University of Notre Dame


1873 Mar.
(New York Herald?): (New York, New York)

Article on sermons and services. Archbishop (John) McCloskey's Lenten discourse. Arraigning the faults of the age. How the Lenten season should be spent.

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1873 Mar. 1

Catholic Propagator New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph) Perché: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

A statement of Perché's account to date, showing a debt of $344.

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(1873 Mar. 1)
De Armas, Octave: (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph) Perché: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

De Armas received of Perché $1120 to pay a note held by Mrs. (W. Frank) Foucher, falling due on March, 14,1873.

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1873 Mar. 1
Lutton, Am.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
Southern Life Insurance Company(New Orleans, Louisiana)

Receipted bill for supplies and printing by the Catholic Propagator paid by Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph) Perché.

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1873 Mar. 2
(New Orleans, Louisiana)

An error of 1,000 piastres was made in the total of subscriptions for Pope (Pius IX) for the period from February 27,1869 and is now corrected.

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1873 Mar. 2
O'Connell, Bishop E(ugene): Marysville, (California)
 to Archbishop Pat(ric)k (W. Riordan)?: (San Francisco, California)

He asks him to ascertain from Mrs. McCoppin in the right use of "shall" and "will". He discusses the use of the words in certain passages of the Bible. Printed advertisements for the "Catholic Guardian" on the fourth and then again on the sixth page.

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1873 Mar. 3
Alemany, J(oseph) S., Archbishopof: San Francisco, (California)
 to ArchbishopJ(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He is well pleased with the apostolic letter which Purcell prepared for the signatures of the Bishops extending sympathy and encouragement to the Bishops of Germany. His only regret is its brevity. He is very happy that an Archbishop consecrated 40 years ago is yet so vigorous in fighting the battles of the Church. Bishop (Thaddeus) Amat and Bishop (Eugene) O'Connell add their names to the document.

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1873 March 4
Foster, Mary Josephine: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

She asks that he send her the Journal of Nov. 16 since she didn't receive hers of that date and it contained a Sermon by Father (Thomas)Burke on Faith. She heard Father Burke while he was in New Orleans and she is at loss to express her appreciation of him, and since then she has read all his sermons and hopes to put them all together. Times are hard in Louisiana and her family is not excepted. Her heart is full of gratitude for McMaster's instrumentality in bringing her to embrace the truths of the Catholic Church for through them she has been able to bear many things which seemed impossible without faith. She asks him to send her his photograph so that her children might see the one that they are praying for. She has suffered from a cold all winter and few think that she will recover, but she prays that she might be spared to her little ones for their sake. She extends her sympathies on the death of his young son. Father (John B.) Duffy is well but does not preach or hear confessions, so she goes to Father Geissen. There are five priests at their Mission House in Chatawa.

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1873 Mar. 5
Pax, Father Geo(rge): Williamsville, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to Rich(ard) H(enry) Clarke: New York, (New York)

Pax encloses a copy of an interesting article. If he can find a priest to take his place for 8 months, he will be in New York March 16 to get his passport at the French Consul's. He would leave on May 17 by French steamer for Brest, France. Pax gives an itinerary of his trip in Europe. If he can help Clarke by making inquiries in Europe for material, he will gladly do so. The enclosed article is an Extract on the History of West Greenland from the American Universal Geography by Jedediah Morse, D.D., minister of Charlestown, printed at Boston, Mass(achusetts), June 1796.

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1873 Mar. 6
Fitzgerald, Edward, Bishop of: Little Rock, Ark(ansas)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

They scarcely did anything at New Orleans except accepting formally the Baltimore and Vatican decrees protesting against Pruss, etc. It was decided to divide Texas into two diocese and a Vicariate Apostolic and to ask Rome to establish a Vicariate of Prefecture Apostolic in the Indian Territory, now under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Little Rock. As there is no mention of these matters in the papers, he imagines they should not be spoken of until the Holy See has acted. He has not seen "Our Clerical Friends". Their winter was unusually severe, but he spent the cold spell in New Orleans and Mobile where the winter was charming. Little Rock is growing fast, but the Catholic element does not keep pace with the growth of the city. The State is not improving, they are fearfully misgoverned, and are burdened with debt and taxes. He does not look for any immigration or improvement until there is a radical change of rulers. The whole South suffers at the hands of a set of native and carpetbag rascals. He asks to be remembered to Father Edward (Purcell) and the gentlemen of the Cathedral.

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1873 Mar. 6
Gutton, Father Ph(ilibert): False River, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché): N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

Gutton only yesterday received (Perché's) letter of February 25 requesting information on the sale of the churches at Pointe Coupée. Gutton does not know the exact details. The property was sold on May 12, 1869. The creditors were Father (Francis) Mittelbronn, S. Van Wickle for supplies and work, Mr. Correge the sacristan, Gutton for his salary, and Mary Calvin for money loaned. Court expenses came to $1,116.14. The Church of St. Francis at Pointe Coupée was sold for $825, and the Church of St. Mary at F(alse) River for $750. The difficulties which occasioned this unfortunate affair had begun long before Gutton's arrival. (Perché) should fine in the archives certified copies of the transfer made by the sheriff and also a copy of the definitive account and of the judgment.

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1873 Mar. 6
Mittelbronn, Father F(rancis): (New Orleans, Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph) Perché: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Mr. Lafitte and Mr. Dufilho are not disposed to receive only the interest due the 5th or 8th. Lafitte told him it would be necessary to pay the note. Mittelbronn notified P. Castaing who replied that he could do nothing. Castaing suggests that Mittelbronn see Dufilho. But he does not know him and wonders if it would not be preferable for Perché to see him. As he announced about two weeks ago he has the $480 to cover the interest on the $2000 note.

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1873 Mar. 6
Paresce, S.J., Father A.M.: Woodstock, M(arylan)d
 to (Richard H.) Clarke: (New York, New York)

Paresce has sent an obituary notice on F(athe)r (Michael) O'Connor (S.J.) published by the Woodstock College Press and some notes and letters from the Convent of Doneraile, Ireland, where O'Connor was Chaplain. An old nun friend of O'Connor has written about his last days and Paresce has exchanged information with her. She sent the enclosed letters and notes (no enclosures). A letter of 1843 from Rome is valuable. The good sister offered many letters she had from Father O'Connor to herself. These letters might be interesting and could furnish possible dates and events in O'Connor's early life. Paresce would be glad to be of service in obtaining the letters.

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1873 Mar. 10
O'Connell, Bishop E(ugene): Marysville, (California)
 to Archbishop Pat(ric)k (W. Riordan)?: (San Francisco, California)

He discusses the use of "shall" and "will", and quotes passages from the Bible. On the fourth page a printed advertisement of the "Catholic Guardian."

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1873 Mar. 11
Downing, E B.: P.O.B. 535, Norfolk, V(irgini)a
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He is in great anxiety at not having received a reply to his letter of Feb. 1 asking for a loan of $100 and a letter of recommendation to Bishop (James) Gibbons (of Richmond), who is to open his college at Richmond at the end of August. Downing assures Purcell that he has never before been reduced to such want and assures him that he will have the means of repaying Purcell when he can get the money due to him.

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1873 Mar. 12
Cauvin, Father (Anthony): Hoboken, (New Jersey)
 to Father (E.J. Foltier: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Cauvin cannot draw the money before May 1. (Foltier) must designate a bank where Cauvin will deposit the $15,000 and that bank will telegraph Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché) or (Foltier's) bank that the money is at (Perche's) disposal. Cauvin does not see any other way for (Foltier) to get the money before May 4. Since (Foltier) does not approve of the bank, he will be satisfied with the notes and the mortgage. If what Cauvin has promised is not sufficient (Foltier) should tell him how to draw the conditions. He makes a slight addition that (Foltier) pay any of the notes in July or January of any year with a month's notice.

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1873 Mar. 12
Cauvin, Father (Anthony): Hoboken, (New Jersey)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received (Perché's) letter of the 6th and sends a certificate of deposit for $18,000 with the remaining $7,000 to follow in 3 or 4 months. The terms will be the same as for the loan of Father (E.J.) Foltier; that is, 9% gold paid semi-annually in July and January upon promissory notes. (Perché) should inform him of the time limit for which he should bind himself regarding the notes.

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1873 Mar. 13
Blanchet, F(rancis) N., Archbishop of: Portland, Oregon
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He saw in the Telegraph of July 13 of Purcell's expression of sympathy in favor of the German episcopacy and the condemnation of the persecution raised against the Catholics. He congratulates Purcell on this step and regrets that it had not been taken long before, for the honor of the episcopacy, for a condemnation of the persecution and the support given it by the Bishops of the Church of England. Such is the spirit of Protestantism. The Telegraph of July 22 makes known that the names of other Bishops will be added to those of Purcell's Province and he asks to have his added and that of Bishop (Louis) Lootens (of Idaho City).

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1873 Mar. 15
Elder, William Henry, Bishop of: Natchez, Mississippi
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He asks Purcell to add his name to the list of Bishops signing the document to be sent to the German Bishops. He is glad to have the opportunity of expressing his abhorrence for the tyranny so prevalent in these days of boasted liberty. He thanks God that liberty still has friends willing to suffer in her cause.

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1873 Mar. 17
McCloskey, W(illia)m, Bishopof Louisville: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He told Father (William J.) Dunn that if the object of some of his parishioners was only to keep secret their proceedings at their meetings, (apparently Knights of Labor) and if the business was in all respects harmless, and with the assurance that if anything objectionable were introduced or if they attempted to connect with forbidden societies, they would abandon the society, then McCloskey saw no objection to the oath. The men said that Bishop (Thomas) Foley approved of it and Dunn wrote to him. He said that he had followed the practice of the Archbishops that if they did otherwise "we might as well close our churches." McCloskey sees how that they have added conditions, among which is one that they refuse to let the party swearing to see the oath beforehand. He has instructed his priests that that cannot be done. He studied the question before feeling it necessary to give a public declaration. He originally thought that an oath might be taken because the worker nowadays has so little with which to defend himself. The conditions laid down in the Council of Baltimore are not always clear, but they go pretty far. He wishes Purcell would instruct him if he has any clearer laws than McCloskey can find. It is difficult, but he believes that they must give these people all that in conscience we can yield and they claim. He sends regards to Father Edward (Purcell).

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1873 Mar. 20
New York Sun: (New York, New York)

Clipping from a Cincinnati, Ohio, newspaper on the Little Sister's Home in New York and a history of the order of the Little Sisters of the Poor. (Quoted from the Sun by an unidentified newspaper).

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1873 Mar. 21
Persico, Ignatius, Bishop of: Savannah, G(eorgi)a
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He adds his name to the list of Bishops of the U(nited) S(tates) who have signed the address to the German Bishops with much pleasure and gratification.

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1873 Mar. 23
Fidelis, Sister: Trinidad, Col(orado)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Sister Fidelis acknowledges Purcell's letter. She concluded that this is the method used by Father (Honoratus) Bourion to get a sister from this mission. She regrets that Bourion has expressed such ideas about one of the Sisters of Charity. She cannot understand the charges Bourion made against Father P.J. Monnecom. As to his previous suspension, Bonnecom was surprised that the charge had been brought to the attention of the superior. Monnecom explained that the suspension came as a result of a difficulty he had fifteen years before Father (Joseph Projectus) Machebeuf when the latter was vicar general of Bishop (John) Lamy at Santa Fe, and while Lamy was away in Rome. During the time he awaited Lamy's return he had bought and operated a farm. But if the matter was of any permanent quality Machebeuf would not have begged him to remain after he became bishop of Denver. Sister Fidelis told Father Bourion of this, not expecting him to use the information as he has. Monnecom is going to Cincinnati after Easter and Purcell can see for himself the type of person he is. Any of the Sisters here will answer the same thing should Purcell care to write to them.

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1873 Mar. 25
(Melchers), Paul, Archbishop of Cologne: Cologne, (Germany)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Purcell's letter of Feb. 19, signed by him and eight other American bishops and addressed to the German bishops has been received by (Melchers), and published by him in the Catholic papers. Through this public testimony of Catholic unity to the whole world has given them joy in their tribulation. In the name of the other bishops as well as his own, he thanks Purcell and the other American bishops for this document, praying that through their prayers they may obtain whatever good God destines to come from these difficulties.

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1873 Mar. 27
Mrak, Ign(atius), Bishop of Marquette: Marquette, (Michigan)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He hears that Father (Martin) Kundig, Father (F.H.) Krautbauer, and Father (J.) Salzmann have petitioned Rome to erect Milwaukee into an archbishopric, and that it is necessary for each Bishop to give Rome a basis to put this into execution. He would not like to see Michigan separated. He thinks that Detroit soon will be divided into two and that Detroit should be the archbishopric and Marquette a suffragan. What does Purcell think of it?

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1873 Mar. 27
Pax, Father Geo(rge): Williamsville, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to R(ichard) H(enry) Clarke: New York, New York

Pax acknowledges Clarke's letter. Clarke copied most likely the life of Father John Raffeiner, the uncle of Father Joseph Raffeiner. Both are dead, the former being buried at Williamsburgh. Previously Pax sent Clarke an obituary of the latter. Pax can spend only an hour with Clarke when he is in N(ew) Y(ork) on May 16. Pax is firmly resolved to travel to Rome unless the heat is too intense as in 1864. He should have no difficulty in finding at Rome what Clarke wishes on Bishop (Francisco) Porro (y Reinado), but not of Bishop (Joseph) Rosati whose birth place is unknown. It seems impossible to obtain accurate notices about the difficulty of Bishop (Frederick) Rese's consecration. He also saw some Roman letters of Bishop (John) Timon about his going to Canada for an investigation. Pax wants his papers and manuscripts, not including the three books Clarke was returning, destroyed so no one will see his bad English. There are some errors in Pax's manuscript.

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1873 Mar. 28
Cauvin, Father A(nthony): Hoboken, (New Jersey)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché): New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received (Perché's) letter of the 21st the beginning of July or before, he will send $7,000 as the balance of the $25,000 loan. He accepts (Perché's) dates for repayment, $10,000 after 5 years and the balance after 10 years, and asks for (Perché's) promissory notes. P.S. When he sends the $7,000 he will deduct from it the interest on the $18,000 to July 1.

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1873 Mar. 31
Borgess, C(aspar) H., Bishop of: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

A delegation of the Iron Moulders Union called on him inquiring whether a Catholic incurs the censures of the Church by joining the union. As he had not seen anything of an official nature concerning the subject, but had heard rumors that Purcell had taken action against them, he troubles Purcell with his inquiry, whether there were any further instructions other than those in the II Pl(enary) Council of Baltimore, p. 263. The society is an oath bound association into which no political, sectarian or personal nature may be introduced, organized for the purpose of giving the members that position in society that is rightfully theirs as citizens and freeman, and the secrets of the society may be divulged to no man except the religious confessor. These points are from the Ritual of the Union. He acknowledges the receipt of the document from Hillsdale. It is from the same crazy man who has annoyed Purcell with the same things during the administration of Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere and who has kept the congregation in hot water for many years. It is believed that he is a Free Mason, at least a bad Catholic, and the keeper of a low saloon. His children have all left the church, and the documents are written by one of his infidel customers. The "Emerson Bill" has passed the Senate of this state and will be discussed by the House on Apr. 10. Borgess has been assured it will be defeated. "Harpers Weekly" of Mar. 29 honored Borgess with undeserved distinction and he imagines the illustration was a source of amusement to his friends at the Cathedral.

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