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(1866 Aug. ?)
Rousselon, Father S(tephen): (Vichy, France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

In his last letter Rousselon said that on July 16 he would leave with Bishop (Claude Marie) Dubuis for Vichy, the last try for his health and decision for his return. On July 28 Dubuis ended his treatments, full of vigor but it is not the same for Rousselon. Today he is beginning to feel a little better. He has decided to leave Vichy August 6. Father (J.A.) Faure who remained with Rousselon is not good, they will go together to Lyons and their departure will not be decided until Dubuis' return. Rousselon does not feel strong enough to continue his usual work. (Odin) would do well to provide a replacement for him. If (Odin) provides a sickroom for him, he could finish up business not yet concluded and prepare for death. His ardent desire is to die in Louisiana where his greatest affection is. The emperor arrived at Vichy the day Dubuis left. He came for rest but the telegraph and his ministers did not give him much leisure. Judge Duragh(?) of Galveston and his two sons are here. (Maximilian?) Godfroid came to visit Rousselon at Vichy and brought good news of (Odin). At the end of August Rousselon will write definitely about his departure. P.S. (Odin) is to tell Marie that he thinks of her and all her troubles everyday and that he will soon be back.

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


1866 Aug. 1
Guasco, Father J.: Bastia, Corsica
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Jules Francois Serpentini left Corsica to go to New Orleans in the parish of Calcasieu. He was known as the old Corsican. It is doubtful that he is still living but the time of his death should be known in that locality. It is presumed that he has a considerable fortune. In case he made a will, it is of interest to know how he disposed of his goods. Guasco would be grateful if (Odin) made inquiries.

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


1866 Aug. 1
Hecker, (Father) I(saac) T.: N(ew) Y(ork, New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Will Brownson write an article for the Catholic World within the next three or four weeks on any subject except philosophy? Father Augustine Hewit is writing an article on philosophy for that number.

I-4-c - A.L.S. - 1p. - 16mo. - {3}


1866 Aug. 2
Dubuis, C(laude) M(ary), Bishop of Galveston: Lyons, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Since his return from Rome he has been busy. On July 15 he went to Vichy with Father (Stephen) Rousselon. Rousselon is very ill and Dubuis sees no sign of improvement in his health. Saturday Dubuis felt his own strength return but the invitation of Bishop (André Raess) Raetz to come to Strasbourg before the seminarians left, obliged Dubuis to take only half the treatments. 10 seminarians offered themselves and three Sisters of Providence to found day-schools. They will have a nucleus of 20 to 25. (Maximilian?) Godefroy has just left Vichy; he left them stunned with the news he brought. Dubuis hopes soon to give (Odin) all the remembrances he has for him. (P.S.) (Odin) is to send Sister Ste. Séraphine (Ray, R.U.) her (word indecipherable).

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


1866 August 3
Hewit, Aug(ustine) F.: New York (City), (New York)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Brownson's letter to Father Hocker was given to the writer according to Father Hecker's directions. Since Father will not be home until late Saturday afternoon, there is no hurry in finishing the article on schedule, because it will not go to the publisher until Sept. 7th. Article can be sent anytime this month. The "New Englanders" for July contains an article on "Great Republic" probably by Dr. Porter which is courteous in language. Wishes Brownson and family health and happiness.

II-4-c - A.L.S. - 2pg. - 12mo. - {2}


1866 Aug. 3
Young, Father N(icholas) R.: Kenton, Ohio
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He has visited several stations in his mission and finds things cheering. He had Mass in Forest, Dunkirk, and Johnstown. The people in Johnstown are very desirous to have a small church built. There are about 30 communicants in the place. He could find no suitable house to say Mass in Dunkirk but one to which was attached a grocery with liquor. In Dunkirk James Hart, a Catholic, married Katharine Schnieder out of the Church. Hart wishes to be reconciled to the Church. Father Christian (Frensch) of New Reigel says he will visit the Germans once a month provided Young takes his place. They will write Bishop (Amadeus) Rappe for the necessary faculties. He will do this best to open a school in September. He is making only slow progress with his German.

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


1866 Aug. 4
Raymond, Father G(ilbert): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.:

He sends (Odin) his letters as agreed. He has carried out all the commissions. He gave (Octave) de Armas the act of incorporation with the change of names and asked him to recopy it. He gave Madame (A.) Shannon's $150 to (Thomas) Layton for the Peter's Pence. Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché took charge of the catechism business. The wine was sent to Father (Joseph) Anstaett and also the papers about the Roman loan. Mother (Marie de Ste.) Thérèse received a letter from Father (Stephen) Rousselon which said he was not much improved. Raymond told Father (Albino) Desgaultière, as (Odin) had told him to, that he was to go to see the mother of the young minor and try to get her consent; that he has to perform the marriage if she consented but if he did so if she refused, he would incur suspension. Desgaultière was very irrigated. The next day he said that if (Odin) had no confidence in him and treated him like that, he could no longer remain. Raymond talked with him; he is staying to say Mass. Desgaultière had only a few hours of work a week and his manner was so distressing. He could do nothing in a parish; perhaps he could be chaplain in a convent. The work will not suffer; Desgaultière says the 6 o'clock Mass, Father (Amédée) Beccard says it on Sunday, Father (Angelo) Mascaroni hears many of the confessions. Raymond can do the rest. Mr. Perilliat told him that a box of linens has just arrived from Lyons, sent by Mr. Puthet. He was going to pay the freight and receive it.

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


1866 Aug. 5
Stettinius, Isabel: St. Louis, M(iss)o(uri)
 to Archbishop Jo(h)n M(ary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Some time since the enclosed amount was given to her for Southern orphans, she determined to send it to Odin. She will try to send more after the Fair they propose holding the last of next month. The enclosed circular (no enclosure) will give some idea of the extent of the preparations. She would like to hear something of Mrs. (John R.) Spann and Mary (Span?). Her address is Mrs. Joseph Stettinius, care of D.A. January and Company.

VI-2-l - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {5}


1866 Aug. 6
Huber, Father P(hilip): Jackson, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He apologizes for his neglect. (Odin) counseled him not to begin collecting till the coming winter. Their wants were so urgent he found it necessary to make a trial but after two hours he was convinced that it would be better to follow (Odin)'s advice. He concluded to try the Mississippi coast. He does not forget (Odin)'s generous personal donation. They are making a beginning at building although their difficulties are many.

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


1866 Aug. 7
(Bayley), J(ames Roosevelt), Bishop of: New York, (New Jersey)
 to Bishop (Francis P. McFarland) of Hartford: (Providence, Rhode Island)

(Bayley) asks McFarland if from what he knows of Father (William) Lambert he may safely employ him. When in Philadelphia he had trouble with the "nimiumest(?)" but seems to have been careful while in McFarland's diocese.

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


1866 Aug. 7
Kehoe, L(awrence): New York(City)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Kehoe asks if Brownson will return "this" as soon as possible. He will send the money for the work in "French Unity" in a day or two. Kehoe has not had time to see how much it makes.

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


1866 Aug. 7
Raymond, Father G(ilbert): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.):

There is nothing new since Raymond's last letter. He sends a letter from the Sisters (Marianites) of Holy Cross and one from a man who says he knows (Odin) and that he promised to help him in need. (Odin) will have seen in the papers that cholera has shown up in the city. There are a few cases in their quarter; Raymond has been called once and Father (Albino) Desgaultière has been called once. The Picayune this evening says there are 59 dead from it. Raymond is very well; the work is far from killing him. He hopes (Odin)'s trip in the country will strengthen him.

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1866 Aug. 6
Holy Cross, M.S.C., Sister M(ary) of the: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

Having called this morning she was informed by Father Raymond that Odin was on an episcopal visit to some distant parishes and would not be home until September 10. The church in Plaquemine having been closed for some few weeks in consequence of the inability to pay the debt contracted with the architect, the parish Mass has been said in the convent chapel. Father (Francis) Follot, in conjunction with M(ichael) Schlatre has asked Sister St. Bernard, (M.S.C.), the directress, to give up the gallery on one side of the convent, together with the dining room and class room attached, to be used for Mass on Sundays, holidays, funerals etc. The directress wrote to the house of New Orleans as to the propriety of the request and permission to accede to it. Father Superior and Mother Provincial being absent, Sister Holy Cross consulted the Council of Administration and all agreed just in the form stated and no farther. Follot said if the place were not given up to him exclusively he would not minister to the Sisters in Plaquemine. It would be next to impossible to keep school without a place for study, recreation etc. Sister does not think their Sisters could remain if they be obliged to sacrifice the greater part of their house.

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VI-2-l - A.L.S. - (French & English) - 7pp. - 12mo. - {8}


1866 Aug. 7
(Martin), Aug(uste) M(ar)ie, Bishop of: Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Odin) at least has the consolation of being able to visit his diocese, a consolation (Martin) promised himself on his return from Europe and of which he has been deprived by his continual infirmities. (Odin) has expressed a wish to have (Martin) accompany him to the Baltimore (Council of 1866. If nothing interferes (Martin) will leave here in mid-September to be in New Orleans the 24th, after a stop at Avoyelles. (Martin) has little confidence in the results of the council for the general good; he considers it premature. He does not know what they will do there that they could not do much better in a Provincial Council. In a dozen meetings how can they seriously examine questions for which two months would not suffice? Rather are they not called to sanction decisions taken in advance? It would be a dangerous precedent tending to create a central power in America. The question of the freedmen (Negroes) could be resolved only in a provincial council. Do they wish to impose a unification which past centuries have not been able to impose on the oldest daughter of the Church? Deprived of all revenue and fees, (Martin) has had to borrow money for his trip. (Odin) must have been saddened by the violent scenes in New Orleans. The agitation of the negroes here is disturbing. They are being stirred up by radical fanatics who roam the country with only one aim, to impel this naturally apathetic but good race to murder and pillage.

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


1866 Aug. 8
(Odin), J(ohn) M. Abp. of New Orleans: Grand Coteau, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He thanks Purcell for the information on the arrival of the Bulls for Bishop-Elect (Edward Fitzgerald) of Little Rock. It would afford him great pleasure to spend a few weeks with Purcell but his pastoral visit will occupy his time. He will do what he can to procure the French priests Purcell needs. The prospects for the Ursulines at Opelousas is brightening. They are in the center of a large Catholic community, very rich before the war, but much impoverished by the war.

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


1866 Aug. 8
Raymond, Father G(ilbert): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.):

He has just received notice from an agent of the sheriff of Iberville that the church at Plaquemine has been attached and if the debt is not paid in three days from now he will proceed to the sale, according to law. Raymond will go to see Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché. If Odin wishes to do something he would have time before the church is sold. Father (T.) Bermingham has just arrived; he says he is leaving at once. Is he afraid of the cholera? (P.S.) Father (Gabriel) Chalon, at whose house Raymond is writing, sends his best wishes.

VI-2-l - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 16mo. - {5}


1866 Aug. 9
Thèves, Father A(nthony): Lyons, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He just learned from Father (Stephen) Rousselon that (Odin) has sent him a note of exchange for his pension. He has not received it. (Odin) is to send the second one to the same address. He has great need of the money as he has no position. Father Chapuis and Father Bouè send their regards.

VI-2-1 - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {4}


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

He hastens to carry out all of (Odin's) orders. He has sent the Confirmation list to the Propagateur. Father (Gabriel) Chalon will loan the $100 to Father (Mathurin) Harnais. Raymond has sent a check for $100 to Mr. Murphy for copies of the decrees of the plenary council of 1866. He has received from Rome the papal bull announcing the general Council. There is also a letter from Cardinal (Alexander) Barnabo concerning American troops for the Pontifical Army. Pope (Pius IX) leaves the bishops free to act according to their convictions but at the same time he told Barnabo to write to (Odin) in a private manner for his opinion. Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché opened the letter. There is also a letter relative to ecclesiastical chant from the Professors of the Gregorian Chant at Propaganda. The papal bull and Cardinal's letter are the most important communications, but Raymond hesitates to send them through the mails unless (Odin) so orders. There have been some recent attacks on the diocesan clergy in the "Republican" and Perché has answered in (Odin)'s absence. Everything goes well in the diocese. Raymond thanks (Odin) for the copy of his itinerary.

VI-2-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 16mo. - {7}


1866 Aug. 10
Seton, W(illiam) Jr. (4): Cragdon, (New York)
 to (Father Robert Seton) Bob: (Tivoli, Italy)

He is sitting in the library where Bob used to sleep. It is 7 A.M. and nobody else up except the servants. The sail boat is anchored off Tice's island where W(illiam) rows the girls to take a swim. All swim but Nellie (Helen Seton). Harry (Seton) writes frequently and must be having a jolly time. W(illiam) warned him that he will not have such fun when stationed out on the plains among the bison and grizzlies. Charlie Miller started yesterday to pay him a visit. W(illiam) is going to catch the 8.6 train as he wants to remit some money to Bob. Gold is not quite down to 130, but will not fall much lower than it is for months. This leaves (Robert)'s August rent from the New York stores and Carroll, $181, still due. The Newark property pays well. W(illiam) went there a few days ago for their rent; he did not see Bishop (James Roosevelt Bayley) but hopes to this afternoon as he is going there again to look after a house for the winter instead of staying at Cragdon. Their father (William Seton 3) will be warmer and themselves much happier. It is only 40 to New York and back.

 On the same paper: 

(1866 Aug. 10)
Seton, (Elizabeth) Elise: (Cragdon, New York)
 to (Father Robert Seton: Rome, Italy)

Will has asked Elise to finish a letter to (Robert). She would have liked better to write more formally and answer (Robert)'s letter she received in May. Their church is much larger and they have a choir of which Nell and Elise form a part. Em(ily Seton) and she are making artificial flowers for the altar. The villagers ask about (Robert) particularly Johnny Brett. Their father is well and busying himself about the boat for which Elise is making a jigger sail. Johnny Thompson is well and happy having a little sister. Peter is building a summer house on the view rock; they have such a glorious view of the sound. Harry also made some paths in the nursery woods. Uncle Sam(uel Waddington Seton) has not been up this summer. P.S. Added by W(illiam) on August 11: He did not see the Bishop nor Father Doane. (P.P.S.) Father (William) Everet(t) has returned; W(illiam) saw him today.

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


1866 Aug. 11
Raymond, Father G(ilbert): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.):

He sends (Odin) his letters. Mr. Montreuil who brought one from Bishop (Auguste) Martin for (Odin) says that Martin is not at all well. Dr. Thierry brought his bill for $50; Raymond paid it. The cholera takes about 25 people a day; they are often called in their vicinity. Many people are afraid to fast on Fridays. (Alexander) Robert, who is here, asks to be remembered.

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


1866 Aug. 11
(Several, R.U.), Sister St. Pierre: Opelousas, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Their little community (Ursulines) have decided to settle here and to give a negative reply to Bishop (John) Quinlan about the foundation at Tuscaloosa. Sister will not forget for a long time Odin's last visit; she believes she was the cause directly or indirectly of his pain. She and the Sisters believe that in order to establish peace and union in the house the two Sisters named must be put out.

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


1866 Aug. 12
De Neve, Father J(ohn):
(American College) Louvain, (Belgium)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

De Neve sends Lefevere's bill for the scholastic year 1865-1866. Father (John Anthony) Herwig left this morning. He says his father's illness prevented an earlier return. Father (F.) O'Flanagan and Father J(ames) Pulcher will be ready in the spring next year. Father (Joseph) Joos can tell Lefevere that De Neve has endeavored to find men for Detroit. The number of students who can pay is getting very small. De Neve hopes Father (Michael) O'Donovan will give the utmost satisfaction. (Thomas) Rafter and (James) Wheeler are doing well. De Neve will look for instructions about November next, about what sum he can rely on for next year, and what number of students for Detroit he can secure at ordination at Christmas.

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


1866 Aug. 12
Filicchi, Patrizio: Pisa, (Italy)
 to William Seton: (New York, New York)

He acknowledges William's letter of July 25 which he received August 7. He remitted to Mr. Grim a duplicate of his letter of May last with a request to remit the sum paid by the Murray's estate. The taxes and Loan give the greatest value to any sum in order "to supply to the exigiencies". He asks William to have Grim remit the sum minus the expenses he has incurred on the Filicchi account. He asks for more dividends. He thanks William for news of his family, partner, Aunt Kate and father. He is himself now 66 years old, but in splendid health, except for lack of sleep. He walks much. The rest of the family are well: Ubaldo at Gubbio and George at Turin, who expects to visit home Christmas as a cavalry lieutenant. He will be 18 and two months. The Filicchis consider the Setons part of the family. Robert is in Rome. Italians must not suffer foreign rule of intrusion. There is want of Italian leaders in the cabinet, army and navy. The obsequiousness to France is revolting. Though the Austrians be hated, the French alliance is disgraceful The present gigantic but ill guided efforts will end in a shameful peace. Italian leaders are too self-centered. Not the leaders, but chance and the popular efforts has won the measure of success. Robert was prevented from coming to Pisa by the fear of war. He intends to visit Robert next winter. He, Mrs. Filicchi, and daughter, wish the Setons well.

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


1866 Aug. 12
Grace, F.G.: Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

It is perhaps the duty of older members of St. John's to address Odin upon its present condition. The trouble in their church is likely to deprive them of the Sisters (Marianites) of Holy Cross. The claim resting on their church must be met hence the offer of $6000 or nothing was of a dictatorial character. If the church be sold, the question of title to the lot will avail little. By making arrangements the church will contribute something towards the procuring of the money necessary. The congregation looks to Odin to save their church from the sheriff's hammer. Their pastor has incurred the ill feeling of the people of the congregation. Grace suggests placing the parish under the control of the (Congregation) of Holy Cross. Odin has no doubt heard of the ill feeling existing between the convent and the pastor. The convent is in a position to become important after a short time. Soon they might have a Catholic school for boys. The closing of their church has already had its bad effect. The church is advertised for sale but papers have been sent to New Orleans for service by the sheriff upon Odin which will delay the sale until the first Saturday of October.

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


1866 Aug. 13
Dimitry, Alex: (New York, New York)
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He asks McMaster to drop him a line as to the wishes of Father (Bernard) McQuaid, if he knows them. Father McQuaid mentioned the possibility of a professorship, but no other details. He intends to write to the Father, but in meantime, he asks a McMaster if he knows his views, to please tell them.

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


1866 Aug. 13
McLain, James L.: Du Quoin, Illinois
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Mrs. Elizabeth King wishes to apply for the bounty money allowed by the late act of Congress. She was married by a priest of the parish of New Orleans under dispensation from (Odin) and by a license from the Fifth District Court in June 10 to 12, 1863. She wishes McLain to write preliminary to procuring her marriage certificate.

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


1866 Aug. 13
Raymond, Father G(ilbert): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.:

Father (Louis) Bissey has just called and would like to be received in the diocese. He is French, has been a Jesuit, then left. He came to Toronto and was ceded by Bishop Charbonnel to the Bishop of Hamilton who ceded him to Bishop Pinsoneault of Sandwich. He left Sandwich because of money troubles and came to Milwaukee. In 1865 he went to France. On his return to America he joined the Fathers of the Holy Cross where he is a professor at the University of Notre Dame du Lac at South Bend. He is now on vacation and is visiting his confreres at the asylum. If he can follow his wishes he will not return to South Bend. He said that when the Jesuits left Baton Rouge Bishop Blanc asked Charbonnel to lend him or give him a priest for the post. He offered Bissey but circumstances prevented his coming. This recalls to Raymond the offer Odin made him of the Sisters of Liberty. Bissey asked if there were not some good places vacant and mentioned an assistantship at the Cathedral or as a philosophy professor in a college. He said he would bring Raymond his papers. Raymond has just received (Odin)'s two letters. (Odin) says nothing in regard to Father (Albino) Desgaultière; he has asked if Odin had replied. The cholera takes about 25 every day. (P.S.) Bissey has just brought his papers. Raymond does not like his manner nor his motives; he knows (Odin)'s wisdom will guide him.

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


1866 Aug. 14
Angebault, Will(iam), Bishop of: Angers, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received the order for 1000 francs for his seminary in (Odin)'s letter of July 22. He is very glad to see that his three young diocesans are giving satisfaction. In one of his minor seminaries at Combrée, Angebault has had several American students, especially from Charleston; several were ordained priests. They are very upset about Pope (Pius IX).

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


1866 Aug. 14
Bouchet, Father J(ules): Assumption, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They have received the letter announcing (Odin's) visit for Confirmation in the churches of Bayou Lafourche, S(eptem)ber 4 at Assumption and the 6th at Paincourtville. At the chapel of Canal Attakapas there are 40 children for First Communion which he plans to have the day of Confirmation. He would need a three day interval between Confirmation at Assumption and that of Canal. So Canal's would be September 8. If (Odin) prefers, he could confirm at Canal on September 3 and Bouchet could have the preceding week to prepare the children of the two churches. A bad fever has been going around the bayou for several weeks. Father (Cyprian) Veyrat and Bouchet are almost recovered.

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


1866 Aug. 14
Hanley, W(illiam) B.: Suspension Bridge, New York
 to Archbishop John Mary Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

The Superior has just returned from St. Louis. He told Hanley of the contents of Odin's letter and told him to write as he could not at present but would do so from New York whither he is gone. Odin says he has not remembrance of ever having adopted Hanley. Hanley thinks he will be able to impart information which will make Odin recognize in him the young man from St. Mary's College, Wilmington, Delaware whom Odin adopted last August and sent to Jefferson College, St. James, L(ouisian)a to teach and study. If not adopted by Odin Hanley must seek an opening elsewhere.

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


1866 Aug. 15
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Elizabeth, (New Jersey)
 to (Father) I(saac) T. Hecker: (New York, New York)

In consequence of the answer of Father (August F.) Hewit, Brownson has delayed his article entitled "Independence of the Church" until next week. The article is suggested by the present state of affairs in Europe. Brownson's main thesis is that the Church is one and Catholic and therefore independent of man, and the accidents of time and space. The article is submitted to Hecker's judgment to be accepted or rejected. Brownson is not well, and his wife (Sarah Healy Brownson) is not well. Henry (F. Brownson) is very ill.

I-4-g - A.L.S. (Photostat, Paulist Archives) - 1p. - 12mo. - {4}


1866 Aug. 16
Beerhorst, Father H(enry): Grand Rapids, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Father ( ) Marshal did not accept the Dorr Mission; the people are disappointed. At Grand Rapids, the Sisters commenced school on Aug. 6. There are three teachers and a housekeeper; attendance is 116 children. Preparations for the church in Wright are going on. On Assumption day Father Ch( ) Wapelhorst, professor from the Milwaukee Seminary assisted him. Ninety-two of the congregation received Communion.

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


1866 Aug. 16
Quinlan, John Bishop of Mobile: Mobile (Alabama)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of Cincinnati, Ohio

He found Purcell's letter of July 29 when he returned from Pensacola, Florida. He is sorry he could not assit at the Brown County. Commencement exercises. He had planned to visit Cincinnati but will put it off until the Plenary Council and stop on his way to Baltimore. He made contracts for the rebuilding of the burnt churches at Pensacola and Warrington Navy Yard in Florida and feels that the Catholics in Warrington will generously co-operate, but because of the destruction to the property of the Pensacolans he is trusting in God to provide a means of payment. He is pleased with (Edward Fitzgerald's) appointment as bishop of Little Rock, (Arkansas) and asks when and where the Consecration will take place. He remarks that Purcell left out the body of his letter when he was told to bring Bishop (William H.) Elder of (Natchiz, Mississippi) along but doesn't say where. The epidemic of Cholera which has broken out in Cincinnati reminds him of the cases in 1849 and 1854, and he wishes it were possible for him to be once again laboring with his clerical friends.

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1866 Aug. 16
Van der Bom, Father F(rancis): St. Clair, (Michigan)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefev(e)re: (Detroit, Michigan)

Unable to meet church debts due this fall, he asks permission to go to Holland to collect money. He would start when Father J(ohn) Reichenbach comes; he would return as quickly as possible, and go to Saginaw. He feels responsible for these debts, and it would be hard on Reichenbach who would be besieged for payment without any money to meet them. The subscription of last year is used up and that of this year comes in slowly. Cause of the deficit is due to the failure of the picnic, and payment in October to two parties whose money was borrowed without interest. The whole amount of the debt is $5500. P. S. He gave the last sacraments to a dying Catholic man who had attempted marriage with a Protestant woman before a squire; she was unwilling to be married afterward by a priest. He received her consent before two witnesses, using the principle of sanatio in radice.

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1866 Aug. 20
Brownson, Henry F.:

Brownson is commissioned a Captain as of July 1, 1862 for gallant and meritorious services at the battle of Malvern Hill, Virginia. Signed by President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.

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1866 Aug. 20
Brownson, Henry F.:

Brownson is commissioned a Major as of May 3, 1863 for gallant and meritorious services at the battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia. Signed by President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.

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1866 Aug. 21
Caracciolo di Castagneto, L.: Rome, (Italy)
 to Father (Robert) Seton: (Tivoli, Italy)

He was pleased to receive Seton's letter of the 13th from which he learned of Seton's good health to his own great satisfaction and that of all the other Academicians in Rome as well as the President and D. Nicola. Ruffo (Scilla) has been in Genoa for about a month; (Agapito) Panici, after taking his degree with the greatest honor has gone to San Lorenzo. Malogala has taken another degree and can easily be seen at Tivoli together with (Count) Passerini, the Baron, the Marquis, (Gregorio) Gil(l)ow (y Zavalza) and Caracciolo. Caracciolo is sending 15 scudi. They have heard that Andrea is very bad and is in St. James Hospital. Sanminiatelli sends greetings and is waiting for a letter from Seton. Passerini has said the Masses for that priest whom Seton knows. Sanminiatelli took a degree with highest honors last Thursday. Seton is to let Caracciolo know what he should do about the linens and sheets that he wants. P.S. The President, (Monsignor Cardoni) and all at the Accademia send greetings.

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1866 Aug. 22
Prelà, Doctor Benoit: Bastia, (Corsica)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He has just received (Odin)'s letter of July 28. (Odin) tells him that Mr. Corso, as he was known in Louisiana, and who left a fortune, was from Mondovi in Piedmont. However in one of (Odin)'s letters received in 1864 (Odin) said there was in Louisiana an old man known as the old Corsican which indicates that he was not Piedmontese. Also Prelà has just received a letter from Mondovi which clears up all doubts. It states that the person in Prelà's letter who died at Calcasieu is a different person from their uncle Francesco Corso—his nephew the attorney Cataneo writes in the letter—that the Italian consul in New Orleans is confusing Corso of Mondovi with Jules Francois Serpentini of Bastia. Prelà sees that he must go to America to arrive at the truth. P.S. He hopes to get information from (Odin)'s missionaries at Opelousas on the Corso of Mondovi who died there. Serpentini said in one of his letters that in 1820 he had already ammassed 50,000 piastres or 250,000 francs. He could well have had in 1865 the fortune of 600,000 francs (Odin) told about. Several years ago in Rome Prelà knew a Mr. Crate(?) who lived in New Orleans, a captain, Prelà believes, who had a brother in Congress in Washington. If Prelà had his address, he would write him.

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1866 Aug. 23
Layton, Thomas: Paris, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He thanks Odin for again recommending him to Cardinal (Alexander) Barnabo. To Odin's letter last summer Layton was indebted for being received by the Holy Father. He asks counsel on a matter which his father will lay before Odin. The Convention will be carried into effect on December 15. As a Catholic he espouses the cause of the Holy Father and asks his parents' permission to enter the Pontifical Zouaves or any other corps of Papal troops Odin might suggest. He knows the sacrifice he asks of his father and mother is great but he doubts not their faith admits the force of his appeal.

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1866 Aug. 23
Raymond, Father G(ilbert): New Orleans, L(ouisia)na
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Iberia, Louisiana)

Raymond has been sending (Odin)'s letters to New Iberia. Mr. Québerge, the contractor, came in the name of Father (Joseph) Paret to claim the letter with the money which (Odin) left. (Francis) Bougere was with him. The church will be finished in six weeks. Father (Philibert) Gutton wrote on the 17th that Father (Victor) Gavard broke his left arm in a fall from a horse. Gutton offered to do all he could to replace him. Raymond has received notice from the sheriff of Iberville to appoint some one to the church at Plaquemine. Raymond answered after consulting (Alexander?) Robert. Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché has gone; Raymond sent the list of Confirmations to the Propagateur. Mr. Cavaroc will have no white wine for 2 weeks; Raymond notified Mr. Pustaet. Father (Louis) Bissey returned a few days ago; he told Raymond to send (Odin)'s reply to him to the College at Mobile. A young man of 18 wishes to become a priest and give himself to (Odin). He does not know Latin. In his first letter Raymond told of Father (Albino) Desgaultière's decision; he is packing up. Father (Adrien) Rouquette said that in case of need he would stay to say Mass. A Holy Cross Sister told Raymond inadvertently that Father (Francis) Follot has taken the Blessed Sacrament from the Chapel. It seems he has begun to say Mass again in the church. The Sisters are very troubled.

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1866 Aug. 24
L'Assomption, (R.U.), Sister Marie de:
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She takes the liberty to send (Odin) her letters for San Antonio.

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1866 Aug. 24
Lévèque, R.S.C., Madame E(velina): (Paris, France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Sister was truly happy to receive (Odin)'s letter and thanks him for his many kindnesses to all the members of her family. Zoraide (Lévèque) writes distressing letters. She is told however that Zoraide exaggerates a little. Mother (Elizabeth) Prevost, R.S.C. wished to send Zoraide 500 francs; this should calm her a little. The family (Odin) wrote about has not yet arrived according to what Mrs. Schiff said. (Odin) can be sure all possible will be done for them. Madame Lévèque has procured a French teacher for Mrs. Schiff and her little boy.

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1866 Aug. 24
St. Felicity, (R.U.), Sister: San Antonio, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She asks (Odin) to send the enclosed letter to her poor mother who bitterly complains of not having received one since two years although Sister wrote her several. Sister had one sent back from New Orleans last week that she wrote in May. They are now in vacation but busily preparing to resume their school on September 1. They have generally over 200 children. In the last 4 or 5 years many of their Protestant children have embraced their religion. One, 16, was baptized last Christmas; shortly afterwards her parents commenced to persecute her on account of her religion. But about 3 or 4 months ago they placed her as a boarder in the convent during their sojourn to Kentucky. They are anxiously awaiting Bishop (Claude Marie) Dubuis and hope he will bring 2 or 3 good English mistresses. (Odin) is to remember Sister to Father Perché.

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1866 Aug. 27
Marion, Father F(rancis) M.: New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Despite his desire to be agreeable to not leave New Iberia before November, Marion cannot stay that long. He suffers too much. He asks to be allowed to leave between September 10 and 20. Father (Yves C.) Rivoallan could serve the parish for some weeks. Marion will come to New Orleans the 11th or 12th of next month to get his ordination letters and other necessary papers.

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1866 Aug. 27
Spalding, M(artin) J., Abp. of: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Father (Louis F.) D'Arcy is writing Spalding long letters of complaint chiefly about temporalities. Spalding gives him no encouragement. Another priest of Ohio intimates that D'Arcy may have the folly to appeal to the Civil Courts. Spalding suggested that he prepare a statement of his case for the Council. He does not know whether he has acted prudently or not in this.

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1866 Aug. 28
Raymond, Father G(ilbert): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.): Thibodeaux, (Louisiana)

A Sister from Thibodeaux having told Raymond that (Odin) would be there in a few days, Raymond sends him his letters. Some time ago the Mother of (the Sisters Marianites) of Holy Cross came to talk about a request by Father (Francis) Follot to have their chapel and a considerable part of their house for the services for the parish, all of the time. The Mother agreed to his request for Sundays and other days he would need it but the rest of the time she needs it for the Sisters and children. She wrote to (Odin) and as he did not reply she thought he approved. Follot has just gone back into his church but a new difficulty (has arisen). Follot came to the convent and took away the Blessed Sacrament. He told them that he asked $300 a year and then he would say Mass once every 3 weeks and that from then on they would pay for their pew and those of the children in his church. In view of the poverty of the Sisters it would be impossible to accept these arrangements. They had only 5 boarders last year and not many day scholars. If Follot insists they will have to withdraw. Raymond thinks (Odin) can persuade Follot to leave things as they are. He has asked the Mother not to withdraw but to open their classes September 1; she said she would. Raymond sends a copy of his letter to Follot. The Superior of the (Sisters) of the Good Shepherd died yesterday of the cholera. Father (Albino) Desgaultière has just announced that he is leaving tomorrow or the day after. Father (Adrien) Rouquette will say the 6 o'clock Mass.

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1866 Aug. 27
Raymond, Father G(ilbert): New Orl(eans, Louisiana)
 to Father (Francis) Follot: (Plaquemine, Louisiana)

The Superior of Holy Cross came to consult about what to do about their house at Plaquemine. As they must make a decision at once since their academy is to open September 1 and it will be impossible to receive a reply in time from the Archbishop, Raymond must reply himself. It seems best to leave everything as it has been until the Archbishop decides otherwise. Follot must have received a letter Raymond wrote in the last few days about Follot's church.

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1866 Aug. 29
Bacon, David W., Bishop of: Portland, (Maine)
 to Bishop (Francis P.) McFarland of Hartford: (Providence, Rhode Island)

McFarland's letter of August 27 is at hand with the check for $341.25, the contributions of Valley Falls, St. Patrick's Prov., and Compton, besides the sum of $687.57 acknowledged some weeks ago. He received $400 from Father (Thomas F. Hendricken) from Waterbury. He thanks them for the $1428.82 so far. Again he hopes that they may not suffer a like trouble.

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1866 Aug. 29
(Elder), William Henry, Bishop of: Natchez, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He will be happy to travel with Odin to the Council; he desired to go this month; he is detained by the difficulty of raising funds for their school building. There is now some prospect of starting from here September 10. He may be obliged to visit Aberdeen in the northeast of Mississippi. Again he may be obliged to go to Nazareth near Bardstown, K(entuck)y. He prefers going directly through St. Louis.

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1866 Aug. 29
Foley, Father Tho(mas): Baltimore, (Mary land)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland (of Hartford: Providence, Rhode Island)

It is expected that the (Second Plenary) Council will close its proceedings on October 21 and the prelates will be free to return at once. If necessary McFarland can take the northern train at 7 p.m. Sunday evening and reach Providence in good time for an appointment on the 23rd. Archbishop (Martin John) Spalding asks to give his repects to McFarland. Foley asks that McFarland inform him what clergymen will accompany him so he can provide for them. He has learned from the superior of the Seminary that McFarland will stay there.

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1866 Aug. 29
Hendricken, Father Thomas F.: Waterbury, Conn(ecticut)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland (of Hartford: Providence, Rhode Island)

Hendricken was speaking with Read and Moran this morning about changing from Troy to Montreal this year but neither seems to like it. While at St. Charles they suffered ill health and felt better at Troy and feel they could not stand the cold of Montreal. Moran speaks French and Read promises to associate with those that speak it in Troy. Lalor and Hinessey(?) leave for Montreal Monday. Four others go from here to Worcester.

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1866 Aug. 29
Nordmeyer, Father J. G.: Coshocton, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He would like permission to make a collection for the congregation. There is still $1000 to pay on the house. The congregation is very poor but they do the best they can.

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1866 Aug. 29
Purcell, J(ohn) B(aptist), Archbishop of: Cin(cinnati, Ohio)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Father Ed(ward) Fitzgerald came to see Purcell today and declines accepting the mitre of Little Rock. He will write to the Cardinal Prefect. His reasons are ill health, fevers contracted at the Barrens, his unfitness to command and the works he commenced in Columbus. Purcell was willing to make the sacrifice for a greater good. But such is his determination after having received a persuasive letter from the Bishop of Natchez urging him to accept.

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1866 Aug. 30
Cuny, Father (F. Christophe): Charenton, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He hopes (Odin) will visit his churches as he did last year but if he has decided otherwise, Cuny sends a report for the year just past. There are 250 parishioners at Pattersonville and about 300 at Franklin. A pastor is very useful there but could not live on the little he could collect. In a year at Pattersonville he has had 30 piastres and 60 at Franklin, not enough to pay the two most capable men, Mr. Hefflé at Franklin and (Edward) Broussard at Pattersonville. Services are regularly attended and confessions and Communions are numerous. Things are better at Charenton. The pews rented for 500 piastres and with baptisms and marriages he counts on 600 to 650 piastres. He has 50 piastres in reserve as his jus cathedraticum.

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1866 Aug. 31
(Elder), William Henry, Bishop of: Natchez, Mississippi
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

There have been some strange and disagreeable events at Pass Christian. Father (Francis) Pont wrote that the Brothers (of the Sacred Heart) at the College (St. Mary's Collegiate Institute) were allowing Mass said without his consent and allowing persons to assist at Mass who did not belong to the community. (Elder) wrote Brother Isaiah on May 31 and August 8 but received no answers. On the 18th (Elder) addressed an instruction to Pont that he should notify the acting Superior of the College that if the conditions of having a chapel were violated, the chapel would become interdicted. Yesterday he received a letter from Pont stating that he communicated (Elder)'s instructions to the acting Superior Brother Maurelian; that when Brother Isaiah came, he wrote to him but his letter was returned unopened. On Sunday Pont noticed a woman in the chapel. Father (Richard) Kane said Mass after Pont who concluded that the interdict was incurred and he removed the Blessed Sacrament. Kane wrote on July 6 to (Elder) complaining of discourteous treatment by Pont. In his second letter of July 23 Kane said he would not go back to Pass Christian till he heard from (Elder) yet he has been there saying Mass. If Odin will advise (Elder) he will be very thankful to him.

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1866 Aug. 31
Fitzgerald, Father Edward: Columbus, Ohio
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

After an eight-day retreat he came to the conclusion that the episcopacy is not his vocation and is sending back the letter of appointment to Rome.

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