University of Notre Dame


1872 Jul.
New York Archdiocese: (New York, New York)

Archbishop (John) McCloskey has appointed the Rev. John J. McCauley as St. Teresa's Parish's first pastor.

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1872 Jul. 1
Huet, Elizabeth and Francoise Santier:
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They enjoyed (Perché's) visit. They wish to tell him of the many troubles that have been afflicting them, things they could not say in his presence for fear of saddening him. At their age, after a life of torments, they have need only of rest. Yet both of them are forced to keep up their business in order to live from day to day. Their health is failing. (Perché's) gift arrived at an opportune time. They are saddened to think that one of them might die, leaving the other all alone and incapable of carrying on the business.

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1872 July 1
Murray, Hugh: Kingston, (Toronto, Canada)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

He does not know how McMaster or the public liked his story, but it may help to stir up the love for the Pope. McMaster's generous spirit led him to meet the Zouaves, and it was this chance that permitted Murray to meet McMaster. Bishop (Edward) Horan (of Kingston) appreciated Marray's move and has never faltered. It was accidental that Murray wrote for a paper, for as a soldier he hates much talk; action must tell. Immediate and direct service for the Holy See will do more for the Church in America than any volumes will. He regrets not having heard further from Tracey, but if God wishes this to continue, he will bring it around. Murray has a topographical knowledge that cannot be equaled. He lost most of his manuscripts in the pillage of 1870. He lists several books that McMaster could secure from the Angot Library, Paris, France. McMaster could tell him whether these articles of historical interest would help the cause. He asks McMaster to try to get through a jeweler in New York the Cross of the Order of Pius IX and the Silver Cross of the Campaign of 1867, which are made in Paris. Together they would cost about 110 france, or about $21. These decorations were in his trunks that were lost. He wrote an article on education for McMaster but tore it up upon mature consideration, feeling that it was none of his business. A decision from the Head of Christendom is the only settlement. He does not understand why Lactantine cannot be read instead of the historial Lallur. He believes young men intended for the Church should be taught Latin and Greek, especially Greek, so that they could converse with the Holy Fathers. If special assistance is needed to manage a Council of Bishops, what would take place at a council of professors? It is not the study of old pagan literature that is harmful to Catholics, but it is the literature of the period that Catholics read without discriminating. Outside the writings of the Catholic Church, there is no group of writers that is not corrupt today. McMaster has been long-suffering now for a year. Although time lessens grief, it does not bring back what is gone. Murray hopes the boys are well and also McMaster's daughters. Murray was shown a letter in which plans were completed to have him take over the editorship of a Catholic Paper in Cleveland. However, it all turned out to be untrue and he consoles himself by reflecting on the hermit system. It is easier to be patient in physical suffering than in mental pathos, though neither are agreeable. His kind of chat in this letter with McMaster has relieved his solitude.

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1872 July 3
(Melchers), Paul Archbishop of Cologne: Cologne, Germany
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

In the marriage case of Margaret Kohlenbeck the wife of Mathias Fischer now pending before the archiepiscopal court they need the testimony of: 1.) John Peter Kohlenbeck, her father, 2.) Anna Catharine Kern, born Kohlenbeck, her aunt, 3.) Anna Maria Schonhagen, born Kohlenbeck, her sister. The three persons live in Cincinnati at 165 North Linn Street. (Melchers) asks that Purcell have some priest interrogate these three persons according to the enclosed questionnaire, under oath and send on their statements. The enclosed form asks that the three be asked:) 1. their names, relationship, religion, business, and habitation. 2. their relationship to John Mathias Fischer, born in Schenkelberg in 1829, 3. if they know when Mischer was married to Margaret Kohlenbeck and where. 4. whether they lived together and had children, 5. why Fischer left her and where he went, 6. where and how long Fischer lived in other places, 7. whether they heard he had returned to Europe, 8. whether they think he is still alive and what evidence or documents they have for their opinion. 9. If they know of other witness of his present place of living or of his death. 10. If they have anything to aid to this testimony. The questionnaire is signed by Dr. Kleinheidt, defensor matrimonii, and dated June 25, 1872.

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1872 July 5
Reardon, Father Tho(ma)s: Easton, Penn(sylvani)a
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He renews his subscription with the enclosed check. It will be mournful satisfaction to McMaster to know that Reardon fulfilled and intention long since marked in his Orde by offering up this morning a Requiem Mass. On July 9, 1871, a young priest offered his first Mass in Reardon's church, remembering in his Memento (Mrs. McMaster) who had just left McMaster for a bright home in Heaven. He prays that God may bless McMaster and his family and asks prayers as a reply to this letter. (McMaster's addition: check was for $25.)

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1872 July 8
Borgess, C(aspar) H., Bishop of: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cin(cinna)ti

He has just come home and all his appointments have been fulfilled. Next Sunday he dedicates the Polish Church and after that he is subject to Purcell's direction. The priests on the several stations as far as Mackinac Island have been notified of Purcell's coming if he might wish to rest. They might go to Bay City where Father H.J.H. Schutjes will join them to Alpena. He describes the journey through Cheyboygan, Mackinac, Cross Village and then to the Beaver Islands. They will try to make everything as pleasant as possible.

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1872 July 12
Jean, Father F(rederich) E( ): Rome, (Italy)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He has been in Rome two weeks and upon the day of his arrival he met a canon of the Cathedral of Algiers, a Bishop of the Polynesian Islands, and an asiatic priest. All of them are here on the same mission and they met again at the Propaganda where Cardinal Barnabo understood their difficulties and promissed to remedy them. Jean came to annoy him with a case of individual persecution and shall stay until something definite is determined upon. If McMaster should like to make use of this letter for his columns, Jean asks that no names be used. Msgr. Simeoni, the Secretary of the Cardinal told Jean that the canons of the Church not being in form in the U. S., it was expected that such cases should occur. Is it the priests or the Bishops of the U. S. that wish to prevent the introduction of these canons that have been deemed necessary by the rest of the Church? He asks that the Journal advocate the discipline of the canons. Jean was told that promulgation of the Decree of Infallibility should be made in every diocese after the holding of Provincial Councils. Although two years have passed since the Decree was issued by the Council of the Vatican, there has been no action taken by the Church in the U. S., Although the whole world believes the decree, in the U. S. alone there has been no authorative promulgation of the Decree. The reason for this is that the Provincial Councils should precede the promulgation in each Diocese, in order that the same proofs offered to the Council in Rome might be offered to the individual Council in the U. S. He asks that the Council be held and then the promulgation by the Bishops of the Decree that will not be opposed by petty tyrants, a promulgation sound and firm which will glorify God, edifying the whole Church and sweeten the glorious old age of Pope Pius IX. P.S. If McMaster uses this letter he may can change it as he sees fit.

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1872 July 12
Williams, John J., Bishop of Boston: Boston, (Massachusetts)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Purcell's letter of July 10 regarding Father B(ernard) O'Reilly is received. He would be glad if Purcell would give O'Reilly a chance in Cincinnati. He left his post in a most important church in the city because of drinking, which Williams thinks was due more to generous hospitality than for love of liquor. He thought he would go to his old friends in Texas or St. Louis. Williams thinks he will be very careful in the future. He has always found him obedient to his superiors and would like to see him at work again.

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1872 July 14
Alban, (C.S.C.), Brother: Notre Dame, Indiana
 to James F. Edwards: (Toledo, Ohio)

He bets that Edwards can't guess what his obedience is. He gives the obediences of some of the brothers. They had a beautiful retreat. He hopes that Edwards will pray that he may become more perfect. In return Alban will pray for Edwards.

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1872 July 18
Wood, James F., Bishop of: Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop John B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Purcell is aware that Wood's relation to the endownment fund of the American College in Rome is executive and gives him discretion. He must receive and invest the money and transmit it to the Rector of the College with a memorandum giving each diocese's contribution requesting him to notify the Bishops that the money has been received. Father (Silas M.) Chatard acts under the impression that whether a Bishop has a student in the College or not, he must give whatever was subscribed, which is modified by referring it to a temporary not a perpetual vacancy on the bourse. He does not see that he could do anything about the payments that have passed out of his hands. He will consult the members of the committee in regard to future payments and suggest that they shall be retained as Purcell desires. He apologizes for using an amanuensis but he has been prostrated by the intense heat. He asks to be remembered to Father Edward (Purcell) and to all his friends.

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1872 Jul. 19
Pax, Father Geo(rge): Williamsville, (New York)
 to Rich(ard) (Henry) Clarke: New York, (New York)

Pax inquired in Europe about the French illustrated work "L'Univers pittoresque". It contained only a short notice on the "History of America before Columbus" by Moosmuller. The work mentioned about Greenland only that there were 16 Catholic churches, three or four convents and 2 cities, Gerdart and Alba. He wonders what city Alba is. Pax told a learned American briefly about "History of America before Columbus" and was told publication would be welcomed by all. And anyone who could furnish such materials would easily be admitted as a member to the "Massachusetts Antiquarian Society" from which additional materials could be obtained.

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1872 July 23
Dabande, Father Alphonsus Begonrat: Paris, (France)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Dabande asks a favor of Purcell. He wishes to go to America to teach ecclesiastical sciences. He is 42 years old, has taught rhetoric, received his doctorate in Rome, was made a canon of the Algerian church by Cardinal Lavigierie; he performed parochial functions for a while, there being no place for him to teach except in the regular Sulpician seminary. Now he again feels the urge to teach. Father (Englebert) Stehle told him of Purcell and in a sense forced him to write to Purcell. He asks Purcell if he will summon him to his seminary to teach.

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1872 July 25
Dwenger, Joseph, Bishop of Fort Wayne: F(o)rt Wayne, Ind(iana)
 to Archbishop John B(aptist) Purcell: (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He did not answer Purcell's letter sooner due to absence of confirmation from Rome. Father (Bernard) Rengehold was a saintly man and has reaped the harvest of his hard labors. Father (H.W.) Meile of Logansport, formerly of Fort Wayne, is a saintly man whose health was so poor that he was in danger of sudden death, but he has recovered now. During his illness he said foolish things and lost the good will of his congregation, so that Dwenger must remove him. He was advised to go to the Benedictines at St. Meinard, but asked if he could go to another diocese. Dwenger said he could if he could find a Bishop who would take him permanently. Dwenger finds no clue to the life insurance and some notes that were in Bishop (John) Luers' hands. He will get the title to the school property back from South Bend. He received an answer from the Pope, but none yet from Cardinal Barnabo. He hopes to visit Purcell this fall and rest a few days with old friends.

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1872 July 25
Weninger, S.J., (Father) F(rancis) X.: Shakopee, Minnesota
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Weninger is happy to hear that Brownson will receive his Review because he is the only man who is capable of working the syllabus intelligible to the American public. If the Review would contain a series of articles on the Syllabus, the praise would be worth Brownson's labor. Father Weninger would like to be considered as one of the first subscribers. Father Weninger has a book ready for publication entitled "Photographic Views" or "Religious and Moral Truths Reflected in the Universe". It will be published after the election and a copy will be sent to Brownson.

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