University of Notre Dame


(1867 Apr.)
Baasen, John F(rancis): (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He has just read Father Weninger's appeal to Catholics to come to the aid of Pope Pius IX. In Baasen's diocese this collection has been postponed until June. Baasen sends Odin 100 piastres not as a loan but as a gift, asking the Pope's intercession to obtain the blessing of perseverance for his son, Father Jean Baptiste (Baasen) at the Visitation Convent at Summerville and for his daughter, Sister Ste. Odilia at Ste. Chretienne school in Rethel, France; for the conversion of his wayward children; and the perseverance of Baasen and his wife and other children. Baasen would like to hear from Odin about his son and whether he got the Mass equipment Baasen ordered and paid for in Paris on March 2.

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1867 Apr. 1
McNeirny, FatherF(rancis): New York, (New York)
 to Bishop (Francis P.) McFarland of: (Hartford, Connecticut)

McNeirny has received McFarland's letter of March 29 and will comply with his request. Archbishop (John McCloskey) sends his regards.

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1867 April 2
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Elizabeth, (New Jersey)
 to James Sadlier: (New York City, New York)

Sadlier does not tell him whether the Tablet goes well or not, and whether his articles are of the sort he wishes. He would like a word of encouragement. He could send any amount of criticisms on the measures of Congress and on the measures proposed by (Charles) Sumner and others, but Brownson has some doubt whether it would comfort with the purposes of the (New York) Tablet. The archbishop (John McCloskey of New York) is remarkable for his prudence, and Brownson writes with the fear of him. He wishes Mrs. (Mary Anne) Sadlier to read an article on Church and State in the last number of the Catholic World, and a favorable word in the Tablet would please the author. He cannot concede that the New England ministers are in the way of salvation. Conversion of the country is to be effected by the growing influence of our old Catholic population.

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1867 Apr. 3
Andrieu, C.M., Father A(nthony): Donaldsonville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He asks for a dispensation for Gustave Miller baptized a Lutheran, and Louise Grillet, a Catholic. The young man proposes to be instructed to embrace the religion of his future wife.

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1867 Apr. 3
Buffard, FatherE(tienne): San Antonio, (Texas)
 to Archbishop(John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

In his last letter he asked (Odin) to stand surety for some flooring John Fries was to buy for him. But Bishop (Claude Mary) Dubuis who has just left to return to Galveston has ordered Buffard to wait until later before buying. Buffard showed (Odin)'s letter to (Father Francis Bouchu?) Mr. Bouchu and he will draw out all his revenues himself.

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1867 April 3
Denman, W(illia)m: N(ew) Y(ork) )City), (New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Elizabeth, N(ew), N(ew) J(ersey)

Denman is sending to Brownson a copy of Father (Thomas) Preston's sermons at the direction of Mrs. Sadlier who would like for Brownson to notice at length.

P.S.—"Sermons" are for the Tablet.

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1867 Apr. 3
Gutton, FatherPh(ilibert): Pointe Coupée, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop(John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Yesterday Mr. Poydras was named liquidator for the congregation with full power over the properties in order to end all claims. The request for a liquidator was made by Mr. Provosty in order to settle the affairs of Father (Francis) Mittelbronn with the congregation. Gutton knows that Poydras wants to have the church repaired and to keep it. Only he foresees that he must ask for a bill of sale and Gutton is worried that this sale will come during (Odin)'s absence. He also fears that the negro preachers may buy the church on the day of sale. The whole parish is an immense lake along Fausse Rivière. Father (Jean Arthur) Poyet is the most surrounded by the water. It is an incalculable ruin; the water goes up to the new cemetery. He sees no possibility of the help he thought he would get for his church. (P.S.) He attaches a request for a dispensation (no enclosure).

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1867 Apr.3
Verot, Augustin, Bishopof: Savannah, (Georgia)
 to (Bishop Francis P. McFarland) of: (Hartford, Connecticut)

Verot has received McFarland's letter about Father W(illiam) Poole. His case puzzles Verot. After McFarland refused to receive him before he was ordained he wrote to Verot and wished to come to Savannah. Verot sent him money for his bills. As soon as ordained he did not wish to come to Savannah, came, it is true, and would do nothing and would not stay. Seeing he was unwilling and not caring for such a missionary, Verot allowed him to depart after Poole paid a part of what Verot had advanced him in Rome. He stated his case to the Archbishop of New York who refused to admit him although Verot had told him that it would be well to receive Poole to save him from worse things. If McFarland wants to receive him Verot has no objections so long as McFarland knows the circumstances. He would wish him to make a good retreat or spend some time in a seminary before going out into the ministry.

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1867 Apr.4
B(eerhorst), Father H(enry): Grand Rapids, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

He asks diocesan faculties for a professor from the Milwaukee Seminary who will visit him for the Easter days. On April 2, he was in Berlin to buy church property, 10 acres, a nice house and new barn for 13 or 14 hundred dollars; a priest in Berlin is badly needed. (Father Charles) Wapelhorst intends to bring a subdeacon along; will Lefevere permit him to assist as subdeacon ?

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1867 April 4
Early, J( ) A.: Toronto, (Canada)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

Early thanks McMaster for inserting his article in the Freeman's Journal. He has just read several back numbers of that paper, and he is astonnded at the closeness with which his thinking parallels that of McMaster, despite the fact that Early's article has been written long before he saw the McMaster articles. Early expresses the distrust he has always had for Andrew Johnson, and feels that his policy of reconstruction has borne out his contention that Johnson was acting purely from sulfish motives. Early sends McMaster $2 for a six months subscription to the Hournal. P.S. He asks that McMaster correct several typographical mistakes that appeared in the article.

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1867 Apr.4
Noel,Sister Mary Louisa: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

She is sorry not to have but one prospectus to send to (Odin). The letter he sent her mentions that they will expect her home about the middle or last of May. They saw Father (J.B.) Allard in key West. School opened on Monday, on Tuesday they had three scholars and two applications. They hope by degrees they will have an increase. The Sisters send their respects.

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1867 April 6
McCloskey, Father W(illia)m: Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Most assuredly Purcell will have rooms at the College. All will be delighted. The Cardinal would be glad if Purcell wrote to him on the subject of the division of the dioceses of Cincinnati and Columbus. There are some objections to the names sent in and opposition to the formation of at least one of the new archbishoprics. There has been some pious grumbling on the part of the old theologians like Perrone who see their repose disturbed by the enormous book of the Council. Nothing was said about Bishop (Sylvester H.) Rosecrans since he is already at Columbus. The (American) Legation is to come to an end on June 1st. The closing is no great loss either to Rome or to Washington. Yet it is a blow at the Holy Father. The American Chapel is still within the Wall. An American told McCloskey that a subscription had been made for the building of a new chapel but that the Cardinal Secretary of State had insisted on putting it outside the walls with no external evidence of it being a place of worship. Ubaldi has been appointed professor of Sacred Scripture at the Propaganda.

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1867 April 6
Rosecrans, S(ylvester) H. Aux. Bishop of Cincinnati: Columbus, Ohio
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He is surprised and pained by Campbell's conduct. The boy's physical appearance is in his favor. Rosecrans does not know how he will get along without Father (William M.) Carey. Mary Thurman, daughter of Judge Thurman, is going to ask for baptism. Even if Rosecrans were not going to Europe, he could not bind himself to that one parish. Father (Daniel) O'Regan writes that he is better.

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1867 April 7
Dwenger, (C.PP.S.) FatherJoseph: St. Mary's, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop(John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

Mary Wudd, sister of Mrs. O'Connell, wishes to marry a Protestant from Cincinnati, she had but little chance to marry a Catholic. There will be no celebration. Dwenger asks for the necessary dispensation.

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1867 Apr. 8
Dubreul, S.S., FatherJ(osep)h: Balt(imore, Maryland)
 to Archbishop(John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Dubreul received (Odin)'s letter of March 20. He has sent (James G.) Foot(te) to St. Charles. There has been a considerable change for the better in his health. This young man merits (Odin)'s interest and will make a good priest if he continues. Will (Odin) visit them on his return from Rome? If some seminarians come back with (Odin) Dubreul offers their house as usual. Bishop (John) Lamy is to arrive here next month with some seminarians whom he will leave with them. P.S. Archbishop (Martin John) Spalding's trip which will give him a chance to have a talk with their Superior General ought to lead to an end to their difficulties.

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1867 Apr.8
Elgnowski, Julius: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefev(e)re: (Detroit, Michigan)

Sick for 2 years, unable to leave his room for 3 weeks, unable to work, he is in destitute circumstances. Through the kindness of some ladies, his wife gets material from which she makes gentlemen's shirts, which they sell, and the profit is the only source of sustenance. He sends 3 shirts to the bishop; he asks Lefevere to buy them for $14.00 which will give him and his wife new life and hope.

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1867 Apr.8
Holly, Patrick: Berlin, (Michigan)
 to Bishop Peter Paul Lefever(e): (Detroit, Michigan)

The Berlin congregation has concluded to build a house for the priest as soon as required. Not knowing the best site for it, Holly writes the bishop for instructions. In the meantime, Mr. Carroll, who lives near the church, will keep the priest whenever one should call.

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1867 Apr.9
Hendricken, Father Thomas F.: Waterbury, Conn(ecticut)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland of: (Hartford, Connecticut)

Miss Roddan called on him and asked him to write to McFarland about her brother Father (Michael B.) Roddan who has an objection to going to Boston but not to going to New York. The Carney hospital, they say, is attended by young physicians and the four priests who have gone there for treatment have died. They will await further instructions from McFarland. Hendricken will do all he can for the seminaries but the dullness of the times will make the contributions less than he desires.

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1867 Apr.10
D'Hémécourt, Father Cha(rle)s V(ictor): Plaquemine, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop John Mary Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He arrived Sunday morning. He went immediately to the Sisters' house where he met (Thomas) Grace. He went, with Grace, to the church where he sang Mass at 10. Several of the people came to visit him after Mass. This post which Odin has given him is certainly a very difficult one, especially now during the flood. Tuesday he held a meeting of the trustees. They named him their president; Grace, secretary, and Michel Schlatre, treasurer. They discussed the means of paying the debt. D'Hémécourt hopes for much during the mission. Schlatre is now busy combatting the water which threatens to invade his property. Grace has been commissioned to write Odin about one of the clauses in the title of the property which Odin asked D'Hémécourt to have recorded. They object to the clause "to the use and advantage of the Roman Catholics of the Diocese" and say it should read "the Catholic Association of St. John, Iberville".

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1867 Apr.10
McManus, Father P(atrick) J.: Erin, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

The bishop will remember that McManus promised to visit the mission of Bowne and Caledonia in the week after Easter; as he has a marriage there, he seeks advice. The young man came to see him yesterday; he told him he could not marry any one until after Low Sunday. Bowne is 26 miles from his house; it is hard for him to go there on such an errand, and still harder for them to come to him. Is it allowed on such occasions to marry? He knows a solemn marriage is prohibited. He wishes Lefevere a happy passage to Europe, and a speedy return. P.S. He has received the chalice.

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1867 Apr. 12,
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Eliz(abeth), N(ew) J(ersey)
 to Maj(or) H(enry) F. Brownson:

The Appletons of New York have some German historical romances, written by Frau Mundt and her husband of Bertin, which they want translated. They were published under the name of Fraulein Louise Muhlbuch. Judge (William J.) Tenny of Elizabeth, the reader for Appleton (Co.) requested Brownson to write and offer the job to (Henry). If (Henry) wishes to undertake one or more he is to write directly to the Appleton's and make his own arrangements with them since they are awaiting his answer. It is unfortunate that the Regular Army is, in politics, at the mercy of the late Volunteer Army. Evidently Mr. Prelinghuysen did all he could to prevent the injustice done by Schenck's Hill but it was of no use. (Henry's) commission is older than that of the great majority of his corps. Things look a little squally in Europe and it looks as though Austria is on the eve of dissolution. Napoleon probably will not be able to form the anticipated alliance and France may become only a second rate European power. The rate of population is every year diminishing. Prussia and Russia evidently have a good understanding and if Russia wishes to advance in the East, Prussia will offer no opposition. The Derby Ministry will, in Brownson's opinion, remain in office and carry a Reform Bill of some sort. As for the now purchased Russian America, Brownson does not believe that it is of much value although it may form a stepping stone to the acquisition of British Columbia. His article on the Church and Monarchy is being published in the Catholic World now and probably in June an article on Cousin and his philosophy will appear. Both of these articles may interest (Henry). Brownson now takes the Army and Navy Journal and asks (Henry) whether he sees the Tablet. He intends resuming his contributions to the Ave Maria which were suspended in consequence of his poor health. Extreme radicalism has received a check and Butler has fizzled as a member of Congress. No impeachment will take place and the South will come back under the Reconstruction Bill and once back the disfrancsing clauses of the Bill fall of themselves, for when once restored, they stand on an equality with states that did not secede. New Jersey rejects negro suffrage, Wisconsin adopts suffrage and Sumner goes to Europe. (Henry's) mother has not been well during Lent but is better since Brownson has been venting her from fasting. She received (Henry's) letter and asks Brownson to thank him. She worries if a fortnight passes without hearing from him. Brownson reminds (Henry) that in case he accepts the offer from Appleton's to give the romances a free translation in his own English style without doing any more than to preserve the thought and spirit of the original. The English is waht interests the Appleton's. (Henry) is asked to write as often as he can because Brownson's life is very lonely and he cannot get out to see anyone, and when he works hard it brings out the gout.

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1867 Apr.12
McNeirny, Father F(ranc)is: New York, (New York)
 to Bishop (Francis P.) McFarland of: Hartford, (Connecticut)

McNeirny by reason of one Franciscan Father's acquaintance with some Neapolitan sea captains, had procured from one of them his supply of oil for this year and has now a small container holding 1 gallons which he will have boxed and sent to McFarland. He will send McFarland a bottle with a little more than a pint for his needs which he can be sure is a genuine article. McFarland should not be anxious if it does not arrive before Tuesday and he may not be able to put it in the express before the next day. He believes he told McFarland that Archbishop (John McCloskey) is not going to Rome.

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1867 April 12
Sadlier, J(ames): New York(City), (New York)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: Elizabeth, (New Jersey)

Sadlier sent Brownson a copy of Freeman's Journal on the front page of which is an unwarranted and unprovocked attack on the latter. Brownson should not pay any attention to it because all James McMasters wants is for some able man to galvanize into life. Because Sadlier was moving the office of the "Tablet", Brownson's articles were laid over, also the articles "must please every sensible Catholic". Sadlier suggests that the articles should not be depressed to please outsiders and Sadlier will take all responsibility because the articles are good articles. Since Brownson is contemplating delivering a few lectures in Montreal, Sadlier advises against it because Mr. (G.) Clerke has lost his influence because he refused to publish the remonstrance of the Irish priests. However, if Brownson would deliver some lectures on "Reconstruction", Sadlier believes he would make some money. While in Montreal, Sadlier met a Miss Rice whose aim is to marry one of the officers of her Majesty. P.S. Madame Valliere was inquiring very particularly about Brownson.

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1867 April 13
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Elizabeth, N(ew) J(ersey)
 to James Sadlier: (New York City, New York)

Sadlier did not answer Bronson's private letter asking how the articles suited him. Brownson is a complete cripple and cannot get among the people. If Sadlier wishes, Brownson can pitch into Congress. Brownson believes he has given enough about protestant services in Rome. He does not like Father (G.H.) Doane's pamphlet. Brownson made a distinction in relation to the method of sustaining freedom of religion in a society founded on privilege and not sustaining in a society founded on equal rights.

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1867 April 13
Quinlan, John Bishop of Mobile: Mobile, (Alabama)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

With the greatest pleasure he accepts the invitation to accompany Purcell and Bishops Juncker, Domenec and Rosecrans to Europe. They should strain a point to be present to encourage the Holy Father. He is satisfied to sink or swim with Pius IX. There is no truth to the story that Joseph Giustra, a drunken Italian, was buried alive; he was found dead in jail. They are having a very fruitful mission conducted by Fathers (C.F.) Smarius and (F. ) Boudreaux, There were 4,000 Communions. Bishop William H.) Elder will sail from New Orleans with Archbishop (John M.) Odin.

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1867 April 14
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Eliz(abeth), (New Jersey)
 to (James) Sadlier: of New York City, (New York)

Before receiving Sadlier's letter, Brownson had written a reply to the Presbyterian minister. Sadlier can exercise his own judgment about publishing it. Brownson learns that the ground taken against the sects that they are self created societies, voluntary associations with no more authority than a temperance society is producing some effect on the serious minded Protestants. He has discussed the whole question of church and state in the article "Church and State" in the Catholic World for April. He is glad Sadlier and Mrs. (Mary) Sadlier are satisfied with his articles. Brownson has not been able to go to church since last fall.

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1867 Apr. 14
Buffard, Father E(tienne): San Antonio, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He learned yesterday that John Fries bought 12,000 feet of flooring; he had not received Buffard's letter in time not to buy it and Buffard's letter to (Odin) was returned yesterday. Buffard is writing to Bishop (Claude Marie) Dubuis to reimburse (Odin). He believes Dubuis will be satisfied as the wood is a good buy. Father (Francis Bouchu) Bouchut received his money April 1. Today Buffard is beginning the retreat for the Sisters.

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1867 April 14
Hecker, (Father) I(saac) T.: (New York City, New York)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Hecker sent Brownson a note on the volume "The Papacy", and only the letter's pen can do it justice. It is a French copy and it may have been altered. Cleve Cone has written the introduction and says Father Hecker, "pay your respects". Brownson's article on the "Union of Church and State" is satisfying to all parties. Father Hecker has obtained a home for the Catholic Publication Society on Nassau street. Chabrae was sorry that he could not see Brownson before he left. Father Hecker has had not the time to visit Brownson at Elizabeth and wants Brownson to get some shoes to fit his feet and pay him a visit.

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1867 Apr. 14
Lossouarn, Emm(anuel) M(ar)ie: St. Brieuc, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He would like to consecrate himself to the missions and asks (Odin) to accept him in his seminary. He has had one year of philosophy and one of theology. For his conduct (Odin) will be informed by the Superior of the Seminary or Father (Leon F.) Denis, (S.M.)

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1867 Apr. 14
Pritchard, Caroline: Carrollton, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Since her interview with Odin on the 6th, she has learned from two ladies of Iberville that the statement she made relative to the sermon preached by Father (Jean Honoré) Dubernard, in regard to his neighbors having misrepresented him to Odin, has been confirmed by the above ladies. The sermon was made known to Pritchard by their tenant, Mr. McKitrick. She asks Odin to cause Dubernard to undo all he said relative to her misrepresentations to Odin which injured her very much. She would also like to have a certificate renouncing Dubernard's claim to that line which has been the cause of McKitrick's failing to meet this payment. They have not heard from McKitrick since his visit to the city about one week before Pritchard met Odin.

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1867 Apr. 15
Hendricken, Father Thomas F.: Waterbury, Conn(ecticut)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland (of: Hartford, Connecticut)

Hendricken has just come from Bristol where he saw Father (Michael B.) Roddan with Dr. Doherty. His condition remains the same. He will be driven to Waterbury Sunday next and on Monday Hendricken will take him to New York. Doherty thinks that a few weeks will be sufficient for him in the hospital, that he will soon learn what the physicians can do for him and return home to apply it. The people of Bristol and Plymouth are very anxious for Mass next Sunday and if McFarland can send a priest, one to two hundred dollars might be realized for the seminarians. If McFarland will telegraph that a priest will be there Hendricken will take care that the people know it. Father Roddan would wish it and suggested it. Hendricken is in great haste to catch the post.

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1867 April 15
Kehoe, L(awrence): New York (City), New York
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Kehoe has sent Brownson some books from which Father (Isaac) Hecker wants an article written. He encloses a check for the Cousin article since he is "flush" just now. P.S.—Brownson will have a chance to smack the translation. It was marked up. Kehoe saw some of the proofs.

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1867 Apr. 15
Sadlier, J(ames): New York (City), (New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Sadlier believes that Brownson did not receive his letter of April 12. He is sorry to hear that Brownson is a cripple. He likes Brownson's articles in the Tablet. (James) McMaster never noticed the Tablet during the two years Dr. Anderson edited the paper because very few outside papers took any notice of his articles. The contrary is the case now. Hence the anger of the man of the Freeman's Journal. Sadlier and family will pay Brownson a visit the coming Wednesday if the weather is fine when some matters may be talked over.

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1867 April 15
Young, Father (Nicholas) R.: Kenton, Ohio
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He is getting on well. He knows this is a subject of solace to Purcell. The spiritual condition of his people is not as high as it should be. They have been too long without a shepherd. There is much more practical religion outside of Kenton congregation proper. His Lenten devotions were scantily attended. There is much good liberal sentiment among the protestants. A large portion of the church debt $900 still presses upon them. The prospects of building a school-house and residence are rather dull. But he is not dicouraged. He has decided to spend one Sunday at Faust, one at Johnstown, and two at Kenton. Last week 20 Catholic Children were brought from the East and sold for $10 a piece. They could get Catholic homes for only two.

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1867 Apr. 17
Beerhorst, Father H(enry): Grand Rapids, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

From the settlement, Ada, a Protestant, Robert Heare, intends to marry Catholic Bridget Sullivan. He was married in England where his wife died 3 months ago, and has 3 children. He has written testimonial of his wife's death, and a Catholic gentleman is willing to testify to this death by an oath; Beerhorst cannot ascertain Heare's baptism; he asks for necessary dispensation. Father (Charles) Wapelhorst will be here for Easter day; also a young priest, a class-mate, who will say his first Mass in his church on next Thursday. Should he stay over Sunday, Beerhorst asks permission to go with Wapelhorst to Milwaukee to stay over Sunday. He sends the deed of the cemetery for Big Rapids, where he hopes a church will be built very soon.

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1867 Apr. 18
Verot, A(ugustin), Bishop of: Savannah, (Georgia)
 to Bishop (Francis P. McFarland of: Hartford, Connecticut)

Verot is very grateful for the favor extended by (McFarland). He will not bother him long, as he wishes to get his collections over in one or two weeks. He trusts that he will not be in the way of(McFarland's) own collections. He finds that by frequent calls the people get in the habit of giving. He hopes to be in Providence a few days before the 2nd Sunday after Easter so as to collect in (McFarland's) episcopal city on that Sunday, May 5.

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1867 Apr. 18
Viau, Father J(ose)ph: Royville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Recently Father (Gustave) Rouxel wrote (Odin) about what to do in a particular case about Free Masons. Today Viau writes on the same subject. Désiré Roy informed Viau that in a few days he would have a child to be baptized. Viau learned that the godfather was a Free Mason and told Roy he was not acceptable. Roy asked how the same invidual had served as godfather with other priests. (Odin) is to give a decision. Viau has given the contract for the church, $2300. For this the contractor agrees to all the lumber work of the exterior according to the plan which (Odin) saw and accepted. The only exception is that the steeple is to be similar to that of New Iberia. Viau will furnish all the interior. He counts on it being finished toward August.

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1867 Apr. 19
Footte, James G.: Ellicott's Mills, M(arylan)d
 to Archbishop John M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Today he is much stronger than he has ever been. The physicians are of the opinion that his disease was contracted by the rapid and successive changes of climate. New he is ready to resume his studies. His absence from class has been no barrier to progress and he can finish next year if Odin wishes.

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1867 Apr. 23
Berthet, Father Peter: Refugio, Texas
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The little boy accompanying the bearer of this letter was left a week ago by his dying father, Richard Dunphy of St. Mary's, in the care of his uncle Patrick Dunphy, recently arrived from Canada in search of a position for the support of his family still in Canada. The little orphan has scarcely money enough for the burial expenses and his trip to New Orleans. He has a dozen horned animals, 2 or 3 horses and a small house which rents for $4 a month. Hardly enough for a boy 13 years old who was capable but they say he is good for nothing and lazy. Fearing the boy may fall into evil, Berthet advised his uncle-guardian to take him to New Orleans and place him in the orphanage of the Brothers of Holy Cross. Since the arrival of (Odin)'s letter Berthet is resigned to his numerous duties. He is now building a new stone church on the foundation of the old mission church which fell in 1851. He has collected $1250. He hopes to see it finished in 6 months; it will cost about $3000.

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1867 Apr. 23
Gutton, Father Ph(ilibert): Waterloo, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He is sorry to hear that his mother has not received his letters. He wrote on August 15, 1866, New Year's and February 2. Gutton was at Waterloo yesterday intending to go to the city but there was no boat. His trip had the special aim of asking (Odin) if a collection could not be made in the diocese to aid the victims of the flood. It is the third time. In Grosse Tete and Maringouin the houses themselves were swept away. At Fausse Rivière, that river and the Mississippi join and they were completely flooded. (Odin) knows that Mr. Poydras is the liquidator of the defunct congregation and that the judge has ordered that everything be turned over to him. The judge says this means everything the Catholics had: the church at Chenal, the land at Fausse Riviére. This declaration causes sorrow to Father (Victor) Gavard and his parishioners. All three of them do not know what to do. Gavard joins in asking whether (Odin) cannot come to their aid. The government will make some provision but that is far from replacing even comforting.

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1867 Apr. 23
(Several, R.U.), Sister St. Pierre: Opelousas, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They regret that Miss E. Hyllested(?) is leaving to return to her family. The sedentary life they lead here is not suited to her weak constitution, she says. They are sorry to learn that Odin will soon be going to Europe without their seeing him again. She would have liked to be able to talk over the position of their community.

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1867 April 24,
(Brownson, Orestes A.): Elizabeth, (New Jersey)
 to Maj(or) H(enry) F. Brownson: Fort Wayne, Michigan

Brownson has received (Henry's) letter of the 21st and 22nd and was surprised that the Appleton's had made other arrangements before receiving his letter which had been mailed the same day. Judge (William) Fenny spoke to him. (Henry) is not going to Fort Brady and evidently Gen(eral) Ruggles telling Gen(eral) Harding to send another Co(mpany) was an order. Brownson prefers that Henry remain in Detroit even though it would be more pleasant to command a post. (Henry) has learned to obey now and that is the best preparation to command. The Sault Ste Marie is at present out of the world, though less so than a few years ago. The good Bishop (Frederick) Baraga is there, a Swiss or Alsation German and a holy man, but with the terrible smell of the Indian. (Henry) liked Brownson's Old Quarrel Article and the latter thought it would help clarify (Henry's) views. The original point is the exposition he gives of what the peripatetics meant by their phantasma and intelligible species. He had hinted at it before in his Review but had never fully developed it. Brownson believes that he has defended the Scholastic philosophy and has shown the ground of reconciliation between it and his own or Gioberti's. Gioberti is less original than Brownson once supposed and while he does not reject anything he took from him, nevertheless, Brownson does not rate him as high as he once did. At one time he mastered Brownson, but the reverse is now the case. Brownson hopes that he has smoothed out the way for (Henry) and insists that (Henry) must carry on what his father has begun. The next article by Brownson in the C(atholic) W(orld) is on Cousin and will appear in June. Cousin also once mastered him but again the reverse is true. Brownson claims that he never masters anyone until he has made himself a disciple of the man and allows himself to be mastered first. It is on the principle —credo ut intelligam—we understand by our sympathy with the author and by allowing ourselves to be carried away by him, and then criticize him as we would ourselves. However, an open mind and heart must prevail. This has been Brownson's method of study throughout life. The drawback in his case has been that the circumstances in his life have compelled him to write and publish while the process was going on and before he had time to complete it-thus the charge of fickleness and frequent changes of opinion. The world will never know, according to Brownson, the steadiness with which he has always adhered to his principles and the generous sympathy with which he has studied. The loving heart is the true auxiliary of the comprehensive mind- the truth Plato had in mind when he made love and intelligence the two wings of the Soul on which it soars to the Empyrean. (Henry) is told that he, too, will soar much higher when he finds fuller scope for the strong and generous affections which are implanted in his nature and which have never yet had fair play. Brownson is not sorry that (Henry) has left off whiskey and if he persevores his life will be far happier and more useful. In addition his example will have an excellent effect in the army and on (Henry)'s position in it. If matters should not turn out for Henry) as he expects it is possible that he will be all the better for it. His life has been solitary and marked by many disappointments along with much internal suffering. Henry has the real Brownson nature and while he is a strong man he needs to love and be loved. That portion of his nature which his early aspirations led him to suppress or turn into unnatural channels needs to be developed to make him a complete and rounded man. It is better to run the risk of poverty, nay, even a domestic jar, than to live as he has done. Brownson trusts (Henry's) judgement and would welcome with all his heart the woman (Henry) chooses. Sir John Acton and his associates in the Home and Foreign Review have started their new weekly journal, The Chronicle. Brownson does not think much of it and has not yet made up his mind whether he will write for it or not. He was asked to write six articles a year for 13 pounds an article but finds his writing for the C(atholic) W(orld) all that he can handle. Father (Issac T.) Hecker no longer appears to be doing Brownson a favor by accepting the latter's articles, but appears to understand that the obligation is on the other side. Sarah Brownson has been ill for some weeks but (Henry's) mother is better and sends her love. Brownson's garden has been planted, his health is very good and he is suffering little now from the gout. His lameness is due chiefly to the nail on his gouty toe.

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1867 Apr. 25
Hecker, Father I(saac) T.: New York, (New York)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

The accompanying shows what has been done by the Catholic Publication Society (no enclosure). A suitable building has been leased and type, presses, and other materials are to be purchased. Odin is solicited to give cooperation. It will require 40 to 50 thousand dollars.

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

Hendricken encloses a draft for $1201. The collection amounted to $1181 and the $20 he borrowed and does not recollect paying. Father (Michael B.) Roddan is at St. Vincent's, New York. Hendricken went in with him but saw no physician while he was there. The superioress thought little or nothing could be done in his case. She will write in a few days to McFarland. If the doctors there can do nothing for him it will be best to return him to Bristol. Hendricken is sure that he will never do missionary duty again. The times are dull there. Business may expect a stagnation until fall. He is doing well and he expects that the property he bought will be paid for by the end of the year. Thus year by year advance is made towards what he has in view—the building of a splendid convent.

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1867 April 26
Purcell, J(ohn) B(aptist) Archbishop of Cincinnati: Cincinnati, Ohio
 to Cardinal Alex(ander) Barnabo:
Prefect of the Sacred congregation of the Propaganda,Rome. Papal States.

Purcell received a letter from Father William McCloskey, rector of the American College in which Barnabo was said to desire Purcell to describe the limits of the new diocese of Columbus. It was judged fitting by the Council of Baltimore in 1566 that a new diocese with its see in Columbus should be erected containing that part of Ohio from the Ohio River east of the River Scioto to Columbus and including the counties of Franklin, Delaware and Morrow to the southern boundary of the diocese of Cleveland. The diocese of Cincinnati would include the rest of Ohio west of the Scioto to the limits of the Cleveland diocese, including the counties of Union, Marion and Hardin. Any new civil divisions will belong to that diocese of which its greater part belongs. As regards the names suggested for bishoprics in the Council, Purcell thinks better ones could have been suggested. Among others he could designate Father (F.) Boff proposed for Erie as more worthy and suitable.

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1867 Apr. 27
(McCloskey), John, Archbishop of: New York, (New York)
 to Bishop (Francis P.) McFarland (of: Hartford, Connecticut)

(McCloskey) writes to invite McFarland to a meeting of the Bishops of the Province to be held in his residence on Madison Avenue, Wednesday, May 8 to consider whom they may recommend for the vacant see of Buffalo. The day mentioned was accepted by the Bishops at the funeral of Bishop (John Timon).

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1867 April 27
Rosecrans, S(ylvester H.) Aux. Bp. Cincinnati: Columbus, Ohio
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Purcell's letter enclosing one for Rosecran's brother and for Father Fehling came yesterday. He expects to send Father Edward (Purcell)the balance of what he borrowed next week. They will do nothing on the new church this summer. Rosecrans has no objections to Father (Henry) Fehling's going to Marion, Belfontaine, and Mac-a-cheek. The pupils of Mt. Notre Dame are to have a grand festival on the occasion of Purcell's laying the cornerstone of their new chapel. The Notre Dame Sisters had a festival to get their house painted. Mrs. Flood and her son are to be baptized in St. Patrick's. Rosecrans thinks they could pay for the new church if they once had it under roof. He is not very efficient in the matter of picnics and fairs.

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