Notre Dame Archives


1869 Feb. 1
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Eliz(abeth) (New Jersey)
to Mr. H(enry) F. and Mrs. J. V. Brownson:

Brownson was very happy to hear of the safe arrival of (Henry and Fifine) and that they are enjoying themselves. (Henry's) mother is quite well and is much better for his visit, although Sarah is not very well. Brownson enjoys better health now than he has had for years. He is growing temperate, having drunk only a decanter and a half of whiskey since Henry's departure which is pretty good for Brownson. Father (Isaac) Hecker received a very cordial and encouraging letter from the Holy Father and was in fine spirits as a result. He had a book which he wanted, if found suitable, to be sent to Henry for his translation. Hecker wants Brownson to write for the magazine again and proposes to pay him, after April 1, an additional dollar per page. He is to conform to Father Hecker's ideas. This excellent man is utterly unconscious of the despotism he would exercise. Brownson is sorry that his prudence is so excessive and claims that he shall write as he pleases or not at all. The Tablet has not the mission of converting the country and Brownson wishes that F(ather) H(ecker) would be contented to do the duty that is next to him and think less of great things. Great things are seldom done, "with malice aforethought." Wilson's Bill which has passed the Senate is unacceptable to Brownson because a commission in the army is or should be a life estate unless forfeited by misconduct and dismissed from the service by the sentence of court martial. This legislation on a man's property is simple robbery but Brownson sees nothing in it which will directly affect his son. Henry is asked to write soon and mention where he is situated. (Mrs. Brownson) joins with Brownson in sending her love.

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1869 Feb. 2
Elder, William Henry,Bishop of Natchez: Natchez, (Mississippi)
to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Elder noticed in one of our Catholic papers a paragraph stating that the United States was to exact a legacy tax on the diocese of Alton as bequeathed by the will of the late Bishop (Henry Damian) Juncker. Elder asks whether the letter Purcell read to him from someone in Washington (Dec., 1866) could still be relied upon. That letter promised that the bequests of Bishop Juncker would not be taxed. He wishes to know if the letter is incorrect, if the statement in the papers is incorrect, or if there was an error in Juncker's will or titles. Their retreat and synod was held last week. Father (E ) Schmulders (Smulders) C.SS.R. gave the Retreat. Elder was called away at the beginning of the retreat by Mrs. Gordon of Woodville, whose husband died. Mr. Posey baptized him conditionally. Elder buried Gordon and returned home for the synod. He extends regards to Rev. (Edward Purcell) and to all the priests about Purcell.

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1869 Feb. 2
McMaster, A. L.: Poland, Ohio
to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He acknowledges receipt of a valuable box of wine from McMaster, and apologizes for not thanking him for it sooner. It slipped his mind from day to day. He was always a wretched correspondent, and at sixty years, has not broken the habit. He gave a bottle to Dr. Mygott, the family physician, who declared it to be the finest he has ever tasted. He thanks McMaster also for his letter. He mentions that their family is almost all gone, with only three remaining. Most of his own children are dead. His family is in about the usual health. His people, after his last winter's illness, sent him for a trip to Niagara and down Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River to Tadousac Bay, returning by Quebec, Montreal and Albany. He may possibly be called to eastern New York by business, and will look up McMaster. The trip is uncertain however. McMaster's Aunt Elizabeth wishes to be remembered, and her daughter Mary acknowledges with thanks the gift of a copy of Dante, from Mrs. McMaster. Their brother Crawford McMaster is still in Indiana, Goodland, Newton County. He is a good, devout and self-sacrificing man. His object had been to make a home for father and mother in their declining years, and after their death to make a retreat for brother E. D. McMaster. The death of his parents, sister and brother have broken him. Their nephew Gilbert M. McMaster of St. Pittsburgh is in good health. The writer will send as soon as it is published a pamphlet containing a picture of their brother, E. D.

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1869 Feb. 2
Murray, Father Patrick B.: Alpena, (Michigan)
to Bishop Peter Paul Lefevere: Detroit, (Michigan)

Mr. Cisero and a few other men have visited Murray to complain of a petition to be sent to Lefevere got up by several grogshop keepers, but Murray did not think it necessary to stop it. Gelos Potvin and his brother Julius built a tavern next to Murray's church and house. He complained to civil authorities as a nuisance and a firetrap. This he did after the tavern burned New Year's Eve, but the wind favored the church and house, as the enclosed clipping of the Press noted. The Potvins are quarter breeds married to Irish women. Captain Malden keeps a strange house and Tom Reopelle is at Sheboygan. If a petition has been received by Lefevere, Murray requests that it be remitted to him as he wishes to teach a lesson to those delinquents. He has good Catholics here, and wickedness will not retard their progress. They want to build a schoolhouse and hospital with Lefevere's consent.

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1869 Feb. 3
Lamy, John B., Bishop Of Sante Fe: Santa Fe, N(ew) M(exico)
to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Lamy ordained two of his deacons, Francis Lestra, and Stephen Parisis. During the past year, the following deacons were ordained: Louis Bourolier, John Brun, Clement Peyron, Antonio Fourchaign, and Eugene Novert. Father (D.M.) Gasparri, S.J., has been giving a mission in the Parish of Taos where the unfortunate (Father Antonio Jose) Martinez was responsible for a schism which lasted until the latter's death July 28, 1867, a total of seven years. Most of the people are coming back to obedience and the mission will leave very few remains of that sad event. The Sisters of Charity are all well. He asks to be remembered to Rev. E(dward) Purcell and to Father (William) Cheymol.

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1869 Feb. 4
Brownson, O(restes) A.: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
to Father (Isaac T.) Hecker: (New York, New York)

Brownson has done the best he could with Harper's but he is not at all satisfied. Articles of that sort do much harm, but it is no easy matter to reply to them. Brownson was better pleased with his second article on Porter. If Brownson gets his courage up, he shall visit Hecker on Saturday, but it is uncertain. The number of Le Correspondant is sent by Brownson to Hecker. He hopes Hecker likes his article on St. Gregory VII. If Hecker tames him down too much, it will deprive Brownson of his Masculinity. Brownson approves Hecker's object but he must be allowed to feel that it is his also and to serve the object as if it were his own.

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1869 Feb. 5
McCloskey, W(illiam) Bishop of Louisville: New York, (New York)
to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

McCloskey regrets that he will be unable to assist at the consecration of Bishop (Ignatius) Mrak because he will have to finish the negotiations begun in New York. He is sorry to ask Father (George H.) Doane to postpone his visit but the affairs of Louisville must come first. It was on this principle that Archbishop (Martin J. Spalding) wrote to Angers asking them to recall Mother Ward. He told them that it would be suicidal for them to send her back to Louisville. He has also asked them to leave the present superior remain until he gets to Europe. She is the only business woman they have. If she prove capable of governing during the interval, the best thing is to let her stay. She is from St. Louis and governed a house in New Orleans well, until a visitor came. He asks Purcell if he has heard anything from Rome. It is rumored that grave charges will be made in the Father (John) McMullin - Bishop (James) Duggan case. The whole thing he fears is a petty persecution. He regrets that McMullin is staying at the American College. He fears that Rome will lay great stress on the recommendations of McMullin by Purcell and Spalding.

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1869 Feb. 6
to (Archbishop John Mary Odin?: New Orleans, Louisiana)

(Translation uncertain) February 6, 1869 a note for $3000 was given to (?) Bishop (John Baptist) Purcell of Cincinnati, the money to be sent to Paul Van Boom(?) through the kindness (?) of Bishop (John Martin) Henni.

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1869 Feb. 6
McCloskey, W(illia)m, Bishop of Louisville: New York, (New York)
to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

McCloskey has received a letter from the Mother General at Angers saying that Sister Mary of St. Xavier was named superior of the (Sisters of the Good Shepherd) in Louisville. He asks Purcell about her. Her knowledge of the locality and business capacity are given as reasons for her appointment. Archbishop (Peter Richard) Kenrick has returned from his trip to the South. Nothing is said of Bishop (James) Duggan. As things go McCloskey supposes that it is impossible to borrow the $5,000 from (Father Edward Purcell) to get rid of the debt on St. Patrick's Church. He intends to remain in New York until he completes his business. Archbishop (John McCloskey) is well. Father (Isaac T.) Hecker's beard has gone by the board. Father (Richard) Gilmour has no chance of keeping his but of going as president of St. Mary's. Purcell could lend him Father (Thomas) Byrne for a year or two. The only grudge he has against Father Ben(jamin Spalding) is that he did not tell him whether priests were needed in the diocese. He sends regards to his friends.

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1869 Feb. 8
Lebarbanchon, Father M. A.: Pointe Claire, (Quebec)
to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): Detroit, (Michigan)

He offers his services to Lefevere. The bishop of Montreal had, after his arrival from France, appointed him chaplain of a small community, but due to the large number of priests, he is advised to seek another diocese. He is 50 years old, but strong and in good health. P. S. Lefevere can contact Fathers F. Bourgeault of Pointe Claire, Truteau, Vicar General, or Paré, secretary to the bishop of Montreal.

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1869 Feb. 8
Spalding, M(artin) J. Archbishop of Baltimore: Baltimore, Maryland
to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

He is glad to know that Dr. (Ignatius) Mrak is not so rheumatic as Purcell has been led to suppose. He may prove to be the right man. It was Ward in the Dublin Review that gave Murphy his title of "doctor". Spalding must plead ignorance of the author of the "Penteteuch", as he has not met the book and knows no Scotch priest named Smith. They write him from Rome blaming Father (John) McMullin whom the Cardinal caused to make a retreat but blaming the Bishop (James) Duggan still more, for his harsh action after all was settled, especially for writing him that his name was erased from the list of diocesan clergy. He was a propagandist sworn to remain in the province. Evidently Rome did not hear of McMullin's farewell letter or of his activities since. Bishop (Patrick N.) Lynch thinks that Father (J. P. Role) was the chief agitator, continuing in Chicago what he had begun in British America. Archbishop (John) Hughes would not receive him and he went to the "Siberia of America". McMullin seems to be working for him. He send his regards to the new bishop of Marquette. Father (George H.) Doane is certainly a live man. Spalding was amused at the antics of the Rabbi and the infidel Vikers. P. S. He has written to Rome stating his conviction that religion and authority would suffer if the gentlemen were reinstated without public reparation for the scandal given.

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1869 Feb. 9
Chatard, Father S(ilas) M( ): Rome, (Papal States)
to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He received Purcell's letter of Dec. 30, but the letter and draft of which Purcell speaks has reached neither himself nor the students. The account of the Archdiocese up to Jan. 18 leaves a deficit of 118 francs. As Chatard is much in need of money, he suggests that the remittance of the pensions of Messrs. Cusack and Geyer be sent to cover the time until Jan. 18, 1870. He is happy to hear that Cincinnati is so flourishing; he extends regards to Fathers (Francis J.) Pabisch and (Joseph H.) Richter. He has attended to the commissions with his Emminence. Permission should be first asked to have a coadjutor, then the postulant should consult the other Prelates and after this send on the names. He is glad to hear the good news of the Bishop of Louisville (William McCloskey); they take a lively interest in his diocese. The question of the cemeteries can be answered only by writing to the Inquisition. Such a formal application could be sent to Cardinal (Alexander) Barnabo. Rome expects some aid from Cincinnati towards the contemplated fund. That and other donations and collections will enable them to live. The Cincinnati students are well and doing well, as His Holiness Mgr. Talbot has resigned and the protectorate has been given to his Emminence Card. (Charles Augustus) Reisach. The rector, Very Rev. Dr. O'Callaghan is hard at work. He sends regards to Rev. (Edward) Purcell and the other gentlemen of the Cathedral.

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1869 Feb. 12
Brady, Sister: St. Vincent's Asylum, Toledo, Ohio
to James F. Edwards: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She thanks Edwards for his generous donation to the Community. They will use the cross and the crimson damask for their grandest festivals. She speaks of the success of the recent Forty Hours devotion.

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1869 Feb. 13
Herbstrit, (C.PP.S.), Father Andreas: Monroe, (Michigan)
to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

He and Father (August Young) Jung were in Detroit yesterday and in Lefevere's house with the intention of seeing Lefevere about the Missions he will entrust them with. They are willing to accept the Missions for five years. But he puts a few questions: 1. Will they get all the Missions that Bishop (Ignatius) Mrak had lately? 2. Could they get some adjoining counties for their district and which ones? 3. As they will form a Missionary Community of priests, he may have a chance to get two or three priests more. May he receive them? 4. Not knowing how soon one of them can go, would Lefevere send him and Jung faculties and the statutes of the Diocese. Jung is a young priest, pious and good. His superior has by letter given him permission to go with Herbstrit. 5. Are there any vessels, vestments, and house furniture there or must they see about such things before they go there?

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1869 Feb. 14
Perigo, Frank: Toledo, Ohio
to James F. Edwards: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

He had begun to think that Edwards had forgotten him. He tells of the good times he has at the dancing school.

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1869 Feb. 14
Rievers, Father H(enry): Muskegon, Michigan
to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Rievers informs Lefevere of the trouble caused by some of the large French element in his parish. At the head of them is Lorranger, a saloon-keeper who had trouble with Father (James) Pulcher. Only about 11 of 2000 Canadian French have paid their pew rent. He preaches after Communion so they could leave. They tried to get up some clap-trap; Dr. Lamontagne was among them. Rievers speaks in English although he and Father (William) Takken both speak French. Most of the French have never requested him to use French, but most do not support the church or priest. There is a $700 debt. Father (Arnold) Damen, (S.J.) will give a mission there next summer. P.S. Takken went (to) Pent-Water, Pere Marquette. etc.

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The allocation made for the diocese of Detroit was 7,000 francs. On January 8 he paid Father John De Neve of the American College of Louvain 1,400 francs leaving 5,600 francs. Lefevere can draw on him for that amount.

- L. Copy - (French)

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1869 Feb. 15
Rievers, Father H(enry): Muskegon, Michigan
to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): (Detroit, Michigan)

Yesterday Rievers explained to the French during Mass how things were managed, how the accounts stood -- $700 debts. After Mass some of the best members came and told him they never knew anything about the whole transaction. Mr. Lamontagne said they had just taken the course Rievers stated. They went to Detroit and got the consent of the Bishop to have their priest. They had written to Bishop (L.) Lafleche, of Three Rivers, who answered that he would send them a priest as soon as possible, which answer Lamontagne read to Rievers as also the petitions sent to Lafleche in which mention was made of Chinniqui (Charles Chiniquy). Rievers would be glad if (Lefevere) would order him or Father (William) Takken to take all the French but to use the same church would be the ruin of all Catholics in Muskegon. (P.S.) Takken did not return from the missions. Rievers intends to visit Cascade only with (Lefevere's) leave.

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1869 Feb. 16
( ), Tillie (Edwards' cousin): Toledo, Ohio
to James F. Edwards: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Time is so dull she has little news to tell.

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1869 Feb. 19
B(rownson) S(arah) H.: Eliz(abeth), (New Jersey)
to Henry (F. Brownson):

Henry's mother is glad to hear that he and Fifine are well and that he has not had another attack as on the night before he left. She feels his illness keenly and claims that the love between husband and wife is no stronger than the love which parents have for their children. Being deprived of a proper use of his hand, as well the care and vexations of officers and men, is great suffering for Henry and (Mrs. Brownson) wonders how he bears these trials so uncomplainingly. General Hancock wrote to (Brownson) asking for any of Edward's letters which gave an account of the battle of Gettysburg, as well as his photograph. Sarah (Brownson) made some extracts from his letters and carried them to him. She had a dozen photographs taken from the best one she had and gave (Mrs. Brownson) six, one of which she is enclosing in this letter to Henry. She thinks it is a good likeness and wants to know whether Henry is of the same opinion. The weather has been very mild in Eliz(abeth) up until today. One evening, a young man named Charles Hargous called in at the Brownson home. He claimed that he was the brother of Jack Hargous and that he had been in college with Edward. In coming from Washington he had fallen asleep and was robbed of 40 dollars and his ticket. He was now in the hopes that Brownson would lend him money to get home, promising to return it as soon as he arrived. Three or four dollars was what he had wanted and was very disappointed when (Mrs. Brownson) could lend him only one. It has since been learned that his name is Byrne and that he was in a low class when Edward was in college. It seems that he has tried to swindle others. Miss Howell died at the Sisters in N(ew) Y(ork) about ten days ago, her funeral being last Saturday. Henry left his book of church music at the (Brownson) home and his mother will take care of it for him. His father and mother send their warmest love to him and Fifine.

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1869 Feb. 19
Lebarbanchon, Father M. A.: Pointe Claire, (Quebec)
to Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere): Detroit, (Michigan)

He has received Lefevere's letter but he regrets that he has been misunderstood. If he mentioned his status in France and in Canada, it was not done with a view to obtaining an important assignment in (Lefevere's) diocese. He left France only to work for the salvation of souls. He desires to find a bishop of his country of long and great experience. Such is the reason he asks admission into (Lefevere's) diocese. Father J. O. Paré, secretary to the Bishop of Montreal advised him to write.

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1869 Feb. 19
McCloskey, W(illia)m, Bishop of Louisville: Louisville, (Kentucky)
to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

McCloskey has received Purcell's letter but does not care to accept the person mentioned by Purcell into his diocese. It is too bad that a person of such talents should have forgotten the dignity of the priesthood, and McCloskey sympathizes with him in his present predicament. He would rather want for priests than take such risks. He hopes that Purcell's headache has passed. He has read in a Dubuque paper the eulogium of Father Daniel O'Regan. On Sunday he will install the new mother of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, but quietly so that no one will ask about the predecessor. He sends his respects to certain priests.

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1869 Feb. 19
Van Lauwe, Father E(dward): Port Huron, (Michigan)
to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefevere: (Detroit, Michigan)

Fredericks and Company of Detroit have just finished putting in 15 stain-glass windows in his church, 10 of these have been subscribed for, each costing $65. Lefevere's promise to pay for the first window has influenced others to do the same. He hopes it will not be inconvenient for Lefevere to send the price of his window.

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1869 Feb. 20
Rice, C.M., Father Robert E.V.:
Seminary of Our Lady of Angels Suspension Bridge, New York
to Bishop Peter P(aul) Lefevere: Detroit, (Michigan)

Rice acknowledgeds Lefevere's letter of February 13. He will give (Patrick N ?) O'Brien the articles Lefevere ordered. O'Brien's papers arrived too late to receive Orders; he can at the next Ordination Trinity Sunday. Rice has written twice to Lefevere about a young man whom Father (Isidore A.) Lebel of Kalamazoo sent to his seminary saying Lebel would either have Lefevere adopt him of Lebel would pay for him. Rice wrote to Lebel but received no answer. Rice would like to know what arrangement has been made. The young man is worthy of being patronized.

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1869 Feb. 23
W(ood), J(ames) F., Bishop of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

Purcell's letter of the 18th was received. Wood would not place Father J(ames) K(eough) in any place of responsibility or where he would not be under control or surveillance. If possible, it would be a favor to him if a place as professor in a seminary could be found, away from the temptations of a city. Wood will take charge of the remittance of Purcell's annual collection for the American College at Rome. This is distinct from the Endowment Fund. Father (George H.) Doane has had more success than was hoped for, and he is pushing collection with undiminished zeal. All in Philadelphia are well and preparing for Easter. He sends kindest remembrances to Father Edward (Purcell) and all his friends.

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1869 Feb. 23
Young, Father N(icholas) R( ): West Liberty, O(hio)
to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

The Kenton mission is improving, probably due to the absence and privation endured by the people. He has failed as yet to secure a graveyard. A Protestant gentleman, as the member of a committee of five offers a piece of land, the best spot in the vicinity, for such a purpose. The donor's conditions are that he be given a family lot and that he be buried in the graveyard. This gentleman will probably die a Catholic, for his daughter is a good one, and his wife is taking instructions in the Faith. He has done a great deal for the mission in whatever way he can, and Young asks that such a condition as he stipulates be accepted. A certain Mr. Crawley has enlarged his residence so that he can accomodate a Bishop or Priest, and asks that a Mass be said in the house. Young asks if this may be done. It is impossible to do any begging just now. His sister will come to live with him as soon as she is able to travel.

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1869 Feb. 25
Dix, W. G.: Peabody, Massachusetts
to Orestes A. Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey

The notice appearing in the Tablet of Brownson's illness was the only authentic news which Dix had received, and was sorry to hear of it. He never will forget with what intense delight he had seized and read the successive numbers of Brownson's Review. Brownson's views had displaced many of the Protestant views which Dix had. Some people talk of the oppressive and deadening of the heart and intellect due to Catholic teachings. When Dix felt this way, he reread some of Brownson's articles and again his beliefs were recovered. Nor shall Dix forget how through the kindness of Bishop (James R.)Bayley he met Brownson. He will never forget the first interview he had with Brownson -- that he only wished to stay a few minutes and Brownson enchanted him for the best part of the afternoon. When Dix was oppressed by cares and responsibilites, Brownson gave him expert advice. Dix is unable to find words which would express his gratitude.

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1869 Feb. 26
Hecker, (Father) I(saac) T.: (New York City, New York)
to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Hecker is home and would be happy to have Brownson call whenever he can.

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1869 Feb. 27

Visitation, Sisters of the Wheeling, W(est) V(irgini)a
to Ja(mes) (Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

The Sisters state that they fear some misunderstanding has sprung up between their order and McMaster, and that he no longer considers them his friends as in the past. They do not know the reason for this, but earnestly hope that they can reinstate themselves in his good graces, and that he will not hold against the entire community any actions of the individuals. They hold themselves his friends and from no one but their superiors would they be happier to accept advice and suggestions. They report that their work in favor of free education for young ladies reduced by the war had gained converts for the Church. The charity the nuns have extended to these girls, added to the large debt, made some of the old sisters fearful, and ready to omit any outlay that could be avoided. To the regret of many of the active working members of the order, the advertisements of the Academy have been neglected. The sisters wish to advertise in the Journal, at least, and ask McMaster to send the schedule of rates, and with the consent of their superiors they will send the money in advance.

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1869 Feb. 28
St. Palais, M(aurice) de Bishop of Vincennes,: Vincennes, Indiana
to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

St. Palais apologizes for not answering (Purcell's) letter sooner, but he has been out on missions through his diocese. Bishop(Simon Gabriel) Brute's papers were returned to St. Palais a few months ago. They had, for several years, been in the possession of Archbishop (John) Hughes. The examination of them by persons who knew Brute, produced the work of Bishop (James R.) Bayley of Newark, N. J. If Brute's grand nephew wishes to write a work on his uncle, he should come to Vincennes and talk and observe in the surroundings in which Brute worked. However, if he wants the papers, St. Palais will send them to (Purcell). As regards Aurora, Indiana everything is perfectly quiet there. St. Palais believes Father (Ignatius) Klein to be the victim of a few very bad Catholics who lie about the pastor. The congregation at Aurora seems to be a very good one, and probably the great majority of them would grieve severely were Klein to be removed. St. Palais is fully convinced that Klein is wrongfully accused by the few who wrote to Rome and who complained to (Purcell). If the word of a man about whom it is said that he is a bigamist, a freemason, and a protestant at heart, if not in reality, is to be taken against that of a priest and Bishop, the administration of the diocese becomes an impossibility. St. Palais will write to Cardinal Barnabo at once, and until he will receive the Cardinal's reply, (Purcell) should do what he wishes about the matter. Whatever his decision will be, it will not destroy the friendly relations existing between them.

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