University of Notre Dame


Brunel, A(lexander): (Baltimore, Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He writes on behalf of the mother of his former classmate, (John) Dumas. She was very upset when she heard that her son was separated from his fellows and sent to a different seminary. Brunel asks (Odin) to consider sending Dumas back to (St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore?). He could handle the philosophy, and would probably do better in English as there are two English courses there and none at St. Charles (Grand Coteau).

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

Duplay, Father: (Lyons, France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

By now (Odin) has probably heard of the death of Father Denavit. The Seminary continues to prosper, There should be over 100 new men next year. Bishop (Caspar Mermillod) of Geneva has obtained the services of one of their deacons for his new clerical school. (Odin) was interested in the man named Girard for the same purpose, but he ran into parental difficulty concerning leaving for America. At Rome everyone is talking about the council. Duplay hopes that if peace is preserved it will be held soon and give them the pleasure of seeing (Odin).

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

Fay, Azoline (C.): Jeannerette, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Since they find themselves at a great distance from the churches of Charenton and New Iberia, they plan to build a church at Jeannerette. An inhabitant has donated a piece of land, and Fay has more than $375. She asks Odin to give his approval and to promise them a priest.

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

Machebeuf, Bishop J(oseph) P(rojectus): Maynooth, (Ireland)
 to Bishop (Francis P. McFarland of Hartford: Providence, Rhode Island)

Last Monday he called at the Shelburn Hotel in Dublin but did not see McFarland because he was not in. He asks about the dispositions of a student of All Hallows well known to McFarland, Steven Whaling, who has been in the States over 20 years and formerly belonged to Bishop (Bernard) O'Reilly who was lost at sea. He had applied to McFarland but was not admitted to his diocese. He is about 48 years old and is lame. Machebeuf says being lame himself he is sympathetic towards the man. 5 or 6 students of All Hallows have applied to him but since their bishops are missionary bishops as poor as himself he has no hope of getting them. At Maynooth a few more have offered their services but they cannot be ordained for a year or two. He needs so much a few young Irish priests, since he has not a one in Colorado and only 5 French priests, one of whom speaks a little English. When he returns to Dublin the following Friday or Saturday he will call again at McFarland's hotel. In case he is absent or Machebeuf is detained he asks that McFarland reach him in Paris. He was in Rome on August 1 and the Holy Father cheerfully dispensed him from attending the Council. He will sail for America with a few French and perhaps a few Irish priests on November 5.

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

McMahon, Father Peter: St. Vincent's Abbey, Penn(sylvani)a
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He was ordained in 1849 by Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc, and left the diocese with Odin's permission to go to the Lazarists under Father Stephen Ryan. He spent three years in the Diocese of Mobile and left with good testimonials from Bishop Quinlan. He is now a postulant in the Benedictine order and is ready to receive the habit, but Abbot Boniface Wimmer, (O.S.B.) informs him that according to a papal decree of 1848, he must have a line from the bishop in whose diocese he was ordained attesting to his good conduct. He asks Odin for such a letter.

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

Seton, S(amuel) W(addington): (New York, New York)
 to Monsignor (Robert Seton): Madison, New Jersey)

(Robert)'s letter was mislaid; Seton cannot remember the interrogations excepting that of (Charles Maurice de) Tal(le)yrand (-Perigord). Seton remembers him well though he was but a child of five or six years. He was very intimate at their house. Tal(le)yrand dressed in black and wore breeches and black silk stockings; one of his feet was a clubbed foot and he limped a little. Sometimes processions came past of French citizens singing the Marseillaise. That is all Seton remembers of the Bishop of Autun. The time is so short before (Robert) will be there he hardly need write much of a letter. (Robert) will of course be at 28 Union Square before he goes to New Jersey or the White Mountains where (Robert)'s father and the girls go this week. Harry (Seton) is there for a few days; he has had rough times out on the plains. Lizzy (Elizabeth Seton) is an amateur photographer; her view of Cragdon and groups of figures are excellent. Seton trusts that (Robert) is advancing in his profession of ambassador of the Prince of Peace.

II-1-a - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {4}

Simier, Francois, (and others): (Bois Mallet, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

(A petition asking that) Father (Toussaint) Béges be allowed to remain in the area and continue his excellent ministry. (The petition is signed with 98 names, but the names are written in only 2 hands.)

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

(1868) ( )
Weninger S.J., Father (Francis Xavier):
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere: Detroit, Michigan)

He reports to Lefevere on what happened in Dorr. He found the people of Selam (Salem) in a state of schism and revolt. All but a few submitted to the conditions of reconciliation. Having studied the origin and continuation of their disobedience, he proposed the following terms for their confession: they will forget the past but must join the congregation of Dorr as if they had just arrived from Germany. They will rent pews and do their part for all future needs. Contrary to some Dorr trustees they will not be charged money for the benefit of Dorr's church. They will be placed on the same footing as the people of Byron so that the priest occasionally may say Mass in their church, etc. In his judgment, this should satisfy Lefevere. The majority of the people were misled by obstinate leaders, and by the fault of some priests - some incidents he will relate to Lefevere when he sees him. If parents would be even of the worst disposition the poor youth is lost. Weninger suppressed with God's help, the great schism in St. Louis Church in Buffalo and in Trenton, New Jersey. His way of acting with the men of Salem was the only practicable way, and he asks Lefevere to write the pastor Father (William) Herwig to follow in his footsteps, using all possible kindness and indulgence. The women as usual were harder cases than the men. The pastor is a man of good will but too young to handle such an affair.

III-2-l - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {7}