University of Notre Dame


1872 Nov(ember) 1
Smith, Anna E.: Washington, D.C.
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Smith read in the "Ave Maria" this week that Brownson's intention is to resume the "Review" the first of January. She would appreciate a prospectus and information concerning the terms.

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1872 Nov. 4
Chasse, Father John B.: St. Mary's of the Woods, Ind(iana)
 to J(ames) (Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He asks that his paper be sent to St. Mary's of the-Woods instead of to Terre Haute. He has been appointed chaplain to the Sisters of Providence here to succeed McMaster's friend Father John Corbe, who died recently. Corbe had been spiritual director for the Sisters for almost 30 years and it will be impossible to replace him. He asks remembrance of Corbe in McMaster's prayers, and promises continued prayers for McMaster's work.

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1872 Nov. 4
Dwenger, Joseph Bishop of Fort Wayne: F(or)t Wayne, (Indiana)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Dwenger did not answer (Purcell's) letter sooner because of his absence. He thanks (Purcell) for ordaining Father (H.T.) Wilkins, as he will need him to replace Father Henry Koenig at Winnamac. Last week he gave his exeat to Father Th(eepdore) Vanderpoel for various charges. This week (Purcell's) prophecy about Father ( ) Graham came true. He has also found another court record against Bishop (John Henry) Luers. He has only one doubtful priest left, The money matters he is handling as well as can be expected. The undertaker Gallagher of Cleveland asks $300 for a job worth not more than $155. Father (Julian) Benoit and Dwenger offered him $200, and he can sue if he wants more. Dwenger is very sorry to hear about Cardinal (Alexander) Barnabo, the bishops lose a good friend in him. Dwenger sent L345 for the pope on Oct. 3.

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1872 Nov. 4
Keegan, M. R.: Chicago, Illinois
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Elizabeth, N(ew) J(ersey)

It pleases Keegan to know that the Review has been revived. All of the priests and other Catholics are rejoicing. Keegan had written Brownson a letter 17 or 18 years ago when Brownson and family were under attack. All Keegan wants to show is that Brownson's attempt to show the Irishman that America is his country was not in vain. Brownson then mistook Keegan for a priest. Keegan was a farmer, his sister has joined a convent but now Keegan has the task on the schoolboard of Portage (6ity) Wisconsin of cleaning the school books used in the public schools of slander, sarcasms, and misrepresentations. In some instances, he has succeeded and his opponent has yielded to Keegan's suggestions. He attacked the history books of Peter Parley and G. Goodrich and had promises of change of anything against the Church. Keegan had hopes of Peter Parley's conversion before he heard of his death. A copy of Professor Copper's book is sent for review. Another edition is sent so that Brownson may contrast the difference between the old and the new. 20 new editions were added, chapters on causality and Progress of Reason, all sanctioned by a Jesuit father. The archbishop of St. Louis has approved it. The contents of this letter are to remain private as it is most likely the President of Lehigh University would not wish to have it known that he had published under his own name the work of another. Keegan hopes all who sympathize with Brownson will cheer him on and earnestly pray for his success. P.S. If Brownson will have any advertisments in the Review, the publishers E.H. Butler and Company would advertise those school books which were revealed by Keegan. Brownson is to forward rates.

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1872 Nov. 7
Lummis, H( ) M.: New York, (New York)
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

They propose having a meeting of the Xavier Alumni Sodality about Nov. 20th and ask that McMaster give a little talk on some sodality or Catholic subject. The purpose of the meetings is that of better mutual acquaintance and a discussion of Catholic affairs. The talk is to give the young men something to think about and discuss. He asks for an early reply.

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1872 Nov. 7
Weninger, S.J., (Father), F(rancis) X.: Faribault, (Minnesota)
 to (Sarah M. Brownson): Elizabeth, New Jersey

Sarah's favor was received. Father Weninger hopes (Orestes A.) Brownson received his previous letter which contained a draft for his subscription. There is no prospect in going to Dubuque because he had given three missions there. Instructions are given to Sarah in regard to Father Weningger's mail. The draft for his subscription was intended for Brownson and not for the publishers. Father's blessing is extended both to Sarah and her Father.

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1872 Nov. 8
Miale, C.P., Father N(icholas): Natchez, Mississippi
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Bishop (William Henry) Elder wishes to subscribe to (Brownson's) Review, wishes him all success, and wants to know the terms and the bill.

(Elder) finds two sets of (Brownson's) Review nearly complete in his library and several odd numbers for which perhaps there may be a demand. He also requests some numbers wanting in his sets.

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1872 Nov. 9
Dwenger, Joseph, Bishop of Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne, Ind(iana)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He received Purcell's kind letter. He has found $1170 more debts and had to pay $826 on the spot. When will this end? He feels discouraged and his brain is almost on fire with care. He must make desperate efforts to get through. So far he has paid $6000 on the new grave yard and owes the banks nothing. Two years would have brought total bankruptcy.

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1872 Nov. 9
St. Palais, M(aurice de Bishop of: Vincennes, (Indiana)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Father ( ) Moitrier was removed from Richmond (Indiana), because of his pecuniary difficulties. He has not since written to St. Palais and the latter did not know even where he went until he received (Purcell's) letter. Father Moitrier and Father (F.) Hundt being on unfriendly terms, and since St. Palais did not hear the complaint from any other quarter he decided to let the matter drop. Moitrier will be all right as a professor in a college or assistant to prudent priests but should not be trusted with the care of a congregation.

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1872 Nov. 11
(Perché, Napoleon Joseph, Archbishop of: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A memorandum concerning (Perché's) debt to Madeleine Nubert from November 11, 1870 through November 11, 1872.

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1872 Nov. 13
McMaster, Ja(me)s A(lphonsus): New York, (New York
 to Annales de la Saintete: Paris, (France)

He asks that the book, Vie de Saint Joseph, as advertised in the L'Univers, be sent to McMaster. He is sending a money order for 10 francs to pay for the book. If the book costs more than that, he will send the remainder when notified.

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1872 Nov. 13
Ireland, Father John: St. Paul, (Minnesota)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Even though Father Ireland does not know Brownson personally, such a fact does not keep him from extending his congratulations to Brownson for reviving his Review. Many clergymen have asked him to write, hence St. Paul will give him their support. Ten years ago sad news was received of its discontinuance but now their hearts are glad again. Ireland believes God cannot spare Brownson off the field. Since there is so much opposition and since there are only a few defenders of truth though weak, everyone must put to profit every talent confided to them by Our Lord and stand accountable to Him for the work not done. Brownson should not be discouraged because he has more friends than he thinks.

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1872 Nov. 15
Mercier, D.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Gilbert) Raymond: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Bill for $27 for various items of clothing bought by Raymond for Father (Francis) Rougé.

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1872 Nov. 17
Gross, Father W(illiam) H.: Boston, Mass(achusetts)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey

Even though Gross does not know Brownson, he is glad the Review is being revived. He wants to be a subscriber. Gross would like to know if Brownson will republish some of his leading articles. If he does, Gross believes Brownson would confer a lasting service on the Catholic literature of the country.

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1872 Nov. 21
Lindsley, D( ) P.: Andover, Mass(achusetts)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

He sends the first number of The Note Taker and will send the entire series if notice is received by the Rapid Writer, as directed.

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1872 Nov. 22
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Eliz(abeth, New Jersey)
 to H(enry) F. Brownson: (Detroit, Michigan)

Brownson is sorry to hear by Father (Ernest) Van Dyke that Fifine (Brownson's) eyes are worse than ever He thinks it must be owing to her being kept awake and worn out with Orestes (Brownson). Brownson saw Father Van Dyke but for a moment, as his visit was paid to Sarah (Brownson). He seems to be in better health. He told Brownson nothing, since he knows nothing, how Henry's law business is prospering, but his manner left the impression that Henry is not doing very well. Brownson wishes to be told plainly whether Henry is meeting his expenses. Brownson has been intensely busy preparing the first number of the Review. It is now going through the press. It will be five dollars a year, payable in advance, and it will be worth 20 per cent more to him if subscriptions are sent direct to Fr. Pustet and Co., 52 Barclay Street, than if the numbers are taken through agents. Henry will receive his number by mail, free of charge, except for postage, four cents a number. He has it stereotyped, and prints only 500 copies to begin with. It will cost, composition, paper, press work, binding, about $260 a number per 1000 copies, which is very reasonable. A number of subscribers are already received. He has received many encouraging letters, and already $105 cash and thinks he shall get 1000 subscriptions in the course of the year. Brownson's health is possible; Sarah is improved wonderfully since Anna (Brownson) went home and he is beginning to feel that he has a home again. They are getting along pretty well,—only he has double rent to pay till the first of April. After that his rent will be $400 a year. He still writes for the Tablet and he has not much leisure for his fingers are stiffened. The elections have gone as Brownson ex-ected. He did not vote. He could not vote for Greeley, and would not vote for the Republican party. Greeley was a dead weight and injured the Democratic (party) more by being a candidate, his thirty years uninterrupted hostility to it. Coalitions are rarely successful on a large scale. France seems to Brownson to be on the declivity to the Republic. (Auguste) Theirs is a humbug, and Brownson expects to see very soon (Leon) Gambetta dictator. Bismarck is playing a very unwise game and is preparing to give Russia the sympathies of the whole Catholic world, when four or five years hence she disputes with Germany the hegemony of Europe. Love to Fifine, the children and all the relatives.

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1872 Nov. 25
O'Connell, E(ugene), Bishop of: Marysville, (California)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He encloses a report of his V(icar) G(eneral) regarding an apparition in Virginia City, (Nevada). He asks McMaster's opinion on the matter and hopes that he will write of it in the Freeman, setting it up in its true light. May McMaster's reward for vindicating Pope Adrian be great in Heaven.

 The Enclosure: 

(1872) ( )
Manogue, (Father) P(atrick): (Virginia City, Nevada)
 to (Bishop Eugene O'Connell): (Marysville, California)

(Part of the first page is missing). Monague requests a few month's vacation. This would not be a pleasure trip, however, for his pleasure is in attending the needs of his poor people. Since his sickness he has been subject to weakness and often complete prostration, and needs a rest from anxiety and troubles. (Part of the second page is missing.) The purgatorial visitor has caused more than a little alarm in all circles. Since his departure for his heavenly abode—secund se, and most people believe him—everything is tranquil. He was the best natured of spirits, and his advice was admirable, but he was too Catholic or outsiders. If James McDonnough could not appear in the manner related in the enterprise, and that version was the only true one given, then what reasons can given against it? Taken at his word, (the apparition's) evidence is unimpeachable. He claims to have been judged at the particular judgement at the gate of Heaven by God and Jesus Christ, with angels as white as snow accompanying; Jesus Christ appeared very kind. Who can contradict these statements? He says Purgatory is placed next to Heaven, five minutes above the earth, who can give more positive information? He says he had to spend the last six days of his purgatory on earth, and who can say he lies? On his arrival he he demanded prayers and Masses, supposedly as any representative of Purgatory would do, and toward the end of the week he asked no more prayers or Mass supposedly having had enough offered. When asked why he should leave on Friday, at (1:30), he answered that after spending time on earth sufficient for his purgation, why should he not leave at the time and moment appointed, and go to Heaven? He was here by permission, but had no suffering. When asked if the joys of Heaven were not too great and too dear to leave for anxiety on earth, he answered that he had never been in Heaven. (Father) Manogue thinks these questions and answers require more than a smile. St. Augustine and (St. Thomas) would study before committing themselves. Perhaps the theologians of Marys(ville?) may be able to direct him on the spirit of Virginia City.

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1872 Nov. 26
Dénecé, Father J(oh)n M(ary) J(osep)h: Petit-Caillou, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Dénecé received (Perché's) letter and the ten Mass intentions. He will send someone to pick up the $30. Regarding the procuration which (Perché) sent him, he will be able to use the money immediately. When the first payment on the church falls due he is confident God will send the money. He will pray to St. Anne under whose protection he wishes to place this new chapel. He would like to come to New Orleans to make a collection at the beginning of the next month. Father (Gilbert) Raymond suggested this time. Dénecé asks (Perché) whether he thinks it would be possible to raise enough money to make the journey profitable. A piece of property adjoining the church land is for sale for $1200. The value will double in five years. He would pay off the interest and repay the principal to the diocese as soon as possible. He is sure money could be made on the land and feels it would be an excellent location for a convent.

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1872 Nov. 26
Judge, J( ) D, Sup(erintenden)t:
House Angel Guardian, Goston, (Massachusetts)
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He encloses $3.00 for the coming year's subscription and asks that the stamp be changed to the above address. Since the death of Father (George F.) Haskins, the institutions has been under the supervision of Father ( ) F. Lyndon. The Society of the Angel Guardian has always been its main support, and a notice of the House in one of McMaster's columns would be greatly appreciated.

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1872 Nov. 26
Carroll, Sister M. T. Austin: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Sister Austin would like to be considered as a subscriber to the Review. The price in unknown to her but Sadlier and Co. Will pay the amount. Would that their resources would enable them to supply reading material, at least one copy will have to do.

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1872 Nov. 28
Gartner, M.SS.C., Father J(ohn) M(ary): Milwaukee, (Wisconsin)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster: New York, New York

Gartner encloses a circular of his last report, (2 copies) written in German, about the Poles. He hopes (McMaster) will not fail to write an article.

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1872 Dec. 1
Gartner, M.SS.C., Father J(ohn) M(ary): Milwaukee, (Wisconsin)

A report of the Slay Mission in the United States. (The location of Bohemian and Polish churches is given and some of the pastors are listed). Donations may be sent to Father F(rancis) X(avier) Krautbauer.

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1872 Nov. 29
Deslow & Bush Co.: New York, (New York)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

They are sending McMaster 5 gallons of their oil. In agreement to McMaster's request, they enclose a circular which they hope will get a good notice.

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1872 Nov. 30
Gibbons, James, Bishop of Richmond: Richmond, V(irgini)a
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cin(cinnati, Ohio)

He writes to Purcell, the oldest and most experienced prelate in the United States, to get the benefit of his advice. He is building a large parochial school for boys in Cathedral Parish and does not think he could obtain Christian Brothers for some time. He does not know either, whether the Brothers or the Sisters of Mercy would be the better community to have. Since Purcell has them teaching in his schools, he should be able to inform him whether the Brothers or Sisters are the more satisfactory. He personally thinks the Sisters better, but does not like to trust his unripe judgment in the matter. He hopes to see Purcell live to celebrate his golden wedding in the Eposcopacy in 1883.

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