University of Notre Dame


1868 May. 1
Perret, Father A.: Milwaukee, (Wisconsin)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He asks if (Odin) would like his services. He left France after ordination about 17 months ago. He came to Milwaukee to learn English and German, which he has now done while teaching at a college in Milwaukee. He also knows Italian and a little Spanish. He encloses a copy of his exeat and a letter of recommendation (no enclosures). He would appreciate a quick answer as he will go to San Francisco with a Jesuit from Milwaukee if he is not needed in New Orleans.

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

1868 May 2
Dufal, S.S.C., P(eter), Bishop of Delcon: Rome, Italy
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He informs (Odin) that Father (Patrick W.) Condon (S.S.C.), of the orphanage in New Orleans, has been called to Rome for a special meeting of the General Chapter of the Congregation of Holy Cross in early June. He asks (Odin) to find a substitute for Condon during the time of his absence and to hasten him on his way if he has not already left.

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

1868 May 3
Bonniot, Father J.M.: Chambéry, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

The month of May again brings him the opportunity to hear from Odin and to receive his annual pension of $240. He thanks Odin for his letter sent from Lyons. New Orleans has rendered a magnificent testimony of devotion to the Sovereign Pontiff. Odin said he would have visited him on his last trip to Europe if his business had permitted. It would have been a great pleasure for him. He receives news of New Orleans with great pleasure and has not forgotten Father (Angelo) Mascaroni, Father (Constantine Maenhaut) Manaut, Father (Adrian) Rouquette, and Father (Joseph Marie) Millet. Felix also would have been happy to see him and has not given up the hope of working someday under his orders. He continues to care for Bonniot in his old age. He asks (Odin) to have Paul Rousselon forward his pension, care of Father Boissat.

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

1868 May 3
Cullen, Paul Cardinal: Dublin, (Ireland)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

This letter introduces Miss Mary Kavanagh who is going to reside with her aunt in Cincinnati. She is the daughter of a professor in the Catholic University, a gentleman who has rendered great service against the national system of education.

II-5-d - A.L.S. - 1p. - 16to. - {2}

1868 May 4
(McCloskey), John, Archbishop of: New York, (New York)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland of: (Hartford, Connecticut)

In reply to McFarland's letter of May 1 his method of sending remittances to the Holy Father is to purchase Bills of Exchange from Eugene Kelly & Co. of New York and remit them payable to the order of Cardinal Barnabo who presents them with any expression one may wish to the Holy Father. He thinks it best to have the Bills drawn in McFarland's own name and endorsed to the Holy Father. His secretary will oblige.

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

1868 May 5
Meline, Col(onel) Ja(me)s F.: Atlanta, Georgia
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Meline has just received Brownson's note of the first. They have been expecting Brownson's son (Henry F. Brownson) and his wife. They learned of their departure from Detroit from Mrs. Pope. They will do all in their power to alleviate their exile in this semi-barbarous land. They will probably reach Savannah today and arrive by Thursday. As to his book, Meline requested his publishers to send a copy to the Catholic World and requested Mr. Kehoe to send it to Brownson. A somewhat favorable notice appeared in the February or March number. He spent the winter of 1866-7 in New York and bad weather and ill health prevented a visit to Elizabeth to see Brownson. In April 1867 General Pope sent for Meline and he could not refuse his earnest request. When Pope was relieved in December Meline expected to return to New York but General (George G.) Meade wishes Meline to remain. Meline has become interested in Reconstruction and hopes to see state governments inaugurated by the end of summer. Meline expects to make New York his home and trusts he may have the pleasure of meeting Brownson.

I-4-d - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {2}

1868 May 6
Bruyere, Father J.M., Vicar General: London, Ont(ario)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere: Detroit, (Michigan)

The bearer, Father W(illia)m Storr, has exercised the holy ministry in the Diocese of Sandwich for 7 months. Because of difficulties, which he will explain to Lefevere, he offers his services to some other bishop. He is under no censure; Lefevere may act as prudence and zeal will suggest.

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

1868 May 6
Foltier, Father E.J.: St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He arrived on the 5th at St. Louis and has taken up residence with Father (Thomas) Burke, (C.M.). He has received written permission to collect in the city. The time is favorable and he is the only stranger collecting. He will send Odin the funds as he acquires them. P.S. Burke has asked him to be the intermediary in saying that he would like to see Odin.

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

1868 May 6
Ives, Cora M.: Warrenton, (Virginia?)
 to James Alphonsus McMaster: New York, New York

She encloses six dollars, the subscription money for Mr. Payne and herself. Her tardiness is due to sickness and absence from home. She sent all the bills to the subscribers, and if they have not settled, it must be from some good reason. Col. Mosby has had ill children, one supposed to be dying, but she will remind him that his subscription is due. She fears that she cannot add to the subscription list as most of her friends feel that they should support their Town, State, and Church papers and this leaves them without the money for the Freeman's paper. She lends hers frequently, and it is enjoyed very much. She asks to be remembered to Gertrude, and expresses thanks for the Sentinel songs.

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

1868 May 7
(Bayley), J(ames Roosevelt), Bishop of: Newark, (New Jersey)
 to Bishop (Frances P.) McFarland of Hartford, (Connecticut): Providence, R(hode) Island

(Bayley) has been much surprised at the large sum McFarland raises each year for the seminary. (McFarland's) diocese is more Populous but he gets three times as much as (Bayley). He asks how McFarland works. He also wants to know McFarland's regulations about priests' salaries. Because of the fluctuating currencies he has not changed since the war but has been allowing the priests to take the Easter and Christmas collections with bad effects. He has thought of fixing the salary of parish priests at $1000 and of assistants at $600. He asks McFarland's opinion. Of course they get the perquisites also. McFarland is a practical man and he desires his advice.

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

1868 May 7
Rosecrans, S(ylvester) H. Bp. of Columbus: Columbus, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He did not mean his letter to conclude that he was all right and that Purcell was all wrong. Purcell's views are right for the diocese of Cincinnati, but Rosecrans' views must be different for Columbus. He thought he was doing rather a handsome thing towards either Father Carey or Conway in proposing to have him in a confidential position with him. He has Purcell's letter where he said students do not go with the new diocese. He once told Purcell that Columbus was the only place to which he had a deep rooted aversion. He did not mean to assume any "conscious superiority of reasoning."

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

1868 May 8
Bruyere, Father J.M.: London, Ont(ario)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere: (Detroit, Michigan)

Bruyere hopes the letter he gave Father (William) Storr has not been construed into a recommendation as he could not give any. Bishop (John) Walsh withdraw faculties, without putting him under censure, for cause of immorality; evidence of the charge has been carefully examined; there is no doubt in Bruyere's mind of Storr's culpability. If Lefevere receives him, Bruyere suggests that Storr, before exercising the holy ministry, should spend some time in a retreat, nor should he be given a mission alone.

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1868 May 8
Spalding, Martin, J. Archbp. of Baltimore: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

Their experience in America with coadjutors has been so unfortunate, that Spalding feels averse to recommendding another appointment of that kind. He would counsel delay with regard to Covington. He suggests that Purcell consult Father F(rancis) Chambige and Bishop (George A.) Carrell, who must have the selection of his coadjutor, concerning the complaints made against a priest by certain Sisters of Charity.

II-5-d - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {5}

1868 May 9
Certes, (Adolphe): Paris, (France)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere: Detroit, (Michigan)

The total amount of receipts of the Association of the Propagation for 1867 permits them to pay in full the allocation to Detroit, consisting of 7,000 francs, of which 1400 francs were paid to Father (John) De Neve of Louvain. Lefevere can draw on him to the amount of this sum.

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

1868 May 11
Figari, (C.M.), Father Hector: San Tomas, (West Indies)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He is on San Tomas because he was exiled during the latest change of government in Santo Domingo. His friend General Jose Maria Cabral was deposed by General Beunaventura. Since the Spaniards left the island there has been a continual revolution. He expects that the present government will not last long and hopes to go back soon. He is living with Cabral and the other exiled generals. He would like to know if his boxes are still in St. Louis, and asks (Odin) to tell Mrs. Luisa J. Sparhawk to write if she is still in New Orleans. He sends best regards to Bishop Martin, and mourns the death of Bishop Timon. He sends respects to Father Mascaroni.

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1868 May 11
Meyer, C.M., Father A.J.: Cape Girardeau, M(iss)o(uri)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

William Heaphy, one of Odin's seminarians, was badly in need of a new cassock, but had no money to procure it. Meyer gave instructions to the tailor to make one and asks Odin's permission to charge the cost to his account.

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

1868 May 12
Blanc-Garin, Father Th(eophile): West Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He meant to write sooner, but wanted to wait to see if the trustees would make some definitive arrangements. They are not very practical, and some of them want to tell him what he should say each Sunday. Despite this and the great suffering and hardship in the parish, he is confident that the grace of God is working. He believes that only the president of the trustees is well disposed. Father (Cyril) Delacroix told him that he would have to hold to Odin's regulation. Blanc-Garin does not know where his parishioners will get the money to pay him since they are in such poor condition. The Communions have reached about 500, and he hopes for more by Trinity Sunday. He asks Odin for some Mass stipends.

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

1868 May 12
Daugherty, M.: Lancaster, O(hio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He thanks Purcell for the deed to the school lot. Mrs. D. says that the new mirror will never satisfy her as a substitute for its predecessor until Purcell gives countenance to it.

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1868 May 12
Harper, Eliza E.: Minden, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Although deprived of a regular pastor and church privileges, being included in the Shreveport Mission, she and a local group of Catholics have outfitted a room wherein they may meet and worship God. Bishop (Auguste Marie Martin) gave them many things. Their funds have run out, however, and they still find themselves in need of a statue of the Blessed Virgin and a monstrance for exposition. She asks Odin if he would be able to aid them in acquiring these or any other altar decorations.

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

1868 May 12
Sorin, Rev(erend) E(dward): Notre Dame, (Indiana)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Sorin is leaving for Rome and will be gald to do any favor for Brownson while there. He wants Brownson to write oftener for The Ave Maria while he is absent. In case Brownson needs him, Sorin tells him where to address the correspondence.

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1868 May 13
De Preiter, Father C(harles) L.: Wyandotte, Mich(igan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Concerning building their church a committee, Russell, Murphy, and Marcke, has been appointed by the congregation, they are very suspicious, will not give him their regulations but will take them to Lefevere. The congregation says they should first go to their pastor; if he disapproves, he should consult the bishop, all the different nations are very well united; so the wishes of the people are that money should go to the pastor so nothing be lost. He asks Lefevere to tell the committee to build the church a hundred and thirty by sixty feet. About the letter of Ecorse, (Michigan), he is going to vindicate Lefevere's honor in writing to the Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell); they tell too many falsehoods. He is against the rumor that those who pay the most for building the new church want to have a free pew for a year; he is against if for once the church is built a lot of debts will be left to worry the pastor.

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

1868 May 13
Meuffels, Father H(enry) H.: Centerline, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Meuffels requests another parish, after 10 years at Centerline, for the good of his conscience and the congregation. Were he insulted by non-Catholics he would be happy, but coming from Catholics, he can not consider himself the slave of an insulting rabble. If Lefevere has no priest to replace him, let them go for a year without one, they will then learn to respect a clergyman; none will abandon his religion. But 3 or 4 grown persons die in a year; they can be attended from Detroit.

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

1868 May 14
Dubreul, S.S., Father J(osep)h Paul: Balt(imore, Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He has received and returns to (Odin) the marriage certificate. He has also received (Odin's) check for $2200. The expulsion of (William) Auffray and (Augustin) Jamet has definitely had a good effect. There are still two or three persons who are not settled down, but their trouble is more in the head than in the heart. P.S. It cost him $1.80 to validate the certificate.

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

1868 May 16
De Preiter, Father C(harles) L.: Wyandotte, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Some rascal from Detroit asked De Preiter for money. When he refused he has threatened with accusation in the Detroit papers for bad transactions. As De Preiter next week is going to visit sick persons for their Easter duty he will have no time to read papers; if anything comes up he hopes (Lefevere) will vindicate him. All is right in his mission, the church will be built. If its committee visits him would Lefevere suggest a brick building with slate and copper cover. Since the great fire here, he fears the rascals would destroy it. His right arm is much better, so he can say Mass every day. He asks a remembrance on the altar on Ascension, the day of his first Mass.

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

1868 May 16
S(eton), Samuel W(addington): (New York, New York)
 to (Monsignor Robert Seton: Madison, New Jersey)

Responsory to his grandnephew: (The questions are in Robert's handwriting). 1. Middle name of Richard B. Seton is Bayley, after his grandfather Richard Bayley. Place of residence in New York of W(illia)m Seton, No. 1 was in Queen, Pearl Street, where Samuel was born, then in Hanover Square, and afterwards till his death in Stone Street. 3. Place of residence in New York of William Seton, No. 2, at his father's in Stone Street, then in Wall Street next to Dr. (Richard?) Post, his brother-in-law; afterwards in State Street facing the battery which place he left in 1803 for Leghorn where he died. James (Seton) moved in after they sailed. 4. Dr. Bayley resided on Staten Island; he was the health physician. 5. W(illia)m Seton married (Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton) Anne Eliza Bailey at Dr. Post's on January 25, 1795, in her 19th year. 6. The place of residence of James Seton, son of W(illia)m Seton No. 1 was on the Hudson at 42nd Street and 10th Avenue, known as the "Wilderness". The house remains unattended since 1810 when they left it. It is now in the heart of the city. 8(!). Goveneur was sponsor for James Seton's second son Edwin (Seton). 9. Greenwich was Bleecker Street, by Waverly Place, a village then. 11. (Robert)'s grandmother had a friend at Philadelphia, Mrs. (Julia) Scott; Mrs. Hill was perhaps a friend of hers. 12. Harriet Seton had no middle name. 13. Cecilia Seton's middle name came first, Barbara Cecilia, named after one of the family of the Caley's, called Lady Bab. 14. Samuel's father's first child Elliot (Seton) died in infancy; Cecilia, the youngest, died at Emitsburgh, aged 19. 15. Samuel never heard of Mr. Ganneau(?). 16. William Seton first became a notary public in New York probably in 1729. 18. Captain (James) Farquhar was a friend of (Robert)'s aunt Helen Craig. 20. Dr. Richard Bayley was a real gentleman, but very high tempered. So was Uncle Farquhar. (Robert)'s grandmother, his daughter, was also a most spirited woman when young. 21. William Seton, No. 1, was commission merchant for the Mediterranean, Italy and France. 22. Richard Curzon settled at Baltimore. 24. (Benjamin) Vining, son of Samuel's eldest sister (Anna) Maria, died a cadet at West Point. 23. (John Middleton) Vining, a senator for Delaware died young. 24. He was called Seton Vining. 24 & 25. William Seton, No. 1, was the "Andes" of good society. 26. William Seton, No. 1, had pictures drawn and painted of his nieces the Misses Berry, of the Cayleys, of Mrs. Synott, her son Walter Synott. 27. (Robert)'s grandfather, W(illiam) Magee Seton, was sent to Livorno to be trained in Filicchi's house after being brought up at Eton with his brother James. 27. Margaret Seton, who married Andrew Seton was Samuel's father's sister. Her daughter married the Henry's not of Albany but of the South. Her son Charles Seton was a merchant; his daughter had a beautiful daughter Mary who married John Wilkes whose daughter married John V. Henry of Albany who was her uncle. Thus Samuel has answered all of (Robert)'s interrogations and signs as his great grand uncle. (In the papers of Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley).

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1868 May 17
Foltier, Father E.J.: St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He sends Odin the first $500 from his collection. He does not think he will collect over $1500 in St. Louis, but hopes for at least $1000. Many of Odin's old friends send regards, especially Miss Grant. He asks Odin to write her a few words, begging her to use her influence to assist him. There are several families from whom she could obtain more than he, especially the Lucas Family which is rich but not very generous. He has no pressing needs at present. He asks Odin for three more letters of recommendation to Father (Denis) Dunn, Vicar-General of Chicago; Father B(enedict) J(oseph) Spalding, Administrator of Louisville; and Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell of Cincinnati. He asks that the letters mention him personally. Some bishops are wary of collectors because there have been many imposters around.

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

1868 May 18
Murray, Julia: Harrisburg, (Pennsylvania)
 to Bishop James Frederick Wood: Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)

Copy. On May 10 Father (Pierce) Maher violently attacked her from the altar, calling her an imposter. The next day he appeared in print, which she answered. The next Sunday he called her and Mrs. Hallock leeches and harpies and insinuated that they kept the money. On May 10, 1854, Maher carried things with such a high hand that she appealed to Bishop (John Nepomucene) Neuman(n). Neuman(n) appointed Father (Bernard) Keenan "Umpire", through whose persuasions she discontinued the matter. She is urged to take legal action against Maher. (In the papers of Archbishop John Mary Odin).

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1868 May 18
Van der Heyden, Father R(emigius): Waalmyle, (Holland)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Father William De Bever wishes to be accepted for Detroit Diocese, and asks Lefevere to send him a letter of acceptation in order to satisfy friends and superiors that he will certainly find a home in America. As soon as he arrives in Detroit, he will show Lefevere his letters of recommendation; he has exercised priestly functions for several years in Bois le duc Diocese. De Bever has sent a letter to Father (Joseph) Vries of Kentucky in order to apply to Lefevere in his behalf.

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

1868 May 19
Hyde, John: Bay City, Mich(igan)
Editor of the New York Tablet(New York, New York)

Hyde mailed three newspapers for the Editor's perusal. One article which Hyde wishes the Editor to read is an "extract from a letter" of John F. Driggs, the representative of their district in Congress. That name has been hitherto known only in connection with ungrammatical stump speeches and extreme political opinions. The "extract" commingles puritan dislike of the Catholic Church and its clergy, with praise of the Pope and liberty and Fenianism. Fenianism, in Driggs' opinion, along with Italian Red Republicanism, are worthy of the Legislator's esteem. The other article is a synopsis of a sermon by the Unitarian minister, Reverend Mumford of Detroit who thinks that he met and refuted the lecture lately delivered in Detroit by Father (Isaac Thomas) Hecker. The third paper is a copy of today's issue of the "East Saginaw Enterprise" and the editorial is entitled "Church and State." All three articles make up a case against the Catholic Church generally; but particularly in this country. They imply that the Church in America should be checked for the protection of liberty and American institutions. At a recent inauguration of a Young Men's Christian Association in Bay City a week or two ago, Mr. (John Hall?) Brockway, Superintendent of the House of Correction in Detroit, said that one of the objects of the Associations in this country was to check Roman Catholicism and went on to tell the meeting of the great map that the Pope had in Rome in which he marked out the places for all the new churches he was going to order built and spoke of the "black sinister" eyes of Cardinal (Giacomo) Antonelli and of the designs he entertained on United States liberties. The papers are sent in the supposition that the editor would like to see them. (There is a note by Denman on the bottom of the page requesting Dr. (Orestes A.) Brownson to please note and comment. In the Orestes A. Brownson papers).

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1868 May 20
Martin, Aug(ustus) M(ar)ie, Bishop of: Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mrs. A. Prudhomme tells him that (Odin's) health has taken a turn for the worse and that he suffers much. He was very pained to hear this. He himself has been in good health with the exception of his legs, which do not seem to want to bear the weight of his 66 years. He has begun the visitation of his diocese and is happy to find that things are generally going well. The schools have seen a great decline, however, due to the lack of money. The Sisters of the Sacred Heart have only 20 boarders, while two years ago they had 85; the Daughters of the Cross at Avoyelles dropped from 60 to 14 boarders. Natchitoches has had particularly hard times due to the ruin left by General (Nathaniel P.) Banks, the disorganization of Negroes, and two years of flooding.

VI-2-n - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 12mo. - {7}

1868 May 20
Monaco (-Lavalette), Cardinal R(aphael): Rome, (Italy)
 to Monsignor Robert Seton: Madison, New Jersey

Monaco thanks Seton for his congratulations on his promotion to the Cardinalate. Their friend Don Nicola has given him Seton's address. (On the back of the letter Seton has written that) Monaco had been educated at the Accademia but earlier than Seton's time and he liked him very much.

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1868 May 20
O'Flanagan, Brother John Stanislaus: Waterford, Ireland
 to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

As one of the Christian Brothers, he appeals to Odin for help in paying off a heavy debt on their schools for the poor. His order cannot possibly pay the debt and is depending on contributions from America to forestall the closing of two schools in September.

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

1868 May 21
Barnoba, Cardinal Al(exander): Rome, (Italy)
 to (Bishop Peter Paul Lefevere): Detroit, (Michigan)

From every part of the Catholic world, signs of filial piety and ardent love for Pope Pius IX have been shown. The U.S., bishops and people, have offered troops and financial aid. The Holy Father will gladly accept such aid from other countries to the extent of its straigthened treasury. Since U.S. bishops and faithful have offered not only troops but also the support for them, the Holy Father accepts them as tokens of Catholic charity and devotion. Therefore He, as Supreme Commander of the Pontifical Army, in an audience of May 19, sets down the conditions for these American troops, and orders Barnabo to send the enclosed regulations to the American bishops. John Simeoni, secretary.

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Enclosure: Six pages of regulations on the formation of a battalion of troops in America for the papal army. There are 11 conditions, the last two making Carl Tevis commander of the battalion as Lt. Col. and Carl Rondot, second in command as major. The number and functions of the officers and men are listed.

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1868 May 21,
B(rownson). O(restes) A.: Elizabeth, (New Jersey)
 to (Henry F. Brownson): (Atlanta, Georgia)

Neuralgia, rheumatism and gout have prevented B(rownson) from answering Henry's letter sooner. He is unable to lie in bed or sit at a desk without great pain and is much worse than when Henry and Fifine were there. He seems to be slowly getting better though it seems that his brain is being affected since he is unable to pursue a connected train of thought. (Mrs. Brownson) received a letter from Henry and is enclosing Brownson's letter in her reply. Both Henry and Fifine like Atlanta and are not paying an unreasonable price for board. Brownson is anxious to have Henry become acquainted with the real Georgians. He has always liked the Southern people. Negro suffrage will amount to little since the southern states are returned. The Negroes are southerners and will very soon vote with the southern whites against the northerners. They have nothing of loyalty and are not likely to be influenced by gratitude when once their freedom is secured. Impeachment is a failure and Grant will probably be the next President. Brownson has written nothing for the Catholic World and only two articles for the Tablet since Henry last visited him. Henry is asked to write soon and often, also to give his love to Fifine.

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1868 May 21,
(Brownson, Sarah H.): Elizabeth, (New Jersey)
 to Henry (F. Brownson): (Atlanta, Georgia)

(Mrs. Brownson) was about to answer Henry's letter to his father, since Brownson thought he would not be able to write his son, when she received Henry's letter to her. She is very glad that both Henry and Fifine like the Brownsons. She does not like the people of the South. However, she hope for the time when the northern and southern states a more united than ever. Henry's father has been unwell and has written only one article for the Tablet recently. The weather has been very infavorable and Mrs. Brownson is of the opinion that his condition will improve when the weather becomes settled. Henry and Fifine have a good boarding house and Henry's mother hopes that Fifine finds good lady friends since it is difficult for her to be so far away from home. Mrs. Brownson feels that Henry is kind to her and can not imagine how Fifine should ever deserve an unkind look or word. Henry is asked to write her concerning his health and also the effect of the climate upon him. Today is Ascension Day but the rain prevented everyone but Hannah from going to church. The sun came out this afternoon however, in all its glory and is making amends for its absence. Mrs. Brownson has received a letter from Orestes Brownson Jr. and she asks Henry to write to him. He may have his faults but he also has very many good qualities and Mrs. Brownson grieves to see her children at variance.

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1868 May 21
Kajsiewicz, C.R., Father Jerome: Rome, (Italy)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere: Detroit, Michigan)

The future pastor for the Poles has finished his novitiate, and has passed the examinations at the Vicariate, for ordination. This next June he will be a priest and is about to depart. He will stop 2 or 3 days in Canada to get acquainted with the parochial minister. Kajsiewicz hopes to be able to give him a companion, a scholastic, who will do at first as a schoolmaster, and whom Lefevere can later ordain priest, but in any case, he will give him a Brother capable of caring for a school. He asks for passage money for the two.

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1868 May 22
Hecker, (Father) I(saac) T.: N(ew) Y(ork) (City), (New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Hecker has returned from a lecture tour in the West. Everywhere Brownson's friends inquired as to his health and his activities. He asks if Brownson will write an article for the July issue of the Catholic World. Father Hecker would like to know the title and the number of pages immediately.

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1868 May 23
Gutton, Father Ph(ilibert): False River, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received (Odin's) letter and gave Father (Victor) Gavard his letter as directed. The large, pressing repairs for the church would cost $500 for labor and $250 for materials. The more simple repairs would cost $400. In neither case are there sufficient resources. With every rain some part of the plaster wall falls down. If (Odin) does not believe the poor condition of the church he should ask Father (Jean Arthur) Poyet or send someone else to verify it.

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1868 May 23
Moran, William P.: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefev(e)re: (Detroit, Michigan)

He returns the short treatise with thanks. Divorce is an evil which is rapidly undermining the social systems; it can only be checked by a return to old Catholic teaching.

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1868 May 23
V(an) Gennip, Father J(ohn): Dexter, (Michigan)
 to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

He answers Lefevere's letter of the 20th and hopes it will be more satisfactory than accounts specified, which he will show when the church is consecrated soon. No one has notes or anything else against the church; he will collect what he can, then he will supply the rest so far as he can and borrow on his own responsibility, so that there will be no debts for the church to pay.

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1868 May 24
Gavard, Father V(ictor) A.: Chenal, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received (Odin's) letter of May 16 with the announcement of his assignment to Baton Rouge. He will report there as soon as possible. He asks until June 12 to finish up business. He has first written to Father (Cyril) Delacroix to notify him of this change. He will do all he can to repair the past negligence.

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1868 May 25
Andrieu, C.M., Father A(nthony): Donaldsonville, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

On May 14 Father Philip Landry came from New River with a very severe fever. Even his ordinary health is not good enough for Landry to take care of both New River and Amite River. Andrieu asks Odin if he could arrange to have a priest come on the steamer to take care of Amite. Last Thursday he had 50 First Communions. P.S. Landry is getting better, though still weak.

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1868 May 27
Hennessy, Father P(atrick): (Bergen City, New Jersey)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Sadlier will be out some time this week to visit Brownson and will discuss the Review. Sadlier seems favorable of its revival. All those to whom the writer has spoken seem well pleased and if Brownson so desires Hennessy will speak to the Bishop. He will do whatever he can for its revival.

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1868 May 27
Lefevere, Bishop Pierre P(aul): Detroit, (Michigan)
 to (Jules Marchand):

Lefevere received Marchand's letter of May 20, and his desire to enter the priesthood in the Detroit Diocese pleases him. Unable to judge from one letter about so important a move as this, Lefevere advises him to visit him so that he may judge what is best for Marchand's own interest and that of religion. Father P(eter) Hennaert notes on the back of the letter Jules Marchand applied on September 2, 1869 but Hennaert declined receiving him.

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1868 May 27
Salzmann, Father Jos(eph): Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefev(e)re: (Detroit, Michigan)

Salzmann sends bills for Lefevere's two students at the Salesianum, James Savage and Nick(olas) Wagener for the second semester ending June 30, who have given great satisfaction. (Lefevere notes that this was paid June 3.)

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1868 May 28
Kehoe, L(awrence): (New York) (City), New York
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Kehoe encloses a draft for $64.50 for "Is It Honest?" and some odd numbers of the Review which Kehoe had sold.

I-4-d - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {1}

1868 May 29
De Vries, Father J(oseph): Bowling Green, K(entuck)y
 to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefev(e)re: (Detroit, Michigan)

He encloses a letter from a priest of the Diocese of Bois-le-duc, Father (William DeBevere) who has determined to come to this country; he was a fellow-student of De Vries and of Father R(emigius) Van Der Heiden of Lefevere's diocese. He is gifted with fair talents, but has a tongue inclined to lisping. De Vries proffered him his humble hospitality until he could acquire a sufficient knowledge of the language. His bishop and the president of the theological seminary had advised him to go to Baltimore because they are acquainted with the Archbishop (Martin John Spalding). De Vries has not tried to influence him for any diocese. Lefevere will easily find a Dutchman to translate De Bever's letter.

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1868 May 11
De Bever, Father W(illiam): Nuland, (Holland)
 to (Father Joseph De Vries): (Bowling Green, Kentucky)

DeBever is an assistant in Nuland. He writes a second time to DeVries. The President of the seminary had directed him to apply at Baltimore. The more information he received about Baltimore the less he desired to go there. At Louvain they would not counsel him against going to Baltimore. The President of Louvain advised him to send certain information to a Bishop. He is 38 years of age and has been in service 13 years. He does not know English or German but speaks French. He has good testimonials from his Bishop. He asks DeVries to answer by return mail so that he can make up his own mind. He asks DeVries to send on this information to his own Bishop or to the Bishop of Detroit. He has not yet spoken to Father Remigius Van der Heyden although that priest has been in Holland fourteen days. He would return with him to America with Canteris, a seminarian for Baltimore, Van der Hagen, a seminarian for Kentucky, (Gerard) Van der Plas and Janssens from Tilburg. The last two have not decided on the diocese they will join. De Bever would prefer a country diocese since he does not care for the paved streets. He would like to go to the diocese of Detroit or that of Louisville. He will expect to hear from the Bishop of Detroit. He is practicing English.

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1868 May 29
Scollard, Father J(ohn): Jackson, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He has just received (Odin's) letter of the 20th on his return from Amite City. During the past two years he has frequently inquired about the insane Edward Kennedy. His physical health is sound, but his mind is still deranged. (Odin) may assure the woman who inquired that Kennedy is well cared for. Scollard has decided to use (Odin's) permission to move to Amite City. This area is large enough to be tended by a separate priest. It would be better if he had the Parish of St. Helena alone. He feels he can no longer take care of the 128 mile circuit of the present parish, as an accident with his horse and buggy recently proved. At Amite he had about 25 persons at Mass this past week, and baptized their children. There are other Catholics in the area. He has to give a station in Clinton on Tuesday and one on Wednesday in Funica where there resides a very deserving Catholic family named Doherty. He will temporarily live in the church at Amite, and has a plan for a small presbytery. A pious Catholic family supplies his vegetarian diet. He may meet (Odin) in Washington Parish next month if he is at Amite at the time of (Odin's) visitation. He recently baptized a Mr. Moore, and is instructing several other citizens of Amite for Baptism. Mr. Smith is still in poor health, but very happy in becoming a Catholic.

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(1868 May 29)
Storr, Father W(illia)m: Dotyville, Wisconsin
 to Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.): New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

He offers his priestly services to (Odin). He had a situation for the last seven months in upper Canada but, on account of his imperfect knowledge of English and the cold, he left and is now with the Capuc(h)ins of Mount Calvary. He would like a German parish. If Odin approves his request he will immediately apply for his papers. P.S. The response is to be in care of Father F(rancis) Haas.

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1868 May 30
Tevis, Carroll: Rome, (Papal States)
 to General Kanzler: Rome, Italy.

Tevis says that since his resources will not cover the expenses which he will incur in organizing the corps of American volunteers he requests Kanzler to authorize him to draw from the funds collected by the Freeman's Journal for the cause, the amount of 25000 francs, vouchers for these expenses to be submitted on his return. The letter has a note attached signed by Kanzler in Italian authorizing Tevis to draw the 25000 francs and is stamped as from the Ministery of arms. (In the James Alphonsus McMaster papers.)

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