University of Notre Dame


(1869) (Aug.)
Pabisch, Father F(rancis) J.: (Cincinnati, Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Pabisch has carefully looked over all the passages in the New Testament where the word "sacerdos" occurs and he finds that it always refers to the priests of the old testament or to Christ or has a mystical meaning. But though the word is wanting the thing is not wanting. He quotes from Dr. Rock on the Mass, and shows how Rock proves the nature of the sacrifice offered by the apostles. The Greek words likewise imply more than preaching, a service to God. Even the protestant professor Lechler admits this meaning of the words. If (Purcell) wishes something more elaborate he is to leave word for Pabisch.

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1869 Aug. 1
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Eliz(abeth), N(ew) J(ersey)
 to Maj(or) H(enry) F. Brownson, U.S.A.: Detroit, (Michigan)

Brownson failed to reply to (Henry's) last letter from Salem because he did not know where to direct his answer. He is very glad that (Henry) has learned of the improvement of Fifine's health. He sympathizes with (Henry's) parental pride in Master Vandyke Brownson. Representing as he does at least three distinguished races he ought to be something extraordinary. The numbers of the Catholic World which Brownson promised (Henry) for Father Ernest Van Dyke had been disposed of by promise when (Henry) had asked his father. Brownson regrets being forced to disappoint both (Henry) and his brother-in-law. However, (Henry) has the first volume and of the other volumes not much more than half could be found, though what has become of them is not known. Brownson has walked to Church once, attended commencement at Seton Hall, and St. John's Fordham. He is good friends again with the Jesuits and although, their colleges are not perfect they are the best we have or hope to have. Father (Isaac) Hecker goes to the Council as procurator for Bishop (Sylvester H.) Rosecranz. He is growing less radical and will no doubt return from Rome as Conservative as Brownson. A nailless too prevents Brownson from walking further than around the yard, but with this exception his health is good, and he is slowly gaining strength. He asks if Henry receives the Cath(olic) W(orld). James Sadlier is very ill at some watering place, is losing his mind and is expected to die. He has virtually withdrawn from the firm, which places Brownson in a predicament, since neither he nor Denis Sadlier can get along. Brownson hopes to go into town Tuesday in order to see about it and is afraid that he can not be in Detroit before September. He hopes to celebrate his birthday with Henry and Fifine. The Sadliers have not fully paid him since last January and as a result he is almost moneyless. He would be pleased to lecture if he could. Brownson can do nothing for (Henry) until Mrs. Sherman and Mrs. Dahlgren get back to Washington permanently, for they are the only strings in his bow. The War Department will probably not bother (Henry) till Congress meets and it looks as though he will have to rely on his law business after that inasmuch as the next session of Congress will most likely discharge all officers now at home awaiting orders. Brownson has not seen (Henry's) name among those ordered to Mississippi and Texas. He sends his love to Fifine and asks her to kiss the young master for him.

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1869 Aug. 4
Purcell, Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist): Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to Father P(eter) Hennaert: (Detroit, Michigan)

Hennaert treated Father (Vincent?) de Vilas as he deserved. Purcell felt his impropriety in leaving a diocese which opened its arms to receive him and gave him a very good position. Purcell was surprised when he heard that Father (Isidore Anthony) Lebel and de Vilas were in treaty about Kalamazoo. Purcell will say nothing to prevent de Vilas' acceptance by Hennaert. He answered Lebel's letter of July 29, to tell him that Hennaert rendered him a real service by rejecting the proposal of de Vilas. Purcell had a letter yesterday from Rome asking a report on Trade Unions. Does Hennaert have anything special to communicate on the subject; Rome wishes the report to embrace the whole Province.

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1869 Aug. 5
Mackey, Father John M.: Marion, Ohio
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He asks Purcell to do the Catholics of Marion County a great favor by being in Caledonia, (Ohio) to confer Confirmation and dedicate the new church on Oct. 10; in La Rue to give Confirmation and dedicate the new church on Oct. 11; in Marion to give Confirmation and lecture on Oct. 12. He gives directions and train schedules for getting to Marion. He has made every effort to impress upon the children the importance of Confirmation. He knows that Purcell will make every allowance, since so many are lost to the Church when they do not receive admission to its sacraments. P.S. An influential member of the congregation is a member of a secret order calling themselves, Independent Order of Good Templars. The object of the society is the cause of temperance. Their weekly meetings are preceded and ended by a prayer.

1869 Aug. 7
Carberry, Patrick: Chicago, (Illinois)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Elizabeth, N(ew) J(ersey)

When Brownson lived in Auburn, it was the writer who ran a barber shop and who used to shave Brownson. For further recollection Carberry mentions Frances W. Right and the part which Brownson did in her behalf and that Carberry shared the same views. "But these times are passed as yours and mine will soon be—never to return." Carberry believes Brownson is well up in years because he himself is 79 years old. Carberry wants to know all about Brownson, his family, and his labors. He, in 1859, heard that a friend of his, F. Doubleday, was living in Bloomington so he wrote him a letter to which he received information that his wife had joined the Baptist church, his daughter was married to the preacher of the same church, that his son was one of those captured at Fort Sumptor, but that Mrs. Doubleday is now dead and the eldest son is in the book business in New York. Carberry, sometime previously had read of political atheism in some of Brownson's works and would like to have the latter explain to him what he means by the term.

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1869 Aug. 7
DeCeuninck, Father Cha(rle)s L.: Cheboygan, (Michigan)
 to Father P(eter) Hennaert: (Detroit, Michigan)

As he had hoped that Bishop (Ignatius) Mrak, on the reception of Hennaert's letter, would forward the deed he sent him to sign, he began operations to build the church. He caused the parties to deliver a warranted deed of the land purchased whenever he gave them a warranted deed of the halfacre that Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere ordered to be sold. Three months have passed since he sent the deed, but no returns have been received. He asks that the enclosed quit-claim deed and the request of the trustees be forwarded to Mrak, who should send him a deed. Hennaert's judgment of the priest (Matthias Orth?) at Mackinac is correct.

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1869 Aug. 7
Domenec, Michael Bishop of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

Domenec informs Purcell that the bishops had agreed to go to Europe together, under Archbishop (Martin John) Spalding of Baltimore. They will secure better berths that way, and passage will be cheaper. They will leave about October 20. Domenec wrote four days ago to the Mother Superior (Regina, Mattingly) of the Sisters of Charity in Cincinnati, asking her to send some nuns to form a community in the diocese of Pittsburgh. The Sisters of Mercy can not handle all the wants, and if another community is to be brought in, Domenec prefers the Sister of Charity. He repeats his request to Purcell, hoping he will give his consent, if the sisters are willing.

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1869 Aug. 8
Clarke, D(ennis) A.: Columbus, Ohio
 to James F. Edwards: Toledo, Ohio

He will return to Notre Dame in three weeks. He spent a few days visiting Tommy Ewing at Lancaster, Ohio. Jas. O'Reilly intends to return for law.

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1869 Aug. 8
DeNeve, Father J(ohn): Louvain, Belgium
 to Father (Peter) Hennaert: Detroit, (Michigan)

He has at the (American) College at Louvain an excellent young man, (P. J.) De Smedt, a subdeacon of Bruges. There is doubt whether he belongs to Bruges or to Detroit. De Neve asks for an ineat or exeat. Father (August J.) Lambert will sail from Antwerp tomorrow. Father (Matthew H.) Schaeken will come out in August. He is an excellent subject in talents, student, music, temper, etc., but not old as yet. Bill No. 9 for Detroit lists expenses for 1868-69.

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1869 Aug. 9
Mackey, Father John M.: Marion, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

John O'Conner and Mary Tobin, related in the third and fourth degrees of consanguinity, desire a dispensation to marry. The girl is only sixteen, but a robust country girl, and her parents desire the marriage to take place. Mackey, himself, can see no reason for urging the dispensation. PS. They expect an answer by Thursday morning.

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1869 Aug. 9
Sorin, Father E(dward) (F.) (C.S.C.): Notre Dame, Indiana
 to Orestes A. Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey

If Brownson continues to treat the blessed Mother indifferently, he may incur her displeasure according to sorin.

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1869 Aug. 10
Verboort, Father W.A.: Depere, (Wisconsin)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

Father Verboort agrees with McMaster concerning the prevalence of the devil's music in the churches, but feels that the fault lies with the priests and bishops, who do not enforce plain music. Verboort is very bitter against allowing Jews and infidels to play the organ, or lead the choir. He feels just as strongly against the convent schools which teach singing and choir directing, for he feels that the ladies are too worldly, and vain, and as superficial in religion as infidels. He thinks stricter discipline is needed both in the churches and in the schools. P.S. He gives permission to use any part of this that MsMaster cares to, or else to throw it out.

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1869 Aug. 13
Doyle, Father James M: Janesville, Wis(consin)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Father Doyle reports that at a meeting of forty English speaking priests of the Diocese of Milwaukee, held during their Retreat last month, he introduced the question of parochial rights. Everyone present pledged himself to do all he can to obtain that right. Doyle also says that he finds the German pastors nearly all straight on the question, too. Mention was made in the Journal of the expense for proper representation of the case in Rome. He pledges $100 towards that fund, subject to McMaster's call at any time. He points out a precedent in England, where a similar fight was carried on. There the priests signed a card and returned it, the cards then being presented to the Holy Father with a petition. The prayer was immediately granted. He and the other priests indorse every word McMaster has written and ask God to bless "Jus" (the pen name of the author of the articles on parochial rights).

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1869 Aug. 13
Ingersoll, F. H.: Haverhill, Ohio
 to James F. Edwards: (Toledo, Ohio)

He sends his photograph according to promise. He will not return to Notre Dame. He would like to have one of Edwards'.

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1869 Aug. 13
Sifferath, Father N(icholas) Louis: Buffalo, (New York)
 to Father (Peter) Hennaert: Detroit, (Michigan)

Sifferath is now in Buffalo with the Redemptorists. He has seen Bishop (Steph Ryan) to get permission to say Mass until he can see the new bishop of Detroit when he shall come to Cross Village. The Buffalo Bishop would give him Permission if Hennaert would tell him that he were not under censure.

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 On the same paper: 

Hespelein, C.SS.R., Father John: (Buffalo, New York)
 to Father (Peter Hennaert): (Detroit, Michigan)

He wants to know about the unfortunate missionary, whether their Bishop can give him the faculty to say Mass, since he speaks of no station he would accept until the future Bishop of Detroit would receive him back after a cross-examination of his complaint. Hespelein sends love to Fathers (Peter) Warlop, (Bernard) Soffers, etc.

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1869 Aug. 15
(Brownson, Sarah H.): Elizabeth, (New Jersey)
 to Henry (F. Brownson):

Mrs. Brownson asks forgiveness for not having answered his letter until now and also for all of her delinquencies and shortcomings. She hopes Fifine is still improving and has more than regained her usual strength. Seeing the baby would please very much and it is to be hoped that he gets through the warm weather, which is so trying to small children. Henry, she supposes, feels anxious to know how things will turn out but he should trust that everything will be for the best even if not in harmony with our wishes. (Orestes Brownson's) health is good and he is busy preparing his book for the press, which the Sadliers will publish. James Sadlier has been and still is sick. Dr. Brown, who stayed overnight with the (Brownsons) recently, is going very soon with Mr. Eerrum to Europe and will be gone sometime. Dr. Hewit comes out about once in two weeks on business for himself. (Brownson) expects to sit for a picture the next day. A young artist from Germany, who is staying with the Benedictines in Newark, wants to paint Brownson's picture in the hope that it will help him in his profession. Annie (Brownson) wishes that it be raffled at one dollar a chance at the Fair for the orphans in Boston. Sarah will take about a dozen chances to see if she can dispose of them, and she would be pleased to have Henry take some. In this way there is a better chance for one of the family to win it. Sarah (Brownson) has gone out of the yard today for the first time in five or six weeks because of illness. (Orestes Brownson Jr.) salary has been increased to $1500 per annum and gets along well except with the Bishop (John Hennessy), who will not allow Orestes' children the Sacraments nor catechism as long as they attend a public school. Orestes teaches in a public school and ten out of twelve teachers under him are Catholics. John is in Orestes' highest class. Orestes says it almost shakes his faith. (Mrs. Brownson) would be very glad if Henry would write to him. She sends her love to Fifine and hopes the latter will be able to write soon.

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1869 Aug. 16
Fish, Hamilton: Washington, (District of Columbia)
 to Francis P. McFarland, (Bishop of: Hartford, Connecticut)

Passport No. 2810 stamped for Rome and Naples, February 3, 1870, etc.

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1869 Aug. 19
St. Palais, Maurice de Bishop of Vincennes: Vincennes, (Indiana)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Upon his return to Vincennes, he read Purcell's letter and replied immediately. The day of Oct. 20 and the French steamship line suit him admirably. He shall make plans for that day and shall meet Purcell in Cincinnati before he leaves for New York.

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1869 Aug. 19
Spillard, C.S.C., Father D(aniel) J.: Notre Dame, Indiana
 to James F. Edwards: (Toledo, Ohio)

The officers for the coming year are the same. Mr. Timothy Maher (C.S.C.) was ordained on the 15th. Father (M.B.) Brown, C.S.C. takes his obedience as assistant pastor of South Bend very hard. Father (Michael M.) Hallinan is to teach at Notre Dame again.

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1869 Aug. 20
Vagnier, C.S.C., Father Thomas: Notre Dame, Indiana
 to James F. Edwards: (Toledo, Ohio)

Edwards must not think that his letters are insipid for Vagnier. Father M. Brown is now in South Bend as assistant to Father (Peter) Cooney. Rev. (Timothy) Maher (C.S.C.) was ordained on the 15th. Sister Holy Cross said she missed Edwards' help in fixing up her chapel. Vagnier has some chance of visiting the Lake Champlain regions and may visit Edwards on the way. Edwards could accompany him.

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1869 Aug. 21
Dwenger, C.PP.S., Father Jos(eph): Carthagena, Ohio
 to Father P(eter) Hennaert: Detroit, (Michigan)

His Provincial Father And(reas) Kunkler, C.PP.S., desires him to write that Father (Andreas) Herbstrit received permission to leave their Congregation of the Precious Blood for five years and to be considered a secular priest during that time. He is a good, zealous priest, only a poor religious. He calls Hennaert's attention, and that of the succeeding bishop, to the fact that he is over zealous in church building, ornamenting, etc., and thus apt to run himself too deeply into debt.

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(1869) Aug. 21
Hecker, Father Isaac T.: N(ew) Y(ork) (City), (New York)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Hecker would like to know if Brownson has an article in preparation. It is his belief that the estimation of Brownson's articles is so far below their real value, however there are many who appreciate them because the Catholic World is exerting a wider and more important influence on a large class of mind. Father Hecker thinks himself to be more valuable in the missionary field than editing the Catholic World. "Let no doubt enter your mind regarding the good that you are doing with your pen. Nothing worth while has come to hand suitable to your pen or you would have heard from no sooner." Perhaps the "Free religious association" topic would be a suitable subject. Father Hecker's trip to Lake George has done him a world of good and informs Brownson if there were more than two priests at home that he would come to see him.

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1869 Aug. 23
Mackey, John M., Pastor St. Mary's: Marion, O(hio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell) (of: Cincinnati, Ohio)

He informs Purcell that he has a candidate for the Seminary from his congregation. The young man's name is John Darmody, and his parents are able and willing to bear all expenses. Hoping that he will be received this year, he ventures to send Darmody in time for the retreat.

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1869 Aug. 23
Rosecrans, S(ylvester) H. Bishop of Columbus: Columbus, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Father (William) O'Rourke called on him and told him that he had been accused of being drunk because he took supper in the hotel and slept in the sacristy. He claims it is false. However, they did accuse him and have probably written to Purcell about it. Flading has left because Rosecrans told him that he must go back to Mt. St. Mary's. He will apply to some other Bishop of course. He sends regards to the priests of the Cathedral. P.S. Please drop the enclosed in the box.

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1869 Aug. 24
Brownson, Orestes A. Jr.: Dubuque, (Iowa)
 to (Henry F. Brownson: Detroit, Michigan)

Henry's letter was duly received. He has felt bad about his school difficulties. Before beginning to teach in First Ward Public School he asked Bishop (John) Hennessy's permission; the bishop told him to go and teach. But since he has been teaching, the bishop prevents his children and all children that attend his school from receiving Sacraments and from attending cathechism classes. The bishop preaches against him, not by name, but by insinuation. Orestes is to open discussion on the public schools before the County Teachers' Association. He would be pleased to have Brownson correct his address. They are expecting their seventh child this week; his children have always been healthy. He hopes Henry will visit them; he hears that Henry is retired from the army and practising law.

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1869 Aug. 24
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Elizabeth, (New Jersey)
 to (Father) I(saac) T. Hecker: New York, (New York)

Brownson sent Hecker a notice of (Henry W.) Beecher's "Norwood". Hecker insists on Brownson making his articles short which is hardly possible, if he is to do justice to the subjects. The range of subjects is limited and Hecker must take Brownson for what he is or not at all. In every article Brownson writes for Hecker, he does his best within Heckers boundaries. If he ventured to write in a higher key, and to give fuller play to his natural tendencies and study he should most likely say something that would jar the mild and conciliatory tone of the Catholic World. If Hecker permitted Brownson to write in the 1st singular and under his own name, he could serve him better. Brownson thinks his articles are of service to the Catholic World. He intended to give Hecker another article on Leckey, but after Hecker's letter he cannot without a renewal of Hecker's permission. The largest objection to his articles, Brownson believes, that they are too much on the same subject. To some extent, this is no doubt true but Brownson writes with a general philosophical and theological doctrine in his mind. Brownson could avail it if Hecker would not send him works in one particular line. Brownson is thankful the rank which Hecker bestowed upon him but he has 40 or 50 other writers who have a finish of style which Brownson cannot aspire to and who can restrict there whole thought on a subject in a single article. Hecker's letter which was intended to encourage Brownson had the effect of discouraging him.

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1869 Aug. 26
Hecker, Father (Isaac) T.: (New York City, New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Hecker realized that he did not correctly express in the previous letter to Brownson his deep appreciation for Brownson's work. Any other thought was far from his mind. He will be glad to receive the second article on Lecky. He is sending a pamphlet "Free Religious Association" with marked passages for Brownson's attention. He has marked a passage in Emmerson's speech in which he professed to find a contradiction between the "without" and the "within" which of course is an imaginary one, as between faith and science. In regard to changing the articles in the Catholic World to personal ones would at present be inadvisable.

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1869 Aug. 30
Chatard, Father S(ilas) M.: Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Purcell's letters of July 7 and Aug. 1 were received. Numerous occupations prevented Chatard's replying earlier. Were it not for the foreign papers, it would not be possible to learn of the trouble in Rome, for one hears nothing here that would lead to fear of disturbance for Church or state. Pope Pius IX will never move from his stand on the point of separation from the state. He considers it as important to the independence of the Church in the political order as is eating and drinking and laboring for our daily bread in the natural order. One of the most desperate of the Garibaldians of 1867 has just died a most edifying death at St. Michele. The small deficit of Mr. Henry's bill was met by Purcell's last draft. Mr. Henry is much improved in health. It is the opinion of those in Rome that Henry would have died if he had been allowed to remain in the city. Chatard hopes his condition is truly sound and not just apparently so. He sends regards to Father Edward (Purcell) and the other gentlemen of the Cathedral.

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1869 Aug. 30
Cunnea, James:
Morris, Grundy Co., Illinois
 to James F. Edwards: (Toledo, Ohio)

He would like to stop in Toledo on his way to Rome to have a few words with Edwards for he does not intend to return for at least five years. Andrew J. Reilly is stopping with Cunnea.

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1869 Aug. 30
Lowe, E. Louis: Brooklyn, (New York)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Lowe complains that the gout has prevented him from visiting McMaster in his office for the purpose of thanking him, as he does now in this letter, for his exhibition of friendship in publishing Lowe's address to the students of the University of Virginia. Lowe says that when he saw the great amount of space devoted to the address, he could really appreciate sensibly, McMaster's kindness. He only hopes that it will produce the effect wished for, and that the youth of the North will be led away from the illussions and passions engendered in them by the war spirit and by wily appeals of radical demagogues. There are several hundred thousand that must be reclaimed before the next presidential election. Lowe hopes that McMaster will do him the honor of visiting him at his home in Brooklyn.

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1869 Aug. 30
Spalding, M(artin) J. Archbishop of: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell) of: (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Spalding apologized for not writing sooner. He found things in Chicago not so bad as he had anticipated but bad enough. He will tell Purcell the story on their way to Europe or after his arrival. He sails Oct. 20, which he thinks will be Purcell's time also, according to the Telegraph. He asks Purcell what they are going to do about the Syllabus. He is in favor of taking it all but feels that some of the propositions, liable to misconstruction in this country, should be explained by affirmative propositions, so that all will understand their drift. He wonders at the delay of Rome in appointing western bishops. He hopes the bulls will arrive in time to have the consecrations before they leave for the Council. He is deeply moved by the continual wail of grief that comes to him from his old diocese, Louisville. He wishes they would let him alone and address their own Metropolitan who can apply a remedy. He has uniformly sought to allay discontent by telling them that things will turn out better than they expect.

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