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1867 Feb. 1
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Eliz(abeth), New Jersey
 to (Henry) F. (Brownson): (Detroit, Michigan)

Brownson grieves at (Henry's) disappointment over a certain section of the Bill which was unjust and unfair, and he has written to Senators Wilson and Frelinghuysen in protest. He feels, however, that it will do no good since this ex-volunteer army is so numerous and so powerful through their vote that there is hardly a member of Congress who dares resist them. (Henry) is asked if he, with his fellow officers, could bring pressure to bear on Senators Chandler and Howard or consult Judge Watkins who has influence. Capt. Ward, reputed to be the wealthiest man in Detroit, should have influence. (Henry) is told that he cannot better serve his country than in working to keep the regular army respectable and efficient. The Bill is hostile to the necessary Esprit de Corps and ought to be resisted by (Henry) and his fellow officers. Brownson's hope is in the improbability of the Bill passing due to the shortness of the Session and Congress' lack of time to act upon it. There is so little statesmanship in wither House that if the members do act they will surely act wrong. (Henry) is asked if his case is as bad as he represents it and Brownson is interested in finding out what procedure of dealing with the officers is used. He would also like to know what would be (Henry's) position should the Senate fail to confirm his commission as Cap(tain) in this Session. Is he now a civilian again or would he fall back on his previous rank in the artillery Brownson believes that his commission will be confirmed if the Senate acts on it but is anxious to know the effect of non-confirmation of it and also of (Henry's) resignation of his commission before confirmation. Brownson offers to do what he can for his son. Brownson become so angry at Wilson's Bill that he has little heart for writing but is working hard for the Cath(olic) W(orld) Ave Maria, and Tablet. Father (Edward) Sorin finds Brownson's articles praised in the National Review and is delighted. Brownson's engagement with the Tablet is for a year and his pay is determined by whether his articles are accepted or not. No engagement exists with the Cath(olic) World and the acceptance of his articles is to be determined by Father (Issac T.) Hecker who is disposed to make Brownson feel that by accepting his articles he is doing him a favor. Since the English engagement would pay his only 18 pounds a year Brownson decided to leave it go. He asks (Henry) to take his disappointment philosophically and tells him there is always a way to live and thrive. (Henry) is asked to give his father's regards to Judge Wilkins, a worthy man from a good Pennsylvania family. His son, Eliot, married one of the McCarthys of Syracuse and he hopes McCarthy is elected a member of the next Congress. (Mrs. Brownson's) health has been good during the winter and she sends her love to (Henry). Brownson can get out now that he has received his shoes and has thus far escaped any severe attack of the gout.

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1867 Feb. 1
Elder, Tho(ma)s S.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

On the occasions lately he has failed to see (Odin) when he called. His object was to call attention to the property known as Seaman's Home. It is an immense building containing about 102 rooms finished in first rate style for an asylum or hospital. The building is for sale for $3500 or less. It is an opportunity to secure it at about one half of what it cost to build.

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1867 Feb. 2
Sacré Coeur, (R.G.S.), Sister Marie du: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Urgent business obliges her to return to St. Louis. She expects to leave tomorrow and plans to take with her Sister Marie de Jésus, (R.G.S.) and Sister Marie de St. Benoit, (R.G.S.). They find a change absolutely necessary for their own good and the peace of their house. She asks (Odin) to send their obediences. She hopes to have a visit with (Odin) before she leave.

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


1867 Feb. 3
Berthet, Father P(eter): Refugio, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He profits by Mr. Bastian's journey to New Orleans to remind (Odin) of his letter of last month wherein he begged (Odin) to admit him again among his clergy. His reasons were bad health and inability to discharge all his obligations. Bastian was sent here by orders of Bishop Dubuis who was to teach him philosophy. But owing to Berthet's long travels and the absence of books Bastian intends to apply to (Odin) to be sent to a seminary.

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


1867 Feb. 4
(Barre, V.I.), Sister St. Ange: (Brownsville, Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Sister St. Dominique (Ravier, V.I.) arrived today in Brownsville. The poor young woman concerned was born of Lutheran parents and belonged to that sect until she was 16 or 17 when she embraced the Catholic religion. Her father finally drove her from home. She sought refuge with a Catholic family and worked in a store. The Sisters of the Presentation of Dublin introduced her to Mother Ste. Claire, (V.I.) during her trip to Ireland. Her sweet manner won Sister's affection and she received her to come to Texas. The bad treatment by her father and the obligation of working for a living have probably affected her brain. Sister sends the address of one of her uncles; if she returns to him she will probably return to the Lutheran sect. The present situation is very trying in the way of resources as they have many debts. If necessary they will use the little they have left with Mr. Rotchford and put it at (Odin)'s disposal. The uncle, Samuel Shields, Cape May, New Jersey; her brother, Henry Stewart, Londonderry, Ireland.

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1867 Feb. 5
Fitzgerald, Edward, Bishop (of Little Rock): Columbus, Ohio
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Fitzgerald received consecration last Sunday, February 3, at the hands of Archbishop Purcell. He will be at his post in Little Rock by March 1. He is possibly the youngest Bishop in the Catholic world. He asks Odin's aid.

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


1867 Feb. 5
Hendricken, Father Thomas F.: Waterbury, Conn(ecticut)
 to Bishop (Francis P.) McFarland(of: Hartford, Connecticut)

Either his trip to Providence or the change in weather brought on him a severe attack of asthma which has kept him in bed since. Father (John) McCabe has been suffering a week from rheumatism. This explains their absence from the conference. Father (Michael B.) Roddon is ill with lung fever but thought delirious is not considered dangerously ill.

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1867 Feb. 5
Walshe, Bishop James: Carlow, (Ireland)
 to Bishop (Francis P.) McFarland of Hartford: Providence, Rhode Island)

Walshe asks if the widow Margaret Whelan who did reside at Wanscott Falls, Rhode Island is living and if not when she died. Her maiden name was Kehoe and she was a native of Baltinglass Country, Wicklow. He thinks her husband's name was Michael. He asks McFarland to have one of his priests investigate the matter. (On the back McFarland asks that) Father Walsh make the inquiries indicated and report back to McFarland, sending the letter back at the same time. (Pencilled note): She lives at Lonsdale.

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1867 Feb. 6
Giesen, C.SS.R., Father H(enry): Vicksburgh, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He writes to put (Odin) on his guard against a Father Murphy who was taken from a boat last night, drunk and brandishing a bowie knife. Father Leray knows him well. Before the war he went annually collecting along the river among the levee workers. For three months he has not read his breviary or said or heard Mass. With his collections he bought two farms in Indiana and as he did not attend to his parish the Bishop of Vincennes drove him out of his diocese. During the war he became a chaplain and he is now living in the diocese of Chicago. Now he is collecting again in Vicksburgh and on the Louisiana levees without any authorization. He has said he would also go to New Orleans. Leray says some one has begun again to scandalise the levee workers. McGill has been there too and an Irishman told them he had given him $12. Should such individual not be denounced in the public press? The mission here is going very well; there are already 8 converts.

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


1867 Feb. 6
Quirk, Edm(un)d(?): Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A lady from Galveston visited Quirk's wife at the asylum and found her in a worse condition of mental derangement than ever. She swears she will kill Quirk. The Sisters (of Charity?) say they cannot keep her for less than $60 a month. Quirk is broken in health and not making one dollar. He begs (Odin) to have her removed to the State Asylum where such invalids are taken for nothing. P.S. He will endeavor to pay the Ladies at the rate he agreed until she is removed.

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1867 Feb. 7
Dubuc, Ant(hony): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.): N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

As secretary of the trustees of St. Louis Church he advises Odin of the reports and motions unanimously adopted by the Council. Meeting of February 6, F. Labatut, president of the committee, named to talk with the Archbishop about the obituary chapel, reported that the Archbishop asked to reconsider it and so nothing was done. The committee stands and is to report on the proposals relative to the purchase of the chapel.

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1867 Feb. 7
Favre, Father C(laude): Thibodaux, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

This morning at the Bay, (Brashear ? Louisiana) where he said Mass, he looked for a piece of land to build a chapel. He talked with the owner of one, an American, who will come to see (Odin). The land is in the center of town but between two railroad tracks and forms a triangle. This man has many pieces of land to sell but with bad titles while this one is guaranteed. After talking with (Father Charles M.?) Ménard Favre leaves it up to (Odin)'s judgment.

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1867 (Feb.) 7
O'Grady, C.M., Father A(nthony): Dublin, (Ireland)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Since writing to Odin, O'Grady saw a letter from New Orleans, written by a Mrs. McCarty who states that Tho(ma)s Biggins died leaving a considerable sum of money. This was confirmed at the end of her letter by Father Tho(ma)s Kenny, pastor of St. Teresa's Church, who suggested that power of attorney be sent to Odin to secure the money and property for his sister, Maria Biggins. O'Gardy will send the power of attorney being prepared by the American consul. O'Grady will see to the application of the money if it is transmitted to him. The girl resides with her uncle many miles from here.

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1867 Feb. 7
Vallée, Father R(éné): Ville Plate, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He has received (Odin)'s letter of January 26. He shares (Odin)'s opinion that he should settle his affairs clearly before leaving Ville Plate. He owes nothing for himself. He has paid the workman everything due him; what remains to be paid on the presbytery could easily be paid with the rental of the pews which is to take place the last Sunday of March, if someone replaces him during his absence. The school is on a good footing. P.S. He has accepted in (Odin)'s name a piece of land near the cemetery of G(ran)de Prairie for the building of a chapel.

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


1867 Feb. 8
Blancgarin, Father Th(eophile): West Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Enclosed is a letter for Mr. Lusher, superintendent of the public school. Widow Mrs. A. Fourrier having been named public school teacher at Bruly Landing, two of the directors wish to allow her a sum insufficient to support herself and family. One of the directors asked Blancgarin to send the letter to the superintendent to (Odin) be forwarded.

VI-2-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - folio - {3}


1867 Feb. 8
Dubreul, Father J(osep)h Paul: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Dubreul received (Odin)'s letter of January 31 containing a draft for $300. St. Ch(arl)es will not bother (Odin) until Easter for new funds. (August L.D.) De Teen is doing well; he will be a find. He cannot speak so positively of Monighan, the latest comer, but he does well. John (James G.) Foot(te) after two months at St. Agnes Hospital, obtained the doctor's consent to return to St. Charles. In a week he had to go back. If he is not better after Easter, what would be (Odin)'s plan for him? Dubreul has asked Father (James?) Gibbons, the bearer of this letter, to give further details. A young man at St. Charles leaves it to Dubreul to be accepted by a bishop. He is Irish by birth, 20 years old and has 3 or 4 more years after this. He offers him to (Odin). (Joseph) Galley will take exams next week; after that Dubreul can give better information about his progress.

VI-2-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {6}


1867 Feb. 8
Landry, Elizabeth C.: (Baltimore, Maryland)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

She asks Odin to send the enclosed to Ernest Landry. He lives in the city and transacts business in New Orleans. She was introduced to (Odin) at Lawyer Scott's in Baltimore. (Odin) told her he knew cousin(?) Transimon Landry.

VI-2-m - A.L.S. - 1p. - 16mo. - {4}


1867 Feb. 8
Leray, Father F(rancis) X(avier): Vickburg, (Mississippi)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A Father Murphy from Illinois yesterday was brought out of a steamboat drunk. Knowing that he comes for the purpose of begging, Leray had him denounced in the church by one of the Redemptorists. It seems that Murphy comes from Washington City and carries with him the pardon of Governor Moore of Louisiana. He is well known here and Leray does not think he will find it very profitable to stay long. He is going to New Orleans and on Red River relying on the document he bears from Andrew Johnston to Moore. Leray knew Murphy before he was ordained in Vincennes, Indiana. More than 8 years ago he had purchased two farms in Indiana. He is a scoundrel. Ten days before Leray had denounced another calling himself a priest, a Mr. McGill. There is but one way to stop such rascals and it is to denounce them and publish them. The mission going on now is a complete success so far.

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


1867 Feb. 8
Loughlin, Bishop J(ohn) of: Brooklyn, (New York)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland of: Hartford, (Connecticut)

Loughlin asks if McFarland is going to Rome June 29. From the tenor of the circular it seems the Holy Father would be pleased to have them go. Since many will be going to the Exhibition at Paris it would be advisable to get passage as soon as possible. He finds it difficult to leave on account of the cathedral, etc.

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


1867 Feb. 8
Miller, S.J., Father P(eter) S.: Baltimore, M(arylan)d
 to Archbishop John (Mary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

The Sisters, after a long delay, will leave tomorrow for New Orleans by way of Havana. They will arrive about the 19th. Miller asks that some one direct them to their new establishment; he hopes they will do great good in their new field of labor.

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


1867 Feb. 9
Besant, Mrs. M.A.: Point-of-Rocks, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She received Odin's letter of December 11 and also the box by express. She pleads sickness as her excuse for her long delay in acknowledging their reception. She thanks Odin for his kindness to her and her mother.

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1867 Feb. 9
McCloskey, Father William: Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

With regard to the proceedings of the council, he has heard nothing special of late. He does not occupy himself with such affairs but he will never fail to give a blow for a worthy prelate. Bishop (John B.) Lamy writes from Lyons where he is evidently making hay while the sun shines. They have got the French out of San Callisto. The news that a bill has passed for the suppression of the American legation at Rome is discouraging. It will be a blow to the Papal government which seems to have encouraged a feeling that at least the Americans were not hostile to the Holy See. Cheers will greet the passage of the bill at Florence. (Rufus) King is an amiable gentleman and gets along well with the authorities. Bertinati, the Italian minister at Washington, told Nardi of his great desire to get up an Italian Church in New York. Some Nun from Texas has come to Rome on a wild-goose chase to get sisters to found an establishment at Liberty. The establishment consiste of herself as Superior and one nun.

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


1867 Feb. 9
Marion, Father F(rancis) M.: Clermont-Ferrand, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He thanks (Odin) for sending the Ordo. In the space of 12 days he attended the burial of his father and his sister. As he will leave Clermont at the end of March, (Odin) is to let him know if he will come to France in May or to let him know whether he can have a post in New Orleans. He believes he could not go to America before the end of the year.

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


1867 Feb. 9

Sadlier and Company, D.& J. New York, (New York)
 to S.H. Emery Jr.:

His favor is at hand and although they are sorry they will not be able to get him No. 1 there are several other numbers of the same year on hand. (In the Orestes A. Brownson papers.)

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1867 Feb. 10
Fournier, A.: Matane, Canada
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Zoe Michaud, wife of Samuel Bradley, has asked Fournier to ask (Odin) for news of her husband who left for the United States seven years ago. She learned that he lived in Louisiana at Marshall Plantation, Milliken's Bend. Bradley is said to have a position found for him by General Blair after the war. (Odin) would greatly oblige by giving them information.

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1867 Feb. 10
Perché, Archbishop N(apoleon) J(oseph): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (E.) Rousse: St. James, (Louisiana)

Everything considered, Perché believes it is necessary to draw up immediately and place in circulation the petition requesting the Catholic Corporation of St. James to transfer its rights to the diocese as the only means to save the said corporation from complete ruin. This would not prevent a Settlement with Father (Eleazar) Vignonet if he is willing but in that case the conditions would have to be modified. If necessary, Rousse should consult a lawyer.

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1867 Feb. 11
Domenec, M(ichael) Bishop of Pittsburg: Pittsburg, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnat, (Ohio)

The Sunday after St. Patrick's day will do for them. They could not deprive Purcell of being with his dear people on that day since the Catholics of Cincinnati celebrate that feast with so much pomp. He has not yet made up his mind to go to Rome. The Holy Father appears to be so much pleased with the Bishop's visit, that he feels disposed to go. He would like to know what the other bishops are going to do. He congratulates the Catholics of Arkansas for having obtained Bishop (Edward) Fitzgerald.

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


1867 Feb. 12
Bouchu, Father (Francis): SanAntonio, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

On receiving the enclosed letter (no enclosure) from Father (Louis C.M.) Chambodut, Manuel Yturri of San Antonio renewed his request to have the money, offering guarantees by mortgages. If (Odin) wishes to pay back this sum to Bouchu he can give a definite reply to Yturri. Needless to say, Bouchu cannot accept Chambodut's proposal. Father (Stephen) Buffard has paid him last year's interest. As all his records were lost at San Antonio, he has had to stop all his subscriptions; he also wishes to have Father Perché stop sending the Propagateur.

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


1867 Feb. 12
Kehoe, L(awrence): New York (City), (New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Kehoe did not expect Brownson's notice for this number ("Catholic World"). Brownson may take his time in doing them. Kehoe suggests that Brownson try to embody the notices of two books by Miss Mulbach in the same article.

P.S.—"That translation is not accepted—I sent C(atholic) World to (George) Bancroft."

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1867 Feb. 13
Caretta, Father Jean: Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Having written as usual to Paul Rousselon in Paris for his pension, Rousselon replied that his uncle, Father Rousselon, had died in New York in November and for Caretta to write to (Odin) about whether his pension was to be paid by Rousselon or another. $300 is due Caretta up to April 18.

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1867 Feb. 13
(Elder), William Henry, Bishop of: Natchez, Mississippi
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Odin's letter of the 4th is received. Will it not be prudent to engage their passage without delay. He likes the design of saving the expense of the journey to New York. John B. Quegles, their most active friend in all church matters, is inclined to go. He was educated at St. Louis University. Odin probably saw him when Odin visited (Elder) in his sickness. His health is delicate. (Elder) was shocked to hear of the seizure and sale of the church at Plaquemine. (Elder) sends $20 for the pastor. If he should make collections in Natchez, (Elder) will favor him to the extent of his power. Their orphans' fair opened last night. Last year they got $5000. If they get two this year he will not complain. Odin is to present (Elder)'s respects to Dr. (John) McGill and thank him for his letter of information. If Odin prefers some other starting day to May 13, (Elder) can accommodate himself. His reason for starting early would be to make collections or make an appeal to the Propag(ation of the Faith?) for extraordinary assistance. (P.S.) He does not have any revenue stamp to put on the check. Odin is to supply it.

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1867 Feb. 13
Eppinger, Father Rudolph: Indianola, Texas
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

After great difficulties, at the end of three months, Eppinger has built a church at Indianola or Powderhorn. He collected $2,500; on the 27th the church will be blessed by Bishop Dubuis. Eppinger thanks (Odin) for the letter he wrote to Mrs. Blossman. He gathered together almost $500 at (Port Lavaca?) Lavacca(?). He hopes toward Easter to have a little chapel there. He decided not to go to New Orleans to collect but to ask (Odin) for Mass stipends. Indianola never having had a resident priest, the mission is difficult. But their church will be one of the finest in Texas. It is 70 by 29 by 16 feet, in the style of the Cathedral in Galveston. P.S. Mr. Casimir and Eppinger board together; he asks Eppinger to tell (Odin) many things. In his letter (Odin) is to say something which will make Casimir subscribe amply for their church.

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1867 Feb. 13
S(chlatre), M(ichael) Jr.: Plaquemine, L(ouisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He arrived here from New Orleans this morning and went to see the man who had the subscription list. He told S(chlatre) that after having some $900 subscribed something had taken place so that now it was useless to go on so long as Father (Francis C.) Follot remained. S(chlatre) went to see Mr. Desobry who told him that Follot had told him that if Follot Procured the $6000 he must have, he would have control of the church. A citizen died and Follot refused to officiate saying that the deceased owed him for former services. This enraged the people who got a Protestant minister to officiate. If (Odin) could get the Redemptorist Father to take this church or they can get outside help to pay the sum asked, S(chlatre) would advise doing it. A large chapel could be built only by the Sisters (Marianites) of Holy Cross in one corner of their lot. Donations would be given to them for that purpose. S(chlatre) would advise (Odin) not to publish the amount of collections as Belford (Marionneaux?) may have it seized as belonging to the church here.

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1867 Feb. 13
Wood, James F. Bishop of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop John B(aptist) Purcell: of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He wrote to Father Francis (F.) McNierny begging him to post him with regard to the steamers for Europe. It will be difficult to get a berth on the Cunard Line. McNierny will be happy to secure them berths. Wood hopes to visit Cincinnati before going to Rome to visit his blind mother.

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


1867 Feb. 14
De Ceuninck, Father Ch(arle)s L.: Flint, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Mr. Newton, a prominent lawyer of Flint, a warm friend of Catholics, a brother-in-law of Governor Fenton, wishes to place his 5 year old daughter, abandoned by her mother, with the Ladies of the Sacred Heart in Detroit, not so much to learn, as to be brought up a Christian, safe and secure from her mother's influence. Newton has divorced his wife. She is one of Father ( ) Mannegan's converts who never practiced her religion.

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1867 Feb. 15
Hendricken, Father Thomas F.: Waterbury, Conn(ecticut)
 to Bishop (Francis Patrick McFarland of: Hartford, Connecticut)

John Burk wishes to marry his sister-in-law, Anne Jennings. The chief reason is a promise exacted by his dying wife. Burk says he must get married, yet Hendricken doubts that he would go to a justice of the peace or a Protestant minister. If McFarland grants the dispensation, Hendricken asks also for a dispensation from banns and to set the amount of the fine.

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


1867 Feb. 15
O'Leary, Charles, M.D.: Paris, France
 to Bishop (Francis P. McFarland of: Hartford, Connecticut)

Since spring of last year he has been in Paris availing himself of its hospitals and facilities. He proposes returning to the United States early next fall and has some idea of settling in Providence and asks (McFarland's) advice about doing this. He thinks it better for an immediate practice than New York where he first proposed to go. His experiences have been unusual. If (McFarland) would at any time establish a hospital in charge of Sisters he would cheerfully attend it, as he did in Cincinnati. He knows that there are too many doctors in Providence, but this would not deter him. He would appreciate advice from (McFarland). Mrs. O'Leary sends her regards and would be happy to see the Bishop there.

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1867 Feb. 15
(St. Palais), Maurice (de), Bishop of Vinc(ennes): Highland, (Indiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(St. Palais) is at the moment caring for 100 male orphans and 106 female orphans. The expense is not small but Providence always comes to their aid. (Father Louis Andrew) Chassé brought the chasuble and cope of which (Odin) made a present. This year he is going to begin building a large church at Indianapolis. The Catholics of Evansville, who already have three churches, are going to buy the Marine Hospital in order to give it to the Sisters. They are still on a political volcano. The radicals do not stop at anything in order to maintain themselves in power. He received the invitation to go to Rome. He would like to respond and the pleasure of seeing (Odin) again increases that desire but he has so many reasons to remain at Vincennes this summer that it will be necessary to forego that enjoyment. (Odin's) friend, Father (Hippolyte) Dupontavice, never leaves Madison although he how has a young priest to assist him. He regards his St. Michael's as a terrestrial paradise. No doubt he has invited (Odin) to come and see all his marvels. (St. Palais) adds an invitation to visit Vincennes.

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1867 Feb. 15
Walsh, Eugene: Suspension Bridge, New York
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Since the death of Tho(ma)s O'Donnell who patronized Walsh at College, now, after a lapse of so many months, Walsh asks if his patron made any arrangements in his behalf. He has O'Donnell's letter in which he proposed adjusting matters with (Odin) to pay Walsh's seminary fees for 6 years. Not long afterwards he deposited $500 with Father (John) Hayden, C.M. This puts Walsh through this term. P.S. Walsh is the young man who first served as sacristan the time (Odin) appointed Father (Louis) Deynoodt pastor of St. Patrick's Church with whom Walsh stopped about 12 months.

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1867 Feb. 16
Follot, Father Francis C.: Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Odin)'s letter of the 13th arrived yesterday. Knowing that (Michael) Schlatre was going to the city last Sunday, Follot thought he would explain their affairs and now Follot has had a fever or he would have written. Mr. Marionneaux asks $10,000 or he will keep the property which he says is worth $30,000 and he has already had a judgment registered from the Court of the 5th District. $8000 was offered him, but in vain. So if (Odin) wishes to keep this church and have the title, he should take it all on himself. Follot would do his best to collect or (Odin) could authorize him to handle this matter himself. The diocese would be easy to realize the other 2 or 4 thousand piastres and when everything was paid, Follot would make a gift, full and entire. To obviate any difficulty, Follot, after the sale by Marionneaux, would make his will in (Odin)'s favor. In short (Odin) should get the title and find the money to buy it or authorize Follot to act. When he is a little more presentable, Follot will leave for the city.

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


1867 Feb. 16
Hecker, Father I(saac) T(homas): N(ew) Y(ork, New York)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland (of: Hartford, Connecticut)

He has just returned from Syracuse where he gave a lecture or McFarland's invitation would have been answered earlier. This morning he sent a telegram that Father (George) Deshon would lecture for McFarland on Sunday, February 24. His own engagements kept him from accepting. The Tracts were dispatched today by express. Everywhere they are growing in favor. About 400,000 have been circulated. In June they will have their store, press, and the like. The magnitude of the enterprise grows and, given a few years, it will be one of the most powerful means of instruction. Last Sunday evening he lectured in the Albany Cathedral for the Catholic Publications Society and tomorrow will give a lecture in St. Joseph's in New York.

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


1867 Feb. 19
Agnès of Jésus, (R.G.S.) Sister Mary: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She acknowledges the receipt of $28 which Father (Amédeé) Béccard brought on behalf of Father (Gilbert) Raymond from the sale of the tickets. Sister has not yet had a letter from France, Montreal, or St. Louis.

VI-2-m - A.L.S. - (France) - 2pp. - 12mo. - {3}


1867 Feb. 19
Gaudet, O.M.I., Father A(ugustin): Brownsville, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Gaudet has received a letter from Bishop Dubuis telling him that probably the Provincial Council will not be held this year because of the meeting of the Bishops in Rome on June 29. Gaudet had combined his trip to France with his trip to New Orleans at the time of the Council. If there is none he will have to change his plans and asks (Odin) to give him more positive information. Brownsville continues to grow; more than 100 brick buildings were build last year. The need of a church for the Americans has already been felt. The College should come before that but since their "claim" against the government fell through they are in embarrassing straits. Before beginning anything they also should know whether they will have Brothers or not. Brother Facile lately gave him hopes by referring him to Brother Isaia(h) but he has not answered Gaudet's two letters. Gaudet thanks (Odin) for getting out their little holding at New Orleans. He will take part of this money to make his trip to Europe. (P.S.) Two of their Fathers and one Brother (Oblates of Mary Immaculate) are soon going to take over Roma.

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


1867 Feb. 19
Nash, James P.: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Nash answered (Odin)'s inquiries in respect to that lot of Antonio, deceased. He was expecting it in order to record or probate the will. Nash understands that Francisco claims it and is trying to sell it. He is a worthless fellow ever since he was in the army. (Odin) is to try to come this spring to see his old children in Christ as also the unprecedented growth of the city. Street cars in Market Street from the depot to the new hospital are giving satisfaction. He is to bring Father (John) Hayden also; his former visit was attended with very happy results. Galveston is now said to have a population between 25 and 30,000. It is thickly filled from Nathan Smith's old place to close upon the beach, south and east of the College. There must be at least 100 houses under course of erection.

VI-2-m - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4to. - {6}


1867 Feb. 20
Agnès de Jésus, R.G.S., Sister M(arie): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Words fail her to express her thanks.

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


1867 Feb. 20
Buffard, Father E(tienne): San Antonio, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Buffard told Mr. Bouchut (Father Francis Bouchu?) about (Odin)'s letter of February 9; he said he was ready to withdraw his money and had written to (Odin). Buffard paid him the balance, $97.60. (Odin) is to take it in payment of the $115 which (Odin) paid Mr. Lombard. The remainder is to be given to Lombard with the account owed him for the shipment of flour to the convent. Bishop (Claude Marie) Dubuis is at Corpus Christi; he has written that he is getting ready to return to France next May. Buffard has no news of William and Joseph Lempert except that they left San Antonio last autumn. Father (J.A.) Faure writes that he has been ill constantly and that he probably would not come. The clergy send their respects. Sister Ste. (Jane de?) Chantal, (R.U.), sends theirs. They hope to have the roof on the (Ursuline) convent chapel in April. The Superior of the Brothers (of Mary) was to see (Odin) and tell him that they had contracted with F(rank) Schmitt for a house 52 by 40 feet, three stories, to be finished by September 1.

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1867 Feb. 20
Fitzgerald, Edward Bishop of Little Rock: Columbus, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He asks permission to adminster Confirmation and bless the chapel at Pleasant Valley. He will avail himself of Purcell's invitation to collect in the Cathedral for the Arkansas missions. Father (M.J.D.) Ryan offers his services to Purcell; he was a member of a diocese of the West Indies but left on account of his health. He served in the missions of New York without being formally accepted. He was on his way to Bishop Duggan when Fitzgerald suggested that Bishop (Sylvester H.) Rosecrans would need priests for his new diocese. But as the diocese is not yet established Rosecrans cannot receive him. Ryan's letters are good. He would make an excellent professor of chemistry and experimental philosophy, but he prefers the missionary life.

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1867 Feb. 20
Labbé, C.M., Father: Rennes, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The seminarian who writes to (Odin) is a young man of good character. No doubt he will be called to the diaconate at the end of the year if he remains. If (Odin) accepts him he is to let Labbé know as soon as possible.

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 Enclosure: 

1867 Feb. 19
Dubourg, C.M., A.: Rennes, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

For a long time Dubourg has had the intention of devoting himself to the foreign missions. The Director told him of the need of priests in (Odin)'s diocese. Dubourg hopes (Odin) will accept him.

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1867 Feb. 21
Hoste, Father L(ouis): New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Since writing to (Odin) about their boys' school a circumstance has arisen. Mr. Whitaker who is not Catholic is at the head of the school; his assistant is Mr. Simons, a Catholic. Whitaker proposes to leave. Mr. Smith, a Catholic of whom Father (Yves C.) Rivoallan gives a good account, thinks to replace him. But Smith, who knows that the owners of the building want to have Brothers, wants to know if he could be assured of the position for a year. It is favorable occasion for the Brothers, if they could have even one provisionally, whom Hoste presumes Simons would be willing to assist. Hoste has asked for a month to give a reply to Smith. Day before yesterday, Hoste was at Salines, 12 miles from here. Yesterday he visited an establishment of some people of color (Negroes) with several remarkable traits. They are all free, all owners of land, with a school of their own, and well thought of by the whites. This school is 7 miles from New Iberia and two miles from the chapel at Patout(ville). There are about 300 people. Hoste taught catechism and took the names of 35 children, 7 years and older. Only one had been to Confession and that only once. Could they not say Mass there sometimes during the week? They say they do not want to let them in the chapel at Patout although they pay as well as the others. The pastor goes there only on Sunday morning and returns after dinner.

VI-2-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {8}


1867 Feb. 21
Vallée, Father R(éné): Ville Platte, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received the letter (Odin) sent last month with the two dispensations he requested. Since then he has sent another and would like an answer to his requests on which he could plan.

VI-2-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - folio - {1}


1867 Feb. 21
Van Dyke, Father Ernest: Rome, (Italy)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

He thanks Lefevere for his letter and the favor granted. While awaiting this favor, he has postponed sending congratulations on the bishop's 25th anniversary of his episcopate. He is pained to learn that the bishop has been informed that he desires not to return to Detroit diocese; Rome teaches obedience to lawfully constituted power; to be a better priest is the reason he sought permission to remain a couple of years longer than the usual course.

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1867 Feb. 22
Benausse, S.J., Father F(elix): Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He sends to (Odin) all the work done concerning the miraculous cure at Grand Coteau on December 14. (Odin) will see that Benausse has not mentioned the most intimate circumstances which could be attested only by the person herself. Mary Wilson expressed the formal desire that nothing be revealed which the glory of God or the honor of Blessed John Berchmans did not demand. When (Odin) authorizes the printing, Benausse will send a more perfect copy. (No enclosure).

VI-2-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 8vo. - {2}


1867 Feb. 22
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Elizabeth, N(ew) J(ersey)
 to The Editor of the New York Times: (New York, New York)

Brownson congratulates the editor and the country that a reconstruction measure has passed both Houses of Congress. He does not like it, but he despairs of seeing anything better. The question is not whether it is severe or the reverse but whether it is a wise and just measure for the people of the United States. He concedes it is no severer to the people who took part in the rebellion than they deserve, but he wonders if it is not severer than the country can afford to inflict on itself. He wishes to see the States that seceded restored to their former rights and position in the Union. But they must be able to stand alone and to perform their duties of self-governing States in the Union. This they cannot be with the white Unionists and recently enfranchised slaves. There is no people in any one of those States worth naming after disfranchising the people who made and carried on the rebellion. Negro suffrage can do no serious harm if the whole white population remains in the political community to act as a ruling and controlling power. No negro State can ever maintain itself as an equal member of the Union. The enfranchisement of the negroes is a foregone conclusion. Fanaticism is incapable of reasoning, and theorists are deaf to the counsels of wisdom. Happily, the evil, even with the Congressional act, is not irremediable and the disfranchising clauses can and will be repealed within four years. There can be no serious doubt that Congress in its Reconstruction Bill has exceeded its constitutional powers. Congress had no power to abolish slavery even in the rebel States, and it has as little authority to abrogate or alter an electoral law enacted by competent authority. The House amendments to Senator (John) Sherman's substitute are all in the highest degree objectionable, especially the proviso introduced by (Samuel) Shel(l)abarger. But the evils are temporary and subject to repair. Brownson hopes President (Andrew Johnson) will suffer it to become law. If he does, they shall hear no more of impeachment and the next Congress will have time to consider the finances of the country which are in a most deplorable condition.

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 (Magnaprint of letter in the N.Y. Times, Mar. 7, 1867, p.2 cols. 3-4) 

1867 Feb. 22
Harnais, Father M(athurin): (Buras, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He saw in the Propagateur the notice of a collection for the parish of Plaquemine, Iberville. Because of the state of their own, he did not dare to take one for he remembers always that the church of (Notre Dame) de Bon Port owes Odin $400.

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


1867 Feb. 22
Nash, James P.: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He is in receipt of (Odin)'s of the 18th and is sorry that (Odin) neglected the proper course with regard to the will of Antone. There must be someone in the house where he died that would recognize his handwriting. (Odin) is to have it recorded in New Orleans. A copy taken by the commissioner for Texas would be recorded and probated here. The fellow who holds it is of very little account. It will cost Hope more than it is worth to get affidavits made out. (Edward) Quirk and Nash are perhaps the only ones living who could prove his citizenship in Texas. To prove he is the identical man is hard to prove before the courts. A letter from Mr. Seelisson of Goli(a)d told that Adolphe Menard died at his house on the 13th. Nash will try to see Quirk tonight and tell him what (Odin) says about his crazy wife. Father (John) Hayden, (C.M.), better known in the household as Long John, in company with Father (Thomas) Hennesy, (C.M.), would have many friends who would be glad to see them. Nash is goad to learn that Tom is doing pretty well in the College. It would be the greatest pleasure to see (Odin) on the altar in St. Mary's.

VI-2-m - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {8}


1867 Feb. 22
Sillon, Ed(ward): St. Mary's (Charenton, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He has several requests to present to (Odin). Last year they hoped that (Odin) would come to visit them but he went elsewhere. They hope to be recompensed in 1867. Sillon hopes he will spend a few days under his roof. They wish it were possible for (Odin) to place an assistant at Charenton to help Father (F. Christophe) Cuny. The people are sometimes three weeks without Mass. Franklin cannot support a resident priest. An assistant could go alternately to Franklin and Pattersonville while Cuny served Charenton. Sillon accords Cuny all the virtues and qualities which make not only an honest man but a good priest. Sillon asks (Odin)'s blessing for all members of his family.

VI-2-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 8vo. - {4}


1867 Feb. 24
Chassong, Father J(osep)h: Montreal, (Canada)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A missionary from Dominica, English Antilles, Chassong obliged to leave here because of his health, offers his services to (Odin). He is French, 26 years old and knows little English. (P.S.) He knows Father (Francis M. Marion?) Maryon, a compatriot, and this is one reason more for writing to (Odin).

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


1867 Feb. 25
Hendricken, Father Thomas F.: Waterbury, Conn(ecticut)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland of: (Hartford, Connecticut)

He has just returned from seeing Father (Michael B.) Rodden at Bristol. Dr. Doherty thinks that he will be able to celebrate Mass in his own church after two months. The doctors are not clear on what was the matter with him. Previous to the burial of F. Sheridan he was complaining and the bad weather probably increased his trouble. His life now is in no danger. He cannot walk without support and his hands are almost useless, but Doherty thinks that all will be right. Hendricken will take care of the parish until he is able to do duty. They have three masses there and he can manage.

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


1867 Feb. 25
Jan, Father A(nge) M(arie): St. Martinville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Odin)'s letter of the first did not arrive until the 16th. The donation proposed by the widow, Mrs. Neuville de Clouet is not acceptable. She can neither sell nor give any portion of her property which is indivisible and of which she has only one half. Alcibiade de Blanc, lawyer and heir of Mrs. Neuville says the title would not be valid. If it were valid, (Odin) would never give consent to set up a chapel almost exclusively for the convenience of a few lax people and much less for the benefit of a bar with a billiard and dance hall situated a little ways away. A station along the Bayou and the border of the woods would be useful but not necessary. These people are frequently ministered to. At Fausse Pointe more than 40 families have never been visited by any priest. As for the offer made by Messrs. D. St.L. and G.N., Favre does not know how much they can be counted on. Mr. N.'s wife has said that she will maintain her rights. They say their saw mill is to be sold if it is not already. Favre will probably see one or the other of these men before going to Fausse Pointe next Wednesday to say Mass.

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


1867 Feb. 26
Dubernard, Father (Jean Honoré): (Iberville, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received (Odin's) letter of the 20th today. He is not surprised at Mrs. Pritchard's complaint against him but is surprised that (Odin) believes that he would seize a piece of land which did not belong to him nor to the church. Here is the truth of the dispute between Dr. Pritchard and the pastor of St. Gabriel. Last year Mrs. Pritchard claimed that Dubernard cut wood on her land. She took the wood and sold it. Dubernard found out later that the land belonged to the church. Last month Mr. Ferrel, a surveyor living in Plaquemine, marked out the lines of the properties with the result showing that Pritchard had taken over a corner of land. Mrs. Pritchard sold her house for 75,000 piastres and had let repairs be made amounting to 25,000 by the buyer, Mr. Meadow of St. James, then she had recourse to the military authorities to have Meadow evicted on the pretext that he still owed her 30,000. The only one Father (Cyril) Delacroix warned Dubernard about was Mrs. Pritchard. The rumors about the dissatisfaction of the people have deceived (Odin) completely. They know that he is far from able to pay living expenses with what he can collect. He owes 1900 piastres on the church at Pont-Breaux on which his brother paid the interest last year. He gave up 3000 piastres which that church owed him. He also has an insane brother whose support in a hospital costs him 400 piastres a year. He also has his father and mother to care for. To have (Odin) say he is trying to get rich by unworthy means is sad and if he had worked for 12 years for any but God it would be sadder still.

VI-2-m - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {7}


1867 Feb. 26
Lamy, Father Th(eodore): Abbeville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He did not have time to add a note to his report which he gave Sunday to Father (Hyacinthe) LeCozic. He had to leave for Queue-Tortue, one of their stations, where he had a wedding Monday morning. Father (J.B.) Jobert writes that he is to be replaced by LeCozic during the trip he is going to take to Europe. This will disrupt the plans which Lamy had made to visit their parish. The sale of Victor Boete's property will be held on the 7th of next month. Lamy is thinking of buying the land beyond the cemetery.

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


1867 Feb. 26
O'Connell, Father Jos(eph) P.: Columbia, So(uth) Ca(rolina)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

During the last war he met a soldier who begged him to refund $4.00 to one Samuel Hittel of Detroit; also $4.00 to the heirs of Charles Piquette, deceased. Both probably were watchmakers. If they cannot be found give the money to some poor person. Lefevere's footnote: Paid March 8, $4.00 to Sam Hittel, and $4.00 to Charles H. Dunks, married to the widow of C. Piquette.

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1867 Feb. 26
Rice, C.M.,Father Robert E.V.:
Seminary of Our Lady of the Angels Suspension Bridge, Niagara County, New York
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland (of: Hartford, Connecticut)

The young man who presents this letter is without reproach in conduct. His talents are middling, but he is able to keep up with his class. He thinks he will make a hard-working priest. McFarland can leave him there or send him to Troy. (On the back): Thomas McManus.

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1867 Feb. 26
Shannon, R.S.H., Madame A.: St. Michael's (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

In reply to (Odin)'s letter of the 21st, she has written to Mr. Page on the subject to which (Odin) refers. She asked Father (Stephen) Chaurain to tell (Odin) that their negro school is going on quietly; 15 little girls attend regularly. She thanks (Odin) for offering to take their commissions to Europe.

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1867 Feb. 28
O'Flynn, C. J.: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefevere: Detroit, (Michigan)

He understands that it is the bishop's earnest wish to have the Sisters of the Good Shepherd locate here; the only obstacle is the want of a house. O'Flynn can supply this want upon reasonable and just terms. Mrs. John Watson's house on Fort Street is quite suitable; he will rent the premises for a term of years to the Sisters for seven per cent on their cash value to be designated in the lease and will give them the privilege of buying at the expiration of the lease, or at any time before. All the Sisters would require to start would be sufficient funds to furnish the house - about a thousand dollars which could easily be raised. He asks an immediate reply since he has other offers.

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1867 Feb. 29
Langlois, Father A(uguste) B.: Pointe à la Hache, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Oscar Arroyo wants to ask (Odin) for an orphan girl; Langlois recommends him with pleasure. He is sure that Mrs. Arroyo will give her all the care of a good Christian mother.

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