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1868 Mar.
De Védrines, Henry: New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He sends Odin two turkeys and several dozen fresh eggs, fruit of the labors of his wife, Roza Olivier Devegis. This gift is small recompense to (Odin) for the friendly reception given him at New Orleans. Odin should make Father (L.) Hoste participate in their good wishes. Whatever anyone says of Hoste, Odin should not listen. He is a holy man. He thanks Odin for having given Hoste an assistant. Mrs. Dévegis Olivier and Mrs. Eugene Olivier are thankful for Odin's remembrance of them and their daughters, Thérèze (Olivier), Marie (Olivier), Camille (Olivier) and Lucie (Olivier). Mrs. De. Védrines asks a remembrance in Odin's prayers.

VI-2-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 12mo. - {9}


(1868 Mar.)
Jamet, A(ugustin) H.: (Baltimore, Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He has just received his and (Pierre M.) Jouan's dimissorial letters from St. Brieuc. Of the six last pupils (Odin) sent to (St. Mary's Seminary), he, (William) Auffray, Jouan and (C.) Denoyel are alone in private conferences for their theological studies. They should be able to place themselves at (Odin)'s disposition around the end of September. (Joseph Gaillet) Galliet and (F.M.) Verdier will be ready at the end of December. As for their English, already several of them can understand the lectures. Now, conversation is their most pressing need. (Father Joseph Paul Dubreul, S.S.) had divided their class and given them two professors. Suddenly, without apparent motive, he imposed a conference upon eleven of them and placed their English classes at an hour which makes it impossible for them to prepare for it. They have objected but, thus far, without results. The treasurer should have sent an account of their expenses to (Odin).

VI-2-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {8}


(1868 Mar. 1)
Gaillet, J(osep)h: (Baltimore, Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He asks (Odin) to recall him from (St. Mary's) Seminary at Baltimore. His temperament cannot live peacefully under the house's rules and his health is suffering from the Baltimore weather. He thinks the theology and English courses are poorly taught. The greatest part of the day is spent in religious exercises. He would like to finish studying his theology and English under the care of his brother, (Father John Gaillet), in Texas.

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


1868 Mar. 1
Gonzales, R.S.C., Madame Adela: Talca, Chile
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, Louisiana

Sister takes advantage of Odin's friendship with the Blossman family to ask him to forward a letter. She has been unable to get word from her sister Mrs. Elena Blossman since she has been in Chile. Sister was very young when her mother died and she entered the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Havana. There being no novitiate there she went to Manhattanville where she received the white veil and after a time was sent to the Chile foundation and took her first vows in 1863. She is very happy in this country so much like her own.

VI-2-n - A.L.S. - (Spanish) - 3pp. - 8vo. - {2}


1868 Mar. 2
Elder, William Henry, Bishop of Natchez: Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

The people and clergy have been so good to him that he wishes to share his blessings and sends Odin $100 for the orphans or for whatever work Odin prefers. Bishop (James Frederick) Wood of Philadelphia has recovered entirely. The Bulls have not arrived for the new bishops. He has not heard positively that any had declined but it is thought that Father (Stephen Michael Vincent) Ryan, (C.M.), had. Father (James) Gibbons writes as if it were not certain with regard to himself. There is some disappointment at the failure to erect Philadelphia into an archiepiscopal see but the Bishop takes it very pleasantly.

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


1868 March 2
Henni, John M. Bishop of Milwaukee: Milwaukee, (Wisconsin)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

As he wished to consult two priests, country-men of Fathers (Ignatus) Mrak and (J. ) Chebul, about their age and studies, he delayed some in returning the enclosed certificates. He sees by the Telegraph that the life of Bishop (George A.) Carrell is despaired of.

II-5-d - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {4}


1868 March 2
Rosecrans, S(ylvester) H. Aux. Bp. of Cincin.: Columbus, Ohio
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He would trust Father (Cornelius M.) Sheehan with somebody if he had anybody to trust him with. Father (John F.) McSweeney told Rosecrans of the suit but misstated the amount to him. Father (John M.) Conway will be much disappointed at not getting Father (Jeremiah A.) Moroney. Rosecrans supposes that he is not to consider himself sui juris until the bulls come. He has Father (John B.) Hemsteger for a Vicar General, but it will be some time before he can select a council. He had to promise the congregation of St. Mary's that they might have Father (Francis X.) Specht for pastor as they could get a loan for $5,000 if such a promise was made.

II-5-d - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 16to. - {7}


1868 March 3
Feehan, PatrickBishop of Nashville: Nashville, (Tennessee)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

William Hane was for a few months at the St. Louis Seminary as a subject of Feehan. He has no objection to Purcell's receiving him.

II-5-d - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}


1868 March 3
Dubreul, (S.S.), Father J(osep)h Paul: Balt(imore, Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Dubreul is finally able to send some information on (Odin's) accounts. In regard to those of St. Charles, although the books furnished to (August L.D.) De Teen are taken into account, the books themselves were retained for use in regard to some other of (Odin's) seminarians. The books of (Joseph A.) Gallen have also been retained. Since 1863 (Odin) has sent various sums giving him a total credit of $3761.18. The balance may be sent when convenient. As for his students, their health is generally good and, in general, they are good individuals although a certain few are troublesome. Everything has been done to make their stay at (St. Mary's Seminary) as useful as possible. However, a certain number have failed to respond to the favors accorded to them and they are not at all edifying to the rest of the community. As is the custom at the seminary, the treatise on contracts has begun with a conference on the same subject in the evening. Father (Matthew) Halbedl, who is very capable, presides over these conferences, but does not please (Odin's) pupils because he is German. They use as a pretext for refusing to attend the conferences that they need the time to study English. Dubreul has tried to reason with them in order to get them to submit to authority, but he does not know what the effect will be. He asks (Odin) to write as soon as possible; his authority sustaining theirs, everything will return to normal and these young men will submit to the rule.

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


1868 Mar. 4
Holy Cross, Sister M. of the:
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin: New Orleans, Louisiana

Account of Holy Angels, New Orleans, (Louisiana).

(Transferred to the Provincial Archives.)

{3}


1868 Mar. 4
Le Pailleur, Father (Augustine Marie): (St. Pern, France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

The General Council of the Little Sisters of the Poor has decided to begin its first American foundation in New Orleans. They will staff a home for the aged in New Orleans. Father Ernest Marie will leave shortly for New Orleans to arrange the final details, and the Sisters will embark as soon possible after receiving definite directives from him.

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


(1868 Mar. 4)
(New Orleans) Seminarians: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They write to (Odin) to inform him of a problem which has arisen at (St. Mary's) Seminary. During the past month their superior, (Father Joseph Paul Dubreul, S.S.), has twice changed their English classes. Then he changed the lessons to a time which makes preparation impossible. In the normal time he substituted theological conferences taught in Latin by a German priest who knows neither French nor English. Three days ago all the seminarians decided to stay in their rooms during the conference time. The next day, no conference was scheduled; the day after they probably would have done the same thing had they not been given the hope that their English classes would be reestablished. They ask (Odin's) opinion and aid in settling the matter and safeguarding their English instruction. They are far from being happy at the Seminary of Baltimore.

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


1868 Mar. 6
Delacroix, Father C(yril): Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He has just received the reply from Father (John B.) Duffy, (C.SS.R.) to his request that Odin come to give Confirmation. He will expect him toward the end of the fourth week of Lent, and will have his parishioners ready for Confirmation on Passion Sunday.

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


1868 March 6
Spalding, M(artin) J. Archbp. of Baltimore: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Unless what Dr. Manning says has reference only to the freedom of action in the Pontiff, it is certainly a great exaggeration. He thinks Lizzani has gone too far. He rejoices that the Notula have been sent for Marquette. The Council is in press and Murphy will do his best. He has started a subscription for the Pope in the Mirror. He never heard of Savanarola being offered a Cardinal's hat.

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


1868 Mar. 7
Barnabo, Al(exander) Cardinal Prefect: Rome, (Papal States)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

Barnabo acknowledges Purcell's letter of Feb. 6 concerning the sad state of the diocese of Cleveland. These things imply not only that conditions are bad in the seminary, and that unsuitable men are advanced to orders but condemn also certain things in the episcopal administration. Indeed the bishop of Cleveland (Amadeus Rappe) is accused of having moved Father (Charles) Evrard from one of the best to one of the poorest parishes in the diocese because he opposed collecting money at the door of the church. This and other things the bishop has denied. However, the things charged against the man are not grave enough for such a severe punishment. Barnabo authorizes Purcell to investigate, with great prudence, the conditions for the removal of Father Evrard as well as the general conditions of the diocese of Cleveland, and after his investigation to lay the matter before him. H. Capalti signs as secretary, Number 1.

II-5-d - L.S. - 1pg. - 8vo. - {4}


1868 Mar. 9
Cogan, Father D.J.: Helena, Ark(ansas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He thanks (Odin) for his last letter. Were the situation really as Bishop (Edward Fitzgerald) portrays it, there would be no question about Cogan's submitting. But it is not. (Fitzgerald's) view is unjust, and all Cogan wishes is to leave his diocese. The superior of a religious community says that he will receive him with an exeat from (Odin) even though (Fitzgerald) does not consent. He asks (Odin) to write to (Fitzgerald) to let him go. Cogan will fulfill any condition except that of getting a substitute. P.S. To date they have not received the Lenten regulations.

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


1868 Mar. 9
Florenville, H.: Lake Charles, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

As (Odin) desired, Florenville has asked several of the inhabitants about the possibility of giving them as a teacher the person he had recommended when Florenville and Mr. Lorrain were received by him. (Odin) can assure him of food, lodging and expenses but no salary until conditions improve. If his protege is willing to accept these conditions, Florenville has entrusted Captain Laporte which a letter for Mr. Raymond announding that his passage is assured in advance.

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


1868 Mar. 10
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Elizabeth, New Jersey)
 to (Father) I(saac) T. Hecker: (New York, New York)

Brownson hopes the article on Draper's work will pass. It is not what Brownson wishes it was. Draper is by no means an honest writer. He wants to know if Hecker has anything else for him to do. He is afraid to take anything upon himself to do, for fear that the article would be unacceptable, to the magazine. The harsh words of Father (Augustine F.) Hewit in rejecting Brownson's article disturbed him. Brownson has some dozen subjects on which his mind is running and which he could, six months previous, have written but he is now unable to do so. He would like to see Hecker in order to compare notes but he is held prisoner by his old enemy (the gout). Brownson's mind is active but not in Hecker's direction. He is beginning to be once more an obscurantist and can hardly be said to belong to the Catholic movement. He has become a convert to the Encyclical. He has lost confidence in his countrymen. Brownson would like to know Hecker's thoughts concerning an article on the different kinds of pantheism and refuting pantheism ex professo; or an article on materialism, refuting it and the sensist's philosophy; or an article on monasticism showing the moral and social influence of the three views; or on modern literary tendencies; or the national debt, the currency, finance. He would like for Hecker to tell him if he would rather have Brownson to discontinue writing. If Hecker wants him to refrain from writing for the magazine, then Brownson shall resume the book.

I-4-g - A.L.S. (Photostat, Paulist Archives) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {2}


1868 Mar. 10
B(rownson) O(restes) A.: Eliz(abeth), (New Jersey)
 to (Henry F. Brownson): U.S. A(rtillery)

An attack of the gout in his foot and little finger of his left hand prevented (Brownson) from answering (Henry's) letter. He asks Henry about his attitude towards his new commander. (Brownson) hopes that the matter of impeachment is ended now. If Ben Wade becomes acting President (Henry) most likely will get on a step for Sickles will probably go on a foreign mission. Everything seems to indicate that Grant will be the next president and Sherman will command the army and Brownson is of the opinion that nothing better can be hoped on (Henry) wrote to his mother that he was not well but has mentioned nothing of his health since. Brownson hopes that both he and Fifine are well and is very happy to be told that Fifine loves him. He is not surprised that Henry's love for her grows more each day since after five minutes conversation with her Brownson was convinced that Henry would always find her a noble woman. She has all the best qualities and virtues of Henry's mother but with more cultivation, more knowledge of the world and a childish playfulness that (Mrs. Sarah H. Brownson) never had. Brownson is of the opinion that his son Henry should make a better husband than his father for he has Catholic faith and love, something which his father did not have until middle life. The love and respect of the Brownson family is sent to Fifine. (Mrs. Brownson) will measure her love for Fifine by her power to make Henry happy, while Brownson measures her love for Henry by his power to prove himself the husband she desires as well as the husband she has. Henry's father asks to be remembered to Mrs. Van Dyke, who must be a noble woman to have such a noble daughter.

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


1868 March 10
Pendleton, Geo(rge) H.: Cin(cinnat)i, (Ohio)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

Pendleton acknowledges receipt of McMasters long, friendly and interesting letter, after his return from Harrisburgh (Pennsylvania). He read it to a friend who exclaimed: "That friend is worth ten thousand men", which is Pendleton's opinion exactly. He asks McMaster to pull the Wilkesbarre (Pennsylvania) tring a little closer. The Indiana situation is troublesome, and he asks McMaster to follow up his public teaching in the line of the presidential article of last week, only a little more in the Indiana direction. McMaster must have many readers in Fort Wayne, South Bend, and he suggests also that he use his pen in private correspondence. Pendleton thinks the Congressional Convention will instruct their district delegates to the National Convention if they (McMaster and Pendleton) are wary and silent.

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


1868 Mar. 11
Burke, C.M., Father Tho(mas): St. Louis, M(issouri)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, C.M.: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

There came to St. Louis sometime ago, well recommended by Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell, a young priest from London, Father A. Kerner, who gave a mission with great success to the Italians at Cincinnati. He also gave, in St. Vincent's Church, a mission with admirable success. He is now at Memphis, aided by another Italian priest, resident at St. Patrick's Church. He proposes to go to New Orleans and give a mission to the Italians. Burke has never met a more modest and edifying young priest. Bishop-elect (Stephen Michael Vincent Ryan, C.M.) is at St. Louis giving missions. When done he will go to New York to give another. Whether he has accepted his new position, Burke cannot say.

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


1868 Mar. 11
Hoste, Father L.: New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

If only (Odin) knew how difficult things were for him, especially on Sundays. He has waited to see (Odin), first until (Odin's) return and then from (Odin's) return until the present. He continues to ask humbly when affairs will be able to be arranged. If (Odin's) difficulty in finding him a suitable place in the diocese is the only obstacle he will try to find a place in Tennesse or Kentucky.

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


1868 March 11
McGill, J(ohn) M. Bishop of Richmond: Richmond, (Virginia)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He cannot leave home until the 23rd; he will arrive in Pittsburg as soon as possible. He cannot count on Father (Thomas ) Becker for duties there and he has only one other priest with him. Archbishop (Martin J.) Spalding is mistaken as to what McGill said. The executors have done their work when they transfer money into the hands of the legatees.

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


1868 March 13
Juncker, H(enry) D. Bishop of Alton: Alton, (Illinois)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He found Purcell's letter on his return from the wild regions along the Illinois River. Father (Caspar A.) Gerst wrote that he was ordained by Purcell, that he went to the Benedictines and later to the Trappists in Europe. For three years he has abstained from liquor. Juncker sent him to Springfield for a while but he will not keep him against Purcell's wishes. Juncker has no objection to extending mercy and charity to Gerst.

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


1868 Mar. 13
Spalding, M(artin) J(ohn), Archbishop of: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He sends (Odin) the marriage certificate he had requested. Murphy will publish on his own responsibility the acts of the Baltimore Council. The books will cost about $3.50 each. P.S. He may have told (Odin) that Father (Stephen Michael Vincent) Ryan, (C.M.) has refused to accept the See of Buffalo without a special papal command.

VI-2-n - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {4}


1868 Mar. 14
Hecker, Father I(saac) T.: N(ew) Y(ork) (City), (New York)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Hecker is sorry that Brownson's health is poor. The article on "Drapier" was crowded out and will appear in the next issue and suggests a few topics on which Brownson may consider. In the April issue of "Atlantic" is an article which contains opinions that "Catholic religion is the best going and a more perfect religion is coming." Hecker wants Brownson to refute it. The article "Is It Honest?" has caused great excitement and wants to know if Brownson would like to comment on them for the "Tablet". Hecker claims that God is calling on the nation to exert its national conscience, which it will do, that this is God's way of educating the people.

I-4-d - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {1}


1868 Mar. 15
Fabre, O.M.I., Father (Joseph): Paris, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father Jolivet, O.M.I., one of Fabre's assistant generals, will soon be making the canonical visitation of the houses in Texas from British Colombia. Fabre asks (Odin) to give him whatever aid is necessary. He can never forget (Odin's) goodness towards the (Oblates of Mary Immaculate) at Galveston and New Orleans.

VI-2-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 4to. - {3}


1868 Mar. 17
Belleau, N.F.: Quebec, Quebec

As Lieutenant Governor, he certifies that Fisit's and Burrough's signature to a certificate on a certain judgment of July 21, 1848, wherein Laurent Chabot was the plaintiff and (Father Isidore) Anthony Lebel was the defendant, is genuine.

- D. Copy -


1848 Jul. 21

Quebec Superior Court Quebec, Quebec

No. 973. Persons present: Judge Bowen, Judge Ayluni, Laurent Chabot of the parish of St. Joseph of Pointe Levy, merchant, plaintiff, versus: Father (Isidore) Anthony Lebel, living at Rimouski, defendant. The Court examined the proof, especially the act of obligation admitted by Label in favor of Chabot, before Martmian and Colligen, Public Notaries, the 10th of February, 1847, condemned Lebel to pay the sum of 29 pounds, 2 shillings, the total amount of said obligation, with interest for the said sum to take effect Feb. 10, 1847 until payment and costs.

- D. Copy - (French) -


1868 Mar. 17
Fisit, Louis Joseph Cyprin and Burroughs, John Henry Rose: Quebec, Quebec

Fisit and Burroughs, joint Prothonotary for the District of Quebec of the Superior Court, certify that the preceding page contains a true copy of a judgement rendered in the Superior Court wherein Laurent Chabot was plaintiff and Father (Isidore) Anthony Lebel was defendant, No. 973. George LaMontagne (certifies that they are) true copies.

- D. Copy -


III-2-l - D. Copies - (English and French) - 4pp. - 4to. - {2}


1868 March 17
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Eliz(abeth), (New Jersey)
 to (Father) I(saac) T. Hecker: New York, New York

The article on Draper was intended for the May number. Brownson shall wait for the Atlantic before commencing an article for June. Brownson believes he is really becoming an Obscurantist but perhaps not of the blacklist sort. He has been made a savage by Father (Augustine F.) Hewit's article on New England Protestantism, and the embarrassing position in which it places "us" and the advantage it gave to Dr. Bacon. If these old Puritan ministers were in good faith and if we have no just reason to doubt that they are saved, Brownson can see no use of preaching or writing against heresies of any sort. It was that article and Hecker's striking out from Brownson's articles whatever implies that nature suffered any positive moral injury by the full and refused to let Brownson war on the modern spirit of Satan. Brownson does not wish to dictate the course of the Catholic world. He is always in fear that he shall do something that will cross it. Brownson cannot write well unless Hecker has confidence in his judgment as well as good intentions. There is not that perfect harmony in their methods that renders it easy for them to work together. All Brownson wants is Hecker's confidence. He will take care that he does not abuse it. He has resumed work on his book. Brownson regrets to hear of the illness of F(ather) (R.B.) Tillotson that F(ather) A. Young has a bad throat and Father (Augustine F.) Hewit is falling back where he was before his voyage.

I-4-g - A.L.S. (Photostat, Paulist Archives) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {3}


1868 March 17
McGill, J(ohn) M. Bishop of Richmond: Richmond, (Virginia)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He will endeavor to be in Pittsburg for the morning of the 23rd. He knows it is difficult for Purcell to spare time for other matters than the concerns of his diocese. P. S. He hopes the Bishop of Covington (George A. Carrell) has recovered.

II-5-d - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}


1868 Mar. 17
Ostlangenberg, Father G.H.: Brookville, Ind(iana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

About a year and a half ago he was presented by (Odin) with a picture of his ancient confessor, then Superior of the seminary at the Barrens, handed to him by Mrs. Benassi of his parish. Ostlangenberg used to sing in the church with Father (John B.) Tornatori, Father (Ambrose) Heim, and Father (J.) Stehle. Benassi is again (at New Orleans) on business. He asks (Odin) to allow her to take up a collection for his parish which is a new congregation. They have just built a new church. He would be happy to see (Odin) once more. Many have gone to their eternal home. He sometimes feels as if he would soon follow. If he does not get stronger soon, he might as well go to Europe, where he has brothers and other relations. On his way he might see (Odin) in (New Orleans).

VI-2-n - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {6}


1868 Mar. 17
Widman, S.J., Father Conrad M.: Grand Coteau, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Caius, a former slave, married Caia, also a slave, about ten years ago. Their masters refused to permit a marriage before a priest and, therefore, there was only an exchange of consent to live together. After the war began, Caia went to New Orleans as a household servant and Caius became a soldier. He was faithful to her and sent her money from his pay, but learned that she was living openly with another man. Discharged and desiring to practice his religion, he consulted a priest about marrying Titia. They married in good faith but now have scruples. Caius has told Widman that at the time of the first marriage he had every intention of marrying Caia. Widman would like (Odin's) opinion of the validity of such marriages (among Negroes) as a number of similar cases have come to his attention lately.

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


1868 Mar. 18
Abell, E.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Abell seeks Odin's permission to marry a member of the Catholic Church. Abell's mother was a Baptist. At the age of 15 Abell with an older brother, attempted to be baptized at the church of Father Dupart. He was married by a Protestant minister, without having been baptized, to a Methodist. This was dissolved by divorce. He annexes (no enclosure) a certificate of his daughter. She and he know best the tradition of her mother's baptism 50 years ago. He believes in the supremacy of the Catholic Church and submits to its authorities. (The statement is notarized by) D.C. Byerly, Clerk of Court. (Names on the back): Tho(ma)s Jefferson Shaffer and Anna Powers Pelton.

VI-2-n - L.S. - 3pp. - folio - {5}


1868 March 18
Young, Father N(icholas) R.: Kenton, O(hio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He is trying to have all things in readiness for the mission and triduum. Purcell is to close the mission and to lecture for the general benefit. On Thursday they will go to West Liberty. He would like if possible for Purcell to visit Johnstown where there are prospects of building a church. His sister who took care of him left for Washington, his other sister taking her place.

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


1868 Mar. 18
Zorn, Father S(eraphim): Little Traverse, Mich(igan)
 to Bishop Peter Paul Lefev(e)re: (Detroit, Michigan)

Zorn acknowledges Lefevere's letter with enclosed Faculties and Constitutions, etc., and Father (N. L.) Sifferath received his letter. The deed for the church-lot in Duncan is in the name of Bishop Frederic Baraga of Marquette. He had given zorn full power to act about the church affair in Duncan; there is question of which of the two places to choose for the church-site. Zorn was at Cross Village last week and in the Convent of Father (John B.) Weikamp. Among his converts is Mr. Roberts, a former Protestant minister from Indiana, also some innocent young boys who might become priests. A dock for steamboats, now building at Cross Village, will cause Little Traverse to dwindle and Weikamp soon could open a boarding school.

III-2-l - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {8}


1868 Mar. 19
Dubreul, S.S., Father J(ose)ph Paul: Baltimore, Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He sends (Odin) the marriage certificate of Mr. Boutreux. He received the check for $610. After the deduction for the "Catholic Mirror", (Odin) has a balance in his favor of $600.50 (with St. Mary's Seminary). Regarding the situation with (Odin's) seminarians, some headway has been gained. He gave them several days to reflect upon their position. Then he told them the question must be considered from two viewpoints: discipline and fittingness. On the first point, obedience demands that they follow the rule. On the second, it is perhaps true that the conferences will not prove worthwhile, but they will have to give them an adequate chance before making a judgment either way. He has had them read (Odin's) letter. All, especially the most culpable, were surprised, humiliated, and chastened. The men are not bad, but they do suffer from an excess of spirit. Thus, this whole affair will teach them a needed lesson. He asks (Odin) to have Father (Gilbert) Raymond send a copy of the Louisiana Code for the class on contracts.

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1868 Mar. 19
Dubuis, C(laude) M(arie), Bishop of Galveston: Brownville, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He has just concluded a tour of the region along the Rio Grande. He needs $5,000 at New Orleans to pay for material needs of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word. He asks (Odin) to accept the note he drew on him for this sum, in case he is not able to see (Odin) personally within 20 days. If (Odin) finds it difficult to raise the money before his arrival, he asks him to warn him so that he can send some notes on Lyons. He will explain conditions in the missions at more length when he sees (Odin) in person. He does not know if Father (John J. Magee) Maggee has found any help. In following the river as far as Laredo he had 4200 Confirmations, and it is not yet three years since he last visited this region. The number or inhabitants has increased five-fold. Despite everything, the 14 priests of the region have done a superb job, especially at Laredo. He is waiting for the steamboat to Brazos where he will take the "St. Mary".

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


1868 Mar. 19
Hecker, Father I(saac) T.: N(ew) Y(ork) (City), (New York)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Hecker sent Brownson some clippings and when the latter is finished, he should return them because the same calamities return again and again. "Tract" has reminded the people of some of the doctrines of the Church. Opponents are kept on the fence and they know it. Hecker wants Brownson to visit him so that they can clean up some problems. Brownson's article on "The Church Review" is one of the best of its kind.

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1868 Mar. 19
Hendricken, Father Thomas F.: Waterbury, Conn(ecticut)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland of: (Hartford, Connecticut)

Father (Charles L. Lemagie received McFarland's letter last night. He protests that he knows nothing of the cause of his suspension but declined the advice to go and see McFarland. Hendricken has taken him quietly but is not certain he will not leave a legacy of trouble. He says he has the letter of appointment as assistant, that he has work to be done, that he needs not the salary and that he has no idea of leaving the city. Hendricken is not certain he is not speaking in the heat of passion. Should he try to give scandal it would be of short duration. Hendricken will write in a day or so. Scarcely any one knows of his removal.

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1868 Mar. 19
Mènard, Father Ch(arles) M.: Thibodaux, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received a letter from Father (A.) Louage of Wheeling in which he expressed the desire to belong to the (New Orleans) diocese. Mènard advised him to write to (Odin). Last week he received another letter enclosing one for (Odin). Mènard knows Louage from the trip from Brest to New York. He appeared to be a pious and knowledgeable priest who knows English well enough. In Mènard's parish the Lenten exercises were well attended and the Easter services numerous. They are now preparing for the translation of the relics of St. Valerie. Menard hopes this will be the greatest gathering (Odin) has ever presided over in the countryside.

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1868 March 20
Rosecrans, S(ylvester) H. Aux. bp. of Cincin.: Columbus, Ohio
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He does not know whether he has to renew the faculties for the clergy before getting the Apostolic brief promised by the Cardinal or not. He asks if he has the right to concede to the clergy of the new diocese what they had from Purcell. Father (A. O.) Walker, an ex-Dominican, is visiting Delaware; he would like to be at Marietta or have a place as teacher in the seminary. Father (Cornelius M. Sheahan is at Rosecrans' house and is very exemplary. He hopes to find Father (Gerhard H.) Ahrens of great assistance in building the Cathedral. Father (Francis C.) Mallon is a saint; he is full of zeal but has no idea of organization. Rosecrans asks if Purcell thinks there is something in the Propagandism of Piety by the Apostleship of Prayer in Georgetown and at South Bend.

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1868 Mar. 21
Hendricken, Father Thomas F.: Waterbury, Conn(ecticut)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland of: (Hartford, Connecticut)

Hendricken wrote McFarland Wednesday some particulars concerning Father (Charles L.) Lemagie. One thing is certain, McFarland has done well in suspending him. On Thursday he fell over his stove, tumbled down stairs, and though now sober is lying in bed and refuses to eat. He has just ordered some coffee and asks the sexton to get him a boarding house in the city and is determined to live in Waterbury and do all the harm he can. Father Brady warned him to go where he is not known but he laughed at the advice. Hendricken says he is the most profane man he has ever met with. He at first asked them not to speak to him but Hendricken called this child's play. The sexton is a policeman who does not let him make a noise. He threw books until promised handcuffs. He will leave Monday because Hendricken calls on him every hour and this causes him to capitulate. Father Kane arrived last night but the old man would not look at him.

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1868 Mar. 22
Hecker, Father I(saac) T.: (New York City, New York)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Hecker just sent "Our Roman Catholic Bulletin" and feels it will do a lot of good. The next article of his may be a subject for an article. Father sent the second sermon of "Is it Honest?" and is not sure that Bacon will publish another but if he does, Hecker will forward same. If Brownson can write an article on the refutation of errors within the next ten day, Hecker will be pleased. The April number was not as good as expected because some articles got crowded out "among them", "The Catholic Aspect of Tennyson". The notices of the non-Catholic press were most encouraging.

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1868 Mar. 23
Amat, C.M., T(haddeus), Bishop of: Los Angeles, (California)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He proposed to the Bishops and clergy of Spain the idea of setting up a seminary for the formation of American missionaries. They accepted the idea heartily, and Cardinal Al(exander) Barnabo has given full approval of the idea. It must be commenced by the Bishops interested, each one paying for the students he may be willing to admit. About 20 students will be needed to start the seminary. From $100 to $100 in gold would pay all the annual expenses. He asks Odin to confer with such of his suffragans who may be willing to take part in this institution.

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1868 Mar. 23
Binsse, B, Papal Consul: New York, (New York)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Binsse informs Purcell, in reply to Purcell's inquiry of the 14th, that Binsse has had no advice from Cardinal (James) Antonelli on the part of the Pontifical Government of any desire to add to its forces by recruits from the U.S. Such recruits, in Bensse's opinion, are not wanted. There is an organization in St. Louis for the purpose of raising such recruits, but it is the only one that Binsse knows of. There is no fund to pay travelling expenses of volunteers. Those volunteers raised in Montreal had their expenses paid by voluntary subscription. Binsse will call Antonelli's attention to what is going on in the U.S. and ask for instructions.

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1868 Mar. 23
Brown, Father H.V.: Chattanooga, (Tennessee)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He received Odin's letter and the two cases of wine. He is almost sorry he brought the matter of the seminarian's expenses to Odin's attention, but he thanks him anyway. He asks if Odin has need of an Irish priest who came to this country for his health. He is about 30 years of age, very intelligent, and a good preacher. He has been in Tennessee about 16 months. In consequence of some misunderstanding, he wishes to leave the diocese. He is not under any censure or accused of any crime, and Bishop (John P.) Feehan will give him satisfactory credentials. Brown believes the man is worthy of confidence.

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1868 Mar. 23
Brownson, Henry F.:

Proceedings of a Board of Survey concerning deficiency of clothing in Brownson's command.

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1868 Mar. 23
Hendricken, Father Thomas F.: Waterbury, Conn(ecticut)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland of: (Hartford, Connecticut)

He succeeded in getting Father (Charles L.) Lemagie away this noon. He looked like a man cast ashore from shipwreck. Hendricken never passed such a week of worry. Even yesterday he threatened him with a double guard to keep him still. He has gone without scandal to Winston to join the Franciscan Brotherhood. He was sorry in parting for having given so much trouble. Hendricken gave him a letter to Father Leo. Hendricken is sure the old man can save his soul better in a community of religious than as a secular priest. A year or two of novitiate might cure him. He sent Father Kane with him to the depot. He understands that he has a few thousand dollars which would be a good sign of a vocation to such a poor monastery.

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1868 Mar. 23
Spalding, Martin J(ohn), Archbishop of: Baltimore, Maryland
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He sends $600 which Father (John J. Magee) McGee has collected in Baltimore for Bishop (Claude Mary) Dubuis. Spalding asks Odin to forward the money and to send him a receipt.

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1868 Mar. 25
(Bayley), J(ames) R(oosevelt), Bishop of: Newark, (New Jersey)
 to Bishop (Francis P. McFarland) of: Hartford, (Connecticut)

Father (F.) Bellinger having left the Jesuits, (Bayley) received him for a time and assigned him to act as chaplain to the Sisters of Charity. They were not pleased with him because he was not neat but imprudent. Since (Bayley) had nothing further for him he went away and he has never heard from him since. He heard nothing against his morals.

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1868 Mar. 25
D'Hémécourt, Father Ch(arle)s V.: Plaquemine, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He sends Odin $400 in payment of the first interest on the loan for the purchase of the church. Everything is going well enough in his parish. The sale of tickets for "Tombola" is going slowly but that is no reason for complaint in view of the poverty which reigns everywhere.

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1868 Mar. 25
Elder, William Henry, Bishop of Natchez: Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He received Odin's letters. He has just written to Sister Esperance, (C.S.J.), to insist on her obedience and he has directed that the Sisters who knew of and consented to the refusal be deprived of Holy Communion until they submit to the Mother-Provincial. He has advised Father (Henry) Leduc of this directive. He has not imposed any penances for the past. He feels a great regard for these Sisters (of St. Joseph) at Bay St. Louis and would gladly do anything to bring them into spirit of obedience.

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1868 March 25
Purcell, Sister Mary Joseph: Tralee, (Ireland)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

Purcell never forgets to write and tell them of things they like to hear. She hopes St. Joseph is bringing Purcell's lawsuit to a favorable conclusion. Miss Farrell's sister has been admitted to Killarney Presentation convent despite obstacles of health. They are praying that their parish priest will receive the grace to resign as he takes no interest in the convent. Father Andrew Higgins who will succeed him is like Purcell in his devotion to Religions.

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1868 Mar. 26
Barnabo, Al(exander) Cardinal Prefect: Rome, (Papal States)
 to Archbishop Jo(hn) Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

By this letter Barnabo notifies Purcell that the rescript from the audience of March 8 grants to Purcell the power of Permitting in the churches of the German congregations missas de requie cum cantu twice each week. Signed by Giovanni Simeoni as secretary. No. 2.

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1868 Mar. 26

Good Shepherd Convent, Assistant Superior of New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Their superior, (Sister Mary of St. Therésè Schorlemer, R.G.S.), died yesterday at 10 o'clock.

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1868 Mar. 26
Macheboeuf, (Father) J(oseph) P(rojectus): Denver, (Colorado)
 to (Archbishop) J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Ever since receiving notice from Cardinal Barnabo of his appointment as Vicar Apostolic of Colorado and Utah, Macheboeuf intended to write to Purcell. Administration of two large territories would have frightened any young vigorous man capable to undertake the task, but besides Macheboef's sincere conviction of his incapacity, Macheboeuf has suffered for 4 years from an accident, which left him unable to say Mass for over four months. Since then, Macheboeuf has had to use a cane to walk; God cannot approve of his appointment, for the same week, he received of it, Macheboeuf commenced to feel pain in his limb, making it difficult for him to walk and say Mass. Added to this the Irish Catholics show dislike to Macheboeuf's administration, due to his quick temper, the dismissal of a scandalous Irish priest, and his opposition to the Fenian Brotherhood on the advice of the Archbishop(Peter Richard Kenrick)of St. Louis. Added to this are pecuniary difficulties caused by the resistance of the Fenians, who refuse to contribute to Macheboeuf's support. Consequently Macheboeuf had exhausted over $8000 received at different times from N(ew) M(exic)o, and borrowed wherever he could from $2000 to $2,500 a year. They had not even $100 left for the urgent wants, after the indispensable expenses of the Church were paid. High interest of 2 to 3% a month had raised the debt to a good sum. True in 1862 and '63 Macheboeuf had with his own means secured some valuable property in Denver for church, school and charitable purposes. The sale of a portion would get him out of debt, but no prospect of selling, without great sacrifice, until the Union Pacific railroad is finished to Denver, which in all probability will be within a year, but in the meantime the debt increases fearfully. Thus Macheboeuf must borrow in the East. These troubles have caused Macheboeuf to delay writing to the Archbishop Martin John Spalding of Baltimore. Divine Providence has sent a good friend to advise Macheboeuf. Father J. De Blieck, S.J., once president of the College in Cincinnati had gone from Chicago to Santa Fe to preach a pastoral retreat and give missions. Father De Blieck has been with Macheboeuf for two weeks and Macheboeuf explained his difficulties to him, and De Blieck advised Macheboeuf to accept. Macheboeuf desires to pay the debts and leave to another better qualified a clear field for future administration. The Apostolic Brief is expected within a few weeks. Macheboeuf intends to go to Omaha and St. Louis after Easter, arrange a loan to pay more urgent needs and attend to all the temporal affairs before the ceremony of consecration in Cincinnati. Knowing nothing of the customs and conditions Macheboeuf leaves to Purcell control of the arrangements. Macheboeuf requested Archbishop Spalding to lend to Purcell the faculties which Purcell should keep for Macheboeuf. Macheboeuf invited Bishops Rappe, De Goesbriand and also Father William Cheymol. Macheboeuf sends respects to Father E(dward) Purcell and friends.

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1868 Mar. 26
Purcell, J(ohn) B(aptist), Archbishop of: Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He sends Odin his portion from the will of the late (James H.) Behan of Norfolk. However, as for the portion willed to him as Bishop of Galveston, he will have to settle this with his conscience and Bishop (Claude Mary Dubuis). Bishop (John) McGill and he made the division. Purcell did not receive a cent due to the mismanagement of the estate.

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1868 March 26
Seymour, Horatio: Utica, New York
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

Seymour wishes to discuss his speech, delivered at Albany, with McMaster and he feels that he will be able to convince McMaster of his sincerity. He states that his deep concern over the shaping of party ties was his reason for withdrawing his name from the Convention, and he states that he has been trying to show the danger that exists of losing New York. (George H.) Pendleton was his choice for Vice President, but if he is nominated, Seymour will support him. He states that McMaster's misunderstanding of Seymour's speech was due to the fact that parts of it were sent separate from the whole. He will explain just what he meant.

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1868 March 26
Spalding, M(artin) J. Archbp. of Baltimore: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He takes pleasure in introducing the bearer Emilius Humann, who comes with excellent letters from Baron Von Ketteler, Bishop of Maintz. Humann is travelling to see the country.

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1868 Mar. 27
Hecker, (Father) I(saac) T.: (New York City, New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Kehoe informed Hecker that he sent Bacon's last sermon to Brownson. With the works of Bishop England at his disposal, Brownson should be able to do a good job of refuting Bacon's attack on the Chancery office of Rome. Brownson's article on "Rome and the World" has been translated into French and published in the "Revue Generale". The "Nation" and the "Round Table" have carried good notices of the April number of "Catholic World". Father Tillotson is home and Father Young is at work again.

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1868 Mar. 28
Brownson, S(arah): Eliz(abeth), (New Jersey)
 to Henry (F. Brownson):

(Mrs. Brownson) has been expecting a letter from Henry for some time since he had told her of his intention to write in 3 or 4 days. However, the letter has not arrived and his mother feels that either he or Josephine are sick. Henry and Josephine must visit the Brownson if they pass anywhere near them, otherwise they will be greatly disappointed. Brownson has been troubled for a week with a stiffness in his neck that seems to be working down towards his feet. He has been working hard for some time past. Annie (Brownson) expects to leave on Tues(day) of Holy Week.

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1868 Mar. 28
Gonnet, Julia: Tarare, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

At the time of his last visit to Lyons, Bishop (Claude Mary) Dubuis promised to recommend her to (Odin's) regard. She is a private tutor, 28 years old. She has her teaching certificate. If (Odin) would be able to secure position for her she would be assured of both a temporal and spiritual success. Both Dubuis and (Joseph Charles Sheldon) Scheldon have promised to act as intermediaries for her and have encouraged her to persist in her design. (She is) teaching at the home of Mr. Corcelette.

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1868 Mar. 28
Lemagie, Father C(harles) L.:
Boston College (Boston, Massachusetts)
 to Bishop (Francis P.) McFarland of: (Hartford, Connecticut)

On leaving McFarland yesterday he was in hope that he could return to his diocese but this hope has been weakened by certain intelligence communicated to this house. He does not believe that McFarland could so charitably dispose of him without letting him know beforehand. He requested an investigation of the facts and supposed that after his retreat he would be again reinstated in a position honorable to the priesthood. He is growing old and anxious of his good name and cannot expect any bishop to receive him if he is dismissed by McFarland. He asks prayers during his retreat.

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(18)68 (Mar.) 29
Power, Father Mich(ae)1: Saugerties, (New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

On his way to Providence, Power met Brownson who said that he would visit him at Saugerties at his earliest opportunity. Power told him he would be with him at Lansingburg to attend his lecture on Easter Tuesday night, which promise he means to keep. Holy Saturday night will be a "pay night" at Saugerties and consequently an excellent night for a lecture. Power has incurred a debt of 2-3 thousand this year relative to the church's completion. He expects Brownson's book on "Spirit-Rapping" by tomorrow's post and suggests a lecture on that. The bearer, John Glennon, is a parishioner.

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1868 Mar. 30
Bellanger, S.M. Father (F.): St. James, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father (Onezime) Renaudier, (S.M.), is going to see Father (E.J.) Foltier in order to reach an agreement with him. Bellanger takes advantage of the opportunity in order to try and rectify an error. In asking (Odin) to set a date for Confirmation, he did not foresee certain difficulties. He regrets this even more since, in accomodating them, (Odin) has thwarted Foltier a little. After conferring with Madame (A.) Shannon, (R.S.C.), and Father (Stephen T.) Chaurain, he sees that it would be best to delay the ceremony. Renaudier is commissioned to arrange the matter with (Odin).

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1868 March 30
Brownson, O(restes) A.: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
 to (Father) I(saac) T. Hecker: (New York City, New York)

Brownson has sent the reply. It was not as good as it should be, for the time Hecker allowed Brownson was short. The reply had to be prepared while Brownson was suffering from the gout. Brownson would like Hecker to comment upon it. Brownson has Bishop (John) Bngland's works. Brownson knows the answer to the chancery question but is not sure who refuted the charges. Brownson disposed of the question without connecting any authority. If Hecker takes the article as it is, Brownson thinks he needs to add a note giving the substance of the refutation prefacing it with the remark Dr. Leonard (W.) Bacon gives what purports to be the tariff of prices which are posted at the Chancery office in Rome for the pardon of all sorts of sins. Brownson knows nothing of Bacon personally but his sermons prove him very week, and hostile to Catholicity and yet is anxious to prove he is not. Brownson believes his article fully sustains the truth. Brownson is glad to hear "Rome and the world" is translated and published in Belgian. Brownson's health is such, unless Hecker resumes publication of "Is it honest?" for June, Brownson shall not be able to furnish him with an article for that month. The gout is in his feet. He has for the last six weeks been working on his book" Reason and Revelation". He is glad to hear Father (A) Young is well and Father (P. B.) Tillotson is better. Father Chocarne has done scant justice to the "Monks of the West". Hecker's reading Chocarne's life of Lacordaire. The work is beautifully written. Brownson himself has no special taste for touching the interior life of individuals any more than he has for the psychological analysis of one's own findings.

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1868 March 30
Henni, John M. Bishop of Milwaukee: Milwaukee, (Wisconsin)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He received the kind favor with the enclosed draft. No doubt it is due to Purcell's exertions that Henni obtained a share in the bequest. Henni asks if there are any conditions attached.

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1868 March 30
Melcher, Joseph Bp.-elect of Green Bay: St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of Cincinnati, Ohio)

The attorney for the Archbishop is Joseph O'Neill, president of the Central Savings Institution.

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1868 Mar. 31
Barnabo, Al(exander) Cardinal Prefect: Rome, (Papal States)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

With great sorrow Barnabo has received Purcell's letter of Jan. 28, announcing the death of the Bishop (Frederick Baraga) of Marquette. He asks that names of candidates for the see be sent as soon as possible. Care should be taken that notes indicating qualifications drawn up at the meeting of bishops be of sufficient clearness. As regards the candidates for the see of Marquette as proposed by the plenary council, the Sacred Congregation can do nothing because none of the notes indicate any peculiar notable qualities. The notes said that Bishop (George Carrell) was in the best of health, yet they have learned since that he is gravely ill. Consequently, a coadjutor should be chosenat once and a list of candidates is expected immediately from Purcell. The answers to the questions proposed by the Apostolic see last June have been received. Barnabo adds to this letter another serious matter. He has heard that Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere) is not as diligent in the administration of his diocese as this office requires, with certain inconveniences resulting daily in the church. If Purcell has any feelings in the matter he should make them known to Barnabo as prefect. This is signed by John Simeoni as secretary. No. 3

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1868 March 31
Fitzgerald, Edward Bishop of Little Rock: Little Rock, Arkansas
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He asks if he may hope to obtain a loan of a priest or two for a few years. They have six priest enough for the 1,500 Catholics, but they are so scattered and they have numerous requests for priests from non-Catholics. He can accept only priests who have means to support themselves. Half the money they receive from the Propagation of the Faith must be paid in taxes on the property belonging to the diocese. One of their convent schools was forced to suspend. The other two can scareely maintain themselves now that they have free schools to compete with.

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1868 Mar. 31
Rousselon, Paul: Paris, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received (Odin's) letter of February 10 and the 4,400 francs drawn on (Adolphe) Certes of Paris. He will use the money to pay the pensions of Father (J. Jacques) Fontbonne, Father (J.M.) Bonniot and Father Poidebart as well as the rent of Miss Masson. He intends to pay Fontbonne and Bonniot 888 francs this year. The decease of Father (Jean) Caretta annuls the payment which he has had to make to him each year. He is sorry to hear of the hardships in New Orleans. Europe too is witnessing a paralysis of industry and general hardship. His wife and family are well.

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