University of Notre Dame


(1872) Aug. 2
(Pearce), Eulalia, Sister M(ary): Mt. de Chantal (Wheeling W. Virginia)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson):

Sister has had permission to write to Brownson son for some time, but as Sister Infirmarian she has been very busy. Sarah (Brownson)'s "Life of Prince Gallitztn" was pleasant reading, but the typographical errors, poor paper and type were distracting. Brownson's views on Russia, expressed in the introduction, surprised Sister; she does not endorse them completely, yet. Sister enjoys the Reviews, and finds that they, like wine, improve with age. Sister was pleased with Brownson's notice of "Winged Words"; she agrees that the authoress will not write herself down, and that nobody else is capable of doing it. Sister met the authoress when she was in Boston. Her books are such a charming contrast to the sensational style of Protestant literature. Sister has not read enough of the works of the nun of Kenmare, to form a good opinion. Sister scolds Brownson for not keeping his criticism of the nun of Kenmare to her work, the personal allusions were uncalled for. She tells Brownson that she scolds him only because he knows how much she esteems him and his works.

I-4-e - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1872 Aug. 8
Young, Father N(icholas) R.: Bellefontaine, O(hio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He informs Purcell that his uncle is visiting him, having arrived yesterday from Washington in the company of Young's brother. Father Dominic(Young) is on his way to Perry County where he proposes staying for a time before returning to Washington. Young's desire to see the old gentleman is now realized. He looks well, but is quite feeble. He asks Purcell to send a copy of the picture of Bishop(Edward)Fenwick finding the first Catholic family in Ohio. Purcell sent Young's uncle one copy but he gave that to a friend. He asks that it be sent at St. Joseph's, Perry County. His sister is now well and begs for Purcell's blessing. P.S. Father Dominic desires to be remembered to Purcell.

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1872 Aug. 8
Purcell, Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist): Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to Father Henry Schutjes: Bay City, Michigan

Schutjus having expressed a desire that the Mother Superior of the Sisters of Charity, Cincinnati, Should superintend and teach a school of young girls in his congregation, and Bishop (Caspar) Borgess of Detroit having approved the same, Purcell cheerfully sanctions the Zealous project.

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 (Photostatic copy from the Archives of the College of Mt. St. Joseph, Delhi, Ohio.) 

1872 Aug. 9
(Brownson, Orestes A.): (Elizabeth, N. J.)
 to H(enry) F. Brownson: Detroit, Michigan

This is the first day Brownson has been able to write since he wrote Henry last. His hand and wrist are not yet well, but are better. Brownson congratulates Henry and Fifine on the birth of another son and himself on the accession of another to his list of grandchildren. He hopes the mother has recovered, or is at least doing well. He thanks Henry for the name but he hopes Henry has given him another by which he will habitually call him. Brownson only wants the name kept up in the family. He is unable to write more until his hand and wrist are better.

III-3-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}

1872 Aug. 10
The Pilot: (Boston, Massachusetts)

Clipping in the papers of Bishop (Francis P.) McFarland about the purchase of property in Hartford for a new cathedral and convent at a cost of $70,000.

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1872 Aug. 11
Brownson, Sarah M.: Elizabeth, New Jersey
 to Henry (F. Brownson): (Detroit, Michigan)

Sarah received Henry's letter and the contract. She is much easier in mind now that she has that magic paper. She has had a little talk with Mr. Blumling and he says that if the sale is good he will give her still more, as he desires to forward her interest as well as his own. He cannot decide yet what the price of the book will be, as he has had all his printed in Germany until this one, and she supposes does not know how things cost here. It used to be cheaper to send a book to Germany to be printed than to have it done here. She hopes it will be out before Christmas. She put in a letter from Brownson yesterday so she supposes he has told Henry all the news. He is quite well and amiable now, but for six weeks was so hard to get along with that she was almost desperate. She thinks Dr. (Henry S.) Hewit is to blame for letting him take so many medicines of all sorts and kinds one right after the other. Brownson has made an arrangement with the owner of this house, and has no further trouble. She did not know at one time but that he could station himself in one house and her in the other and keep up both establishments until April. She wonders if the baby (Orestes Brownson) has developed any ancestral traits yet, or if it is too soon. She does not know much about the infant idea. She gives her love to Fifine and tells her if the young Orestes grows to his grandfather's size. Sarah hopes she may be there to see Fifine rule him. Lily Pegram has gone to Europe under care of Dr. Chotwood. Sarah does not go anywhere nor feel much like talking when anyone comes here, —life seems very dreary and desolate nowadays. Her profound regards to Mr. Fippy and Sallie (Brownson)

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1872 Aug. 11
Lefebvre, Eup(hrosine?): Verneuil et Avre, Eure, (France)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perche): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

She and her sister are cousins of Bishop (John J. Williams) of Boston and of Archbishop (Louis) Lefebvre, deceased, of Bordeaux. Although both she and her sister were raised devoutly, her sister married an unbeliever and abandoned both her religious practice and her faith. Since November, 1871 her sister has been widowed. Her husband was Doctor Louis Louis, a veterinarian. She is presently living at Mr. Bouvier's on St. Anne Street. She asks (Perché) if it would be possible for one of his priests to contact her sister and to correspond with her regarding her sister's condition. (P.S.) Since she is paralyzed, a friend has written this letter for her.

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1872 Aug. 13
Barnabo, Al(exander) Cardinal Prefect: Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Father Philip O'Donoghue who was formerly a priest of the diocese of Columbus and now resides in the diocese of Cincinnati has written twice to the Sacred Congregation a letter in which he maintains that he was forced out of his parish in the former diocese without cause. He asks that the Sacred Congregation call this matter to Rome and decide it. In order not to be limited to the man's own testimony the Cardinal asks Purcell to investigate the matter, according to the enclosed paper (which is not now in the letter). In the mean time Purcell is to act carefully as regards this priest, and as soon as possible explain these matters, especially as to whether Bishop (Sylvester Rosecrans) consented to his reception by Purcell, to the Sacred Congregation. John Simeoni signs as secretary. no. 7

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1872 Aug. 13
Pabisch, Father F(rancis) J.: Reading, O(hio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He has written to Father John Kress, encouraging him to take charge of Reading and chaplaincy at the Convent, as he understood from Father (F) Windhorst that Father Otto (Jair) was to write to him on this matter. Kress has a fund of piety and morality, he loves pastoral work, known this place and left it only for want of work when he was assistant priest. There is now plenty of work here. He asked the Sisters about his way of acting. He takes offense at the least action, which is a defect, but by no means comparable to gross offenses given by others, and the sisters were ready to put up with these when his unfeigned piety is safeguarded. Kress is disgusted with the number of drinking shops at Reading, but where will he go and not find them? He has written to Father (Peter) Geyer about Purcell's willingness to receive him back into the Seminary. He has not written to Father (Richard) Broring, considering his knowledge of English as insufficient for this place. Father (Francis J.) Goetz will be able to get along by himself for a few months. It is better than leaving the congregation without a pastor. He hopes to see Purcell next Saturday.

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

1872 Aug. 14
Castet, Father D.C.: Luxe(uil, France)
 to Archbishop (James Roosevelt Bayley: Newark, New Jersey)

Castet has just heard of (Bayley)'s translation to the See of Baltimore. He sends his most sincere felicitations of the high dignity to which (Bayley) has been so deservedly raised. Castet is requested by his mother, by the curé of St. Jean, and by the curé of Garris, to offer their humble respects. When will (Bayley) visit Castet's modest presbytery of Luxe.

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1872 Aug. 17
Borgess, C(aspar) H. Bishop of Detroit: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Purcell's satchel with Borgess' address only was received by Father (Peter P.) Hennaert and put in Borgess' room. The Express Company will return it to Purcell. On his way home he visited Bishop (Sylvester) Rosecrans at Columbus. The mason work is not completed and the cathedral will hardly be under roof this fall. They called on Bishop (Richard) Gilmour but found him absent. Father Alexander McInnis went to Halifax to bury his father and returned a complete wreck. Borgess dismissed him. His uncle Father (Otho) Borgess fell into his old misfortune and sailed for Europe, according to Father Walter Elliott's telegram. The weather has been quite warm and the 10 o'colck mass was poorly attended.

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1872 Aug. 19
Barnabo, Cardinal Al(exander): Rome, (Italy)
 to Richard (Henry) Clarke: New York, (New York)

Barnabo acknowledges that he has presented to the Holy Father a copy of Clarke's work and the attached letter. The Holy Father asks Barnabo to acknowledge it. He thanks Clarke for his copy also and wishes him well. John Simeoni signs as secretary.

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1872 Aug. 25
(Bayley), J(ames) (Roosevelt), Bishop of: Newark, (New Jersey)
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, (New York)

He thanks McMaster for his note and would have answered sooner if he had been home. McMaster was right, but Bayley did not care to speak about it. He is not fitted for so exalted a position and intends to make another attempt to get rid of it, but he does not want McMaster to speak of this. He had been wanting to see McMaster for a long time and will call at his office as soon as it is cooler.

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1872 Aug. 26
Barnabo, Al(exander) Cardinal Prefect: Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

A certain Father James Molloy had written to the Sacred Congregation in May explaining that he was formerly a priest in the diocese of Nashville and that as a result of failings he went to the Trappist Monastery in Kentucky and now asks to be recommended to Purcell. Barnabo then wrote to (Patrick Feehan) the Bishop of Nashville concerning the man. In answer he has received a letter, a copy of which he encloses to Purcell. Barnabo urges, according to the recommendations of the monastery that Purcell endeavor to aid the priest. (On a separate page the cardinal quotes the letter of the Bishop of Nashville). The letter was dated July 29, 1872. Father James Malloy was ordained in the diocese of Nashville and exercised his ministery there for some time. After warning him the Bishop sent him out on missions but was forced to remove him. He retired to the Trappist monastery in Kentucky for nearly 15 months and behaved well. The Bishop hopes that in a new location, in another diocese, the man can make a new start and become a good priest, especially if placed under the guidance of another pious and prudent priest.

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1872 Aug. 28
Alban, (C.S.C.), Brother: Notre Dame, Indiana
 to James F. Edwards: (Toledo, Ohio)

Part of the decrees of the (general) chapter (of 1872) were read yesterday. He gives a list of the obediences and would like to make bets on some of them. The Scholastics have not received theirs yet. Mr. (Frank) Bigelow has verbal orders to go to New Brunswick. There are rumors that Mr. (Daniel E.) Hudson (C.S.C.) is going to Rome or France. He will write again if he has anything of interest.

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