University of Notre Dame


1873 Oct. 1
Fidelis, Sister: Trinidad, Col(orado)
 to Mother Josephine: (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Mother Josephine's letter about Father (P.J.) Monnecom and the Sisters of Charity arrived yesterday and Sister Fidelis declares that the reports concerning the priest are entirely without foundation on either side. Of his past faults they do not know, nor do they question. They know him only as a true charitable priest, devoted to the interests entrusted to his care. It is a falsehood that he has demoralized them. It stands to reason that such could not be the case. Among the sisters there would be at least one to warn the superiors, if such were the case. She outlines the daily schedule indicating the times that the priest visits them for various duties. She denies that any one has taken liberties and says that the charge comes from a depraved mind. She understands the sorrow such charges must have brought to the Mother Superior, but she hopes that God will expose this unchristian mode of action. (Apparently sent on to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell.)

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1873 Oct. 1
Murray, Hugh: Spain
 to James Alphonsus McMaster: New York, (New York)

Murray begins an account of the life of Don Alfonso and Donna Maria. He has been with them since their first evening in Llusania and finds them both very heroic and inspiring to the whole company. Don Alfonso's devotion to the Church and the Holy Father is genuine and he seems to show very few human weaknesses. Murray sent 3 letters to the Universe but does not know if they were published. The letters treated the views of His Highness (Don Alfonso) and of the admirable patience and dignity of his wife, Donna Maria. The prince acts very humbly with Murray and treats him as a brother officer. He began as a simple Zouave in the service and by gradual merit he was promoted to the rank of officer and sublieutenant like Murray. Donna Maria is a Portugese and has bravely borne the vicissitudes of the campaign for nine months. They have all been harrassed by lice, locusts, and mosquitoes, but she does not complain. There is no vain pride in this aristocracy. Both the prince and his wife show signs of suffering having often been refused bread by the Catalunians. Each morning finds them at the Chaplain's Mass thanking God for their success.

(Probably continues as follows)

The Zouaves were prevented from coming by the almost brutal action of Lavalls, and if the troops were properly organized Lavalls would surely be dismissed for the injury he is doing. There are many men capable of replacing him as a general. Office seekers always upset every thing and it is really the soldiers who suffer, but they still seem determined. Their brother of Wills is to command the Pontifical Zouaves there and Murray promises to send personal details on him soon. The fame of the campaign is growing in Europe and the Spanish nobles should be anxious to aid Don Alfonso in such a splendid company of soldiers but they show no tendency to raily for the Sacred Heart. The education of the upper classes in the country seems to be of inferior degree. If the clergy could preach to the 15 or 16 hundred men there, they would be men more inspired. The priesthood there is very serious and is made up of a fine group of men but all are poor financially, dependent for livelihood upon their families and the generosity of the faithful. Wills was killed at Igualada. In 1869 while on a Carlist manouveur he was captured by the French without Papal authority but Murray does not know the outcome of it. During the FrancoPrussian War, Wills served as a lieutenant in the French cavalry. His brother, Wills, who now commands the Zouaves, was a lieutenant of that army in Rome and a member of the French army during the Franco-Prussian War. He was also captain of the Military Train, and now at 30 years of age, he is a man of ruthless bravery and energy.

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1873 Oct. 2
O'Connor, P. Bede, O.S.B., Vic. General of: Vincennes, (Indiana)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

If Father Daly had consulted him before acting as he did, he could have had copies of letters from Rome to prove that Vincennes is enforcing the Tridentium. The parties mentioned in Father (Januarius M.) D'Arco's letter were domiciled in Vincennes. He does not like to speak of a priest to anyone, but for the sake of religion and the salvation of sold, he thinks Purcell should speak to Daly about this matter.

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1873 Oct. 4
Souvras, A.: Perpignan, (France)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, (New York.)

He acknowledges McMaster's letter of Sept. 12 and thanks him for his interest in the cause of the Spanish princes. The Carlist cause is the cause of religion persecuted by the cosmopolite revolution and therefore it is the duty of Catholics of the world to support it. Mr. (Hugh) Murray has received the 750 francs.

P.S. He asks if someone in the confidence of the prince coming to the United States to seek Catholic aid would have any chance of success.

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1873 Oct. 7
(Bradstetter), Father Carolus: Calvary, Wisconsin
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

In emotional language, Father Carolus urged American Catholics to be more generous in their charities. He commends McMaster upon his work of mercy, but fears that too few priests and lay persons heed the call of charity. He trusts that McMaster will save the honor of Catholic America. McMaster is requested to publish contributions from Darla, St. Mary's; Anthony Dremer; Mrs. Blonigen; Matn. Loch; and Children of Carmel Institute.

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1873 Oct. 9
Gross, W(illia)m H., Bishop of Savannah: Augusta, (Georgia)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

While visiting in several poor country places, he was shown McMaster's kind notice of the cordial relations existing between Gross and the Superior General of Redemptorists. He is very grateful to McMaster for dispelling the impression that then Rector Major disapproved of Gross' conduct. So long as Gross lives, McMaster and his family will have a special memento in his Mass. He encloses a letter received from the Rector Major which shows the kind feelings which he does have for Gross. P.S. He encloses $5.00 for St. Michael's Association for the relief of the Pontifical Zouaves.

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1873 Oct. 10
Ludden, John: St. Mary's, Florence, (Iowa)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): New York, New York

He asks McMaster to publish the enclosed remarks, which are from the Tuesday, Sept. 16th issue of the Daily Davenport Democrat of Davenport, Iowa. One article directed to Hon. J. H. Murphy asking him if elected to the state senate will he support a bill giving to Catholics or any others in a reasonable position to demand it, their prorata of the school funds? The other is Murphy's reply stating that he will not support any such bill as he is a firm believer in the public school system.

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1873 Oct. 13
Thebaud S.J., (Father) Aug(ust) J.: Troy, (New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Thebaud extends his thanks to Brownson for the latter's kind article on the "Irish Race." Father Thebaud did not expect a leading article from Brownson. What Brownson has done is more than he deserves. Because of Brownson's act Thebaud feels himself obligated to Brownson.

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1873 Oct. 14
Burns, J. H.: Wheeling, West Virginia
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He was informed by a subscriber of the Journal that a lottery would take place in Denver city, Colorado for the benefit of the Sisters. He sent $5 for a ticket but received none and received no answer to a letter written to the agent concerning it. As this took place in August, he has reasons to believe that a fraud had been committed, and so asks McMaster's opinion of the affair. He wishes that his name be withheld from the paper.

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1873 Oct. 14
Dean, Thorina (Brownson): Saratoga, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey

A check for $75 was received. Thorina hopes Brownson did not strap himself by sending so much. She thanks God for Brownson's noble generosity. When feeling despondent, Thorina is glad for the companionship of Brownson. Thorina hopes the man whom Sarah (Brownson) married loves God. Sarah gave birth to a daughter. Love is extended from Thorina, Sarah and her husband to Brownson and his daughter Sarah. Thorina wants Brownson to visit her. A patent medicine is being used by Thorina for her health.

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1873 Oct. 15
Dwenger, Joseph, Bishop of F(or)t Wayne: F(or)t Wayne, Ind(iana)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

According to Purcell's desire Dwenger sends the very words of Cardinal (Alexander) Barnabo regarding the Sisters of Holy Cross. The passage (in Latin) indicates that since the Sisters have been under the Archbishop since 1869 and since Purcell has not made a report they are to remain in that status. He would send the letter but it contains his faculties and he wants to keep it. He does not desire the sisters under his authority but just to know the state of affairs.

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1873 Oct. 15
Subscriber: Youngstown, Ohio
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): New York, New York

He asks McMaster to publish in the Journal with his response that question, "Is Cardinal Cullen the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland over the Archbishop of Armagh?"

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1873 Oct. 15
Louise, Sister Mary:
St. Agnes, Academy,
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

Although she has not received this weeks Journal, she thanks McMaster for publishing the obituary of Father Daily. She asks a similar favor, that of publishing the obituaries of five Dominicans. Since the author of the obituaries was under obligations to the deceased, they are longer than Father Daily's. She asks the cost of inserting them for she does not wish to be a complimentary correspondent.

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1873 Oct. 15
(Mc Closkey), (Archbishop) John: New York (City), (New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Brownson's letter of 11th has received no reply until now because the Archbishop has had no opportunity before. The Archbishop has at no time misunderstood or misinterpreted Brownson's motives in abstaining from seeking his approbation of Brownson's Review. He wants Brownson to continue as he began. Brownson's intellectual power still retains the force and vigor of former years. The Archbishop is sure of Brownson's orthodoxy and Romanism. He hopes God will grant Brownson many years of further usefulness.

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1873 Oct. 16

Catholic Telegraph

Accounts of addresses and ceremonies in honor of Archbishop John B. Purcell's fortieth anniversary of his prelateship.

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1873 Oct. 18
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Elizabeth, New Jersey
 to Archbishop (John McCloskey): of New York, (City) (New York)

Brownson did not ask permission of McCloskey to publish the Review in his Diocese. Brownson now wished to do so. He believed McCloskey's relation with the Catholic World might render giving permission to Brownson embarrassment. The Review had been revived for one year. Brownson presupposed McCloskey had seen the Review because he stated McCloskey could know the character of the Review. The life of the Review depended upon the conscious decision of McCloskey as to its goodness or badness. The only motives Brownson had for the revival of the Review were to serve the cause of Catholicity, save his own soul, and his reputation as a Catholic. All Brownson wanted, was McCloskey's judgment in the guidance of his action so that his own conscience may be satisfied.

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1873 Oct. 18
Chatard, Father S(ilas) M.: Albano, (Italy)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

Purcell's draft has brought 1,027.40 francs which he has placed to the credit of Cincinnati. Purcell was right in saying that he had apid for the fur for the Cappa. He was pained to hear of Father (W.) Menke's death. He was a young man whose career at the College was very edifying and he counted on him to reward Purcell for the many sacrifices made in behalf of the College. He is the second alumnus of the College to die in a few months. He hopes Purcell is pleased with the proficiency and conduct of Father (John F.) Schoenhoeft as well as that of Messrs Moeller and Brummer, both exemplary students. He is glad to know that so much satisfaction was given by the little help he rendered to the persons Purcell presented to him by letter. Things look bad for the Church. Bismarck has required more energy and determination of the government in their persecution. The Jesuits expect to be expelled from the Gesu, St. Amdra, the Quirinal, the Roman College, the Caravita, and Sts. Vitale and Eusebris on Monday, Oct. 20. Msgr. Macchi has been appointed rector of the Gesu. Although the Roman College will be taken over by the authorities, steps have been taken to secure the lectures from interruption. Except for taxation, no measures against the American College have been spoken of. The Holy Father is enjoying good health, but is afflicted at what is going on. They all need prayers.

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1873 Oct. 20
Bach, Jo(seph), Dr.: Munich, (Bavaria)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Bach feels personally acquainted with Brownson since William Seton brought Brownson's photograph to him. Before Bach only knew Brownson through the latter's review. Bach wants Brownson to accept his works on Theology and Philosophy. (Letters taken from copy of Bach's "Die Dogmengeschichte des Mittelalters".

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1873 Oct. 20
Perché, Archbishop N(apoleon) J(oseph): Iberville, (Louisiana)
 to Father (E.) Rousse: St. James, L(ouisian)a

Until now Perché has permitted Rousse to officiate at the church of St. James so as not to deprive the good Catholics of the facilities to fulfill their duties. But as this exposes Rousse to troublemakers who render impossible a situation that he has supported so long with courage and since Perché knows that he can find a house in which he can lodge and offer Mass, Rousse should quit the presbytery and church on the 28th and indicate to the faithful where they can find him. (Notation by) Rousse: Father (Eleazar) Vignonet had demanded $50 rent per month for the church. He felt incapable of paying and wrote Perché who replied as can be seen.

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1873 Oct. 21
Sorin, Father E(dward) C.S.C.: Notre Dame, (Indiana)
 to Orestes Brownson: Elizabeth, (New Jersey)

Father E(dward) J. Sourin S.J. said the country owed a debt, for the blessing brought it by the Ave Maria. Bishop (Augustus) Martin and Lady (Georgiana) Fullerton agree; she is a regular contributor, so is (Aubrey) Devere. Sorin obliged, if Brownson found time to write monthly, or every two months for Journal. Sorin will see that articles paid double what Brownson now receives, and when finances of Journal permit, double again. Is not the movement going on in France, to propagate the worship of our Blessed Mother, worth the trouble to bring before Catholics here. Sorin wishes to present to the public Brownson's cogent and persuasive style, to prepare a grand pilgrimage to Rome and Lourdes of American Christians.

Photostat of original preserved in Provincial Archives, Priests, Congregation of the Holy Cross, Indiana Province, South Bend, Indiana

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1873 Oct. 23
Birk, (Father) Philip (W.) C. P.: West Hoboken, N(ew) J(ersey)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Duties keep Father Birk from accompanying Brownson from Elizabeth to West Hoboken on Saturday. Mr. or Mrs. Cordes (?) will arrive sometime Saturday so as to bring Brownson there by Saturday evening.

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1873 Oct. 23
Levavasseur, Father F(rederic): Paris, (France)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Levavasseur offers to (Purcell's) diocese a cleric in minor orders named Kemper who promises to be a good missionary but whom the physicians have advised to seek another climate for his health. His health is not bad but is better suited to a temperate climate. Kemper has a good voice and piety, would have been a subdeacon last year but was undecided as to the country in which he would serve. He comes from the diocese of Nancy. The costs of his trip would be advanced by the seminary, since they would be small. Since Kemper is ready to go, Levavasseur asks an immediate answer. He sends this letter by Father Ott.

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1873 Oct. 25
Murray, Hugh: Regeden, Spain
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

His last letter was sent from Luna on Oct. 20 following which they took up positions on the mountains surrounding the fortress of Cardona for it had not paid the revenue. One of their men was killed by the Cipayos although they killed two of the attackers and the Republicans had several shot before they took cover. The blockade was raised on the 24th and orders were received to join Gen. Tristants in the province of Lerida. The sentence of death was executed on one of their troop members for conspiracy and desertion. He died a good death, receiving the Holy- Eucharist and his death was a salutary lesson to the others. 190 prisoners and eight officers taken in the action at Prades arrived and if not exchanged will be sent to France. They were expecting to move into Iqualada but the Republican forces moved in ahead of them so he was sent at the head of two companies to watch the South from Iqualada to Mauresa. Gen. Don Hafael, the eldest of three brothers was wounded in the foot. They moved on to Regenti where they exhausted all the provisions of that place. Monday they return to blockade Cardona and make them pay up. In the last affair at Cardona, the enemy had fourteen wounded and two killed. His columns under the command of Don Francesco Tristans are within a half hour of the fortress. He describes the Reguetini battalion and the drive on the fortress. The troops moved to Gargalia and from there to Cassalas where they spent the night, and then marched to Gironella where the losses of the Republicans were reported as heavy. On All Saints Day all the men and officers went to confession and Holy Communion. The Feast of St. Charles Borromoo was a gala affair. As he is without letters or news he has no account of the indorsed check sent to the Journal. They arrived today and leave tomorrow. The weather is cold and snow covers the mountains. Vich paid the toll of twenty thousand dollars.

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1873 Oct. 25
Borgess, C(aspar) H., Bishop of Detroit: Lansing, (Michigan)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

The new St. Joseph's Church in Detroit is to be dedicated and not consecrated Nov. 16. The debt on the church forbids the consecration. He hopes Purcell will say a few words at the dedication to the zealous congregation, although Bishop J(oseph) Dwenger is to speak to them in German. Mr. McDonough complained again to Cardinal Barnabo and the latter wrote to Borgess who sent Father Patrick Duhig to Hillsdale September 16. Borgess arrived in Lansing today to administer Confirmation tomorrow, and from there he goes to Dorr, Allegan Co., to bless a bell next Tuesday. From there he goes to Grand Rapids to preach in the German church and after that in St. Andrew's for the 40 Hours Devotion. He sends regards to (Father Edward Purcell) and the other gentleman of the Cathedral.

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1873 Oct. 27
Corbett, Michael O.S.: Fort Monroe, V(irgini)a
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Elizabeth, N(ew) Jersey

Corbett's object in writing to Brownson is:- as an Irish Catholic some matters cause him much pain and annoyance. Corbett presumes Brownson knows the position of Roman Catholics in the army of the United States. Corbett was overjoyed in Brownson's recommendation of Father Thebaud's "Irish Race". The Irish people are much indebted to Brownson and Father (Augustus) Thebaud for the defense of their race. Among the Puritans of the New England section, the Irish Catholics are spoken of as foreigners, as papists, and the nation they represent is synonymous with vice, ignorance and superstition. A few Catholic Journals including Brownson's cheer the Irish in the midst of their enemies whether nationally or religiously. The Irish Catholics go on performing their duties while men like Brownson defend their nationality from insult. What the Irish hold still dearer is their faith which they inherited from their fathers who left the Irish Catholics nothing except their name. Brownson's review has seemed as a blessing to Corbett. Corbett would like to get a copy of the "Syllabus" as there are three secret societies in operation in Corbett's vicinity to which several Catholics do not object. P.S.—A stamped self addressed envelope is enclosed for a reply.

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1873 Oct. 28
De Pauw, Father Edmond M.: Paris, (France)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Since it has been three months since they left New York, and this is the first time De Pauw has written, McMaster knows that time has not been heavy on their hands. They have had fine weather and both he and Father (John) O'Haire are in fine health. Father Smith's health is poor. He writes to relate an experience he had concerning the stigmatized girl of France, Louise Lateau. He pledges his word as a priest and a man of honor as to the authenticity of the report. Last Friday, he accompanied her parish priest to give the girl Holy communion and observed them that blood was running from her hands and forehead. The parish priest said that the blood runs from her forehead a little after midnight of Friday, begins to diminish at the Communion and is nearly stopped at 11 A.M. At 12:00 it comes out from her hands, feet, side and right shoulder until 3:30 or 4:00 P.M. At 2:00 P.M. a party was taken to her cottage where she was found sitting on a chair with her eyes fixed upward, and her hands covered by a bloody cloth. As the group began to recite Vespers in a loud voice, a heavenly smile lighted her face, while her disjointed hands raised to her breast. De Pauw prayed in English for America, at which she smiled again; as they prayed for the Pope, tears ran down her checks. At 3 P.M. She fell to the floor, stretching her arms in the form of a Cross crossing her feet, the right under the left. While in that position, De Pauw laid his hand on hers at which her hand was gently raised, as happens whenever she touches anything blessed or consecrated. She remained in that position until 4 or 4:30. The girl is 23 years of age, small, and with common but modest and mild appearance. She has been stigmatized since April, 1868, has eaten or drunk nothing since April, 1871, does not sleep but rests a few hours. She has no secretion of any kind. She is loved in her village and will answer any necessary questions. Although she has violent temptations and hard struggles with the devil, she is said to have preserved her baptismal innocence. He encloses a picture stained with her blood. McMaster may do with it what he wishes, but De Pauw would like to have a copy sent to him in care of Miss Edes in Rome. They will be at Lourdes in a few days, and start from Geneva on their trip to Jerusalem on Nov. 15, expecting to be in Rome about Jan. 15. P.S. Louise Lateau works everyday in her house, sewing and washing, ever harder than her elder sisters, Adelina and Rosina, besides taking care of her old, sick and half-idiot Mother. They assisted at Notre Dame at the consecration of the new Bishop of Lourdes. Mr. Deschamps would be grateful for any further notice of the Protestant American press in regard to De Seferri's work. He applied the enclosed picture himself to Louise's hands. A converted Rabbi with good and authentic letters will come to McMaster for employment. His name is Emmanuel H. Schlamovitz and is worthy of and grateful for McMaster's protection. Mr. Deschamps, Minister of State, would like to have the article published in the N. Y. Times many months ago on Louise Lateau. If McMaster cannot get the paper, De Pauw would like to have the article copied and sent to Rome. If gold should raise again to 15, he asks that McMaster go security for him to Duncan and Sherman to sell what he has of De Pauw's to the amount of $2,000. O'Haire, Smith and H send their respects.

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1873 Oct. 30
Spratt, Thomas: Ogdensburg, (New York)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He read an article in the Albany Journal of the 18th., entitled, "James McMaster on the bench, bar etc." Fearing that the article might have escaped McMaster's attention and believing that the attack on McMaster and Mr. O'Conor to be unjustifiable, he writes McMaster as a friend and a reader of the Journal.

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1873 Oct. 30
John Dillon & William Dillon: Dublin, Ireland
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): New York, New York

They send McMaster the address of the John Mitchell Testimonial Committee, and asks him to form a local committee in New York for the purpose of raising the subscriptions and forwarding them to the treasurer. John Dillon adds a note asking McMaster to insert the address (in the Journal).

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