ravoire, Father J.M.: Vacherie, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He has a marriage to perform on June 4. L. Steib wishes to marry Antoinette Becnel. Steib's mother had a sister married to A. Becnel, Antoinette's father. After the death of this first wife Becnel married Aléxina Folse. Antoinette is from the second marriage. Since Ravoire believes they are related in the second degree, he asks for a dispensation.

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1866 May 24
Spalding, M(artin) J(ohn), Archbishop of: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.): N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

Spalding has received the first installment of Odin's valued contribution. The rest of the Titulus may be more brief. He chiefly wishes Odin to pronounce upon Cap. 2 "de missionum saluti" and No. 4 of Tit. XIII "de profectis apostolicis pro missis constituendis." At Constantinople there are in the same city different Bishops for different nationalities and rites. If Odin's Titulus (for the Second Plenary Council, 1866) is in Baltimore by the middle of June it will suffice.

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1866 May 26
St. Placide, (C.S.J.), Sister: Bourg, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She is touched by (Odin)'s sympathy for them in their great trial. She is glad that he is satisfied with the three last Sisters (of St. Joseph) sent to him. They seemed capable for the work at New Orleans. (Odin) says nothing about the ones at Bay St. Louis which makes her fear that he is not completely satisfied. If the Sisters at New Orleans have enough subjects for the establishment at Baton Rouge, they will authorize it. Here vocations are scarce and since the beginning of the year fifteen have died. They thank (Odin) for looking after their property in America. The three last Sisters could form a corporation with the older ones (Odin) thinks capable. A power of attorney will probably be necessary. The Sisters at Bay St. Louis have spoken of a piece of land that belonged to Father (Louis Stanislaus) Buteux which Bishop (William Henry Elder) is holding for them to buy. It is difficult to judge whether it is necessary; they ask (Odin) to look into it.

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1866 May 28
Murphy, (S.J.), Father W(illia)m S.: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father (John) Mehlman(n) has brought a letter from the German Fathers of St. Louis recommending him highly for zeal without concealing his weakness for beer. He has been advised to go to Galveston and present himself to the Vicar General. Bishop (John M.) Henni of Milwaukee has given him his exeat and has promised to write to the vicar general. Mean while Murphy commends the applicant to Odin. It is probable that a free passage could be obtained on a government transport as in other cases.

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1866 May 28
Patrizi, C(onstantine) Cardinal Prefect: Rome, (Papal States)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): of Cincinnati, Ohio

The Secretary of the Sacred Congregation acknowledges the receipt of Purcell's letter to the Sacred Congregation of Rites in which the nuns of the Blessed Virgin of Cincinnati asked permission to substitute a profound bow for the geneuflection in passing before the Blessed Sacrament reserved in a tabernacle, permission to expose the Blessed Sacrament on certain feasts for adoration, and to have Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on certain feasts. The Sacred Congregation, after weighing the matter and considering the further information provided by Purcell, decided that it was not expedient that the Holy See approve the substitution of the profound bow for the genuflection in the case given, and that as to the benediction and exposition the ordinary could provide according to his own prudence. The decision is dated April 28, 1866. The Sacred Congregation decreed that the decision be sent to Purcell. It is signed by D. Bartolini as secretary.

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1866 May 29
Scollard, Father (John): Jackson, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

During the last week he visited the St. Helena Parish; he said Mass in four different places and had 10 Communions. They need a resident priest. They can get the use of two large rooms in a private residence at Amite City next door to the Honorable F. Green Davidson whose family is Catholic. When (Odin) visits there he will be able to judge the requirements. There is for sale a suitable residence for a priest near Amite where the school and Mass could be held until a church could be bought or built. Last Sunday Scollard said Mass at Bayou Sara. Mrs. Lebret gave the use of her parlor. There too a resident priest is needed. The principal supporter of the priests died a short time before. He kept the priest in his house not far from Jackson, gave him $100 a year and supplied him with horse and buggy. If (Odin) were to send a priest to attend Jackson, and leave Scollard free for either of the other parishes until he could establish some residence or if he gave St. Helena to one of the priests in the city, leaving him free to stay there and still have a home in the city, they could collect enough to buy the place Scolard spoke of. He has never met a more virtuous people than the Catholics of St. Helena Parish. They are almost all one family colonized directly from Ireland. They are not rich but always make an offering. This time it amounted to $32. In Bayou Sara they are wealthy but not so practical in the exercise of their religion. If (Odin) would ask Father Hayden for one of his priests to be sent to St. Helena they would have a church and residence there soon. The congregation on Sundays is increasing so in Jackson that they have scarcely sitting room.

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1866 May 29
Sheldon, Mary A.: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She has separated from her husband, (Joseph Charles) Sheldon. She has struggled for 10 years to bear with him. She will not go into details of the abominable crimes he has committed. He has never gone to his duty as a Catholic since (Odin) left Galveston. He has showed their children every bad example. He has tried to get the daughter, Angeline (Sheldon), in his power. He has a particular spite against the Convent at New Orleans for making Angeline a prude, as he calls a virtuous woman. Father (Charles) Pad(e)y and Father (John Anthony) Forest will tell (Odin) that she has done all in her power to reform her husband. She hopes that (Odin) will live to see her a good useful Sister of Charity yet. Her two little children Marie and Xavier are the only drawbacks to her becoming one at once. (Odin) is to write her and direct it to Father Chambodut.

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1866 May 30
Certes, (Adolphe): Paris, (France)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere: Detroit, (Michigan)

The receipts of 1865 permit The Association of the Propagation to pay in full the allocations made for that same year. The subsidy allotted to the diocese of Detroit was 10,000 francs. By his letter of March 12, last, Lefevere acknowledges receipt of 3,376.6 francs. The remainder to be paid is 4,623.35 francs. Following Lefevere's instruction, the treasurer keeps that sum to be sent to Father (John) DeNeve. April 10 of this year, 4,000 francs were sent to the superior of the American College in Louvain for the 1864 budget, as stated in Lefevere's letter of March 23 last.

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1866 May 31
(Martin), Aug(uste) M(ar)ie, Bishop of: Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Odin's) Letter of May 8th reached him in the midst of preparations for a Confirmation trip; he had to wait until he returned to answer it. If the wine sent to Father (Jean Baptiste) Avenard by his father has not yet been sent, it is to be consigned to Rémi Lambre and Company, Camté. Avenard is not on the river. Father (Ernest) Forge's, wine, gift of his father, was meant for Father (Albino) Desgaultière. Forge is assistant at the Cathedral; (Martin) has asked him to get rid of it as (Martin) cannot take it. (Martin) cannot prepare the Titulus. For several months he has had a continual pain in his head. It is a portent of death which he carries with him always. (Odin) has seen by the local papers the destruction caused by the flood in the valley of the Red River from Jefferson to its mouth. (Martin)'s resources are exhausted; he has lost $5000 from pew rent and fees which he cannot collect because of the general distress. To get to Avoyelles he had to sit on a wide board for a boat. He could not get to the church at Bayou des Glaises and had to content himself with confirming 103 at the prairie church. The boarding school, once prosperous, is reduced to 19 pupils. That at Natchitoches is large. The day pupils of the Daughters of the Cross at Shreveport and Monroe each number 70 to 80. The one at Alexandria is declining.

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