University of Notre Dame


(1873) (after July)
Brownson, Sarah M.: (Elizabeth, N.J.)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, N. J.)

Sarah is very glad to say to (Brownson) in writing that which she has so often said to him in words. She does not stoop to deny the motives he ascribes to her and the judge (William J. Tenney). She knows that he judges everything that occurs according to its effect upon his comfort and case, and if she had had no higher motive, that of itself would have caused her to see that Brownson were not inconvenienced, before she could look for any happiness for herself. She is perfectly and entirely willing that he should take away everything in this house which has not been directly given her. At first she was not willing to separate from him, because she believed it would be for his good that she should remain, but as he has so often told her, that he is dissatisfied with her conduct and disposition, she would not think of forcing herself upon him. As she said before, if he wishes to leave, she will do anything he desires to assist him in making himself comfortable elsewhere. She wishes only the house, which belongs to the judge and for those things which have been given her for her own. She has not seen the judge since she received (Brownson's) letter, but she knows the judge would say even more emphatically than she does that they wish to retain nothing belonging to (Brownson). The judge asks nothing but herself, and any different impression he might have given arose from his having believed (Brownson's) frequently expressed desire to add to her pleasure. The judge delights in doing everything in his power, and when he saw, or thought he saw, additional pleasure which (Brownson) could give her, the judge was very glad for her to have it. But since Brownson feels so differently from what he supposed, she hopes he will feel himself entirely released from any obligations to them. She is very grateful to him for all he has given for her trousseau, and for the refreshments. As the people are invited she cannot help taking that, but for the future she hopes to be no expense whatever to him. Even were the judge unable to refurnish the house, it would not give either of them, or Jessie, any uneasiness, they all three appreciate that better is a dry morsel where love is than a house full of victims with strife.

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(1873) (after July?)
(Brownson), Sarah (M.): (Elizabeth, N. J.)
 to Henry (F. Brownson): (Detroit, Michigan)

Sarah will be perfectly delighted to have Henry come, not only for the pleasure of seeing him, but because she shall have someone to rely upon. (Orestes A. Brownson) has given his consent before any arrangement was made, and yet has fought every inch of the way with her. She feels so utterly alone at this time that if Henry were to come he would be father, mother, brother and sister to her. The judge (William J. Tenney) told her to tell Henry that it is worth the journey to see how sweet and beautiful this love has made her, and though Henry may think it a foolish speech, she obeys him. The more tenderness others show Sarah, the more cruel her father becomes and seems to consider every congratulation offered her as an affront to himself. The Brownsons live in one of the Judge's houses. Sarah had not the least dream of this engagement when they moved in. She thought him too grave, cold, and too much older than herself for such a thing to be thought of, or of course they would never have taken the place, but Sarah's father was away while the moving went on, and immediately after his return. Sarah has suffered so much that any one younger and less gentle and loving than the judge would not do. The crime in Brownson's eyes is that (the Judge) sustains Sarah in everything, and will not neglect her nor be prejudiced against her by anything he can say. Brownson changes his arrangements every day, and wears her all out with his caprices. She never knows from one hour to another what to depend upon. He has the whole second floor, a large study, a lovely bedroom and a bathroom. He is to keep these, of course, although it will terribly cramp the rest of the house. He complains all the time; he never meets Sarah without finding fault about something. Yet the house is kept in excellent order, and everything regular and systematic. He wants in reality to get Sarah out of the house, and to bring in a housekeeper; but the house belongs to the judge and exactly suits Sarah. She will not leave it. It is to be her home as long as she lives. People all say they have never seen Brownson so well. He is quite active. Now he says he will not go Church, because he will not be well enough. Sarah has no idea that he means it. He would not miss the show for the world, but there is so much to do, and she is so alone, going against the current. Brownson interferes with her in every way he can, that she can hardly keep calm and self-possessed. She foresees that he will grow worse as the time approaches. There will be nothing of the kind afterwards; he knows the judge will not allow it. The bishop is to marry them at ten o'clock, with a low Mass, and afterwards they are to have an informal reception here. Sarah will have everything for the table very nice, and plenty of help, but she dreads contesting everything with Brownson. Brownson himself proposed having the bishop, and was urgent they should be married before advent, and gave Sarah carte blanche for the lunch. But the least allusion to any of these matters raises a storm at once, showing that under all he is intensely bitter. There are no other objections than that it will interfere with his comfort for her to have anyone else considered, and that it will irritate him to have the judge spend his evenings with Sarah than with him. Still everything appears very pleasant and tranquil here. If Henry comes they will make him comfortable. They are going away about 3 o'clock on Wednesday, but Sarah leaves a good cook, and a second girl, so that everything will be the same as if she were here. She will begin to expect (Henry) on Monday. There is no time in a woman's life when she longs for her own people to sustain her as when she is entering her new world. A world of perfect love, peace and protection is sure to be hers. P.S. Friday morning there has been another revolution. Brownson has made so much fuss about his unwillingness to live with her, and still less with the judge, that the judge and Sarah have decided to give up the house, and go to the one where the judge lives now. Brownson is going for his housekeeper today. Sarah supposes he will end by marrying her or some servant. The rest of the house is $400. The housekeeper and servants wages will be about $300 more and if he should be unable to go on with his Review, he would have $300 left to live upon. Every arrangement has been tried but he wants nothing but to keep house for himself. It is a lovely house to give up, and the judge has been to great expense to arrange it as Sarah liked it. Henry must remember that Brownson solemnly promised to stay here and make no opposition. This was before Sarah and the judge made any arrangement, or told a single person of their engagement. There is no apparent trouble, for Brownson is too much under a fear of Sarah to say much in hil old angry way. Sarah thinks they are going to have a very pleasant reception and that Henry will meet many old friends.

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1873 Aug. 3
Domenec, M(icheal) Bishop of Pittsburg: Loretto, (Pennsylvania)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Bishop Domenec read with interest Brownson's article on Infallibility in Brownson's Review. Bishop Domenec says Brownson did more than justice to him. Brownson may use that portion of the Bishop's sermon which speaks of the grounds on which infallability rests as a basis for a future review. Such a review would be in skillful hands. Regards are extended to Sarah (Brownson).

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1873 Aug. 3
Lemonnier, C.S.C., Father A(ugustus) (president of Notre Dame): Notre Dame, Indiana
 to James F. Edwards: (Toledo, Ohio)

He returned last Friday from his Wisconsin trip and found Edwards' letter. He regrets that he was not at the Regatta, but followed it closely in the papers. He expects to see Edwards next week as Prof. Joseph A. Lyons has sent Edwards a pass.

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1873 Aug. 4
Proulx, Father M G.: Nicolet College, Quebec, Canada
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

He asks when Father Robert Walsh's subscription to the Freeman became due. Walsh died last January and McMaster was not informed of his death. Proulx intends to continue reading the Journal as he has done for years, considering it the standard Catholic journal of this continent. McMaster's true Catholic spirit, reliable information from his Roman correspondent (Ella Edes), whom Proulx met last year, and his devotedness to the Church and to its Head on earth, is enough to entice Proulx. He asks that God may spare McMaster to continue this work.

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1873 Aug. 4
(Rivet), Francis, Bishop of: Dijon, (France)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

It is with great sorrow that he writes (Perché) to tell him that Father (H.) Gouvenot, (Perché)'s Vicar-General, was apprehended in the act of sodomy on June 7 at the military post in Auxonne. (Rivet) does not know where he is now. He would hope he is in some monastery doing penance, but the fact that he has received no letter asking pardon causes him to doubt this. He fears that this was perhaps not the first such fault. Unfortunately, he did not check Gouvenot's papers and testimonials when he arrived. In thanking the Lieutenant-Colonel and General for their prudence, he promised them that he would write to Rome and to (Perché) regarding the unfortunate affair.

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1873 Aug. 6
Bridgett, C.S.S.R. (Father) T. E.: London, England
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Bridgett saw in the July number Brownson's intention to notice Father (Clarence A.) Walworth's recent controversy on the subject of eternal punishment, hence Father Bridgett is sending Brownson a pamphlet on a similar controversy. Father Bridgett has attempted a defense of Father Furrnis whose writings were alluded to in the American controversy. All Father Bridgett has done is to confine himself to repelling the charge of infamy made against Fr. Furrnis' mode of prosecuting the dogma. Thanks are extended to Brownson for noticing Fr. Bridgett's work entitled "The Ritual of the New Testament".

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1873 Aug. 7
Moynihan, Father J(eremiah): New York, (New York)
 to (Archbishop Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana)

A renewal of notes worth $54,500 from date to August 4-7, 1874 at 10% interest. (On stationery of) A. Rochereau and Company.

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1873 Aug 11
Murray, Hugh: aboard Steamship Spain
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, (New York)

Murray has made many good-byes before leaving Wolf Island, Kingston, Cape Vincent and New York on the boat, Spain. His trip with the Bishop, Father Higgins, and Father Kealty was very enjoyable. McMaster is the person to whom he owes his thanks for the privilege of meeting Major Keily. His ocean trip is uneventful and the sea is very calm. Murray compares the ocean, the great work of God, to the Divina Apostolorum, which is a great work of man. He understands now why the ancients drew back when contemplating the unknown mysteries beyond the ocean, and why it would require a Cross-Bearer like Columbus to be the first to conquer it. The one dream of Columbus was to give back to the Spouse of Christ the Sepulchre of the Lord but he died with that hope unfilled. He bequeathed to the land he discovered, the love of the Holy Church and of San Salvador. The sign of the Cross, the mark of this great hero now stands high over the Standard of Castile…

pp. 3-4-5-6- missing from letter…Our enemies are so impudent and self assertive that we Catholics, in our professed humility and supernatural objection do not make the sign of the Cross before them. The old obelisk of Egyptian granite, baptized and upholding the Cross says, "Behold the Cross of the Lord", and the Popes, each one the Vicar of Christ enable Him to continue His presence on earth by His speaking through them. The black chap, the printer's devil, has made a blunder by crediting Leo IX for the Papal bull issued against classicism, when in reality it was Leo X. The new in the Cove of Cork was good news. He had no idea what he could expect but was prepared for everything and had his line of retreat mapped out. It is not agreeable to plan a retreat but there is no sure advance without it. The Papal Zouaves are opening the way to Rome and are gaining that practice which brings victory. Murray is glad to be on that side of the Atlantic. One night, long before reaching the glorious battlefield at Mentana he had a dream in which he imagined himself still in Canada listening to a bugle call. He imagined he was no longer in Canada.

Remainder of letter missing.

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1873 Aug. 16
Murray, Hugh: Paris, France
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He describes his trip to Paris in Detail. His interview with the Carlist Committee in London was not at all satisfactory, and everything remains to be settled at Perpignan. O'Clery did not find Glass and Kilkpatrick to be the right men for the work but he is assured that his services will be accepted. Kilkpatrick was in Spain for a year and was Don Carlos' agent in London with the title of Brigadier General and he served on the northern side during the Civil War. Murray is staying at the Hotel Haussman in Paris. The French look humbled but not broken down. Charette wants the Zouaves in France in case of an emergency and he does not sympathize with Don Carlos. Selby called one evening and they took a walk down Champs Elysies where he secured a good view of French life, and made some observations of their characteristics. Selby and he saw Louis Veuillot who was to give him some information. O'Clery is a devoted Catholic but can not be depended upon, since he exaggeratos. His cause of action will depend upon what Veuillot tells him. The reconciliation between the House of Orleans and Count de Chambord is now complete. The people are tired of revolutions and will accept any kind of government given to them. France is not able to go to war but it is considered that she will return and liberate the Pope. He and Selby called to see Louis Veuillot, but he was out, so they returned to the office. He called at the Redaction where they had the same view as he had on the affairs in Spain, they also take the Journal. He had the name of General D'Algarra Vergarra, head of the Carlist forces in France but he was unable to locate him, without a lengthy search. He is of the mind to tell Don Alfonso what he thinks of his agents. If he can not join Don Alfonso across the frontier, he will be penniless. He is not thankful to the Univers for the cortesy it showed him. It was fortunate for him to have met De Selby and O'Clery for he knows not what he would have done without them.

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1873 Aug. 21
Murray, Hugh: Perpignan, (France)
 to James Alphonsus McMaster: New York, (New York)

Murray has left Paris and has passed through Lyons, Cetta, Avignon, and Montpelier, finally reaching Perpignan. He stayed at the Hotel de l'Europe and then went to see Mr. Louvras on the Rue de Trois Rois. He has not heard from d'Algarra. From Perpignan he goes to join the Souaves under Don Alfonso.

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1873 Aug. 23
Whittington, Joseph Benson: Parish of Assumption, Louisiana

By this public instrument of protest be it known that Whittington on behalf of the New Orleans Banking Association, holder of the original note whereof a true copy is written on the reverse, presented said note to Louis Pifferi, Désiré Le Blanc, Jean Marais and Aubin J. Bourg, drawers of said note, who said it could not be paid for want of funds. Witnessed by Stephen E. Roger and Alfred Tete. (There follows a copy of the note, dated May 21, 1873): Three months after date Pifferi, Le Blanc, Marais and Bourg, members of the building committee of St. Napoleon's Church at Napoleonville, promise to pay to A. Boucher for lumber furnished for the construction of said church, $491.45. Whittington certifies that the parties to this note were duly notified of said protest as were A. Boucher Company and P.R. Middlemiss, endorsers. (Attached: three copies of said note with due dates of three months, six months and nine months, respectively.)

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1873 Aug. 24
Pujol, Paule: Toulouse, (France)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Once again Pujol turns to (Perché) for spiritual direction. The temptation to despair is always with her. The difficulty is that when she receives the sacrament, she does not feel the inner peace that she knows she would if God were with her. She regrets that there was a time when love of a creature participated in her heart with love for God. That creature would not accept her because her family was not equal to his. (P.S.) She has sent (Perché) a small package on a ship out of Bordeaux.

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1873 Aug. 25
Brownson, Sarah M.: Elizabeth, New Jersey
 to Mrs. H(enry) S. Hewit: (New York, New York)

Sarah received a letter from Mrs. (Ellen Ewing) Sherman which she encloses (no enclosure). (Orestes A.) Brownson arranged with Father Leo G. Thebaud to have some Masses said for Dr. (H.S. Hewit). It was often said that sorrows accompany joy. She need not worry about the sorrow. Since she came home, Sarah wished she were back with Mrs. Hewit in New York. She has thought of her god child. Each of Mrs. Hewit's children had a place with Sarah. When she returned, Sarah found everything in place. She would like one of the children to write. If needed Sarah will come when called.

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1873 Aug. 25
Green, W. S.: Colusa, (California)
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster:

He sends today a copy of the Sun containing an article on "Catholics as Patrons of Husbandry", which he would like McMaster's views upon. Since he is a Catholic, he laid the matter before Bishop (Eugene) O'Connell who could find nothing contrary to the teachings of the Church, in the article. Much of business information must be kept secret and he can't tell the bishop everything. If McMaster writes any further on the subject, he asks for the Journal, but mentions that the Bishop's name is not to be used in public.

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1873 Aug. 25
O'Neill, Father M(ichael): Holy Angels Church, (Cincinnati, Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He disposed of Mrs. Fergus' property for $1400 cost price. She wants him to send her the full amount instead of leaving the margin, $500 to the Seminary as she originally intended. He asks Purcell to write for this purpose. At present she is sick at St. Mary's Hospital, Granville, and requests that O'Neill keep the money until she is able to write again. He is uncertain as to what course he should pursue under the circumstances, but is sure that a little effort would secure the $500 for the seminary.

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1873 Aug. 25
Wadhams, Bishop Edgar P.: Ogdensburg, (New York)
 to John Gilmary Shea: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Shea's letter is received. The anticipation of obtaining any additional information of Father (Francis) Piquet, the executive (Father Pierre Huet De) La Valinière and the missions in this section is delightful. Shea is to send Wadhams (the books he lists). Wadhams' name is to be inserted as a subscriber to Shea's "History of French and Spanish Missions."

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1873 Aug. 26
Barnabo, Al(exander), Cardinal Prefect: Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Father Philip O'Donoghue a priest in the diocese of Cincinnati has again sent a letter to Barnabo in which he complains against the Bishop (Sylvester H. Rosecrans) of Columbus and threatened to take the matter into the civil courts. Purcell is asked to see that the priest give up this idea, and cease his complaints, and serve Purcell in peace. Barnabo hopes that Purcell's advice will be kept.

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1873 Aug. 26
Lemonnier, C.S.C., Father A(ugustus) (president of Notre Dame): Notre Dame, Indiana
 to James F. Edwards: (Toledo, Ohio)

He will send the catalogues. He thinks that Edwards had best go to Cincinnati and bring those boys. Lemonnier will refund his expenses. He saw Father (M. B.) Brown (C.S.C.) and thinks that he (Edwards) will get along with him easy enough next year. He is going to see Barnum today.

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1873 Aug. 28
Haulkner, George Emmet: New York, New York
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

Since he knows McMaster to be well versed in Theology and Church discipline, he asks McMaster, for the enlightenment of Protestants and Catholics alike, to publish in the Journal the answer to his question, does the Catholic Church under any circumstances grant divorces?

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1873 Aug. 29
Brownson, S(arah) (M.): Elizabeth, New Jersey
 to Mrs. H(enry) S. Hewit: (New York, New York)

If Mrs. Hewit will send for her Sarah will come to New York. Father (Albert) Von Schilgin said Mass for the Doctor(H.S. Hewit). Sarah does not believe she can endure the treatment from her father (Orestes A. Brownson) that her mother (Sarah Healy Brownson) did. Dr. Hewit had his trials but also his blessings. Mrs. Hewit should not try to write much; she should only express her desire on what day would she like Sarah to come.

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1873 Aug. 29
Brownson, Sarah M.: Elizabeth, N(ew) J(ersey)
 to James U. Reid:

Sarah's mind has been unsettled because of moving and before the house was completely settled, a telegram was received concerning the death of Dr. (Henry S.) Hewit. He was the family physician of the Brownson's. The cause of death was apoplexy. Sarah went to New York and remained there until after the funeral. Reid is thanked for the correction. Sarah is so far behind in her work that she does not know which way to turn. Her trouble is lack of concentration. Correspondence will be resumed when she can settle her mind.

(Orestes A. Brownson Collection)

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1873 Aug. 29
Louage, (C.S.C.) Father A(ugustine): Notre Dame, Indiana
 to Ja(me)s (Alphonsus) McMaster-: New York, New York

He asks to be excused for writing in French. He has received McMaster's article on his book. He regrets also that he was not more exact in the article in question. He should have said not the council of Reims but the province of Reims since it was held at Amiens in 1853. When he was a student at St. Esprit in Paris in 1853 he and his friend Able McCordier, used to call Bonnetty "Doctor" and he was under the impression that he was a doctor. He has always regarded Bonnetty as a clever man but is under the impression that he was called by the Congregation of the Index in 1854 to show that his teachings did not really come under the condemnations of the Council of Amiens, of June 1853. Louage shares McMaster's admiration for Bonnetty but wished to say that the traditionalism of which Bonnetty is regarded as the champion was condemned by the Council of Amiens. Louage's purpose in writing the text was to provide for those who do not study the Latin texts, some way of running rapidly through the treatises of moral philosophy before entering into their studies of science or commerce. As a teacher during his novitiate he found that unless the students had some notes they lost much of their time. Some one collected these notes and announced their publication without consulting him. He was sick and later then recopied his notes. When he had recovered he made his profession and his occupations have been such that he has had no time to revise his notes. He thought that they answered the purpose he had proposed. He does not desire that his name appear in connection with this information.

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1873 Aug. 30
Chatard, Father S(ilas) M.: Albano, (Italy)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He corrects the mistake made in crediting Mr. Springer's entire donation to the Archdiocese when all over and above that required for Mr. Cusack's education should have gone to the College. There is also some misunderstanding in regard to Mr. James Henry's account. He has made out the general account of the Archdiocese and that of Mr. Henry. He was never informed that payments were made by Henry's uncle through Purcell but this must have been so since the debit of the archdiocese very little exceeds the sum due for Father (John) Schoenhoeft's pension after the amount expended on him from the Chambers' donation. He hopes Purcell is able to send him the amount due as they are pressed for funds. The work of destruction is still going on steadily. News from France agitates the liberals very much as does the entire revolutionary press of Europe. They are astounded at the awakening of faith in the people. Had rulers relied more on Catholics in Europe, the history of the past century would have been impossible.

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