University of Notre Dame


1872 Oct. 1
McCloskey, W(illiam), Bishop of: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He had hoped to spend a day with Purcell on his way home but as he missed his train in Altoona, he stayed there and did not reach Cincinnati until two o'clock Thursday. He thanks Purcell for ordaining his young men and for confirming while in Louisville. He visited Rome while in Europe but only remained a week. The Holy Father is looking very well. Don Bernard Smith was away at the Springs. Cardinal (Alexander Barnabo's) mind is partially clouded. He did not know Bishop (Thomas A.) Becker of Wilmington, Delaware) when he called to keep an appointment made the previous day. He is also unable to distinguish features and cannot tell one man from another. But the good old Cardinal has done his work. He does not imagine Purcell will go to the installation of the Archbishop of Baltimore, as the journey across the mountains is fatiguing. He sends regards to Father Edward (Purcell).

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1872 Oct. 3
Dix, W(illia)m G.: Peabody, Mass(achusetts)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey

Dix saw the notice concerning the revival of the Brownson Review. A week previously Dix saw the notice of Brownson's intention but now such intentions have a more tangible character. Dix thanks God for giving Brownson strength and courage for such a task. When Brownson made public the fact that the Review would not be completely Catholic, Dix thought it a grave mistake. Dix would like to have some circulars of the Review and believes he can distribute them to good advantage. The Peabody Institute has taken the Catholic World and has shown a spirit of fairness by employing a young Catholic lawyer.

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1872 Oct. 5
Fink, Lewis M., Bishop: Leavenworth, K(ansa)s
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, O(hio)

He addresses Purcell on a delicate but important subject. Since Purcell was so kind to Fink when the latter was a priest in Covington, he turns to him now with the hope that he shall again meet with kindness, since he has been made the coadjutor to the Vicar Apostolic of Kansas. Bishop (John B.) Miege left last year to go on a collecting tour of South America, where he has been working for the purpose ever since with very little success. He chose this tour as he thought that there is a good deal of collecting done for local purposes and for other popular objects in the U.S. besides the great catastrophe of Chicago. The debt on the Cathedral is so much that they are unable to meet even half of the interest costs. There is no way out, so far as he can see, since the people are so poor, mostly poor imigrants from the older states and from large cities. At the time of the building of the Cathedral, it was thought that Leavenworth would become a large city, but with the changes after the war, etc., the building was completed so as to fit it for Divine service at a cost the diocese could not stand. The churches are only temporary frame buildings and the priests must be supported by the kindness of the people for whom they work. Therefore, there is no other remedy than outside assistance. He asks Purcell's permission to send a priest to lecture or preach in Cincinnati to ask donations in the churches for their Cathedral. He believes they should be able to realize something and they ask for the temporal blessing only to be able to reduce their debts to such a sum that the ordinary revenues of the Church will suffice to pay the interest. He asks Purcell's pardon for not applying in person, but the pleasure of seeing Purcell is denied him due to the scarcity of priests and the work, together with a plea of poverty, with which they are abundantly blessed.

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1872 Oct. 5

St. Elizabeth's Hospital (New York, New York)

Article on a deserving institution.

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1872 Oct. 7
Fagan, (Father) Th(oma)s: Milwaukee, (Wisconsin)
 to (Orestest A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Fagan is glad to hear the Review is to be resumed. Some of his friends have been induced to subscribe so Father Fagan would like to have made known to him the price and would like to have a prospectus. Father Fagan will help in any way he can.

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1872 Oct. 8
Waldron, (Father), E. Q. S.: Pikesville, M(arylan)d
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Elizabeth, N(ew) J(ersey)

Waldron saw a notice that Brownson is reviving the Review. Waldron would like to be considered as a subscriber.

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1872 Oct. 9
Murray, John O'kane: Brooklyn, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Elizabeth, N(ew) J(ersey)

From the Tablet Murray learned that Brownson is renewing the Review. He would like to know if it is a monthly or quarterly. He also is desirous to connect himself with the Review, not so much for the money end, but more for experience that would likely be gained by such a connection. Originally Murray was a teacher of composition and rhetoric in the college to which he belonged. In order to understand the object and scope of the Review he would like for Brownson to send him a prospectus. If not too much trouble he would like Brownson to answer him.

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1872 Oct. 9
Pax, Father Geo(rge): Williamsville, (New York)
 to R(ichard) H(enry) Clarke: New York, (New York)

Pax was again at Gosvenor Library and found more valuable works than ever. One proved that America was known at all times from the dispersion of the People of the tower of Babel. The title of the work was "American Antiquities or compilation of all rare books written or out of print till 1830, giving the history of different migrations from Asia, Egypt, etc. to American Shores"… by Josiah Priest, published by Hoffman & White, Albany, 1830. Pax had never dreamed about such a work; although it was Protestant, it proved everything for the antiquity of the Holy Catholic Church. Pax found another protestant work, "The History of Newfoundland", by Rev(erend) Anspath. The author seems to be acquainted perfectly with all the works published about America before Columbus. Also Pax found an interesting chapter on the History of Iceland by Today and 2 volumes by Humbold. Taken together with Moosmuller, the several books Pax has found would provide materials for at least two large volumes. Pax wonders if such an undertaking is too much for Clarke alone and he felt he should visit Clarke in New York but he has too much to do in the ministry. Clarke could find all the works Pax mentioned in New York libraries. Pax read the article on Bishop (Frederick) Rese in the German Almanac. It was a repetition of what Clarke had. He is certain after reading about Father Richard that Rese resigned because of the trustees. Pax did not know if Clarke had found sufficient materials in his manuscript on Father Theodore Brouwers, a Minor Brother of Holland, who had previously been in the West Indies, the first priest of Westmoreland County who deeded his 600 acres of land to his predecessor. Brownson built the first St. Vincent's church, behind which his remains and tomb still are in place. This is now St. Vincent, Abbey of the Benedictines.

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1872 Oct. 10
Lummis, W(illiam): New York (New York)
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Father (Patrick) Dealy would like to call McMaster's attention to the Employment Committee of the X(avier) A(lumni) S(odality) and suggest to Catholic merchants the duty of seeking clerks through this medium. The committee has been more successful than ever, and since Jan. 1, have obtained some 35 situations for their men. Communications for the committee may be addressed to W(illia)m A. Conway, Joseph Thoron, or to Lummis. P.S. At the last meeting of the Sodality, it was resolved to forward an address to Father ( ) Beckx, concerning the expulsion of the Jesuits from Germany. The Sodality is considering a plan for the establishment of a relief fund for its sick and needy members.

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1872 Oct. 10
Brownson, Sarah M.: Elizabeth, N(ew) J(ersey)
 to (John O'Kane) Murray: (New York City, New York)

Sarah Brownson is writing at the request of her father Orestes A. Brownson. His Review will be a quarterly and devoted to philosophy and theology mainly; and written entirely by himself. He feels the Catholic World or the Catholic Record would best suit Murray's purpose.

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1872 Oct. 11
Hipelius, Father Edward: St. Mary's, Elk County P(ennsylvani)a
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Elizabeth, N(ew) J(ersey)

Many priests in Hipelius' diocese have requested him to extend congratulations to Brownson for resuming the Review. There were many attempts to supplant Brownson's Review when it was discontinued but none were successful. Hence, thinks Hipelius, Brownson will be entitled to the gratitude of every true Catholic who places his religion above nationalism.

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1872 Oct. 12
Carrier C.S.C., (Father) Joseph C.: Notre Dame, Indiana
 to Orestes A. Brownson: Elizabeth, (New Jersey)

For many years carrier has been a constant and admiring reader. Every work or page has been read. Since hearing of the revival of the Review, carrier would like to be considered as a life subscriber.

P.S.—Father carrier was a close friend of John Brownson during the former's residence in St. Paul. Also he had paid Brownson a visit at his house in Elizabeth. This letter may be used for any purpose which Brownson desires.

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1872 Oct. 15
Hecker, Father I(saac) T.: N(ew) Y(ork), (New York)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He thanks him for his kind invitation to give a mission in Purcell's Cathedral. He accepts cheerfully. In view of prior engagements, they can begin either on Quinquagesima Sunday or Dominica in Albis. He leaves it to Purcell and asks to know his choice.

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1872 Oct. 15

(St. Joseph's Home for the Aged) (New York, New York)

Article on a fair to be conducted for the benefit of the Home.

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1872 Oct. 16
Dealy, S. J., Father P( ) F.:
College of St. Francis Xavier, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He introduces the bearer John McGee, a former student in the College and a deserving young man. He will inform McMaster of the object of his visit and Dealy is sure McMaster will do all he can to assit McGee.

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1872 Oct. 17
Borgess, C(aspar) H., Bishop of: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He sends belated but sincere and heartfelt congratulations upon the 40th anniversary of Purcell's consecration and joins in the prayers of his spiritual children that Purcell may be spared for them for many years. He encloses the notice for the Cath(olic) Telegraph hoping that it may be edifying and encouraging to the people. Bishop (Ignatius) Mrak (of Marquette) is displeased at Borgess' laying claim to 321 acres of land in Point St. Ignace. He is quite indifferent but in justice to the Diocese it seems that he should defend the claims. In order to avoid any unpleasantness, he has referred the question to Card(inal) Barnabo. He asks to be remembered to his friends.

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1872 Oct. 17

Catholic Telegraph of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Clipping containing the account of the laying of the cornerstone of St. George's Church and the celebration of the 39th anniversary of the consecration of Archbishop John Baptist Purcell.

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(18)72 Oct. 17
Hipelius, O.S.B., Father Edward: St. Mary's, Elk Co., P(ennsylvani)a
 to Sarah M. Brownson: Elizabeth, N(ew) J(ersey)

He thanks her for her flattering tone about his humble letter expressing his joy at the revival of the Review. He has been a constant reader of the Review since 1854 and he deplored its suspension. While it was out of circulation he missed it as much as he misses his snuff when he forgets it. He wants his own house and several friend's names included on the list of subscribers. He believes that there will soon be a large list of subscribers for the revived Review.

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1872 Oct. 19
Gilmour, R(ichard) Bishop of Cleveland: Cleveland, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He leaves today for a two week visitation of the western part of the diocese, intending to run down from Lima to Dayton for Nov. 3, to baptize and confirm a gentleman and his family, whose conversion started when Gilmour was there. He asks if he may do so. Purcell will be able to reach him in Dayton, (Ohio) in time so he may be ready. He hopes to see Purcell about the first of December, when he will be able to tell of this place. He has no fears of the final result, but due to the shock religion has suffered and breaking up into groups and cliques and the antagonisms of nationalities, there is at present commotion on the waters. By degrees all will find their place and they will have peace. His health is very good and his hopes unbounded. Bishop (Amadeus) Rappe (of Cleveland) has returned much improved.

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1872 Oct. 22
Fergus, Mrs. M.M.: Evansville, (Indiana)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

She followed Purcell's advice and put her mortgage and notes in the hands of J. & R.A. Johnson, Se.E. corner of 2nd and Walnut Streets. They have taken great interest in her behalf and had trouble getting the parties to make honorable terms. A deed was sent up to her from Tenn(essce) by express for her acceptance with instructions to the agent here not to be delivered unless she first gave them the mortgage and notes. She replied that it was in the hands of her attorney in Cin(cinnati) and directed it to them. Since then she has learned that it was worthless and that Mrs. Kienan had come up and had behaved very cavalierly toward them, but they insisted and a new deed was drawn, the delinquient taxes paid, and a month's rent allowed. The property is now hers and she can give good title to it to anyone who desires to purchase and the terms can be made with Messers. Johnson, should Purcell or his brother (Father Edward Purcell) wish a surburban residence. Since she offered all her trials and sufferings in this case to the Lady of the sacred Heart, who did not desert her, she will place all above the expenses and notes in the hands of the orphans or whatever Purcell thinks best. Her family has deserted her. She was sorry that her gift to the hospital was made public but the gentlemen of the committee said it was necessary in order to show good example. Mr. Richard Raleigh, died a few days ago. He was her counsellor and director in settling business affairs since the death of her husband. She hopes to hear from Purcell soon and sends regards to Father Edward. P.S. — Mrs. Dawson and her mother still live with her and desire to be remembered to Purcell. All are well.

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1872 Oct. 22
(Marty, O.S.B.), Martin, Abbot of: St. Meinrad, (Indiana)
 to Archbishop (Johnson Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Since they live 42 miles from the railroad, they did not learn until very late the glorious anniversary celebrated on Oct. 13. He hopes Purcell will allow him to join with the community in the grateful congratulations, wishes, and prayers of the thousands offered on that day.

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1872 Oct. 23
Konings, C.SS.R., Father A(nthony): Ilchester, Maryland
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Konings had finished his treatise on Moral theology and wishes to consult McMaster on certain matters in it. If McMaster is free the next Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday he should let Konings know as he intends to leave Baltimore Wednesday evening. One day will probably suffice but he suggests the four days to be sure of one. P. S. —He will stay at St. Alphonsus.

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1872 Oct. 23
(Bayley), J(ames), Archbishop of: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He has received a letter from the Sub-Secretary of the Vatican Council written by direction of the Pope requesting him to desire the Archbishops and Bishops of the United States to send to Rome any Pastoral Letters or Circulars they may have issued in reference to the Council. The communications may be addressed to Monsignor L. Jaccobini, sub-Secretary of the Vatican Council, Rome.

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1872 Oct. 24
Weninger, (Father) F(rancis) X., S.J.: St. Paul, Minnesota
 to Sarah (M.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Weninger's travels through wild regions deprives him of all opportunity to write letters not absolutely necessary. He knows how Sarah feels about her distinguished parents; he said Mass for the late Mrs. Brownson. Since Father Weninger holds (Orestes A.) Brownson so high, he can clearly understand why some of his friends demanded the revival of the Review. A review like that of Brownson's cannot be given up. Father Weninger would like Sarah to extend his cordial respects to Brownson.

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1872 Oct. 25
Cassidy, Father James P.:
Seminary of St. Francis of Sales St. Francis Station, Milwaukee, Wis(consin)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He introduces himself as a clergyman and professor of the institution. He has studied and been ordained at Maynooth, Ireland and has recently come to America. He would like to subscribe to the Freeman for the next year and will sent his subscription in the manner in which McMaster directs. He asks McMaster for conclusive evidence of the ungenuineness of the Bull of Adrian IV to Henry II. — if Gratianus Lucan holds a high place as an authority and what of Cambrensis Eversus — if John of Salesbury has ever stated in any of his own works that he was the bearer of the Document. There library is almost entirely German and he must look to McMaster for information, for which he will be deeply grateful. He hopes to return a favor for McMaster at any time. P.S. May he expect information by letter?

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1872 Oct. 26
Weninger, S.J., (Father) F(rancis) X.: St. Paul, Minnesota
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

In the Freeman's Journal Father Weninger read of Brownson's intention of reviving the Review. Due to mission work Weninger had not heard of the death of Mrs. Brownson until Sarah (daughter of Orestes A.) conveyed the news by letter. Weninger would like Brownson to accept his subscription for the first year. At every occasion, Father Weninger will call attention to the Review for the benefit of the clergy and of Brownson. Even if Brownson's health should fail it would be for him a generous and consoling event to expire with his arms in his hand. The book entitled "Photographic Views" or "Religious and Moral Truths Reflected in the Universe" will appear after the election. If Brownson will recommend the book to his readers through the Review then Father Weninger would appreciate it, i.e., if the book is worth recommending.

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1872 Oct. 28
Parks, P( ): Brooklyn, (New York)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): New York, (New York)

Because of the remoteness of his residence and the demands of work, he is unable to attend the lectures given by Father (Thomas) Burke and is grateful to the Freeman's Journal for the detailed accounts of these lectures. He has read the lecture at the Academy of Music given on Oct. 17 in which Burke vindicates the character of Ireland and Irishmen from the aspersions of the Englishman, Fraud, or whatever he is called. However, he asks whether Burke's statement was quoted correctly, in regard to the relating of how the crown of King Henry VII was disputed by two others, with the inference that these two were Protestants. There were no Protestants in England or Ireland at that time. Again Burke is quoted as saying that George I died in 1753 and that George II was King in 1722. He hopes this is a mistake of the reporter or printer. George I died about 1727 and was succeeded by George II who died in 1760. P.S. He asks that his paper be sent to 27 Wolcott Street in the future.

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1872 Oct. 28
Paresce, S.J., Father A. M.: Woodstock, M(arylan)d
 to (Richard Henry) Clarke: (New York, New York)

Paresce thanks Clarke for his sympathy on the death of Father (Michael) O'Connor, (S.J.). Clarke's former letter asking information on O'Connor's life was still unanswered because O'Connor gave out none. Paresce will do his best to get such information. Enclosed are some slips from the Pittsburg Post (no enclosures). Pope Gregory XVI was said to have twined his handKerchief around O'Connor's head; Paresce said this anecdote needs confirmation and appears improbable. But if true this would show the esteem with which O'Connor was held in Rome. Information on O'Connor can be gotten from Father James O'Connor, his brother who has arrived from Europe the previous Wednesday. Clarke can see him in New York at Father (Edward) McGlynn's. J.P. Barr, editor of the Pittsburg Post, was a most intimate and confidental friend of O'Connor. During his life in Pittsburg O'Connor transacted most of his business with and consulted with Barr on matters of importance. Bishop (William) O'Hara of Scranton can furnish valuable information on O'Connor's career at Rome as could also Cardinal (Paul) Cullen. Work permitting, Paresce will furnish some details on O'Connor later. Barr, a good and practical Catholic, held in high esteem by O'Connor, can give some details on him.

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1872 (Oct. 29)
Dwenger, Joseph Bishop of Fort Wayne: (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Mr. Wilkens in Mt. St. Mary's seminary has nearly completed his study of theology and Dwenger is so badly in need of priests that he asks (Purcell) to ordain him as soon as possible. Dwenger asks (Purcell) to send him word when to begin his retreat, and if (Purcell) is too busy Dwenger will come and ordain him in the seminary. Dwenger has laid out a graveyard and is grateful to Father Edward (Purcell) for his assistance. The debts are more than he anticipated but the prospects are brighter as the real estate has become more valuable. He has further difficulty eradicating the many scandals that have been given in the diocese. He got rid of the bad priests and with the exception of two or three he has a most excellent clergy. The burden of a bishop is often very heavy.

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1872 Oct. 30
Cauvin, Father (Anthony): Hoboken, (New Jersey)
 to Father (E.J. Foltier: New Orleans, Louisiana)

There is no hope to secure a loan from a New York bank. Cauvin knows some people in Europe who may be interested. He suggests that (Foltier) state what interest he would be willing to pay, what terms he could offer regarding promissory notes, and send this information to him. He would have to have the mortgage and insurance policies on the buildings as collateral, and the consent of Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché) to whom the loan will be made.

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1872 Oct. 30
Meredith, C.SS.R., Father W(illiam) V.: St. Mary's Church, Wilmington, Del(aware)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He asks for the address of McMaster's "dear Cholie" of Nashville, Tennessee, as he desires assistance in returning some ill-gotten goods to the lawful owner and thinks that might be the best means. He asks about McMaster's health and that of his children and promises to remember them in Mass. Three missions are going on at the same time, one by the Redemptorists, one by the Paulists, and one by the Jesuits. All are well attended. He asks to be addressed in care of Father P(atrick) Reilly, V(icar) G(eneral), St. Mary's Church.

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1872 Oct. 31
Lutton, Am.: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to (Archbishop Napoleon Joseph Perché?: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A financial report on the newspaper and printing office from July, 1869 through October 31, 1872.

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1872 Oct. 31
Mally, Father Petrus: Richmond, Iowa
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

On Sept. 28 he sent McMaster a registered letter containing money taken up by collection for the Pope, asking McMaster to publish in the Journal the donors from Richmond, St. Stanislaus, and St. Vincent, Iowa. He has received a circular from Bishop (John Hennessey) of Dubuque commanding such a collection be taken up. Mally intends to notify Hennessey that this has been done and was sent to McMaster, but since no notice has yet appeared in the Journal, He is afraid the money did not reach McMaster. If so, he asks that McMaster notify him. So that he may make the necessary steps toward recovering the money, since he still has the receipt. If the money was received and McMaster does not intend to continue sending it to the Pope, he asks that it be returned, so that it may be sent to Bishop Hennessey.

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