University of Notre Dame


1871 Oct.

Catholic Union New York, New York
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): New York, New York

Executive Committee of the Catholic Union of New York, signifying their intentions of forming such a union in order to conform with the wishes of the Pope. There is an enclosed announcement that there will be a grand High Mass on Oct. 30, Thanksgiving Day.

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1871 Oct.
Sheehan, C M.: New York, (New York)
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He has been unsuccessful in obtaining any employment and is suffering serious privation. He is confident that McMaster will do all he can to obtain some position for him under the Board of Education. He knows how difficult it is to obtain speedy appointments, but delay is all but disastrous in his case. He just wanted to remind McMaster, so that his pressing duties would not make him forget.

I-1-o - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}

1871 Oct. 3
McGill, John Bishop of Richmond: Richmond, V(irgini)a
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He wrote some time ago asking what Purcell wants done with his bonds. If he wants them sold, McGill must have a power of attorney. He encloses a slip from one of the papers showing that delay may be perilous. He hopes Purcell is well and sends compliments to friends.

II-5-e - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}

1871 Oct. 4
Conroy, John J. Bishop of Albany: Albany, (New York)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Conroy received Purcell's letter of Sept. 25 and was startled to learn from it the character he has at home and abroad. Purcell believed the admonition required, and his advice was at once accepted. Last week he was obliged to hold ordinations at the Cathedral, this week he is detained by official and financial business that can be handled only by himself, but hopes to leave the city immediately afterwards. He regrets that he will be unable to go as far as Cincinnati.

II-5-e - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {1}

1871 Oct. 4
Kehoe, L(awrence): New York (City), (New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Since Kehoe is almost certain that he sent to Brownson a copy of Father Hewit's "Light in Darkness", he would like to have a notice of it for the Catholic World at once.

I-4-e - A.L.S. - 1pg. - 8vo. - {1}

1871 Oct. 5
P., G. C.: Geneva (Switzerland)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York

They have received 3 weeks ago the sum of 50 francs without further explanation. Thinking that this was his personal contribution towards the cost of the correspondence from Geneva they wish to make acknowledgment.

I-i-2 - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}

1871 Oct. 6
Gillig, John P.: St. Magdalen's, (Greensburgh), Indiana
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: N(ew) Y(ork), (New York)

He asks McMaster to include in the next issue of the Journal a notice to the effect that Father Stephan Jos(eph) Gillig of the Diocese of Vincennes, Ind., died Sept. 26, and was buried at St. Magdalen's. He was born May 30, 1843, in Treves, Germany, and came to Indiana in 1855. He was ordained by Bishop Maurice De St. Palais of Vincennes, June 24, 1866; and served as assistant to Father H(enry) Dupontavice of Madison. He spent one year at St. John's College, Miss., as the result of a diseased lung; and spent his remaining time with his oldest brother, John Gillig, who asks the prayers of the faithful.

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1871 Oct. 6
O'Hagan, S. J., Father Joseph B.: Boston, Mass(achusetts)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Because of his long loyalty to McMaster's paper, and because of their mutual friends in Gertrude and Wilfrid, he apologizes for intruding upon McMaster's privacy. McMaster has alluded to the conquest of Ireland by Henry II several times, denying all complicity in the matter by Adrian IV. An article has appeared in this month's number of Harper's Monthly on this subject which will probably do some harm at the present time. O'Hagan's attention was called to the article by a member of the Sodality of which he is Director. He is to speak before this group soon and would like McMaster's advice regarding books dealing with this Irish problem. If he knows of any or has documents he will lend O'Hagan, they will returned safely.

I-1-o - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {2}

1871 Oct. 6
Gillig, John P.: St. Magdalen's, (Greensburgh), Indiana
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: N(ew) Y(ork), (New York)

He asks McMaster to include in the next issue of the Journal a notice to the effect that Father Stephan Jos(eph) Gillig of the Diocese of Vincennes, Ind., died Sept. 26 and was buried at St. Magdalen's. He was born May 30, 1843 in Treves, Germany, coming to Indiana in 1855. He was ordained by Bishop Maurice De St. Palais of Vincennes, June 24, 1866; served as assistant to Father H(enry) Dupontanice of Madison; spent one year at St. John's College, Minn, as the result of diseased lung; spent his remaining time with his oldest brother, John Gillig, who asks the prayers of the faithful.

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

1871 Oct. 8
Garesche, Alex F. P.: St. Louis, M(issouri)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

Garesche is in the midst of a severe trial where the loss of which will result in persecution of his client by her enemies. She is a practical Catholic, however. Garesche's wife is the widow of Francis J. Carnes whose will left to her his whole estate with the exception of $1000 a year. By the terms of the will the estate will go to her children upon her death. She appointed as trustee none of her own family, but Edward A. Weeks, the person to whose children the estate would go if Garesche's wife should die childless. Weeks, the brother-in-law of Carnes, tried to make Mrs. Garesche promise to name his cousin as trustee in event of his death, but she refused. Weeks died last November, and the first they knew of it was when proceedings were begun to name a trustee in his place. Then Weeks' son wrote of his death but mentioned nothing of the proceedings. They wished to rush the suit through without interference. The referee in the proceedings showed himself to be a gentleman who suspected something because the case was not instituted by Weeks and Forester, but only by Forester. They attempted to secure the appointment of John Wilds, partner of Forester, and positively contrary to Mrs. Garesche's wishes. Failing in this they tried to substitute the U.S. Trust Co., but Garesche's lack of confidence in corporations made him hesitate. He holds that his wife has the power of appointment, but a doubt is expressed whether this is the law in New York. He named James A. Slevin, who with his father and Eugene Kelly (?) can post bond of at least $3,000,000 or more, as his choice for the trustee appointment. He and his wife want the judge to decide the question soon so that they can collect some of the revenue that has accured. Weeks was even on hand with his bond when court opened, attempting to push through the appointment. Mrs. Garesche chose Slevin because she did not want one of either her own or Week's family. The plaintiff claiming an interest in the will has no status in court since the will was to become reoperative only if Mrs. Garesche should die leaving no children. Since she already has children that precludes that idea; the only question is whether Garesche meant those children by him or by a later husband. Carnes knew he could have no children, but this cannot be proven in court.

I-1-o - A.L.S. - 8pp. - 12mo. - {3}

1871 Oct. 8
(Pearce), Eulalia Sister M.: (Wheeling, West Virginia)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

One of the English teachers, Sister Stannier, would like Brownson's advice on good text for mental philosophy. She can teach it admirably without a book, but the girls not having sufficient time to reflect fully upon what she gives them in class are desirous of some book which can aid them. At present she has three texts, none of which are sufficient per se. What she wants is a small strong book with a comprehensive system condensed into as narrow bounds as possible and permeated with the Catholic spirit. If Brownson does not know of any, Sister Eulalia wishes he would write one. She believes with Brownson's back ground and command of the English Language such a work could be speedily accomplished. She has been looking for Sarah's (Brownson) promised biography of Prince Gallitz in and asks if it has escaped her or is not yet out.

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

1871 Oct. 9
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Elizabeth, (New Jersey)
 to (Father) I(saac) T. Hecker: (New York), (New York)

Brownson sends Hecker the French article. It is bold and independent, but he thinks not rash. It should appear in the December number. Brownson will try to do up (Charles) Hodge for February add (John) Bascom on Intuition for March.

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 (Photostat, Paulist Archives) 

1871 Oct. 9
Rutherford, George S.: Muscatine, Iowa
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He sends a money order for Father Phillip Laurent's subscription to the Journal. He is a convert to the Catholic Church and on that ground asks McMaster's help. Rutherford's wife is ill and does not respond to medicines prescribed for her. Rutherford thought that the waters of Lourdes would cure her, and asks McMaster to inform him to whom he should write and to whom the shipment should be consigned in New York, for he is a stranger there.

I-1-o - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {1}

1871 Oct. 12
Delaney, Father P.M.: Boonsboro, Ia.
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

Father Delaney sends McMaster 35 dollars, five dollars for subscriptions to the Journal for Edward McCormick, and 30 dollars for the Pope.

I-1-c - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}

1871 Oct. 12
McGill, John Bishop of Richmond: Richmond V(irgini)a
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Acting upon Purcell's power of attorney, McGill funded the bonds, but has been advised not to sell at present, because of the decrease in value due to the Chicago disaster. The consolidated stock will not bring more that 62$#162; on the dollar and the West Virginia certificate only 25$#162;. He would not sell therefore unless Purcell ordered him to. Purcell has six consolidated bonds of one thousand each, one of $500, and one for $16.80, and one for $3258.40, totaling $9,775.20. At present rates, this would bring about $5000. He shall have to give confirmation for three Sundays. By that time matters in the market may be better. He knows only one or two of the gentlemen on Purcell's list for Cleveland and Fort Wayne, but hopes fit prelates will be secured. P.S. He has heard nothing about Albany, (N.Y.) except the affair at Hudson City and does not understand why Purcell says, "Poor Albany!" He does not know whether any churches were burned in the fire at Chicago since he does not know the city well enought to tell by newspaper accounts of streets and localities destroyed.

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1871 Oct. 12
Perché, Archbishop N(apoleon) J(oseph): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Louis) Curioz, (S.J.): (Grand Coteau, Louisiana)

Perché promises to pay Curioz 100 piastres 6 months from date for the balance due on the board for (John) Nubert up to August 16, 1871. Curioz (notes on back) "Pay to P. Poursine and Company." C. Dubreuil (signs for) Poursine and Company.

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1871 Oct. 14
Brideg, Father L.: Nancy, (France)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Brideg, as superior of the grand seminary of Nancy, attests that Francis Kemper, born at Montainville, Meur, the Aug. 29, 1849 has passed a year and a half in their house during which he passed a year in the course of philosophy and 4 months in that of theology. During that time he conducted himself well and his work satisfactory and this Brideg attests by this certificate.

II-5-e - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {2}

1871 Oct. 14
Williams, Bishop Jo(h)n J(oseph): Boston, (Massachusetts)
 to Rich(ard) H(enry) Clarke: New York, (New York)

Williams received the constitution of the Cath(olic) Union and a circular from Clarke. He is delighted that the Catholic Union was established in New York and he will do all he can to have a branch of it in Boston as soon as possible. Williams assures Clarke of his heartiest cooperation.

I-2-n - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {2}

1871 Oct. 16
Foley, Thomas Bishop of Pergamus: Chicago, (Illinois)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He does not have to tell Purcell the terrible destruction of churches and institutions as well as human sufferings of our people caused by the fire. The gentlemen who present this letter can tell Purcell everything. He has appointed Father Edward Terry and Father J. S. O'Neill, two of his clergymen, to go about to the different cities and with the permission of the Archbishop and the good will of the clergy to collect funds to relieve the suffering poor, and rebuild some of the necessary institutions. Purcell knows that Foley would not ask so great a favor if he was not driven by dire necessity.

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1871 Oct. 16
P, G C: Geneva, Switzerland.
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

The writer acknowledges the receipt of 50 francs in McMaster's letter of Sept. 29. The address to the Holy Father with his letter will be sent on the morrow by special messenger. As to (McMaster's) offer to accept subscriptions for the Correspondance de Geneve, while thanking him, they must refuse because the "Correspondance" founded by Catholic committees of various countries is distributed free to newspapers and to bishops. It is true that they receive contributions and give extra copies to some persons but this aid never takes the character of a subscription. They do not have an American representative and because of that they have accepted his contribution. If he wishes they will send some copies of their correspondance. They cannot accept subscriptions because they do not know how long they will exist. They would like the bishops to designate some one to receive the voluntary gifts and transmit them the names of individuals to whom they should send the "correspondance." The committees have annually 20,000 francs for their work. The surplus, in case they cease to publish will go as a gift to the Holy Father. All correspondence with the Bureau de Correspondance de Geneve should be addressed to C. F. Eickholt, Geneva.

I-1-o - A.L. (Initialed) - (French) - 5pp. - 12mo. - {3}

1871 Oct. 17
Hecker, (Father) I(Saac) T.: N(ew) Y(ork) (City), (New York)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey

Brownson's note was received concerning his visit with Hecker. To be home Hecker delayed a visit to Orange. Hecker fears that Brownson is ill and would like to know Brownson's condition.

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1871 Oct. 17
O'Connor, S.J., Father M(ichael): (Meath, Ireland)
 to Bishop (Francis P. McFarland) of: Hartford, Conn(ecticut)

A few weeks ago O'Connor visited a convent of Sisters of Mercy in Ennis, County Clare, which seemed in excellent condition and full of nuns. He was told that Dean Kenny who founded it was so attached that he would not allow any foundations from it. The nuns are under the same impression about the Dean's unwillingness to part with any of the inmates. O'Connor joked with the dean about it and he denied it and said he was willing if there were proper applications. After some conversation with the dean, O'Connor thought of McFarland and thought he might find the sisters a good accession to his forces. The Dean received the proposal and the Sisters were willing. But they would not become incorporated in another community. It was for this reason that they refused Dr. Carmody. O'Connor thinks it better to allow them to form an independent community of their own until they agree to unite. He told the dean and the sisters that he had no authority but that he would tell McFarland. O'Connor will stay in Ireland until next spring and would be glad to handle the negotiations. He would transmit letters with explanations but would not have any responsibility. The Sisters said they would merely give the sisters the means of traveling and to outfit in America would not be at their charge. The present Sisters of Mercy would not be unwilling to resign in their favor any existing establishment and let these sisters paddle their own canoe. This would be better than to have another community near them. He has written to Father (Thomas J.) Sinnott of Bridgeport refering to him a subject on which a Sister of Charity in Scotland wrote him thinking he was the Bishop of Hartford. She is a niece of Cardinal Cullen. She wanted Sinnott to authorize Francis Graham, in his parish, to collect for a hospital they are building in Lanark. He knew the sister in her father's house in Liverpool. He wrote to Father Sinnott that he did not think any collection would interfere with the parish. He sees by the papers that a consistory will be held in Rome in November and the affairs of McFarland's new diocese will be deferred until then. Then Council has not changed things. He hopes for better health but he has not found it yet.

I-1-c - A.L.S. - 8pp. - 12mo. - {3}

1871 Oct. 17
Persico, I(gnatius) Bishop of Savannah: Savannah, G(eorgi)a
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He encloses a copy of a Brief received from Pius IX with a free translation that he wishes McMaster to publish. The Brief is an acknowledgment of the collection forwarded to Rome taken up in the diocese on the occasion of the Jubilee of His Holiness' Pontificate. On Sunday, Oct. 29, there will be taken up a collection to relieve the suffering of the people of Chicago. He was sorry not to have seen McMaster once more before leaving New York. He hopes McMaster and his children are well and assures them of remembrance in his prayers. does Not McMaster feel that this is a most extraordinary epoch, one of infidelity and indifference, and a manifestation of God's justice? He prays that men may be brought back to a sense of righteousness by the calamities that surround them.

I-1-o - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1871 Oct. 18
Van Laar, Father Jos(eph): Baltic, Conn(ecticut)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He sends a translation from the Dutch papers that he would like to have McMaster publish. The item translated gives a description of the meeting of 2000 members of the Association of Zouaves from the Hague, and other cities, in Rotterdam on Sept. 20, at which time Father J W. Bronwers, Editor of the Tyd, addressed the meeting on the plan recently started in Rome to give to His Holiness the title of Pius the Great. Pius IX humility and deeds were praised and a telegram was sent to Him by the gathered members renewing their assurance of love and devotion. On Sept. 24 there came a telegram containing His Holiness' appreciation of the good wishes of the Association, sent by Cardinal Antonelli. Following the meeting there was a short representation on the stage in which Pius was portrayed along with King William III. The hall was decorated with inscriptions referring to the principal events of the life of the Holy Father. McMaster may do what he wishes with this translation and Van Laar will have something better at another occasion.

I-1-o - A.L.S. - 6pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1871 Oct. 22
Jenks, Fr(ancis) H.:
President, Safe Deposit Co. of New York New York, (New York)
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He would like for McMaster to call at Jenks' office at his convenience, in order that McMaster may be shown the bank premises and their moke of business. They have expanded their services with the increase of floor space recently acquired.

I-1-o - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}

1871 Oct. 22
Keiley, Benj(amin) I.: Albano, (Italy?)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He received McMaster's note of Sept. 29 and the enclosures, for which he is very grateful. He will present the other draft to the Holy Father in person and beg His prayers for McMaster and his wife. He remembers Mrs. McMaster in his prayers every morning, but imagines she does not need them mow. Father Metcalf desires to be remembered to McMaster. Keiley would like to meet Miss Edes and may call on her after retreat which commences this week, but he has heard that she imagines him not interested in meeting her and neither is she interested. P.S. He devoted the past week of vacation to excursions and walks and had no time to write to the paper and will again be put back this week with the retreat. The Government has seized the South American College.

I-1-o - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {1}

1871 Oct. 23
(Brownson, Orestes A.): Eliz(abeth, N. J.)
 to H(enry) F. Brownson: Detroit, Mich(igan)

Brownson has not written Henry because he expected Mrs. Brownson to answer his last letter. Also because his right hand is rapidly becoming partially disabled and he has avoided writing any more than he can help. His general health is pretty good excepting for the forefinger of his right hand. Henry's mother is better for her trip. She was absent nearly six weeks. Sarah Brownson is nearly recovered. Brownson is sorry Henry has been ill but is glad he is getting better. Oatmeal is excellent for breakfast and with milk and sugar Henry should not dislike it, but Brownson gets tired of it after a while. Henry must either go to bed earlier, or take breakfast later. If he eats it as soon as he gets up, then it will require time to harden himself to close and continued applications, a thing somewhat new to Henry. Brownson is much obliged to Father (John) De Blieck for his photograph, and that has not forgotten that he owes him his own which he will send at the first opportunity. He is very sorry to hear that Mr. Cosgrave (?) lost heavily by the Chicago fire. Brownson took a great liking to him. He inquires about the forest fires in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota and wonders if they are the work of the Internationals. If Henry has received the Catholic World for November he will see the printers have annexed part of the Lawyer's note to Father (Isaac) Hecker's, which makes confusion, yet he thinks Henry will recognize his father in the first article. He has just read the proof of two articles for the Catholic World, one on events in France, another on the cosmic philosophy, a review of Herbert Spencer's First Principles. In the first article is Brownson's view of the significance, causes and remedy of the present state of things in the old Catholic nations of Europe. The restoration of the Pope to his temporal possessions will remedy nothing. The Catholics of Europe must learn that while the Church does not need the state, the state needs her and cannot subsist without her. They must learn that Christendom is gone, and from the Pope, downwards, not to put their trust in princes. The Church is now, if Catholics could see it, a missionary church in an infidel world, and is now compelled to begin anew and reconvert the people, for the princes can do nothing without them. Brownson is getting along as well as he can with his book "The Refutation of Atheism and False Theism," But he may not get it out before spring. Henry's mother and Brownson both send their love to all. P.S. Brownson wants to know when the Baron and Baroness may be expected.

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

1871 Oct. 25
Feehan, J(ohn Patrick) A(ugustin) Bishop of Nashville: Nashville, (Tennessee)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He has received Purcell's letter of the 19th and already written to Abbot (Luke)Wimmer of Latrobe, P(ennsylvani)a to ask him to allow some of his Fathers to take charge of the German settlement in Tennessee. If he objects, he asks Purcell to use his influence in the matter. He has also written to Father (J)Gabriel of St. Joseph's, Covington, who had permission from the Abbot to come to Lawrencebrugh, (Tennessee). Before, there were very few Germans here except at Memphis where they are in charge of the Franciscan Fathers. He hopes the Benedictines will settle permanently at Lawrenceburgh. It is a fine country and the non-Catholics are generally well disposed toward us. Father (Henry) Ratte is in charge of a small German congregation in Nashville and cannot interfere with the settlement. Father (I )Wenninger (?) has not made any application and Feehan would not accept him. He asks Purcell to write a line to the Abbot.

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1871 Oct. 29
Beleke, C(asimir) J: Pittsburg, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana

During the recent Chicago fire he lost everything. His school and possessions were completely destroyed. He is now faced with the task of rebuilding in his old age. He asks for any contribution possible. Money should be sent care of Archbishop (Martin John Spalding) of Baltimore. P.S. An architect says the line of houses destroyed would be 100 miles long.

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1871 Oct. 20
Fisher, Father Peter; and Father E. Venn: Chicago, (Illinois)

Professor Beleke of Chicago at present is dependent on the charity of the public. He is very anxious to rebuild his institution. Fisher and Venn recommend him to all friends of humanity. Endorsed by the President and Faculty of Notre Dame University.

- Printed Circular - 1p.

VI-2-o - A.L.S. & Printed Circular - 5pp. - 12mo. - {6}

1871 Oct. 30
Kreusch, Father Matt(hew): Versailles, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

There is a girl from Holy Family congregation who was in the convent for a year and a half who wishes to serve as a servant in Purcell's house. Father (Philip) Rist of St. Mary's will give a mission at Versailles Nov. 7,8,9, and 10. Purcell was kind to authorize him to invite a French priest to give a mission at Versailles. He spoke to Father (J ) Frere of Notre Dame who is willing to give a mission the beginning of Lent. P.S.—Mary sends her best respects to Purcell and to all the priests.

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