University of Notre Dame


1871 Aug. 1
Foley, Thomas Bishop of Pergamus: Chicago, (Illinois)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Purcell's letter has reached him, and while he is sorry to give pain to any one, he does not experience any regret in what he did, because where the episcopate is in question the individual is nothing. Foley has met Father (J.F.) Blake of the diocese of Wilmington out once and knows nothing against him, except that he heard from his bishop or a priest that he thought he was too great a light to be hidden on the eastern shore of Maryland.

P.S.—The Rev. Mr. Graham of Cincinnati has been in trouble in Chicago. The police have had him several times. There are always dozens of such people hanging around the city.

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1871 Aug. 1
Girardey C.SS.R. Father Ferreol: New Orleans, Louisiana
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

Girardey writes to McMaster on the death of his wife, Gertrude, promising Mass and assuring him that he has asked prayers of the Redemptorists he met in his journey to New Orleans. He offers consoling thoughts and commends McMaster for his christian spirit. McMaster has a new obligation now to his family.

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1871 Aug. 2
Coghlan, (S.J.), J.L.: Chicago, Illinois
 to James (Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

Father Coghlan writes McMaster, consoling him for his loss and bereavement upon the death of his wife.

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1871 Aug. 2
Hewit, (Father) Aug(ust) F.:
St. Paul's Church, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Brownson's two articles have been received and Hewit is well pleased with them. The note on Gioberti is unnecessary and inadvisable because the real principle is sufficiently brought out in the text. Hewit has preserved the note in case Brownson wants to use it elsewhere. The other article has not as yet been read and will be taken up with (Father Isaac T.) Hecker and will be all right as it will agree with Brownson's other articles.

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1871 Aug. 3
Lemonnier, C.S.C., Father A(ugustus): Notre Dame, Indiana
 to James F. Edwards: (Toledo, Ohio)

Edwards need not be uneasy about next year. It will be all right. Lemonnier spoke to Father General (Rev. Edward Sorin C.S.C.).

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1871 Aug. 3
Persico, I(gnatius) Bishop of Savannah: Baltimore, M(arylan)d
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He asks McMaster to say a few words of encouragement in his paper concerning the building of the Cathedral in Savannah, (Ga.). He told McMaster of the subscriptions, and other sources of revenue that have brought in over $60,000. already. They intend to start building in November, and to have completed the Cathedral in two years. After that they wish to rebuild St. Patrick's Church in that city, and enlarge the two orphanages. In Augusta a parsonage is being built, after which the residence for the Christian Brothers will be built. The Brothers are expected by the fall of next year. The convent of the Sisters of Mercy has been completed, reflecting the greatest credit to the Catholics of Augusta. In Atlanta, through the untiring energy of Father (Thomas) O'Reilly, a church is being built which will be one of the finest in the South when completed next year. O'Reilly has also built a brick church in Dalton which Persico dedicated in June. The Plenary Indulgence granted by His Holiness in the Encyclical of June 4 has been published for the Sunday within the Octave of the Assumption throughout the diocese. He is staying with the Redemptorists, but will be back in N(ew) Y(ork) by the middle of next week. Next Sunday the Fathers of Baltimore solemnize the Feast of St. Alphonsus and have requested Persico to pontificate on the occasion.

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1871 Aug. 4
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Eliz(abeth), N(ew) J(ersey)
 to (Father) (Augustine) F. Hewit: (New York City) (New York)

Brownson did not like the omission of his note on Gioberti. Brownson believes that Hewit has done what was best for himself because the letter maintained the doctrine of the immediate intuition of God which since has been censored by the Holy See. If the note explaining Brownson's position is omitted, that would leave Brownson in a false position, hence "If you strike out the note, it strikes me that you should strike out all allusion to Gioberti and to me in the text." Brownson has never fallen into any error which the Holy See has censored. He has always held that true philosophy is the synthesis of the ontological and psychological. Brownson believes he fully explained what he meant by ideal intuition. The propositions of the Louvain professers were censured by Brownson's Review long before the Holy See did, but principally for their pantheistic tendencies. Because ontologism is censured, are we to concede that ontology is no part of philosophy and that philosophy is reduced, as Sir William Hamilton maintains, to psychology and logic, or with Cousin that the ontological is logically deducible from the psychological. Because ontologism is censored, Brownson would like to know if we must hold to psychologism. Brownson wishes to speak respectfully of them but he maintains neither of them has any "ingegno filosofico", or the slightest concepttion of the questions to be solved. The Jesuits profess to follow St. Thomas, only they first make St. Thomas in their own image. "I profess to be a Thomist in both theology and philosophy, and I follow him, but I try to understand him." Brownson is astonished to think Hewit approved his article on McCosh after having disapproved his article on Ontologists and Psychologists, because both articles maintain one and the same philosophy which is substantially the same as that of St. Anselm in his Proslogium. Brownson can really see no reason for approving of one and rejecting the other. In the letter on McCosh, Brownson has succeeded better in explaining what he means by ideal intuition and showing that it is simply intuition of the ideal or ideas which reflection identifies and verifies as ens necessarium et reale.

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1871 Aug. 6
Luddington, D(aphne Augusta): Bay City, Michigan
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Daphne is quite feeble and feels that she is old. If she had received Ellen's letter as she expected, she should have come and seen Brownson. She was very disappointed in not seeing him. One thing she would like to have is Brownson's photograph.

P.S.—"Please don't disappoint me."

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

He has asked Father (Richard) Gilmour of Dayton (Ohio) to give the retreat to the clergy this year and as he has consented, McCloskey now asks Purcell's approval. As soon as he can, he plans to go to some springs. He has been very ill since his return from Indiana. The doctor insists he narrowly missed typhoid and needs some some of these waters. Bishop (John) McGill (of Richmond) was at French Licks and his description of the "cabinet" was enough to cure any one. He sends regards to Father Edward (Purcell).

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1871 Aug. 6
Nolan, S. M.:
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

Nolan asks for several back issues of the Journal and expresses sympathy to McMaster upon the death of Mrs. McMaster.

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1871 Aug. 7
Barnabo, Cardinal Al(exander): Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop Napoleon (Joseph) Perché: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Enclosed (no enclosure) Perché will find a letter sent to Barnabo from Bishop (Augustin Verot) of St. Augustine, complaining that Perché received Father (E.) Rousse whom Verot had obtained from Archbishop Bisuntino. Perché undoubtedly knows that a statute from the 2nd Plenary Council of Baltimore prohibits a bishop from granting faculties to a priest coming from somewhere else without confirmed testimonial letters from his last bishop. He requests a reply.

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1871 Aug. 7
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Eliz(abeth), (N.J.)
 to H(enry) F. Brownson: Detroit, Michigan

Brownson congratulates Henry on his birthday. To Henry, life still has promises, the prospect of much useful work; to an old man like Brownson life has given its best, and he asks its prolongation only that he may have time to "make his soul" which he fears every day more and more he shall die without doing. Brownson wants to know Fifine's birthday. Henry's mother knows that of the grandchildren. Brownson thinks more and more of Philip and loves him as well as any of his own children. He is glad to learn both are well. As Brownson thinks of it, he is not satisfied with the visit he paid Henry and if he lives and possesses the health, he may visit Henry again, after Henry's mother has made hers. Brownson went to Church yesterday and heard mass for the first time since he heard it with Henry and Fifine at St. Anne's church. He has had no gout since he returned but has had a return of the chronic diarrhea with which he was troubled before he had the gout. But his head is very clear, and he has been in a better mood for work than he has been in for any summer for years. He can write five or six hours a day without feeling it even in the sultry dog days. He thinks upon the whole his journey did him good. Henry's mother has been feeble this summer, and evidently feels her age more than Brownson does his. Sarah Brownson has been suffering nearly all summer from the intermittent fever. Brownson was very glad to hear from Nelly as he was really uneasy about her. Love to all.

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1871 Aug. 8
Rosecrans, S(ylvester) H., Bishop of: Columbus, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Purcell's letter of July 4 came through Father N. A. Gallagher today. Rosecrans expresses his thanks for the information. If he had to express a preference, it would have been 1) Father J(ulian) Benoit, 2) Father J(ohn) C. Albrinck, 3) Father W(illia)m Carey.

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1871 Aug. 8
Verboort, Father W( ) A.: De Pere, (Wisconsin)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New Yourk)

He thanks McMaster for the mementoes he sent them. In compliance with McMaster's wish, he gives his candid ideas on papal demonstrations. He believes these demonstrations can produce no good for the Holy Father nor for the Church but they encourage a similar source of evil, practical infidelity. The present church calamities in Italy and France are different than the persecutions of former ages, in that those latter were trials, while the present ones are but punishments for sins commited and God allows Victor Emmanuel to be the instrument of a merciful chastisement. When "we return to the Lord our God with our whole heart", then He will turn to us. These street demonstrations will not frighten the cowardly Italians, but even if they did, matters will not be better until the people themselves are better. A Catholic crusade to free home is impossible, unless God Himself awakes a Catholic sovereign. The church is the place for deliverance according to the true spirit of penance. We live among infidels whose practice is to have their religious expenses repaid by practices. In this way churches, and schools are built and demonstrations made, even missions given and attended. But the real, supernatural good has no part in this operation. These dances, picnics, excursions or papal demonstrations destroy all taste of true humble devotion and make a person blind and deaf to the truth. If it were not for the New York demonstrations, together with the St. Patrick's and German union processions, there would never have been an Orange mob. Catholics today differ from others only in name. The Church has not become invisible, but true charity has been replaced by a false charity that we call philanthropy. Both he and McMaster seem pessimistic over the expectations of coming calamities. Remove their evils and "the Truth will make Him free." McMaster came very near the truth in his last week's Journal when he said that we must have a thorough awakening of Catholics, but of the rulers first. McMaster also said that the people demonstrated their love for the Holy Father in the jubilee celebration. Surely McMaster does not believe that they show a love for the Pope, Church or for God by such actions. On July 21 there was a celebration in a neighboring city at which Bishop (Joseph Melcher of Green Bay) was present, along with three bands, refreshment tables and the like. According to eye witness report, there was an outdoor Mass, with a sermon by a priest whose scandalous life was known by all. Following this they all adjourned to the beer tables and they indulged even to excess. This sort of thing sounds more like a St. Patrick's Ball than a manifestation of love for the Holy Father. He would like to hear McMaster's opinion on his ideas.

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1871 Aug. 9
Hecker, (Father) I(saac) T.: Lake George, (New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

All of Brownson's articles have been accepted and will be published soon. If Hecker were at home it would be easy to suggest articles for Brownson's pen. The recent events in France may be a good topic, the riots treated from a common sense point of view. Hecker believes orangism is a triumph of religious persecution and political tyranny. Since leaving New York, Hecker has not seen the Tablet. (Father Augustine) Hewit believes the one volume works of Brownson will be good. Hewit was the author of the article on Infallibility. The article on philosophy shall be read with interest. Hecker hopes to be back in New York about Aug. 23.

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1871 Aug. 11
Leoncie, Sister Marie: Toulouse, (France)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Sister Leoncie and the other Sisters at Toulouse thank (Perché) for the inspiration which the (Propagateur Catholique) provides in their house. The journal is much better than the French journals. P.S. She sends best regards to Father (H.) Gouvenot. They ask his prayers and (Perché's) for themselves and for their dear deaf mute.

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1871 Aug. 11
McQuaid, B(ernard) J., Bishop of: Rochester, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to Bishop (Francis P. McFarland of: Hartford, Connecticut)

A few days ago he received a package of vestments from Montpellier, including some for (McFarland) which (Noel) Estève had put in the case. McQuaid told his secretary to send them by express. McQuaid hopes that (McFarland) is not working in his usual manner in the hot weather.

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1871 Aug. 12
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Eliz(abeth), (New Jersey)
 to Father (Isaac T. Hecker): (New York), (New York)

Brownson has half written and will send Hecker the article on the Orange Riots. The other topic, Recent Events in France, Brownson will write soon. The philosophy article ("Ontologism and Psychologism") Brownson shall not send, but shall reserve it for his volume which will contain original essays. The article will be extended to an essay.

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(1871) Aug. 12
Maureau, J.B.: Paris, (France)
 to Bishop (Napoleon Joseph) Perché: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Maureau hopes Perché will appreciate the sentiments of an old friend who sends him pictures of the victims of atheism accompanied by a detailed account. Perché has no doubt read of the letter of (Elihu Benjamin) Washburn, U.S. ambassador,taining the account of his interview with Archbishop (Georges) Darboy in Cell 37 at Mazas. P.S. The mission fulfilled by Washburn was very perilous. In papers taken at Paris there was found a note from Fouquier-Tinville of the Commune saying: "If Washburn continues his maneuvers, he must be shot".

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1871 Aug. 14
Fonsbach, C.S.S.R., (Father) F.: Annapolis, Maryland
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He asks to be excused for not writing sooner. The Father Rector left Philadelphia for Baltimore Friday morning but he did not leave until that night as he wished to see some friends in Tacony. On his way to Baltimore, the train broke down and he was several hours late, and couldn't say Mass until ten o'clock Saturday morning. He finds his late journey interesting reminiscing, the most memorable thing was that he became acquainted with McMaster, whom he long admired, but who was at the time sorely stricken with misfortunes. He thanks McMaster for his graciousness in showing him New York. He met McMaster's children and invokes God's blessing on them. He hopes that McMaster will soon come to Annapolis. He sends his respects to McMaster's children. A note is added by Father Augustine Freitag, C.S.S.R.

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1871 Aug. 14
O'Shea, Patrick: (New York, New York)

Assignment of the copyright of the work, "Memoirs, Letters and Journal of Elizabeth Seton" to the author, Monsignor Robert Seton.

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1871 Aug. 14
St. Palais, Maurice de, Bishop of Vincennes: St. Mary's, (Vigo County, Indiana)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

Upon his return to Vincennes, he found the copy of Purcell's last will and his two letters. Since then he has met Father (Julian) Benoit at Indianapolis, and Father (John) Corbe at St. Mary's. Benoit told him that he had not given a case to any lawyer at Fort Wayne or elsewhere and Corbe assured him that he had never heard Benoit mention that in a certain eventuality he would become a lawyer. St. Palais should know something about any fraud, but he does not. He does know that Benoit has the respect and esteem of Catholic and Protestant alike in Fort Wayne where he has been for over thirty years. He is too honorable to be guilty of such a crime. Bishop (John H.) Luers must have had the same opinion of Benoit, or he would not have appointed him executor of his will in case St. Palais should not accept the office. He truly regrets that the secret of their deliberations was divulged, but it was the fault of neither. He proposed the appointment of Benoit because he believed him worthy and thought he would solve many of the pecuniary difficulties of the diocese. He feels personally quite indifferent at the result, since he made it his rule to write or say nothing about the candidates after giving his opinion. Benoit may have hidden faults and his rejection may be a blessing for the diocese. He never objected to German bishops but doubts whether the selection of a German bishop for a German diocese will prove beneficial to the Church of the United States. Is the will Purcell has the same as the one Benoit told St. Palais of? There is no money, the life insurance policy has not been found, and there are debts. Would it not be better for St. Palais to let the administrator of the diocese act as executor of the will and attend to pecuniary matters.

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1871 Aug. 16
Curioz, S.J., Father L(ouis):
St. Charles College Grand Coteau, L(ouisian)a
 to Mrs. (Madeleine) Nubert:

Curioz received payment on bill of $52.15 for expenses, board and tuition. (Note on back): "See Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché), received payment…till August 11, 1871."

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1871 Aug. 16
(Feehan), P(atrick) A., Bishop of: Nashville, Tenn(essee)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland of: Hartford, (Connecticut)

(Feehan) has received McFarland's letter and will give him an account of the Sisters (of Mercy) there. The three who remained there four years ago were unable to supply the schools. Mother Clare brought with her a number of young persons from the east. After the usual time all were professed. They were not at first all educated or the most desirable subjects. They seemed to do well. But at the beginning of this year five began to complain about Sister Basilia, the assistant superior. After this was discovered, of the two most guilty, one got a dispensation and left. The other remained until recently but did not improve until it was necessary to remove her. From time to time other postulants and two novices left. All from Providence or New York complained bitterly. No one complains of Mother Clare but her health has been unfirm. (Feehan) has found her candid and upright. The other sisters seem now united and keeping their rule. In the schools the Mother and older sisters have been zealous. They have over 400 children and their training of them is admirable. But (Feehan) has been grieved that reports have been made to the Mother Superior in New York. (Feehan) will give McFarland occasional reports on the community. Father (F.P.) Garesché, S.J. will give their retreat. It is the work of establishing the community that has kept (Feehan) there the past 4 years instead of going to Memphis. There is now a parish house and convent at a cost of $70,000 and a failure would be a great disappointment. A letter from McFarland to Mother Clare would be of benefit.

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1871 Aug. 17
Benoit, Father J(ulian) Administrator: Fort Wayne, (Indiana)
 to Archbishop John B(aptist) Purcell: (Cincinnati, Ohio)

With regard to the bishopric of Fort Wayne, Benoit's mind was soon made up. He wrote to Cardinal Barnabo telling him that he was not fitted for the situation and there were better men from whom to pick the bishop. But if he willingly acknowledges that he is not a fit subject for the position and if he forgives anyone who says the same and thanks them for it, it is no reason for priests or bishops to represent him falsely as a thief and as a faithless priest. If he has been guilty of some fraud, against whom? and where? If he has paid a lawyer to keep silent regarding the injuries against the rights of orphan children, the lawyer must be known and the right of the children violated by him must be known. If he has ever said to Father (John) Corbe that he would rather be a lawyer than a priest, let him prove it. But Corbe has already admitted to the Bishop of Vincennes (Maurice de St. Palais) that Benoit did not say these things. He does not want to be Bishop of Fort Wayne because he is unfit for the post, but he does need his reputation and want to preserve his good name and when slanderous tongues attack his character, they should be brought to proof or made to acknowledge the misrepresentation. Whatever men may say, they cannot make him a thief or a priest without faith before God. If Almighty God requires him to sacrifice the good name he has acquired in the 31 years at Fort Wayne, His will be done. He thanks Purcell for his kind and consoling letters.

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1871 Aug, 23
Fink, Lewis M., Bishop of Eucarpia: Leavenworth, K(ansa)s
 to Jam(es) A(lphonsus) McMaster: N(ew) Y(ork), (New York)

He received McMaster's two letters with money orders and thanks him for both, particularly for the Freeman. He was sorry to hear of Mrs. McMaster's death and will continue saying Masses for the repose of her soul. The death of the Mother is the greatest loss children can meet with in their lives. McMaster need not be afraid, because she was a privileged soul. Yet prayers ought to be said for her and he imagines a large number of Masses will be offered in her name. He remembers when McMaster had him put her name on the 100 years' Mass Album. He knows the Blessed Virgin and St. Benedict, towards whom McMaster has so great a devotion, will intercede for her. McMaster will certainly not be the least on the long list of the benefactors of the Benedictines. P.S. He distributed most of the little fortunes McMaster sent and so far everyone has promised to comply with the request.

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1871 Aug. 24
(Brownson, Orestes A.): (Elizabeth, N.J.)
 to H(enry) F. Brownson: (Detroit, Michigan)

Brownson is very glad to hear that all are well and that Philip remembers grandpa. His eyes are bad and he can use them only to write a line. Brownson wishes to know when Fifine will come to New York and if Henry accompanies her. Henry's mother and Sarah Brownson expect to start next week for the Pennsylvania Mountains. Brownson does not like it much but the Queen commands. They expect to be absent till the first of October or at least four weeks. Will Fifine come before October? If she does, Brownson must be notified in time to have Henry's mother return. Love to Fifine and all the children. He is glad to hear the news of Willie and Eliza and offers his congratulations.

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1871 August 24
Kuhls, Father Anthony: Wyandotte City, Kansas
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

If his subscription is in arrears, the enclosed three dollars is to be applied on the bill. McMaster's account of the death of Mrs. McMaster is received with sympathy in the West. He stresses the need of a virtuous in a community at large and the benefit they can bestow upon it. He asks if there is in existence some life of a saint describing the life of a virtuous Mother of the present day that would not be dry or uninteresting reading. Its purpose would be to encourage the mothers to imitate such a saint. If there are good mothers then there will be good citizens. He invokes God's blessing upon all good mothers.

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1871 Aug. 24
(Taschereau, E(lzear) A(lexander), Archbishop of: Québec, (Canada)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland of: Hartford, Conn(ecticut)

Jean Baptiste Bernatché and Anastasie Boulanger of the Québec diocese, not being able to get a dispensation for second degree affinity, went to the United States last May. They exhibited a certificate of marriage of which (Taschereau) sends a copy (no enclosure). Taschereau has no doubt about the invalidity of the marriage because of the affinity and the lack of consent of the curé of the place, but he does not wish to publish the scandal without some clarification. He asks McFarland to ask Father James B. Reynolds who celebrated the marriage to enlighten him about it. He asks McFarland's help because of the scandal involved. (There is a note in McFarland's handwriting with his initials asking) Father Walsh to inform him if this party was married by Father Reynolds; if they had the dispensation of affinity and how long they had been in the parish of Meriden. The letter and certificates are to be returned. And McFarland will send the letter to the Archbishop of Québec.

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1871 Aug. 25
(McCloskey), John, Archbishop of: New York, (New York)
 to Bishop (Francis P. McFarland of: Hartford, Connecticut)

On (McCloskey)'s return last evening, he found (McFarland)'s note. He regrets not seeing (McFarland) as in a personal interview they could have consulted on what course to pursue in reference to the withdrawal of the name of Father H. and the substitution of another. What would (McCloskey) think of recommending Father (Thomas F.) Hendricken as dignissimus? Father Hughes' name might then be suggested for the third or second place. (McCloskey) will write to the Cardinal, withdrawing H.'s name. He will be on retreat with his clergy at Troy, and home on Saturday. The Bishop of Ghent wrote that he has secured the services of an excellent professor for the Provincial Seminary. As he is an acquaintance of the other Belgian professors he will feel himself at home. (P.S.) In reply to (McCloskey)'s letter asking for a good professor the Bishop of Ghent wrote that he had found a man who would suit, Father Augustin Fèvey(?).

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1871 Aug. 26
Barnabo, Al(exander) Cardinal Prefect: Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Barnabo acknowledges Purcell's letter of July 10 and the documents concerning the dispute between Father (Louis) Cartuyvels and the Sisters of Charity concerning the house of the sisters in Newark, (Ohio) which Barnabo understands was purchased by the sisters by their own means. Although the faithful contributed something towards the purchase of the house they intended that it should be the property of the Sisters. Purcell is to inform Bishop (Sylvester H. Rosecrans) of Columbus that it is unreasonable to hold that the house of the sisters belongs to the mission. Barnabo cannot see how (Rosecrans) can say that the house was bought by the alms of the faithful. While it is true that all things given to religious for the mission belongs to the mission, in this case the gift was not made with that intention and therefore the Sisters are not to be disturbed. As to what Purcell has written in the same letter concerning the diocese of Cleveland, Barnabo thinks that there remains no obstacle now to the election of a new bishop and asks Purcell as soon as possible to call together the bishops of the province to choose three candidates, according to the customs of the bishops in the United States, from which a new bishop can be chosen. Signed by John Simeoni as secretary. no.9.

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1871 Aug. 28
Magevney, M.: Memphis, Tennessee
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He thanks McMaster for the notice in the Journal of the death of his daughter and extends to him the same sympathies upon the death of McMaster's wife. Because both are Catholics they are resigned to the Will of God. The Journal and the editor are held in high esteem. He finds an invitation to McMaster's agent, upon his visit in Memphis, to stay at his home.

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1871 Aug. 29
Feehan, P(atrick) A., Bishop of: Nashville, (Tennessee)
 to Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland of: Hartford, (Connecticut)

Those charges against Mother Clare (of the Sisters of Mercy) are false. Sometimes the doctor had commanded her to take some porter or ale but that is all. There has been no restraint about any appeal to the Bishop or confessors. Feehan says she has a keen sense of responsibility. They all seem now in good spirits after an excellent retreat. The rule is faithfully observed.

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1871 Aug. 29
McCloskey, W(illiam) Bishop of Louisville: Bardstown, K(entuck)y
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

Purcell's note with the letter which Purcell will find enclosed were received yesterday. This was a painful process to which McCloskey has been subjected but it has given him an insight into the weakness of human nature. McCloskey did not go farther than Cleveland where he spent ten days. His duties prevented him from going to Saratoga. He hopes that the people of Cleveland will understand that he kept quiet only to conserve his strength. Bishop(James F.)Wood was at Saratoga for his rheumatic gout. At Albany, things are about as bad as they can be. The affair of Fort Wayne is unpleasant and McCloskey is surprised that (Bishop Thomas Foley), knowing the facts, did not give them to the bishops on the spot. Father(Richard) Gilmour is giving an admirable retreat. He has known him for 25 years and finds him devoted to Purcell but somewhat in awe of him.

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1871 Aug. 29
Rosecrans, S(ylvester) H., Bishop of: Columbus, Ohio
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He has written to the Cardinal recommending (Father John C.) Albrinck without mention of any other names. He has heard nothing from Albany. He has received numerous documents from Cleveland and had a visit from Father (E.M.) O'Callaghan last week. Is anyone named for Bishop of that see?

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1871 Aug. 31
Donnet, Ferdinand, Cardinal Archbishop of: Bordeaux, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Donnet hastens to thank Purcell for his offering of 250 francs for the poor orphans of the war. Thanks to the generosity of the American bishops they are able to collect the orphans and keep them from misery and impeity.

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1871 Aug. 31
Hecker, F(ather) I(saac) T.: N(ew) Y(ork) (City), (New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

General Marey requested Hecker to write Brownson asking him to visit (William T.) Sherman who wished to see him. Railroad facilities are good. George Hecker will offer his home for Brownson's use if he desires it. Hecker will try to be there also. He has definitely made up his mind to cancel his lecture tour. The article "The Riots of the 12th" was the most vigorous and able article from Brownson's pen. Hecker will look around for more subjects for Brownson's pen and hope his mental and physical strength hold out.

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1871 Aug. 31
Young, Father N(icholas) R.: Bellefontaine, Ohio
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He postponed his talk with Purcell until too late an hour and lost the opportunity of seeing him. He asks that the day for Confirmation in Bellefontaine be postponed until some time in November. He is much benefited by the retreat, but fears that if he should return to giving instructions just now the exertion would cause another breakdown, since he is barely able to perform his daily duties. The usual catechism lessons on Sunday are being strictly attended to. He asks a Sunday for Bellefontaine since the men are laborers on the road and cannot afford to lose a day's wages and the chance of being dismissed. He leaves the matter to Purcell. Today is his birthday. He admits that he is more old than good. He asks God that he may live yet years to do the work of atonement. His sister is well and asks Purcell's blessing.

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