University of Notre Dame


1871 Mar. (?)
Beecher, (Lyman):

Newspaper clipping which gives Mr. Beecher's favorable comments on the appointment of Archbishop (John) McCloskey to the Cardinalship.

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1871 (?) March —
Emory, Clara Tilton: Omaha Barracks (Nebraska?)
 to (Henry F.) Brownson: (Detroit, Michigan)

Henry's letter found Mr. Emory in the midst of a most dangerous attack of pleurisy, and was among the agreeable incidents of the sick room. When Mr. Emory is strong enough he will write Henry. Nearly a year ago he sent Henry a long letter describing their plains life, and some months later it was returned to him from the dead letter office. (Emory) heard Henry was at Leavenworth and addressed it there—so Henry cannot have the credit of having written the first letter. She wishes they were as fortunate as Henry in being out of the Army. The post is very pleasant, but Mr. Emory dislikes company duty. Gen. Meade invited him to return to his staff which they expect to do about the first of May. She wishes they might stop at Detroit but it will be impossible. She shall travel without a nurse, and it will be necessary to make the journey as short as possible. She invites the Brownsons to Philadelphia. Col. Wildrick goes south to Pulaski. His wife does not join him until winter, not being able to stand the climate. If Henry would like to see (Mrs. Wildrick's) book, she will send it to him. She gets occasional scraps of Atlanta news through Gen. M(eade's) (?) letters. Henry probably knows of Mrs. Simmons' death and Dr. A. K. Smith's marriage to Miss Allison, a daughter of the Paymaster. Katy Adams is married to a man named Jenkins. She supposes Henry's second child is another boy from his not telling. She would like to see Mrs. Brownson with her little kids at her knee. Henry does not deserve to have any children for having shown such an entire want of appreciation of the charms of her Incomparable daughter Matilda, while under the same roof. She hopes Mrs. Brownson doesn't allow the children to be frightened by that old pipe he was so fond of. If Henry wishes to do an act of charity during Lent he will write soon again to Mr. Emory. He will have to endure the monotony of a sick room quite a while before he can seek amusement outside. She has not had a night's rest for more than a week. No one could approach (Emory) but herself. She feels as weak as a baby, but the lead of anxiety being gone, she can endure the rest. God has been merciful. Love to Mrs. Brownson. If there are any pictures of the children to spare, she would love to have them.

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1871 March 1
Hyde, John: Bay City Mich(igan)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey

Hyde read in the March issue of the Catholic World an article written by Brownson which contained the statement that a course in philosophy was necessary for the Catholic young man, that many are deprived of such an education because they lacked a college course. Hyde is one of those men. Due to Hyde's position in life, he feels the weakness of such training. He would like to begin a private study of philosophy. He does not want to consult any texts recommended to him by his protestant friends but would like to have a text which is simple and direct to the end. He has no knowledge of any Catholic text written on the subject hence he wants Brownson to give him advice on the matter.

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1871 Mar. 5
Shahan, Father Tho(ma)s H.: Taunton, (Massachusetts)
 to Bishop (Francis P.) McFarland of: (Hartford, Connecticut)

McFarland's letter saying that Edith O'Gorman had been attacked in Taunton by a crowd of 1000 led by a priest was received. The statement is false. Priests do not lead mobs in Taunton. She was hissed by men and boys who gathered to see her. Before the end of the lecture Catholics had been cleared from the streets by the priests. They policed the crowd because there was rumor that there would be a disturbance which might have been planned by her or her partner Phillips. Shahan had stationed himself at the door of the hall to prevent Catholics from entering. Of course this prevented her from having a full house and caused her to make up her story about the 1000 attacking a little woman.

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1871 Mar. 6
Barnabo, Al(exander) Cardinal Prefect: Rome, (Papal States)
 to Archbishop John B(aptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

A certain Father John Daudet of the diocese of Cleveland has written to the Sacred Congregation of the Propaganda strongly complaining that he has been removed without cause from his parish at Newburgh, (Ohio), by Father (Edward) Hannin, the administrator of the diocese. Daudet said that circumstances made this transfer a penalty. He asked to be restored to his parish. Barnabo, admits that the parishes in America are not properly speaking parishes, and consequently are not included in the canons governing parishes, yet the bishops should avoid any injustice in removing pastors. He asks Purcell to make an investigation and to send him a report of the matter, especially since he appointed the administrator.

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1871 Mar. 6
McCloskey, W(illiam) Bishop of Louisville: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

McCloskey will be in Cincinnati Thursday or Friday, when the visit to Louisville can be arranged. A young Carmelite from Paducah has been sent to him for ordination without any announcement of his coming. The mission at the cathedral was well attended.

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1871 Mar. 6
Nolan, Father W(illia)m A.: Dudley, Huntington, Col., P(ennsylvani)a
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell)(of: Cincinnati, Ohio)

He asks to be affiliated with (Purcell's) diocese. He has been a member of the diocese of Pittsburgh since his ordination by Purcell twelve years ago and is now in charge of a parish and in good standing with his Bishop. His reasons for desiring to leave are personal and private and reflect no misconduct on his part. He has presented them to his Bishop and has received an Exeat, a copy of which Purcell will find on the other page. He hopes Purcell will receive him as that diocese seems to him like home, as he is acquainted with many of the clergy and was ordained at the Cathedral after studying at Mt. St. Mary's. If Purcell desires to do so, Nolan does not mind if he inquires into his case by writing to his Bishop. (Copy of Exeat on other page). Documentary copy signed by Bishop M(ichael) Domenec of Pittsburgh stating that Nolan is a priest in good standing, pastor of an important congregation, and a zealous worker. It gives Nolan the right to incorporate himself to any diocese he chooses.

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1871 Mar. 6
Young, Father N(icholas) R(aymond): Bellefontaine, O(hio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell)(of: Cincinnati, Ohio)

He asks the indulgence of a dispensation for a couple whom he has married, not having had time to communicate with (Purcell) previously. If he was truly informed, no impediment existed. Mr. Nash has saved the property in West Liberty, from being sacrificed at public sale. He will visit Pleasant Valley (Ohio) before Easter. The people of Marysville come to North Lewisburg when he visits there. He will do the best he can, but with his present charge he cannot do justice to those small missionary posts. They are suffering. He finds a large class of candidates for Holy Communion and Confirmation in Logan County. He is at times terribly agitated and oppressed, the just penalty of the past. But for the solace and protections of his good sister he would lose his mind. He asks for (Purcell's) prayers, in which he has great confidence. His sister joins in asking (Purcell's) blessing.

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1871 Mar. 9
Isidore, Sister:
St. Vincent's Hospital Norfolk, V(irgini)a
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: (Cincinnati, Ohio)

She asks Purcell's help in a matter that is a great care to her. Bishop (John) McGill (of Richmond) was in Norfolk the day before to see her and she discovered from him that there was to be no further division of the residuum of Mr. (James H.) Behan's estate. She knows that she has no legal claim, but thought that the hospital would obtain something further from the estate. They have just completed an addition to the hospital, and there remains to be paid $8, 349. She believes Bishop McGill is disposed to make an exception in their favor. She prays to St. Joseph that Purcell will aid them in this moment of need.

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1871 Mar. 9
McCloskey, W(illiam) Bishop of Louisville: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

McCloskey is in the midst of business concerning the St. Thomas Orphan Asylum, which does not permit him to leave Louisville that week. He is going to Nazareth to have the Sisters of Nazareth take charge of the smaller boys. He is tempted to give up his "commision" and let some one more congenial to (Archbishop Martin J. Spalding) take charge. He wishes to consult Purcell about the late Father B(enjamin) J. Spalding's property. A lawyer announces Archbishop Spalding's power of attorney void, and that the matter will get into court unless the archbishop does what he is bound to do. $3,000 were lost at a stroke two years ago.

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1871 Mar. 9
McGill, John Bishop of Richmond: Richmond, V(irgini)a
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

All that remains to clear the (James H.) Behan estate is the provision for having Behan's remains brought over from Liverpool (England) and some $400 to a Mr. Taylor. Most, if not all, of the Bishops have made a relinquishment, and Purcell has stated his unwillingness to make further distribution. They did very well to distribute $60,000 without a legal claim, in respect to the wishes of Behan, Bishop (Francis N.) Blanchet (of Oregon) has no further claim. Archbishop (John) McCloskey (of New York) and Bishop (James F.) Wood (of Philadelphia) express themselves satisfied with any arrangement made. He suggests that he and Purcell give several hundred dollars each to the Hospital of St. Vincent of Paul. Norfolk and one hundred each to Peggy Jasper, Behan's servant. If Purcell gives $500 for these purposes, he will got in cash about $7000, besides 20 shares of stock in the "Dismal Swamp Canal Co." which is now worth about $15, but which should soon be worth much more than that. He will also get $6,000 of Virginia state stock and half of a bond for $2880. The stocks are deposited with Alex Brown and Sons in Baltimore, but they have to pay 6% government inheritance tax on them. He asks to hear from Purcell at once, because he is going to Baltimore to effect the transfer of the funds from the executors. He will deposit it with Alex Brown and Sons. If Purcell does not agree with the suggestions regarding the hospital and Peggy Jaspar, his share will be $500 more. The other Bishops gave her something at the suggestion of Fitzgibbon. Purcell's trip to Pittsburgh was forgotten, but he should offset this expense to McGill's exercise of attorneyship for him. He will pay Purcell one-half the expenses if he wishes, for if they had been paid they would have reduced Purcell's share by that much. P.S. Purcell may answer him in Baltimore in care of Archbishop Spalding.

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1871 Mar. 10
Chatard, Father S(ilas) M. Rector of American College: Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

From what he has gathered from a recent correspondence between Purcell and Mrs. Lydia Potter of Cincinnati, who had proposed giving a foundation to the American College, Rome, he has been led to think some misunderstanding has arisen regarding the state of the account of the Archdiocese. For that reason he encloses an account of the Cincinnati affairs since May 24, 1868, when he took over. With regard to the draft sent in the spring of 1868, he thought Purcell must have overlooked the fact that he had already sent the amount a few weeks before, so Chatard entered the sum on his books as a credit to Purcell. Since the payments to the College are made in gold, there is a deduction for banker's commission and premium on gold. (No enclosure)

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1871 Mar. 10
Purcell, Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist): Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to General Charles Ewing: (Washington, District of Columbia)

Purcell apologizes for not sending the certificate of Ewing's marriage. If the court of Knox issued a certificate with the license he does not remember. He asks Ewing a favor. He has been trying to get into legal form the bequest of James Behan of Norfolk, Virginia, for several religious institutions. Behan died in London and the will was carried out according to law. Bishop (John) McGill of Richmond has asked Purcell to obtain remissions of the federal tax on certain stock which he names which were willed to McGill and Purcell. He promises prayers to Ewing and asks a remembrance to his wife.

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1871 Mar. 10
Spalding, M(artin J.) Archbishop of Baltimore: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Spalding thanks (Purcell) for sending him the reprints of the Roman Instruction to the Vicars Apostolic of China. Its publication by (Purcell) may do some good, although he thinks that among "us" the loose manner of promising marriage without solemnity scarcely amounts to what the church means by sponsalia.

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1871 Mar. 10
Walter, Father J(acob) A.: Washington, (D. C.)
 to Ja(me)s (Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, (New York)

He asks for a copy of the Journal of last year containing an article on Pope Adrian IV and his Bull.

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1871 Mar. 11
(McCloskey), John, Archbishop of: New York, (New York)
 to Bishop (Francis P.) McFarland of: Hartford, (Connecticut)

He invites McFarland to attend a meeting of the Bishops of the Province at the archiepiscopal residence Wednesday, April 19, at 11 A.M. He invites McFarland to stay at his house during his stay in the city.

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1871 Mar. 11
Young, Father N(icholas) R.: Bellefontaine, O(hio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell)(of: Cincinnati, Ohio)

He was happy to receive the two letters from (Purcell) and will obtain the information (Purcell) asks concerning Bishop (Edward) Fenwick. He will visit Marysville as soon as he can. Without a parish school, the training of the children will go slowly.

P.S.—Marion sends good news as a result of Father (P ) McMahon's work. McMahon visited Young two weeks ago.

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1871 Mar. 12
Purcell, J(ohn) B(aptist) Archbishop of Cincinnati: Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to Dr. M. Fitzgibbon: (Richmond, Virginia)

Purcell acknowledges Fitzgibbon's letter of Mar. 10 concerning the lamented James H. Behan's of January 1864. That voice from the tomb was worthy of the pious and generous Catholic that he was, and he has found a worthy exector in the person of Fitzgibbon. Purcell is sure that Behan is satisfied with the way Fitzgibbon departed from the letter of his testament to fulfill its spirit. It is to Fitzgibbon that Purcell is indebted for whatever he may receive from the estate. What that will be he must wait until he hears from Bishop (John) McGill. If that share is in local stocks, Fitzgibbon is the one to whom he can best entrust his share. He will willingly pay him his share of the $500 for his services. Sister Isidore has written to him but he has been unable to give her a satisfactory answer. He must be guided by McGill and Fitzgibbon. He will have Mass sung for Behan.

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1871 Mar. 12
Simeoni, Father John, Secretary (of the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda): Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop N(apoleon Joseph) Perché of: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Perché asks a dispensation from simple vows for Brother Prospero Davanne(?) who has been for some years a Christian Brother but has fallen into serious fault and gone into another province. He is now in New Orleans and has consulted a parish priest about his problem. In an audience with the Holy Father on March 12, 1871 at the request of Archbishop Perché the Holy Father dispensed the Brother from his vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

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1871 Mar. 13
Peter, (Mrs.) Sarah: Cin(cinnati), (Ohio)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

McMaster has probably already received some copies of "The Romas News Letter" which she encloses. There are also enclosed two copies of the formation of an association to be called the League of St. Sebastian, which is worthy of McMaster's attention. If he has seen them he should pass them around for someone else's information. Never was the saying "When the Church is in danger any Christian should be an apostle" more applicable than now. The papers are sent to her by Mr. Sampson, an intimate friend, who is chairman of the organizations. He desires as much publicity for the movement as possible, and she asks McMaster to exercise his zeal and fidelity in the matter. It pains her that New York, St. Louis, and Cincinnati, have done so little manifesting of loyalty to the Holy See, when smaller towns of this country have so courageously done so. They are starting a movement to obtain the signatures of women which may make some amends for the apathy in high quarters. Many thousands have done so in other countries. They, too, shall send an expression of affection and steadfast loyalty to "St. Peter in chains," when they should send armed crusades to drive the bandits from sanctuaries they desecrate.

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1871 Mar. 14
Rossi, Father Gaudentius, C.P.:
St. Joseph's Monastery Carroll, P.O., Baltimore, M(arylan)d
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He copies from a printed form for the first part of the Predictions and added some comments himself. He is not gentle with Freemasons. In this country they differ from those of Europe. He has had many opportunities to appear in public with masons, some Catholic by name, but some non-Catholics. The bitterest ranting preachers belong to this class. Sooner or later Freemasons in this country will unite against Catholics. In the army, navy, railroads, corporations and other public institutions, only Freemansons will be promoted. They have contributed money and arms to their European confreres to fight Catholic interests in France, Italy, Rome. (President Ulysses S.) Grant is trying to make all the Jews his friends and almost to a man all leading Jews are Freemasons. He suspects that the radicals under Grant will raise the antipopery cry in the next election. They see that their party is losing ground in every direction. Some Jew might prefer justice and sound policy to the principles of their sect, but the majority would work for the anti-Catholic party. Grant has all the elements for a future tryant and persecutor. He gives McMaster full power to delete this material in any way he sees fit to do. He would not like to injure the usefulness of the paper, and his name is not known to McMaster's readers. He feels about secret societies as he does about venomous serpents. They are the reality of what the serpent in the terrestrial paradise was the figure. McMaster is the great champion of true Catholicity in this country. May God prolong his life and usefulness for many years.

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1871 March 15
(Brownson, Orestes A.): Eliz(abeth, New Jersey)
 to H(enry) F. Brownson: (Detroit, Michigan)

Brownson has had a severe attack of gout in his left wrist which disabled him for several weeks from writings. His wrist is not yet well, but is tolerably free from inflamation and pain. The attack was brought on by an over amount of Intellectual labor. Brownson finds, if he goes beyond a certain point, he is sure to bring on the gout, especially if Father (Isaac T.) Hecker wants him to write an article of extra difficulty at a brief notice. Brownson thinks the good Father feels that his articles are necessary to the credit of the Catholic World and suffers him to write as he pleases. The only trouble he has grows out of the fact that Father (Augustine) Hewit is not sound on the question of original sin and does not believe. It is necessary to be in communion with the Church in order to be saved. (Hewit) holds that Protestants may be saved through invincible ignorance and that original sin was no sin at all except the individual one of Adam and that our nature was (not) wounded at all by it. Father Hecker agrees with him on these points, and is in fact a semi-Pelagian, without knowing it. So he is obliged to abstain from bringing out what he regards as the orthodox doctrine of original sin, and of exclusive salvation. But in all other respects he is unrestrained. Dr. Braun has been writing in the Tablet much to (Brownson's) annoyance. (Braun) makes good points, but he writes in a vulgar, braggadocio or a regular Paddy Whuck style. Brownson has remonstrated but (Braun) is incurable. He has learning and any amount (of) unregulated ability. Brownson is glad Henry is out of the Army and a free man. The more Brownson sees of Gen. Grant, the less is he disposed to trust him. He seems determined to go out of office, if he does, a very rich man. Brownson does not like the Democratic party but abominates the Republican party and doubts if any change could be for the worse. Grant courts rich men and is at home only with blackguards. He has lost New Hampshire and will lose Connecticut and probably the entire south, whether Congress does or does not pass the Klu Klux bill. Brownson is pleased to learn that Henry is doing better than he expected. If Henry applies himself closely to his business, studies economy and keeps in good humor, he need have no apprehension for the future. Henry wishes to know why Brownson cannot write at Henry's house as well as at home. There are many reasons,—the chief reason is that when Brownson goes from home, he goes in part to get rid of writing and to give his brain a rest. He wants nothing on his mind. He hopes to visit Henry soon after Easter, but it will depend something on the weather, still more on the state of his health. At any point, he will start the earliest day possible. He gives his love to all.

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1871 Mar. 15
Girardey, C.SS.R., Father Ferreol: Ilchester, M(arylan)d
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He sends the Fastoral letter for Lent received by Father (A ) Konings from the Archbishop of Malines, since it contains some striking thoughts which would probably figure well in the Journal. Konings would like to talk to McMaster and longs for the opportunity to do so. Girardey is in poor health, but very busy. He would like to be removed to a more active scene. He feels bad about what happened lately in Thompson Street. Though he considers Father (James) Sheeran right in principle, he cannot justify his violent and vindictive manner of upholding it. He is sorry for all concerned, especially since the affair has acquired publicity. He sends his regards to Mrs. McMaster, the children, and to Mrs. Brown. He would like to have the Pastoral letter returned to Konings if convenient.

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1871 Mar. 15
Domenec, Michael, Bishop of: Pittsburgh, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell(of: Cincinnati, Ohio)

He was glad to hear of Purcell through Mr. Springer. He does not understand how Purcell's years can stand so much labor and fatigue. Many events have taken place since Purcell left Rome. He does not think Father W(illiam) Nolan will accept, as he wishes to leave in order to secure a better mission than the one he has. Purcell has his hands full taking care of other diocese besides his own.

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1871 Mar. 16
McCloskey, W(illiam) Bishop of Louisville: Bardstown, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

McCloskey has just arranged for the Sisters of Nazareth to take charge of St. Thomas Orphan Asylum. The poor little children cannot be cared for by Brothers. Two sisters also go to school at the negro church in Louisville. He sent Purcell the opinion of Judge Muir on the power of attorney given by Archbishop (Martin J. Spalding) to Messrs. Bax, Dent, and Coleman to tie up the estate of his brother. McCloskey is afraid it will go into other hands in case of(Spalding's) death and that it is his duty to insist on the execution of the trust. According to Muir's opinion, it would be McCloskey's fault if the property should be lost. Father(L.)Bax resigned as soon as he read the power of attorney, his name having been signed without his knowledge. McCloskey's impression is that they desire to keep things in the family and that this explains their opposition to him. He has been quiet but now he will "carry the war into Africa."

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1871 Mar. 16
McGill, John Bishop of Richmond: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

McGill acknowledges Purcell's letter and says that he is surprised that Dr. (M.) Fitzgibbons attempted to get something extra from Purcell since at a similar request McGill and co-executor Walter J. Doyle had agreed to allow him $300 which they considered sufficient for his services, especially since what is paid him lessens the residuum. When he returns to Richmond he will arrange for the payment of Purcell's share. He gives an itemized account showing that his share and that of Purcell is $7,868.46. He hopes the statement is satisfactory. They are endeavoring to have the remains of Dr. (James A.) Behan removed to this country. The grave was marked during the war at Liverpool and Father M. O'Keefe has been appointed to see what he can do to have the body removed to the Norfolk Cemetery as Behan requested. McGill sent Purcell the letter of Behan in which he asked that the use of his bequests be made for educating priests, education of the poor and building churches. He sent Sister Isidore, Father O'Keefe, and Dr. Fitzgibbons, for Peggy Jasper, their shares. McGill is glad to wind up those affairs. They have done the best they could. Archbishop (Martin J. Spalding) sends his regards. Bishop(James)Gibbons is there. Bishop (JamesF.)Wood left yesterday for Harrisburg and Lancaster.

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1871 Mar. 20
Grace, T(homas) L., Bishop of St. Paul: St. Paul, (Minnesota)
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He encloses an address by Hon. J( ) B. Brisbin which has given great satisfaction to all parties in St. Paul. Brisbin is a native of New York; was once Secretary of State in Minnesota; and stands at the head of the legal profession here. He is a recent convert to the Church.

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1871 Mar. 21
Baltes, P(eter) J(oseph) Bishop of Alton: Alton, Ill(inois)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Baltes acknowledges (Purcell's) letter of Mar. 8 but says that there is a great difference in this country among the bishops in regard to promises of marriage. He sends (Purcell) the opinion of the Archbishop of Baltimore. It is Baltes opinion that Rome regards the promises made in this country as binding in the same way as those made with more solemnity in other countries. He bases his opinion on: 1. The action of the Holy See, Vol. I, III. 2. On Ballerini, Vol. II, p. 487, which he quotes. 3. Scavini, Vol. III, pp. 616-743. As to funeral rites he allows his priests to do whatever the Plenary Council of Baltimore allows. As to the confession and first Communion of children, he instructs his priests: 1. Not to let children die without the sacraments because their parents force them to go to non-Catholic schools. 2. Not to place children visiting Catholic schools and those visiting other schools on the same footing. As a rule they are not to allow to First Communion, those attending non-Catholic schools when Catholic schools are available. There are some exceptions to this rule. He will send (Purcell) some circulars he has written on this and states that he thinks (Purcell's) Statutes the best he has seen. He hopes that (Purcell)is well.

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1871 Mar. 24
Giesen, C. SS. R., Father H( ) (?): N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He encloses the work of one of the Sisters of Mercy which McMaster may publish if he likes. He saw in one of the foreign papers that the Piedmont government was to take one of their Roman houses and asks if McMaster knows which one it is. The English flag has protected the General's headquarters, the Villa Casents, bought by Father Duglas. The Irish should have protested on St. Patrick's Day against the usurpation of Rome, giving the money spent on feasts and music to the Holy Father. Some priests of New Orleans at a St. Patrick Day's dinner each gave $5 to the Papal Fund, a total of $75 being realized. Giesen hopes to see McMaster in New Orleans before long.

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(1871) Mar. 26,
Damen, S.J., (Father) A(rnold): Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

(Father) Damen and his associates have just concluded a two weeks mission at St. Joseph's Church, Troy, N(ew) Y(ork). There were about 7000 Communions, 15 converts were received into the church, and others were left under instruction with the Pastor, Father M. Driscoll, S.J. 140 adults were prepared for first communion.

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1871 Mar. 28
Hendricken, Father Thomas F.: Waterbury, Conn(ecticut)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland of: Hartford, (Connecticut)

Hendricken encloses (no enclosure) a vote of the Board of Corporation of the Church empowering him to mortgage, sell or convey the land he spoke about when he was in Providence. As soon as he receives it back with the Bishop's signature he will endeavor to dispose of the property. Real estate does not have a good market and it might be best not to hold out for too high a price. The old Catholic cemetery is now available and can be sold whenever the Bishop is willing. It stands in the center of the city. The bodies are being removed and the congregation will have no objection to parting with it. He might want to sell it before the end of the year.

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1871 Mar. 28
Murray, Hugh (W.): Cornwall, Canada
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, (New York)

He received McMaster's letter and enclosure of $50.00 last night upon his return from Montreal where he has been working on the "Allen Union". He is sorry McMaster has been ill. He sent McMaster a manuscript on Mar. 18. Mr. Charles Tracey will try to raise a similar association in the United States. He thanks McMaster for his invitation and will try to visit him a few days after Easter. He would like to have a Seat in Seton Hall College. It is in accordance with his old tastes, modified by nine years of campaigning. He is with his brother Father Charles (Murray) at Cornwall. Both Charles and Edward (Murray) desire to be remembered to McMaster, for whom they have a great fondness.

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1871 Mar. 28
Spalding, M(artin) J. Archbishop of Baltimore: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

After a long silence Spalding writes to Purcell on the matter of his brother's (Father Benjamin Spalding) estate. Although he has been anxious to have the matter settled, he found on his return that this had not been done. Spalding wished from the beginning to use the whole estate, amounting now to some $40,000, for the foundation of a protectory or industrial school and this he stated to Bishop (William McCloskey) of Louisville. His reasons were: 1. The known desire of his brother who had spoken on the subject. 2. The utility and necessity of such a project. 3. Because in different charities it would soon vanish without doing appreciable good, but possible harm. 4. The strong injunction of the Second Plenary Council of Baltimore to establish such institutions. 5. Because of his belief that St. Thomas Asylum did not answer the purpose because orphan asylums and protectories should have different rules, and because St. Thomas would likely lose other contributions if the donation were made known. He made known these reasons to McCloskey and he seemed satisfied. Lately, McCloskey has threatened Spalding with a lawsuit and has printed that letter in the Advocate. Spalding proposed that the matter be settled by the Holy, See, but McCloskey has not answered. Spalding asks Purcell whether he can in conscience, with those reasons given, turn over the estate to be scattered as McCloskey wants, or whether he should establish the other institutions with the provision that it be turned over to the bishop once it has commenced to operate.

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1871 Mar. 29
Gallagher, Father H(ugh) P. (of San Francisco): Washington, (D. C.)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He encloses something that McMaster may be able to use. He is still waiting for some action on their claims from the Commissioner, but is getting impatient. He stopped in McMaster's office to see him upon returning from Europe, but found McMaster was in Virginia. He found the squib of the Times in the last London Register, which provoked him. McMaster may have been it by now. He asks to be remembered to Mre. McMaster. Captain May has obtained a judgment for $60,000. P.S. He is staying with Father (Charles I.) White.

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1871 March 29
Hecker, Father Isaac T.: N(ew) Y(ork) C(ity), (New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

The answer to Brownson's note will be found in Chapt. XXXII of "Authority" because whatever Father Hecker would write would only be a repetition of it. Hecker states he will see the gentleman if he is interested and Hecker asks to be notified when Brownson would make the visit. The leading article in the May issue will contain something which will interest Brownson's friend.

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1871 Mar. 29
McGill, John Bishop of Richmond: Richmond, V(irgini)a
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He was worried for fear his letter would not reach Purcell, so he sent the telegram. He has read Dr. M. Fitzgibbon's letter and wonders at his way of taking credit for himself. In the first place, Fitzgibbon took the job without any understanding about extra compensation. Secondly, McGill did just as much work as did Fitzgibbon, and thirdly, Fitzgibbon got his share of commissions. Fitzgibbon's view on Miss Behan's claim is his only, and is a mistake, for the claim was for $10,000 and not $2,000 and was revoked in the English codicil. McGill and the others gave their opinions also when the claim was settled in court, besides paying the counsel $200 for his services. Fitzgibbon may have shown some accounts to the commissioner, but McGill thinks they were already filed on account of the will. Fitzgibbon takes the credit for saving something for the residuary legatees, but McGill sees no reason for his doing this. He thinks the man sufficiently well off. McGill is glad to see Fitzgibbon's give his approval to the decision of the legatees. He is a right man, but too interested in himself. McGill does not know the conditions of the person about whom Mr. Walter J. Doyle wrote Purcell, as he does not recollect his saying anything about the case. He sent the $800 to Sister Isidore but has received no acknowledgement as yet. Since she got more than any other of the legacy expectants, she should be pleased and thankful. He has not been home long enough to see about the transfer of stock or to learn what is required to effect it. A law is being passed in the Virginia legislature that will effect these, but to what extent, he does not know. They propose to fund 2/3 of the old stock in new Virginia bonds and hold the other 1/3 until West Virginia makes some provision to pay her part of the state debt before the separation of the states. He does not know of anyone who would suit for the See of Cleveland. Archbishop (Martin John) S(palding) is very dissatisfied with (Bishop Wiliam McCloskey). He sends greetings to (Father Edward Purcell) and his friends. P.S. Fitzgibbon says the estate of Ja(me)s H. Behan is finally closed, but he thinks there are still some returns to be made about June to the commissioner.

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1871 Mar. 30
McGill, John, Bishop of Richmond: Richmond, V(irgini)a
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcellof: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He has just returned from the auditor's office where bonds worth $7,440 were transferred to Purcell and others worth the same amount were retained for McGill. He asks if Purcell wants the bonds sent to him, to Fitzgibbon, or retained by McGill. The registered bonds today are 55 and the others are 67, making now about $4,264.80. Interest amounting to $720 is unpaid on the bonds, and they have recently sold for twenty-five cents on the dollar. The swamp canal stock is worth $15 per share. There are a few evidences of indebtedness to Mr. (James) Behan's estate, but worth nothing. The bonds give only 4% instead of 6% since the state of Virginia wishes West Va. to pay 1/3 of the interest. Legacy tax will amount to 6% of the value. He hopes that it will not have to be paid. He should be glad to learn that Brown and Sons of Baltimore had paid the check. He sends greetings to (Father Edward Purcell), Mr. Springer and his friends.

P.S.—What sort of Bishop would Father (Jacob A.) Walter of Washington make? He seems to be a zealous, worthy priest. He sends numbers of the bonds also.

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